Harness The Holidays

Take advantage of extra calories and time off this holiday season to crush your fitness goals! We've got Thanksgiving recipes, challenge workouts, and a massive dose of motivation to help you succeed.

Don't just "survive" the holiday season; harness the holidays and use them to your fitness advantage! Give thanks for the anabolic powers of extra food, added rest, and increased time to train like a machine. Eat quality calories, push your workouts to the limit, and become a #holidayhulk.

Holiday Muscle Meals

Sure, you eat plenty of Thanksgiving bird to help you bulk, but what about the side dishes? Turn your holiday feast into major gains with these five smart, satisfying sides!

Hearty Protein Cornbread

Warm, homemade cornbread—flakey, buttery, and oh so easy to load up on! This year, try this recipe and pass the cornbread basket around the table a couple of times guilt free. It satisfies your muscles and your appetite!

Ingredients

Labrada LeanPro 8 Protein 1.5 scoops


Cornmeal 1 cup


Corn Flour or (Oat Flour. creating by blending Oatmeal) 1/2 cup


Baking Soda 1 tsp


Baking Powder 2 tsp


Egg 1


Greek Yogurt 1 cup


Honey (Organic or Raw) 2 tbsp


Corn (drained, not creamed) 1/2 cup


Vanilla Extract (optional) 1 tbsp


Pepitas (raw, unsalted, optional) 3 tbsp


Dried Cranberries (for topping, optional)


Directions
  1. Set oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all your dry ingredients together with a fork. I recommend using a sifter when adding protein powder, corn meal, and corn flour in order to remove all lumps.
  3. In another bowl, mix together egg and Greek yogurt with a hand mixer until you reach a smooth consistency.
  4. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix with the hand mixer.
  5. Add honey and corn to the mixture. Blend with the hand mixer. Toss in pepitas and mix together until smooth.
  6. Spray your muffin pan with a little nonstick cooking spray. Pour your cornmeal mixture into the pan. You can add a few dried cranberries to the top of the cornbread for added flavor.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick that you stick in the center of it comes out clean.
  8. Let cool slightly before serving, but remember, cornbread is best served hot and fresh out of the oven.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 muffin Recipe yields 10
Amount per serving
Calories 116
Total Fat 3 g
Total Carbs 15 g
Protein 8 g
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Hardcore Holiday Workouts

Make the most of your holiday feast. Get off your glutes, get to the gym, and build some serious muscle with one of these four hardcore leg-training challenges!

The Kill

Two of my early mentors as a teenage bodybuilder were Craig Toth and Mitch Hodge, who introduced me to "the Kill." Don't scoff at the name; the Kill will destroy you. Nearly 10 years later, I still regret taking a couple of clients through this workout. It's a brutal 15-minute session that will sap your legs and leave you breathless.



Grab a training partner, push yourself hard, and make sure every repetition is difficult. This workout won't take very long to perform, but it may take you several days to recover.

Workout Header
1

Leg Presses

6 sets of 15 reps. 20 seconds rest

2

Hack Squat

3 triple dropsets of 12+ reps, 60 seconds rest
Hack Squat Hack Squat

3

Leg Curl

3 triple dropsets of 12+ reps, 60 seconds rest
Leg Curl Leg Curl


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Holiday Supplement Deals

Don't let the holiday season derail your fitness goals! Instead, supercharge your gains with heavy lifting, extra rest, and proper supplementation. Supplements will never replace hard training and smart nutrition, but they will support your intense work. Take advantage of these killer deals on protein, pre-workouts, creatine, amino acids, and more!



Extra Holiday Motivation

The holidays bring together friends and family. Take a cue from these 23 fit best friends and train with the people you love most for extra workout motivation!



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