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Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.
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5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
bloodorchid is always right
Hello For a bit of background, I work out 6 days a week. I lift weights 5 days a week, do yoga once a week and also do HIIT sprints twice a week. I also play tennis a few times a week for about 1-2 hours each time.
Speaking from experience, I've found that whey protein is good as a protein powder, but that its fairly useless for soreness. Instead of using the protein powder, get him a recovery drink (and not the gatorade crap). I use Rivalus Post-RX. If your trainer is wanting him to get extra protein in through the protein powder, mix it in with a recovery drink, but the recovery drink is a must. Also, for any areas that are sore/ stiff, use a tennis ball and massage/roll it over the sore areas. Its going to hurt, but it works.
As for the amount of protein powder, I'd listen to what the product says. There's a reason its there. Is the protein powder flavored? If so, I'd suggest not using milk, and using water instead.
As for training, what is he doing when he's with his trainer? Weights, cardio, body weight exercises, etc? Training everyday isn't a bad thing, as long as you're smart about it. Here is what my training week looks like.
Monday: Back and Chest, Abs
Tuesday: 25 minutes of HIIT on a treadmill, elliptical, or sprinting outside. I do one minute sprints, with a one minute rest. If I'm doing that at the gym with the equipment, I also do squats with a barbell or EZ curl bar on my back (don't have a Smith Machine), and some Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats with the same barbell.
Wednesday: Shoulders, Arms (biceps, triceps and forearms), Abs
Thursday: Same workout as on tuesday.
Friday: Leg workout, Abs
Saturday: roughly 45 minutes of intense yoga (I use the P90X Version. Only do half of it because I get bored half way through)
Like I said, training every day isn't a bad thing, as long as you stay away from the muscle groups that you used the day before. They each need 48 hours to grow and repair themselves. That being said, legs are about the only muscle group that can be worked every day. I'd just advise to not go too crazy on it. I'm only in the gym for 20-30 minutes when I lift, but I only do a few sets of each exercise at my max, so by the time I leave, my body is shaking and I'm sweating.
Cardio also doesn't slow down or harm your progress in muscle building. That being said, high amounts of cardio also isn't a good thing. If he wants to do cardio, make it worth his while. HIIT takes way less time, and produces way more results that constant cardio, and trust me, it kills.
I also agree with the others. A lot of the progress you make with training is nutrition based, so I think reading up more about paleo/primal will only help him along.
Your son is very lucky to have a mother like you