Upper/Lower Split Schedule & Rest
- 10-10-2012, 11:48 AM
Upper/Lower Split Schedule & Rest
Im gonna switch back to an Upper/Lower Split but need some help in setting up the schedule. Below is my workout plan. I might vary the rep ranges but for now, lets assume I will be doing 3 sets for ea exercise listed @ 6-8 reps. One Thing that confuses me is the amount of days rest a muscle group needs before hitting it again. So based on the volume listed below (workout takes about 1hr to 1:15min tops). Which schedule do you think would be best for Strength and Size gains. I am trying to bulk to 170.
UPPER (A)----------------------- UPPER (B)
Inc DB Bench------------------- Inc BB Bench
Bent BB Row-----------------------T-Bar V-Grip Row
Flat DB Press-----------------------Weighted Decline Pushups
Weighted Pullups--------------------Nuetral Grip Chins
DB Sholder Press--------------------Behind The Neck Press
Incline DB Curls---------------------Barbell Curls
Machine Lat Raise-------------------Seated DB Lat Raise
Decline Hammer Skull----------------Decline DB Skull Crushers
Incline DB Curls----------------------Barbell Curls
LOWER (A)------------------LOWER (B)
Deads----------------------- Leg Press
Lying Leg Curl-------------------Squats
Leg Press------------------------Lying Leg Curls
Seated Leg Curl------------------Leg Extension
Leg Extension--------------------Seated Leg Curl
Stand Raise----------------------Stand Calf Raise
DB Shrugs-----------------------Cage Shrugs
Seated Calf Raise-----------------Seated Calf Raise
- 10-10-2012, 11:53 AM
Bulking is going to be determined by diet far more than your lifting template. That being said, your upper days aren't remotely close to being balanced. You need far more pulling and external rotation work for starters.
- 10-10-2012, 02:43 PM
I like the idea of an upper/lower split.
Personally, I use a mon/tue, thur/sat scheme..ideally.
I think you have too many exercises, and too many over lapping exercises. There are also some potentially harmful movements (behind neck presses), and like mentioned above, the workouts are imbalanced. There is also no need for leg extensions or leg curls. In fact (and I'm working on the blog), I think typical leg curls can in many instances do more harm than good.
My tendency is to base one upper body workout on pull ups and over head presses; and another on bent over rows and bench presses.
Base one lower body workout on squats and closed kinetic chain knee extension (split squats) and another on dead lifts and hip extensions (good mornings).
10-10-2012, 02:49 PM
I do a variation of WS4DB III.
Mon: Max lower
Tues: max upper
Wed: dynamic lower
Thurs: power/rep upper
Friday: killer circuit
Have to put the maxs together like that due to training/games on sat
Normal split is mon/tues thurs/Friday which I liked too
10-10-2012, 02:50 PM
And yeah faaaar to many lifts/pointless ones.
Stick to 1-2 compound lifts and through in 2-3 accessory lifts and you will be good
10-10-2012, 04:01 PM
10-11-2012, 03:58 AM
I dont understand what u guys mean when u say imbalanced but id like to know more, can you please edit my routine or tell me how to make it better and more balanced
Aslo aassume i dona heavy and a light workout wouod you keep ranges the same for all exercises ie 6-8 for chest but then also 6-8 for bis or do u go higher repa on smaller muscle and if so then how many repa for those smaller muscles on the heavy and light days respectively
10-11-2012, 09:16 AM
You need to think outside the box of muscle groups, and think of movements.
Basically, for every horizontal push movement you perform (bench press, incline, etc.) you should do some sort of horizontal pull movement (row, t-bar row, etc).
For every over head press you should do an over head pull (pull ups, etc.).
For every pec fly (and front delt) type movement you should do a rear delt movement.
Most people who have been following typical bodybuilding routines actually need more of the pulling movements than they do the pushing to balance everything out.
With the lower body, you need to match each knee extension movement with a hip extension movement. The quads are a pennate muscle group, and have a lot more potential for volume growth than do the hamstrings, which are a fusiform muscle group. Sadly, you cannot see the hams well in the mirror, and most bodybuilders have wayyyy over developed quads vs. hams. In regards to strength or power or sprint athletes, this is a recipe for injury.
My next concern would be lack of core work. Core work should include spinal flexion, spinal extension, trunk rotation, trunk anti-rotation, and gluteal isolation exercises. There are none of those in your program.
Also, there's no exercises for the shoulder external rotators (or the rotator cuff). You don't need a lot, and they might only take 2-3 min of your workout, but they are important for performance and injury free lifting. I wrote an article about this, which you can check out on my blog jasoncholewa.com
Hope that provides some info.
10-11-2012, 09:23 AM
In light of that I'd really be interested in seeing what changes you would make. I do like the upper.lower split becuase I prefer higher frequency but I do struggle with volume, rest, and now what you mention about balance. Anyhelp would be appreciated.
10-11-2012, 09:41 AM
Try setting it up along these lines
Mon: Focus on Bench press and bent over rows, then do some single arm or dumbbell over head press and pull work
Tue: Focus on deadlift, a DL variation (good morning) and do some single leg squat work (like RFE split squats, lunges etc.)
Thu: Focus on standing over head press and pull ups, and then do some single arm/dumbbell chest presses and rows
Fri: Focus on the squat (high bar for bodybuilding/athletic purposes, low bar for power lifting), then do some single leg hip extension work (single leg RDL's, traveling lunges, etc.)
On Mon do some scapula retraction (face pulls) and external rotator cuff work. On thu do scapula depression and external RC work
On Tue do trunk rotation and anti-flexion work (barbell roll outs, bridges, etc.)
On Thu do trunk flexion (band crunches, baby get ups, etc.) and trunk anti-rotation work.
10-11-2012, 09:43 AM
Thanks again but I really dont understand all those terms is there template with recocmended volume, sets and reps somehwere?
10-11-2012, 10:11 AM
You can do, starting strength, 5-3-1, madcows, WS4SB, or west side barbellOriginally Posted by jwalker497
10-11-2012, 10:12 AM
10-11-2012, 10:29 AM
If you go to exrx.net and look up articulations, you will see some examples of movements that work the rotator cuff and shoulder stabilizers (1st sentence), as well as the core musculature (2nd and 4rd sentence).
10-11-2012, 01:18 PM
Okay so here is what I have so far.
as I was thinking about balance, I thought maybe its a good idead to balance movement patterns maybe it would also make sense to baolance the method in which muscles are trained. If I do barbell rows, then for my opposing movement horizontal push, I should also use a barbell - barbell bench, etc.
Also, I usually perfer to have 2 upper body workouts just to incporporate different exercises. I didnt realize that some of my exercises were the same movement. Anyway, I mainly favor Bodyweight and Free weights over machines but as I was thinking about this, I wonder if it would make sense to have 4 diff upper body workouts that I cycle through based on the equipment as listed below. Would this be a good idea or no?
Lastly, should I do One exercises for each movement pattern and if so how many sets. OR should I pick 2 exercises of the same movement for the bigger muscles. Im assuming I shoudl only do 1 exercise for the elbow movements becuase they are smaller movements but what about the main 4 movements, should I do 1 exercise @ 3 sets and then another exercise for 2 or should I JUST pick one exercise for each indivudal movement?
10-11-2012, 01:49 PM
I think you have some good ideas in there. I wouldn't worry too much about dumbbell vs. barbell, and machine vs. cable. Cables have their use, but I don't really think machines should make up a big part of any workout.
I was thinking along the lines of bilateral movements for the major focus (both limbs at once), and then unilateral (1 arm at a time) movements for the secondary.
So your Monday might go like this
Bench press and barbell rows: 4-5 sets
Single arm DB over head press and single arm cable pull down: 2-3 sets
Bicep curls, external shoulder rotations, face pulls: 2-3 sets
And then thursday would be the opposite, whereby
Standing military press and pull ups: 4-5 sets
Single arm DB chest press and DB rows: 2-3 sets
Tricep extensions, external shoulder rotations, and prone scaptions: 2-3 sets
10-11-2012, 02:42 PM
10-11-2012, 05:02 PM
What about balancing the lower body. Should I select 2 quad dominant and 2 hamstring what about calves? Please help
10-12-2012, 07:50 AM
Balance quad dominant movements with hip dominant movements.
Quad dominant: squats (front, high bar, low bar - in order of quad use), pitcher squats, split squats, lunges (not traveling), hack squat, etc.
Hip dominant: dead lift, rumanian dead lift, good morning, traveling lunges, glute ham raise, etc.
Train your calves using standing movements. One concern with the calf is that it becomes tight, especially the soleus, which disrupts squat depth, and can lead to shin splints. Standing calf raises work the gastroc to a greater degree then soleus, which is good because: a. you don't want excessive soleus restriction, and 2. the gastroc has the greatest potential for growth. Just make sure to do plenty of calf rocks, and you can even throw some band work to train the tibialis anterior.
10-12-2012, 09:31 AM
Good info Red.Originally Posted by ZiR RED
Should post some of your routines up as a sticky.
10-12-2012, 01:33 PM
What about this? ? I really love free weight movements but also bodyweight and weighted bodyweight moves. I think bodyweights needs to be incorporated but its too much to include in one workout. So I am thinking of alternating the equipment while keeping the moveemnts the same.
For example the first time I do upper day I will do a Barbell Workout, followed by bodyweight, etc, Dumbell, Bodyweight, barbell, etc. Im thinking this would give me a nice balance of bodyweight and free weights. example below
Horizontal Push = Barbell Bench
Horizontal Pull = Barbell Rows
Vertical Push = Standing Barbell Press
Vertical Pull = Lat Pulldown (No barbell available)
Elbow Ext = Barbell Curls
Elbow Flex = Skull Crushers
Horizontal Push = Weighted Pushups
Horizontal Pull = Weighted horizontal Chinups
Vertical Push = Weighted Handstand Pushups
Vertical Pull = Weighted Pullups
Elbow Ext = Close grip weighted chinups
Elbow Flex = Weighted Dips.
Anyone Else do this? IF so thoughts?
10-12-2012, 02:23 PM
I fit it right into my program. If I am doing heavy bench presses then I'll do supine rows (AKA: inverted rows, horizontal pull ups) with a weight vest. Like wise, if I do heavy rows I'll do band or chain resisted push ups.
10-12-2012, 08:06 PM
10-14-2012, 08:28 AM
11-16-2012, 09:20 AM
Posting so it isn't so hard to find this thread anymore. Great info.
"Train like a beast, think like a human"-RTS
11-16-2012, 09:43 AM
Yeah... If Red doesnt get it sticky I'll see if I can.Originally Posted by rob112
11-16-2012, 10:08 AM
The guy has some great knowledge. I have been doing an upper/lower and I am trying to tweak it. Red's post will help big time.Originally Posted by AaronJP1
"Train like a beast, think like a human"-RTS
11-16-2012, 10:11 AM
How's the upper and lower for gains?Originally Posted by rob112
11-16-2012, 10:26 AM
I've only been doing it for a couple months, and still tweaking it, but I have already got some minor strength increases. As far as muscle growth, too soon to tell. I just really like how I can push each group with heavier weight each week. The volume over all seems to be the same as a typical split, just less isolation work.Originally Posted by AaronJP1
I'll post up after I've done it for longer
Edit: my fiancé has commented on physical attributes though.
"Train like a beast, think like a human"-RTS
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