One would say that after trying so many fitness plans I should already look like a fitness model. Yet, here I am, fat… I mean far from looking like one, and asking myself why.
While the answer could be narrowed to two very simple facts, I would dare to say it goes beyond those two reasons, but for the purpose of this blog and to avoid getting into a ridiculously long post, I’ll stick with those two, which are diet and health.
I’ve been following Josef Rakich on Instagram which got me into trying his program. I mean, considering the price and pictures of those who have tried his program, I dare to say there really wasn’t much to lose.
So, is it really worth it? That’s the question that brought you here, and here’s my answer.
IF you are one of the many people out there overwhelmed with the amount of information online where every “expert” says a different thing and you feel like you’re walking around in circles without getting any solid information or getting any results, the answer is yes. Just like I’d say yes to P90X, Insanity, the Jillian Michaels DVDs you can by at your local Walmart, etc.
IF you are looking to get your fitness to a new level, and maybe achieve the looks of those people who apparently have tried his program and look amazing? I would say you should probably look somewhere else for a different plan. And here’s why. While you will get results, there’s no question about it, based on my experience with other plans I’ve done, there are two major factors in this equation that I don’t like.
1- The workout plans are exactly the same for the most part during the 3 months of training. The one thing that changes is the amount of reps/sets. I even went from the lean option to the bulk option and the workout plan was exactly the same. Now, I personally get bored easily of the same routines after a few weeks of doing them. I usually change them between 4 and 6 weeks. With this plan, you will stick to the same plan with no changes. Is this a bad thing? I’d say YES. Forgetting about boredom or hitting a plateau, there’s never a personalized assessment where Josef or anyone working for him looks at your pics and says, hey, you seem to be lacking of shoulder mass, or chest, so we’ll make the program for you to develop those muscles you’re lacking a little more to get you to a proportionate look. That right there is not a good thing.
2- The diet plan gives you the option to select which kind of foods you don’t like to eat. That is a good thing, the same way they provide you with how much of each food to eat per meal and the total amount of macros per meal. So far so good, BUT, anyone who knows how fitness works knows, food is the most important part of how your body composition will be affected with the exercises you do. So what I found with the meal plan is, as closed as I followed the meal plan, my body didn’t change as expected. Now, I’m not saying the meal plan is badly designed, I just believe it is a little generic base on previous experiences, and on my fitness goals, there were modifications and certain adjustments made to the plan in order to achieve the desired goals.
So in conclusion, when doing both the lean and bulk plan, I felt there was something missing with the meals, something to get better results, and the workouts got me bored even if with some exercises I got strong and with others I got better. It was the lack of variety and change that got me bored of this plan.
At the end, my results didn’t match any of those who claim they got amazing results in the 90 days. Was it my fault? I’m not sure. I dare to say it wasn’t, but who really knows.