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I am 40 years old, 1.80 meters tall and weigh 90 kilos. I have been training for 18 months, four times a week. Unfortunately, I work in three shifts and when I have night shifts, I always lack the strength and motivation to train hard. So the following week I don't make any progress with the weights. Can you give me a few tips so that I don't have to start all over again?


Andreas Frey answers
In order to achieve regular progress in building strength and muscle, you need a training and nutrition plan that is optimally tailored to your personal needs. I am sure that the following information will help you.


Without enough protein, nothing will work in bodybuilding and strength training, otherwise there will be no increase in muscle mass. This means that your first step should be to increase your protein intake. I recommend that you at least two grams per kilo of body weight per day. You can increase the amount up to a maximum of three grams per kilo of body weight (in tough diet phases or competition preparations even up to four grams). In relation to your body weight, this is about 180 to 270 grams per day. Suitable protein sources include lean chicken and turkey meat, milk, cottage cheese, eggs and, last but not least, protein powder, which helps you to cover your protein needs effectively and quickly in a relatively simple way.

Carbohydrates are important for building muscle
The second important nutrient is carbohydrates. Without them, no strength development is possible. For example, carbohydrates can be used to trigger a targeted increase in insulin levels. Regular insulin spikes create an anabolic environment that supports the building of muscle mass. But be careful: what brings advantages in the building phase has disadvantages in dieting phases, as insulin not only transports amino acids and carbohydrates into the muscle cells, but also transports fat into the fat deposits. This means that carbohydrates should be reduced during a diet.

Carbohydrate intake should be about four to six grams per kilogram of body weight (between 350 and 540 grams). Good sources of carbohydrates are rice, pasta, potatoes, oatmeal and maltodextrin as a dietary supplement (for example for the first meal after training).

Omega-3 fatty acids are not only vital for the organism, but can also have a positive effect on fat loss.
Omega-3 fatty acids are among the good fats
Fats are also important as the third component of the diet and should not be avoided under any circumstances. Because a drastic reduction in fat makes the body willing to store body fat instead of releasing it for energy-rich processes, such as intensive strength training. You should consume between 0.8 and one gram per kilo of body weight daily, i.e. between 72 and 90 grams. Thistle, rapeseed and linseed oil are very good sources of fat. Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly important. This type of fat is not only vital for the organism, but can also actively support fat loss (see the article FISH OILS AND FAT BREAKAGE ). You can get Omega-3 fats either by regularly eating fatty fish, such as pollock, or - more conveniently - by taking SALMON OIL CAPSULES to record.

Not only the individual components are important, but also the distribution of the diet itself. Here I recommend the PENDULUM DIET , which I have been following successfully for over 20 years. If you are generally interested in other diets and nutrition, I can recommend the article WHICH DIET IS THE BEST? recommend.


A workout should be short and intense. Many bodybuilders train too long and too often, which often leads to overtraining - with the "side effect" that they don't make any progress and their performance tends to drop. Strength training on a maximum of four days a week should be enough. After 18 months of training experience, I count you among the moderately advanced. In my opinion, it is therefore sufficient to train the body completely just once a week. That means one or two muscle groups per training day. You should keep the following rules in mind when designing your training plan:
  • max. 60 minutes training time (warm-up not included)
  • max. 10 sets for large and max. 6 sets for small muscles
  • train the body completely only once a week
  • intensive training until muscle failure
  • technically clean and controlled movements
  • even rest time between sets of 1.5 minutes
Always stick to the training basics!
As for the lack of motivation you mentioned during the night shift weeks, it is probably related to the fatigue that occurs. Here I can X-BURN highly recommend it. The caffeine it contains will boost your body and help you get the motivation you need for training. One capsule contains over 90 mg of pure caffeine (equivalent to about 2 cups of strong coffee) and 9 other metabolism-stimulating substances.

If taken 30 minutes before training, X-BURN will help you to be fit and fresh for your workout. It boosts your entire circulation and gives you new training energy. However, it is important to use X-BURN either as part of a diet for a maximum of 8 weeks or to only take it sporadically during build-up phases so that the body does not get used to the stimulating effect of caffeine - with the result that the effect is significantly weakened. Therefore, I advise you to only use X-BURN during build-up phases when you are experiencing acute symptoms of tiredness and a maximum of 2-3 times a week.

Otherwise, of course, getting enough sleep is an important factor in making progress. So remember to get enough sleep during the day (at least 7 hours), especially during the night shift weeks, so that muscle building processes can develop undisturbed. I wish you the best of luck!

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