To start the day, Tennyson digs into a breakfast of eggs and oatmeal with peanut butter and protein powder. The huge quantity reflects the bodybuilding myth that you have to eat to get big, something Tennyson addresses from the get-go. “Don’t look at your scale weight,” he sys. “The most important thing is your gym progress: if you’re making progress in the gym every week, you’re feeding your body enough fuel.” He adds that you also don’t need to supplement your meal with expensive BCAAs, as they can be found in the actual foods that you’re eating.
“Remember, supplements are the icing on the cake,” says Tennyson. “As long as you’re eating right and training right, that’s all you need.”
Tennyson then heads to the gym, but not before eating another staple bodybuilding meal of chicken breast, broccoli and rice. This is another popular “rule”, which saw bodybuilders consume protein constantly throughout the day. “Although it is optimal to build muscle with four to five protein servings per day, you’re not going to lose muscle if you don’t eat every two or three hours,” he explains. “You can have two big meals a day, you can have one big meal a day, as long as you’re getting your protein for the day.”
Tennyson mixes up exercises for his leg day workout, following a bodybuilding rule which suggests you have to confuse your muscles in order to help them grow. But as Tennyson admits, it doesn’t make for a particularly sustainable approach. “Pick a few movements that you like, master them, get better at them, get stronger at them, that’s how you get progressive overload. Don’t come to the gym and just wing it,” he says.
And as for that rule that you should train until failure on every single set of every exercise? Yeah, Tennyson ain’t buying it. “Do the most amount of volume you can recover from to grow,” he says. “Don’t think that more is always better, it’s about finding that right balance for you.”