Our business is heavily inspired by Australia bodybuilder Aziz Shavershian known as his Internet name Zyzz who gained a huge fanbase with his provocative Youtube videos. Zyzz quickly became a bodybuilding sensation and extremely controversial character in fitness scene showing how getting shredded is possible for everyone including himself, tall and skinny ex-World of Warcraft player with no self-esteem.
Zyzz was the face of aesthetic lifestyle including strict diet, heavy workouts, ladies without forgetting partying. He was very strict about using alcohol because it gives you unwanted calories.
Today it's exactly 7 years since Zyzz passed away. After his tragic death in August 2011 at the age of 22 Zyzz has inspired millions of youngsters to choose gym instead of clubs and computer games. The story of his journey from a skinny high school boy to the aesthetic God was something that many youngsters needed in order to get the courage to visit the gym first time.
In Ripped Generation we want to keep the Zyzz legacy alive and open his tricks, how he became what he was!
Three golden rules of Zyzz:
- Ditch the soft drinks. Only water and green tea.
- No sugar and s***t. Get rid of the candy.
- Obviously, stay away from McDonalds and similar. Fast food won’t get you shredded.
Meal tips by Zyzz:
The basic principal of Zyzz was to eat a lot and often. He was a natural ectomorph so he burned more calories than most of the people do. That's why his calorie intake was quite high.
This is one of the meal plans he had posted to bodybuilding forums:
Meals of one day
- 6 whole boiled eggs, protein shake, 2 cups oatmeal
- Boiled chicken breast (300g), brown rice and broccoli
- Tuna in water (200g) spinach leaves, pasta (wholemeal)
- PWO (Post workout) shake, supplements as necessary (e.g. multivitamin)
- Stirfry with either kangaroo or beef (lean protein) and vegetables
- Lean protein (kangaroo or steak) and vegetables
- 4 eggs, scrambled, with salmon
- No-fat cottage cheese before bed
Calorie estimate: 3800 Kcal
Protein estimate: 400g
For most of the people eating 400g of protein is an overkill and your body can't consume all of it. A good rule to follow is to eat 2g - 2,5g of protein for every kg you weight. For example for 80kg person suitable amount of protein would be something between 160g and 200g.
Diet of Zyzz was focused on lean meats, whole foods and lots of vegetables. He didn't fats and his diet wasn't 100% strict. He allowed some cheat days to his diet which is extremely helpful in order to be able to follow the diet in a long run.
Zyzz workout principles:
How did Zyzz workout? This is probably the question most of the people are asking. The core of his philosophy was to push his body into the limits in every single workout. He still understood that it's very important to listen to your own body and had these three rules:
1. Don’t follow what a piece of paper says. Go with how your body feels.
2. Visualize your goals in your head and eliminate all negativity in your mind.
3. It’s your willpower and determination that are the ultimate deciders in whether or not you will achieve your goals.
Zyzz Workout Routine:
- 4 sets of Incline Dumbbell Press, 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Bench Press, 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Incline Flies, 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Chest Dips until failure
- 3 sets of Barbell Curls, 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Preacher Curls, 8-10 reps, then drop the weight to half, and push out another 8
- 4 sets of Squats 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Lunges 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Leg Press 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Leg Extensions till failure
- 3 sets of Leg Curls 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Lat Pulldowns 8-10 reps
- 4 sets of Deadlifts 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Bent Over Rows 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Dumbell Rows 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Hyperextensions 8-10 reps
- 4 sets of Shoulder Press, alternate with Barbell & Dumbell every week 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Upright Rows supersetted with Lateral Raises 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of front raises 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Lying Rear Delt Raises 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Close-Grip Bench Press 8-10 reps
- 4 sets of Pulldowns 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Skullcrushers 8-10 reps
Friday: Day Off
- Maintain relationships / get bitches
Saturday: Full Body
- 3 sets of Deadlifts 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Squats 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Clean and Jerk 8-10 reps
- 3 sets of Weighted Pull-ups 8-10 reps
Sunday: Day Off
His workout routine is definitely not suitable for beginners due to high training frequency and limited rest days. Even for advanced gym goers, it's far from optimal, but it gives you a good idea of how you should build your routine. For most of the people, we would recommend going to the gym a maximum 4 times a week to give enough time for a recovery.
The most important thing is to listen to your own body and find the most suitable for exactly yourself. We're are all gonna make it! <3