Chug A Little Autumn With The Meta Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie [Recipes]
Get seasonally lean and chug a little autumn with the Meta Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie. The frothy, mouthgasmic concoction is bursting with warm fall spices, laced with savory pumpkin flavor, and...
Asian Sriracha Chicken Burgers [Recipes]
Our recipe for Sriracha Asian Chicken Burgers is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and spicy. They're easy to make, uber-lean, and jacked with HQ protein.
Crush Hunger With The Meta Berry Blast Protein Smoothie [Recipes]
Blast hunger and light up your taste buds with our Meta Berry Blaster Protein Smoothie. It's loaded with protein, a trifecta of berries, and fiber to nourish your body, boost recovery, and keep your...
[Recipes] Refresh Your Body With The Watermelon Wave Protein Smoothie
It's getting HOT. Extinguish the heat with our Watermelon Wave Protein Smoothie. Using 5 simple ingredients it quickly whips up into a svelte, light and fluffy cocktail that’s GUSHING with 40g...
How To: Blend Up A Little Summer With The Island Pitaya Bowl [Recipes]
HIYA PITAYA. Blend up a little summer with our quick and delicious Island Pitaya Bowl recipe. It takes 5 minutes to make and it's jacked with protein, antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients.
Sesame Crusted Sriracha Tuna Sushi Bowl With Coconut Rice [Recipes]
Love spicy tuna or fresh, sushi-grade fish? You'll go BANANAS for our Sesame Crusted Sriracha Tuna Sushi Bowl. It's uber-lean, jacked with protein, and gushing with flavor.
Post Workout: Refuel & Recover Faster With These 4 Protein-Packed Post Workout Meals
Your POST WORKOUT meal is a major key to muscle growth. Use these 4 power post workout meals to refuel effectively and jack your body up with protein.
Irish It UP — The Supercharged Shamrock Protein Shake [Recipes]
Get festive and IRISH IT UP this St. Patty's Day with our dangerously delicious Supercharged Shamrock Protein Shake.
The Coconut Mango Power Protein Shake [Recipes]
Transport yourself to a tropical island and pump your body with protein, fiber, and antioxidants with our Coconut Mango Power Protein Shake. It's power recovery in the most blissful way possible.
[Recipes] The Peppermint Bark Protein Shake
Love peppermint bark? Drink it instead. In the spirit of lean holiday indulgence, we've blended up The Peppermint Bark Protein Shake — an exact replica of the candy in lean, protein shake form.
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Q: Out of curiosity… are there any ab exercises you can recommend for people who *do* have lower back problems?
A: If you didn’t already notice, lower back pain is extremely common: an estimated that 31 million Americans have lower back pain, and 80% will experience it at some point in their lives.1 It’s beyond excruciating for those that have it, and the majority of ab exercises only exacerbate pre-existing pain. First off, three BIG exercise patterns to avoid if you DO have lower back pain:
Lifting your legs from a supine position (supine = lying on your back) — leg lifts, reverse crunches, etc.
Traditional crunches and sit-ups
Lower back pain limits the spectrum of exercises available to directly target abs, but don’t throw a tantrum — there are a bunch of effective options for overall core development that ultimately feed into abdominal growth. When done correctly there shouldn’t be any pain, and they actually can help strengthen the region and prevent future problems.
Here are my recommendations (click for video demos):