Day1: Back, Chest, abs
Day2: Biceps, Triceps, Calves
Day3: Off--can do cardio
Day4: Shoulders, Legs (Quads and Hamstrings)
Day5: Off--can do abs and/or cardio
Day6: Off, or you can train any muscles you want to prioritize with a short
high rep workout.
Back to day 1.
Pick 2 compound exercises and one isolation exercise for the larger
bodyparts (chest, back, legs) and one compound and one isolation for the
smaller bodyparts (biceps, triceps, shoulders, calves).
Some recommended exercises are:
Back: Pull-ups (weighted if you can do more than 15), Bent-over rows, Seated rows,
Dumbbell Rows, Lat pulldowns, Deadlifts.
Chest: Flat Bench Press, Incline Dumbbell Press, Dips (weighted), Flyes or Cable
Biceps: Barbell curls, Dumbbell curls, Preacher curls.
Triceps: Lying Triceps Press, Triceps Pressdowns, Overhead Rope Pullovers,
Reverse-grip Pressdowns, Close-grip Bench Press.
Shoulders: Dumbbell Press, Upright Rows, Side and Rear Laterals, Cable Pulls.
Legs: Squats, Leg Press, Leg extensions, Leg curls, Stiff Legged Deadlifts
A Typical Workout
Take about 2 minutes between each set and vary
the reps from workout to workout (some doing 6-8 reps, some at 8-10 and others
doing 10-12 reps). Don't just go through the motions, train to failure or one
rep short of failure every set. If possible, get a partner to spot you and do some
forced and partial reps sometimes (only if you need it and not too often). You will
notice amazing results from this program after a couple of weeks, or sooner! As with
all routines, the gains will slow down after a while. When this happens, move on to
this routine for 6 weeks, then switch back.
1. Warm up with bodyweight chin-ups or lat pulldowns
2. 3 sets bent-over rows OR seated cable rows
3. 3 sets heavy lat pulldowns to the front or weighted
(non-weighted if too hard).
4. 2 sets barbell or cable pullovers
1. 1- 2 light warm-up sets and 3 working sets of Flat bench press
2. 3 sets Incline dumbbell press
3. 2 sets Cable crossovers or dumbbell flyes
1. 3 sets to failure or 15: Full situps or weighted sit-ups
if you get more than 15 in a set
2. 3 sets crunches (slow) or knee raises to failure
1. 1 light warm-up set and 3 working sets of Barbell or alternating
2. 3 sets Hammer curls. Alternatively you can use Preacher
curls, concentration curls or cable curls.
1. 3 sets Lying Triceps Press (French Press). Flat bench is okay
but a decline (head at lower end) is better.
2. 3 sets Overhead Rope Pullovers
3. 2 sets reverse-grip pressdowns supersetted with normal grip pressdowns
(one handed or two handed)
1. 4 sets Standing calf raises
2. 3 sets Seated calf raises
3. If available, do 2 sets donkey calf raises
1. 1 light warm-up and 3 working sets of Seated Dumbbell Press
2. 2 sets wide-grip upright rows (do these with a slightly wider
than shoulder width grip, lean forward a bit and bring the bar to your lower chest keeping
it close to your body the whole way up. Use a fairly light weight at first until you
learn the motion, then slowly work up. Never go so heavy that you have to heave the
weight up, keep it under control the whole way. After you hit failure, hold the bar
at the halfway point and do some partial reps.
3. 2 sets side or rear laterals
1. 1 warm-up and 3 sets squats
2. 3 sets leg press
3. 2 sets leg extensions supersetted with leg curls
4. 2 sets stiff-legged deadlifts
The 12-10-8 system
Get past your sticking point!