Transformation Feature: Don Craig

Transformation Feature: Don Craig

Why did you decide to do the 8-Week Hardcore Trainer? What was that aha moment?

I was preparing for a bodybuilding show and this challenge happened to stack up with the day of the show. Coaching myself for the diet portion of the show prep, I liked the fact Kris’ program would take care of the rest.


Why did you choose Kris’ 8-Week Hardcore Trainer over other programs?  

I’ve followed Kris for almost my entire fitness career with success, so there was no doubt with this program either. 



What Kaged Muscle supplements did you take while doing this trainer?

Fermented BCAA, IN-KAGED, Kasein, PurCaf Organic Caffeine, and Hydra-Charge.


Which Kaged Muscle supplements that you used in the program were your favorites and why? 

I practically lived off Kasein during the Trainer. I had two servings per day for 10 weeks straight. I loved the slow digestion it delivered especially with low calories. IN-KAGED and Hydra-Charge were also a daily necessity mixed into my gallon water jug. I drank this throughout the day which helped me hit my water intake and also gave me all-day energy. 


Can you provide us with a 1-day sample of the diet you personally followed?

Meal 1:

  • Kaged Muscle Kasein
  • Blueberries
  • Banana
  • Greek yogurt
  • Flax protein milk 

Meal 2:

  • Whole eggs
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Low-fat cheese
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Protein bread 

Meal 3 (Pre-workout):

  • Whole eggs
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Veggies
  • Avocado

Meal 4 (Post Workout):

  • Tuna
  • White rice or rice cakes
  • Veggies
  • Avocado 

Meal 5:

  • Kaged Muscle Kasein
  • Oatmeal
  • Fruit
  • Nut butter
  • Cocoa powder
  • Flax protein milk


I also consumed apple cider vinegar and kombucha daily, as well as added turmeric, ginger, pepper flakes, and cinnamon to a lot of my foods.


What is the best piece of advice Kris provided you with during the 8-Week Hardcore Trainer program?

Kris’ words are always powerful, but his actions are what push me the most. It's awesome to know he’s right there with you, every day, pushing it just like you, but also there to pick you up on those rough days as well. 


What aspects of the trainer challenged you most?

The workouts of course, ha ha! The nutrition and cardio was the easy part, but doing one of his leg days is brutal. And to be honest, at the start of every workout I added a power movement because of having to stay powerlifting ready as well as prepping for a show. The combo worked great!


What is your advice for others wanting to do this program?

Don't give up. There is always going to be a rough day in the mix, but Kris is there to get you back on track. This program is not easy by any means. It pushes you physically, but also Kris helps train your mind as well with his daily words of wisdom and advice for recovering from the hard training.


What are the top three gym music tracks you listened to most during the trainer?

DragonForce – “Tomorrow’s Kings”

Sabaton – “Gott Mit Uns”

Amon Amarth – “Twilight of the Thunder God”


What tactics helped you overcome roadblocks in regard to family, social gatherings, diet, workout, and career during this trainer?

Yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises.


Have you done any other Kaged Muscle Trainers, either Kris Gethin’s or other athletes’? If so, which ones?

I’ve also done Kris Gethin’s DTP and 12-Week Muscle-Building Trainer programs.

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