Supplement Plan

Jim stoppani’s 6-week Shred Training / Workout Plan

The Shred Training supplement schedule is practiced and precise. Everything I do is researched, tested in the lab, and tried on my own physique. My body is a product of my brain. If you want the best results from this program, you need to follow this regimen. Every capsule, every shake, and every dose is intended to help you achieve your best physique.

Whey Protein

Whey is the king of muscle-building proteins. It’s a fast-digesting milk protein that can help you build muscle and increase strength. Whey protein enhances recovery, boosts performance, and supports fat loss by helping you feel fuller, longer.

One of the major benefits of whey protein is its fast rate of digestion. It gets to your muscles faster than any other protein you can ingest. Whey is also loaded with essential branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), including leucine, considered one of the most critical muscle-making amino acids.

Casein Protein

Casein is a slow-digesting milk protein that supports muscle growth and provides a steady stream of amino acids to your muscles. Because it releases slowly, casein is a great protein to take before bed. It can help reduce muscle breakdown while you sleep and feed your hungry muscles overnight. When mixed with whey around your workouts, casein will enhance and prolong your body’s anabolic response.

BCAAS

The three BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. They are critical for muscle growth. While whey protein is rich in BCAAs, taking additional BCAAs around your workouts can further enhance recovery and provide a quick source of muscular energy. As a result, BCAAs can improve your workouts and boost performance.

In fact, one study I performed with the Weider Research Group—presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the International Society of Sports Nutrition—further supports BCAAs’ ability to help build muscle. We discovered that subjects taking them around workouts gained nearly twice as much muscle mass on an 8-week training program than subjects taking only whey or Gatorade around workouts.

Specific BCAAs offer additional benefits, such as:

Leucine: Turns on muscle protein synthesis; increases satiety

Isoleucine: Supports fat loss; provides energy

Valine: Decreases fatigue; supports fat loss; prolongs energy

Fish Oil

Fish oil supplements are a great source of essential omega-3 fats, especially EPA and DHA. These supplements support muscle growth and fat loss; help block fat storage; promote overall health and wellness; support normal, healthy immune function; and support heart, brain, vision, and joint health. If you’re not already taking a fish oil supplement, reel one in today.

Acetyl L-Carnitine

Acetyl L-carnitine (ALCAR) is L-carnitine with an acetyl group attached. This attachment increases carnitine’s uptake by the body, making it more effective. ALCAR is able to enter the brain, where it may aid in brain function, boost alertness, and support positive mood.

In other areas of the body, such as muscle cells, carnitine aids fat loss transporting fatty acids into the power centers of cells, called mitochondria. These power centers work to generate energy by burning up nutrients such as fat for fuel.

L-Carnitine L-Tartrate

L-carnitine L-tartrate supports fat loss and increases energy. This pure form of carnitine requires insulin for absorption. Unlike ALCAR, which is great throughout the day, straight carnitine is best taken after a tough workout to enhance recovery and promote fatty acid metabolism. Whey and carbohydrates consumed post-workout are the perfect vehicles for this form of carnitine.

Creatine

Creatine is one of the most-researched sports nutrition supplements on the market. It provides muscular energy for high-intensity exercise, helps you build muscle, and boosts strength gains. Research suggests that creatine can boost muscle gains by as much as 10 pounds and strength by 10 percent in just a few weeks.

For best delivery, put creatine in your pre- and post-workout protein shakes. That’s when you get a bigger insulin response, and insulin helps drive creatine into your muscles.

Beta-Alanine

Research suggests that when trained lifters add beta-alanine and creatine to their supplement regimen, they gain more muscle and lose more body fat than those taking creatine alone. Beta-alanine can also increase muscle strength and endurance during workouts.

Caffeine

This potent central nervous system stimulant increases alertness, mental focus, and your pain threshold during workouts. It also functions as a powerful fat burner. Since it’s a stimulant, caffeine naturally increases the number of calories your body burns. Caffeine also attaches to receptors on fat cells to blunt fat storage and increase fatty acid release.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea enhances fat loss and offers a host of additional health and physique benefits, including joint support and muscle recovery. Green tea aids fat loss by boosting daily calorie burn. The ingredients in green tea responsible for this effect are called catechins. The most important catechin is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

EGCG inhibits an enzyme that normally breaks down norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter and hormone that boosts metabolic rate and fat burning.

Yohimbe

Yohimbe comes from the bark of a West African tree. It contains the active compounds yohimbine and rauwolscine, otherwise known as alpha-yohimbine. Yohimbe boosts fat loss by increasing the amount of fat that your cells release. It also helps block fat storage and increase blood flow.

Research suggests that, when taken before exercise, yohimbe may more than double the amount of fat released from fat cells. Also, like caffeine, this means that yohimbe can increase muscle endurance by allowing the body to burn more fat as a training fuel source.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (Cla)

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring group of omega-6 fats that aids fat loss and supports lean mass. CLA burns body fat by boosting your metabolic rate and inhibiting the enzyme lipoprotein lipase (LPL). LPL allows fat cells to pull fat from the bloodstream and store it as body fat. By inhibiting LPL, CLA encourages the body to burn fat instead of store it.

By helping the body use fat for fuel, CLA also spares your muscle mass. When your body is fueling itself with fats, it doesn’t need to break down muscle tissue for additional fuel. In this way, CLA can help you burn unwanted blubber and preserve your hard-earned muscle.

SUPPLEMENT TIMING AND DOSAGE

Morning

  • Whey Protein: 1 Scoop
  • Fish Oil: 2-3 Grams
  • Caffeine: 200 Milligrams
  • Green Tea Extract: 500-1,000
  • Mg Acetyl L-Carnitine: 1.5-2 G
  • Yohimbe: 500-2,000 Mg
  • Cla: 2-3 G

Late Morning/Early Afternoon

  • Caffeine: 200-300 Mg
  • Green Tea Extract: 500-1,000 Mg
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine: 1.5-2 G
  • Yohimbe: 500-2,000 Mg

30-45 Minutes Pre-Workout

  • Caffeine: 200-300 Mg
  • Green Tea Extract: 500-1,000 Mg
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine: 1.5-2 G
  • Yohimbe: 500-2,000 Mg
  • Bcaas: 5 G
  • Creatine: 1 Serving
  • Beta-Alanine: 1.5-3 G

Immediately Pre-Workout

  • Whey Protein: 1/2
  • Scoop Casein Protein: 1/2 Scoop

Immediately Post-Workout

  • Whey Protein: 1 Scoop
  • Casein Protein: 1 Scoop
  • Bcaas: 5 G
  • Creatine: 1 Serving
  • Beta-Alanine: 1.5-3 G
  • L-Carnitine: 2 G

With Dinner

  • Fish Oil: 2-3 G
  • Cla: 2-3 G

With Final Meal

  • Fish Oil: 2-3 G
  • Cla: 2-3 G

Before Bed

  • Casein Protein: 1 Scoop
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