This post has been a long time coming as it’s something that I have been reliant on for a few months now. Most of you have probably seen on Twitter that I use something called the LDN Muscle Bikini Guide for my fitness and nutrition. I can honestly, wholeheartedly say it’s the best and most reliable routine I have ever used. LDN Muscle was set set up by four brothers with a passion for fitness and created the different plans. They are only a tweet or an email away too if you have any questions or need advice on the exercises/food. The Bikini Guide is £40 and one of the best things I’ve ever bought, no regrets what so ever.
What is the LDN Muscle Bikni Guide?
It has a fourteen-day rotation of eating well with macronutrients breakdowns, weight training and cardio. The most difficult thing to start with is getting the hang of macronutrients. This is the percentage or grams of protein, fat and carbohydrates that you consume each day. I found that the best way to do this was by weighing my food and putting it into the MyFitnessPal app. After a few days/weeks, you won’t need to keep weighing the foods you regularly eat because you’ll just know the amounts. One thing to note, the plan incorporates protein shakes in your diet and training. I’ve tried a few different varieties and tend to use a low carb one but a standard whey protein also works.
The workouts contain a lot of weight training which to be completely honest, I was a little put off by at first. After sticking to it for three weeks, I noticed my skin was better, I had dropped a dress size and also lost half a stone. The plan can be daunting to look at but if I can do it, anyone can. I found that I hit a bit of a plateau after a few weeks but I hadn’t really been doing a huge amount of cardio so I added a few spin classes and was soon back on track.
How did I find the plan?
Being completely and brutally honest, this is a hard plan to stick to but the results are incredible. I prefer to the gym in the mornings so that I have my evenings free. Most of the workouts take around 45-50 minutes so aren’t anything too time consuming. There are 5-6 sessions per week but you can double up cardio with weights in the same day. I’ll often do two weight sessions if I know I’m not going to get time or I’ll do half of one and half of another. This way I can also have an extra rest day if need be too.
I can’t emphasise the importance of planning and preparing your food enough. It’s so much easier to stay with and not fall away from by doing this. Get into the habit of preparing a couple of days at a time so that you can keep tubs in the fridge to grab and go.
There is a transformations page for the LDN Muscle Bikini Guide here. They are all true and reliable, but just remember, everyone is different and try not to compare. I’ve never had the confidence to post before and after photos but hopefully one day I will.