Critique the workout
- 09-14-2011, 03:34 PM
Critique the workout
Just looking to see what you guys think:
Monday - Back and Biceps
T-Bar Rows - 4 Sets (1 Warmup)
Wide Grip Pulldowns - 4 Sets
Hammer Strength Rows - 3 Sets
Incline DB Curls - 4 Sets (1 Warmup)
BB Curls - 2 Sets
Preacher Curls - 3 Sets
Tuesday - Shoulders
Military Press - 4 Sets (1 Warmup)
Side Raises - 3 Sets
Face Pulls - 3 Sets
DB Shrugs - 5 Sets
Wednesday - Off
Thursday - Legs
Squats - 4 Sets (1 Warmup)
Leg Extensions - 4 Sets
Leg Curls - 4 Sets
Calf Press - 4 Sets
Friday - Chest and Triceps
Incline DB Press - 4 Sets (1 Warmup)
Flat BB Press - 3 Sets
Cable Flys - 3 Sets
Close Grip Bench - 4 Sets (1 Warmup)
Over Head Rope Extensions - 3 Sets
Reverse Grip Pulldowns - 3 Sets
- 09-14-2011, 06:30 PM
Too much bicep/tricep work, need more rear delt work, need more rowing work, need pull ups, need to add rumanian deadlifts for hams on leg day.
09-14-2011, 06:46 PM
OP must have edited his post, otherwise I disagree with Zir. The routine looks good for now. Just a couple of thoughts to maybe consider
-there's no problem training legs twice a week; recovery is usually pretty fast for legs, so if you can/want to do legs maybe 3 days before or after your existing leg day, you should think about it
-remember to periodically vary/cycle your exercises (especially your accessory lifts). This can mean once a month, every week, every other week, whatever. All depends on your micro cycle
-you may think about either alternating back and bicep sets and chest and tricep sets, or even supersetting them, instead of doing all back then all bicep etc.
Besides alternating exercises, the above aren't crucial points just some things to mull over.
09-14-2011, 11:01 PM
A few changes id opt for personally although each person is different.
- Switch T-Bar row for BB Row (much better back developer in my opinion best back excercise)
- Instead of doing wide grip pulldown do pullups if you can't do pullups use the assisted pull up machine its much better to help ease the way into pullups another thing that helped me say maybe you can do one pullup, go all the way up and hold with chin above bar for 20 seconds 2-3 times.
- Eliminate machines, machines limit motion and often really just isolate a muscle causing some to lack and others to thrive i'll suggest a couple options to change below to work in.
- Leg Extensions -> Front Squats
- Leg Curls -> Stiff legged deadlifts
- Hammer Strength rows -> BB row
Other then that it seems fine for machines
- One thing i stress all the time which is what i see most people don't do when they first start off, really push yourself hard overload your muscles because thats how you build muscle. Don't use too much weight that you hurt yourself but enough to make your muscles adapt id rather see u in the 5-8 rep range rather then probally the 10-12 your in.
09-14-2011, 11:31 PM
09-15-2011, 11:56 AM
09-15-2011, 12:01 PM
Also, there's no way in hell that the delts/traps need more volume than thighs or even their own day.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
09-17-2011, 04:16 PM
09-17-2011, 06:20 PM
09-18-2011, 12:59 AM
09-18-2011, 01:04 AM
Im gonna add in the deads but ive heard that i should not have many sets for back, chest, or shoulders either... Do i have the right amount of sets for those body parts or should i add more?
09-18-2011, 08:11 AM
I've always set up my work load to reflect the size/complexity of the muscle.
For example, there are 4 major muscles in the upper back that can be divided into two groups based on location and function
I suggest 6-9 sets for each. Traps and rhomboids are your rowing movements, lats/teres are pull ups. And somewhere in there you could throw in 3 sets of shrugs, which should be balanced by 3 sets of scapula depressions.
To balance than, you would only need 6-8 sets each for deltoids and pecs, respectively.
The muscles of your lower body make up about 50% of your muscle mass. And can be grouped into:
Major: glutes, hamstrings, quads
Minor: adductors, abductors, calves
Using large movements and small unilateral movements, you can accomplish a lot with less volume (if thats what you prefer)
Squats, deadlifts, a single leg squat variation (pitcher squat, split squat, travelling lunge) and a single leg hamstring movement (single leg RDL's).
Biceps do not require a significant amount of work, and in my opinion 2-5 sets is more than adequate.
Triceps require slightly more, and a lying triceps extension (of some form) to recruit the long head is required.
09-19-2011, 11:43 PM
I don't get why people would opt for assistance moves rather than core compound moves. I mean what are you assisting if u don't have all the core excercises?
you can lead a man to knowledge, but you cant make him think.
09-19-2011, 11:47 PM
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