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07 Creeping Death

Mountain dog training 07

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Mountain Dog Training – Creeping Death – Program 7 There will be no deloading during this program. We will not be waving volume. This program is meant to push you to the absolute limit of your ability to tolerate pain, and for you to do things that you did not think was possible. For you to be doing this program, I must think your nutrition is perfect or damn close, and that your recovery and intensity are elite level. This program will be a 5 day a week program that will place extra emphasis on hams, chest and back. I will be doing this with you, and suffering along the way. The best part, is that as I do it, if anything is too easy, I will re-write it so that you don't get the easy part when it's your turn. We will be using bands, but not in the traditional 6 week mid program format that I use..FYI. Get bands (the Mountain Dog band pack) from http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=PD&cid=114&pid=3928 Be prepared….. I originally built it to support more chest and shoulder focus, but the way I have some of the work mixed in has done wonders for many people. Make sure you have a light week or two before starting it, and then also once you complete it. We can’t completely dismiss periodization. This program is meant to push you to the absolute limit of your ability to tolerate pain, and for you to do things that you did not think was possible. This is a 5 day a week program. Below is a sample split showing you how to set it up. • Day 1 – Legs • Day 2 – Chest/Shoulders (and odds and ends I throw in) • Day 3 – Off • Day 4 – Back • Day 5 – Off • Day 6 – Chest/Shoulders (pumping day) • Day 7 – Arms • *Calves and ab workout can be done up to 5 days a week! Use your level of soreness as an indicator that the muscle is ready to be trained again. Week 1 Legs – 17 sets: Lying leg curls – 2-3 warm up sets. Do 6 sets like this. Find a weight that is a hard 10 reps. Do 10 reps and rest for 20 seconds, then go again to failure. Rest 20 seconds and then go again, and so on until you reach 6 sets. 6 total work sets. Goal – Activate and pump muscle Squats – Work your way up in weight doing sets of 8 until you find a weight that is a pretty tough 8. Stay there and do 6 sets of 6 with 3 second descents and explode up! Go down to parallel or just above it. Your stance should be slightly wider than shoulder width with toes turned out some. On these sets, rest for 2-3 minutes, no need to rush. 6 total work sets. Goal – Train explosively Leg press – On these I want you to place your feet fairly close and on the middle of the platform. We are going to destroy your teardrop. Do 30 reps. Pump them non-stop. No locking out. Rest for 3 minutes and do 25 reps with the same weight. On your 3rd and final set. Drop the weight a little more, and go totally apeshit. Get as many reps as you can. Push yourself. Expect to do more than 40. You CAN stop periodically on these to catch your breath. Give it everything you have on this set. Train like a champion. 3 total work sets. Goal – Supramax pump Dumbell stiff legged deads – 2 sets of 10 – Push your hips back and keep your back arched. Stretch your hams good. Don’t come up all the way. Keep constant tension on them. You don’t need to go real heavy on these. Use a moderate weight. 2 total work sets. Goal – Work muscle from a stretched position Chest – 20 sets / Shoulders – 4 sets / Back – 5 sets / Triceps – 4 sets Banded hammer or machine press – Do a few warm up sets then we are going to hammer 4 sets of 6. On the sets of 6, I want you to drive as hard as you can out of the bottom. Blast the weight up. Come just short of lockout ok. Also, remember to only let your elbows go back to 90 degrees or these can turn into a harmful exercise. Do them right, and you’ll reap the benefit, do them wrong and they are not pleasant. I have these on my YouTube channel if you want to see form. 4 total work sets. If you do not have a Hammer Flat, do these on the Hammer Decline. Goal – Activate the muscle and train explosively Incline Flye/Press – This is where you use a slight angle incline and do a sort of flye press combo. Do not do a straight fly, but don’t do a straight press. The best way to describe this is to start the rep like a fly, but toward the end bend your arms so it’s almost a press. Keep your palms facing each other the whole time. I have video of this on my YouTube channel, so take a look. The reps are going to be set at 8 reps for sets. You will be supersetting this with incline barbell. *Supersetted with Incline barbell press – Try to use only a 20-25 degree angle if possible, if not that is ok. Do not touch your chest, and do not lock out. Use continuous tension. I want 12 reps, go up in weight a bit and do 9 reps, and then go up a tiny it and do 6 reps for 2 sets. 8 total work sets via 4 supersets. Goal – Supramax pump Machine flye – I want sets of 10 on these. Hold the flex at the top for 2 seconds. Flex HARD! You are going to superset these with pec minor dips. *Supersetted with Pec minor and regular dip – I want you to do 8 pec minor dips, then do regular dips to failure. You won’t be able to get a lot of them. Work more on the bottom part of the exercise. DO not worry about locking out on the regular dips ok. 8 total work sets via 4 supersets. NOTE: Women do not do the pec minor dips. Just do straight sets of machine flyes. Goal – Supramax pump Incline smith machine triceps extension – Do 1 or 2 warm up sets to get feel. Your elbows will be plenty warm from all the chest work. Lower the bar down toward your nose, and drive back up. Let your elbows flare out a tad, but not too wide. I want them more tucked in like a close grip press. Pause each rep at the bottom 2-3 inches above your nose. There is video of this on my YouTube channel under the “band” playlist. Do 4 sets of 8. 4 total work sets. NOTE: On these we actually used bands to make the lockout really hard. I couldn’t put weight on my triceps the next day they were so sore. The bands are optional on these though. Goal – Supramax pump Rear delt cable crosses – This is just where you start the pull from the top pulley on a crossover machine, and go across your body, flexing your delts at the end for 1 second. Do 3 sets of 15. Then on your 4th set, I want you to do partials. The partials are done from the beginning of the range of motion. So your arms are cross and you just pull them out halfway. I have video of this on my YouTube channel. On the last set do 50 partials without stopping. 4 total work sets. Goal – Supramax pump Parallel grip pulldowns – Do 1 warm up set. Try to use a bar that is sort of medium wide. I don’t want you to use the close grip bar or a really wide bar. Again, your palms should be facing each other. Your rep scheme is 20, 17, 14, 11, and 8 reps. Add a little weight each set. Let the weight pull you and stretch you at the top! Drive it down hard. 5 total work sets. Goal – Supramax pump Back – 15 sets Meadows rows – Do 2-3 warm up sets, then hammer out 4 sets of 8 reps with a good weight. Stretch good at the bottom. I have 2 versions of these on my YouTube channel, feel free to use whichever version you feel the best. 4 total work sets. Goal – Activate and pump lats Rack deadlifts – Do sets of 5 all the way until the 5 reps is moderately tough. Once you get there. Do 5 x 4. Do these dead stop style. Set the weight down, relax, get tight, and explode up on each rep. You will be supersetting these with chins (start the chins when you get to the hard 5 sets of 4). Supersetted with Chins – Do these wide grip to the front. Keep your sternum lifted/chest arched. Go to 1 rep shy of failure on each set. If you can’t do chins, feel free to use an assist/cheater machine or a spotter’s help. I love that machine. You can use perfect form with it. 10 total work sets via 5 supersets. Goal – Supramax pump and explosive training Stretchers – Ok, let’s get everything in your upper lats and shoulder girdle stretched out even more. Do 3 sets of 10 here. 3 total work sets. Goal – Work muscle from a stretched position Banded hyperextension – Each set use bands and do as many as you can do. I would like to see 15 reps here, then drop the band and get 10 more. I want 3 sets like this. 3 total work sets. Goal – Supramax pump Chest – 13 sets / Shoulders – 9 sets Machine flyes – Do a few warm up sets then do 4 sets of 10. On each rep hold and flex for 1 second at the top. Goal – Activate and work muscle from a stretched position In between the shoulders exercises you are going to do pec minor dips to failure. NOTE: Women, you are going to skip the pec minor dips and just focus on shoulders! Women add a set on each shoulder exercise. Dumbell side laterals – After doing a warm up set, do 4 sets of 8 reps with a moderate weight. Use standard form. Supersetted with Pec minor dips – To failure – use weight if you can. 8 total work sets via 4 supersets. Goal – Supramax pump High pulley rear deltsflyes – This is where you face into a crossover rack and do rear delt pulls from the top attachment. I have video on YouTube of these. On the partials, do the partials from the arms crossed position, not the arms extended flexed position. You’ll see on video. Looks easy, it’s not. Do 4 sets of 15 reps with 15 partials on each set. Supersetted with Pec minor dips – To failure – use weight if you can. 8 total work sets via 4 supersets. Goal – Supramax pump Dumbell press – Do this set seated and with a back support. You are going to do a drop set. Just work the bottom range of motion, do not lockout or your triceps will give out too soon. The dumbells should face out (normal), nothing fancy. Do a weight for 8 reps, then drop weight down and do 8 more, then drop weight down and do 8 more. Supersetted with Pec minor dips – To failure – use weight if you can. 2 total work sets via 1 superset. Biceps – 12 sets / Triceps – 12 sets Goal – The strategy for arm training is for maximum pump. Take as many sets as you need Superset #1 V-Bar pushdowns – Do a few sets to get warmed up. Do 10 hard reps with a flex at the bottom of every rep. Superset with Dumbell curl – Do 6 reps on these with a 3 second descent. If you have fatgripz or grip4orce use them. Also keep your palms up throughout the entire rep. Do 4 rounds. Only rest 30 seconds after the curls, then start again. Superset #2 Seated dip machine – Do sets of 8 with a 3 second negative. Control the weight, crush your tris. Superset with Barbell curl – Do 6 reps on these, and use the fatgripz or grip4orce if you have them. Do 4 rounds. Only rest 30 seconds after the curls, then start again. Superset #3 Smith machine JM press – Lower to your face, not chest, and drive up with your elbows flared out. Don’t lockout. Do these on an incline bench too. I just added video of this on my YouTube channel so you can see the form. Use bands if you have them, I actually am using bands in the video. I used one set of pro minis on each side. Do 8 perfect reps. Superset with Hammer curls – Do 15 normal reps on these! Do 4 rounds. Take your time between sets. You need rest to do the tricep work here. Calves – 8 sets: Standing calve raises – I want you to do 8 sets of 8 reps with 30 second breaks. 8 total work sets. Do 2 times this week minimum on whatever days you want. Abdominals– 8 sets Do 2 times this week on whatever days you want. Pick one exercise from the following to hit lower abs: • Hanging Leg Raises • Leg raises with your elbows supported on pad • Leg raises on a decline board/bench • V ups Pick one exercise from the following to hit upper abs: • Incline sit ups • Rope pulldowns/crunches • Band crunches For abs – these will always be simple. You will pick an exercise from the first list and do 4 sets of 15-25 reps depending on how hard they are. Next you will pick an exercise from the upper ab list, and do the same. Each ab workout will be 8 sets. Week 2 Legs Hammer Strength Seated Leg Curl 1 x 10,10,10,15, 20,20, drops x6 (3 second eccentric), x6 (3 second eccentric) Leg Press/Smith Lunge (warmups on press first: 6 x 8) Work sets: 12,12,12 Back Squats (done as deep as possible) 6x8 Barbell RDL using 25s, (1/2 bottom) 4x10 Standing Calf Raise 10 full reps, 10 second squeeze on toes, 10 reps, 10 second squeeze, 10 reps, 10 second squeeze 3 sets of that Chest/Shoulders/Triceps/Back Low Incline Dumbbell Press (continuous tension) 8x8 Barbell Incline Bench (continuous) 5x8 Stretch Pushups 3 sets to failure: Decline Smith Paused/3/4 lockout 6x12 V Grip Pushdowns 4x12 (30 seconds rest between each) Seated Dumbbell Laterals/Partials (8 perfect reps/15 partials) 4 sets Micro Mini Pull Aparts 4 x 10 Narrow Grip Chins (sternum, 2-3 second negative) 4x10 Back/Biceps/Calves Single Arm Barbell Row/Meadows Row Superset (all reps on 1 arm, then other) 8x6 Dumbbell Shrugs w/3 second squeeze at top 4x12 Neutral-Grip Pulldowns (shoulder width) (drive elbows as far down as possible, nice stretch at top) 4x10 High Incline Elbows-Out Dumbbell Rows 3x10 Banded Hypers (done with as much band tension as I can handle, flex hard at top of each rep) 4x15 Meadows Cross-Body Curls 4 sets, 8-12 Standing Calf Raise (same technique as I listed last workout) 3 sets Chest/Shoulders Shorter rest periods (no more than 45 seconds) Flat Machine Press (good stretch, continuous tension) 4x15 Banded Hammer Strength Iso Wide (doubled mini bands) 4x8 1x8 + 15 partials Dumbbell Partial Laterals 3x30 Seated Dumbbell Front Raise (all the way overhead, slow negative) 4x12 Incline Rear Delt Destroyer Set 60, 30, 15 (full ROM) Arms Rest for Superset 1 and 2 is 30 seconds Superset 1: V-Grip Pushdowns/Dumbbell Curls (palms forward, 3 second eccentric, with fat gripz) On pushdowns, 1st 10 reps are hard flex for 1 sec at bottom, then 10 reps continuous 2 warmup supersets, then: 4x20/4x6 Superset 2: Bench Dips w/3 second eccentric/continuous tension/Barbell Curls (3 second eccentric w/fat gripz) 4x 15/4x8 Superset 3: Incline BTH EZ Bar Extensions/Reverse Grip EZ Bar Curls (rest was closer to 60 seconds here) 5x12/5 x12 Calves – 8 sets: Standing calve raises – I want you to do 8 sets of 8 reps with 30 second breaks. 8 total work sets. Do 2 times this week minimum on whatever days you want. Week 3 LEGS 2X TRISET: -STANDING CALF RAISE 10-10-10 WITH 10'' SQUEEZE AT THE TOP -SEATED CALF RAISE -LEG TIBIA RAISE LYING HAMSTRING CURLS 3 WARM UP X12 4X12' BANDED LEG PRESS WEIGHT UP 6X8 1 X FAILURE SMITH LUNGE SUPERSET SMITH SQUAT DEEP CONTROLLED SQUAT REPS LUNGES DONE 4 ON ONE LEG, 4 ON OTHER, 4X8 LEG EXTENSION WITH 3'' SQUEEZE AT CONTRACTION 4X8 DUMBBELL RDL (ONLY BOTTOM HALF REPS, FOCUS ON STRETCH/TENSION) 2X15 -----CHEST/SHOULDERS/TRICEPS/BACK/BICEPS---- CHEST 17 SETS: BANDED HAMMER STRENGHT INCLINE PRESS HARD FLEX FOR 1'' AT THE TOP WARM UP 2X8 WEIGHT UP 4X8 BARBELL INCLINE PRESS WEIGHT UP 6X6 DUMBBELL NEUTRAL GRIP PRESS DEEP STRETCH, ON EACH REP, EXPLODE, NO LOCKOUT, CONTINUOUS TENSION 1X10 2X10 WEIGHT UP REVERSE BAND BENCH PRESS USE AVERAGE PURPLE BANDS 5X5 NO SETS TO FAILURE FOCUS ON CONTRACTING CHEST TRICEPS 4 SETS: V-GRIP PUSHDOWNS CONTINUOUS TENSION 4X12 WITH 20-30'' REST BETWEEN EACH SHOULDERS 4 SETS: DUMBBELL LATERALS DONE WITH 20'' REST BETWEEN EACH 4X10 REAR DELTS 3 SETS: DUMBBELL BENTOVER LATERAL WINGS 3X30 BACK 4 SETS: WIDE GRIP LAT PULLDOWN 4X10 BICEPS 3 SETS: CLOSE-GRIP EZ BAR CABLE CURLS 10'' REST BETWEEN 3X10 -----BACK/BICEPS----BACK 14 SETS: ONE ARM BARBELL ROWS (USING 25S) WARM UP 3X WEIGHT UP 4X8 HAMMER STRENGTH LOW ROW 1'' STRONG SQUEEZE 4X10 SUPERSET WITH STRETCHERS 4X8 DUMBBELL SHRUGS (CONTINUOUS TENSION) 3X25 1X25 WEIGHT DOWN (Drop) BANDED HYPEREXTENSION 4X15 SUPERSETWITHRACKS PULLS (SLIGHTLY ABOVE KNEE LEVEL) 4X6 BICEPS 5 SETS: FAT GRIPZ ROPE CURLS 5X10 10'' REST REMOVE GRIPZ, 1 SET TO FAILURE + 30 PARTIALS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -----CHEST/SHOULDERS-----: CHEST 11 SETS: HAMMER STRENGTH ISO WIDE CHEST STRONG FLEX, STRETCH ON EACH REP, CONTINUOUS TENSION 20,20,15,12,9+20 PARTIALS PEC MINOR DIPS BW + WEIGHT X 4 SETS TO FAILURE STRETCH PUSHUPS 2 SETS TO FAILURE REAR DELTS : PEC DEC REAR DELTS (1-2'' FLEX AT CONTRACTION) 15,15,15 INCLINE REAR DELTS DUMBBELL DESTROYER SET 1X60 1X30 WEIGHT HALF 1X15 WEIGHT HALF FULL REPS SPIDER CRAWLS (1 REPS IS STARTING AS LOW AS POSSIBLE AND GOING ALL THE WAY OVERHEAD) 2 SETS MICRO-BANDS X3 1 SETS WITH MINI X3 ------ARMS/CALVES-----: SEATED CALF RAISES SSET TIBIAL RAISES 1X30 WEIGHT UP + 1X20 WEIGHT UP 1X25 "" + 1X12 "" 1X20 "" + 1X10 "" 1X12 "" + 1X12(WEIGHT 1° SET) 1X10 + 15 PARTIALS 15 SETS BICEPS + 15 SETS TRICEPS: TRISET 1: -V-GRIP PUSHDOWN 5x10 -FAT GRIPZ PALMS FORWARD DUMBBELL CURLS 5x8 -BENCH DIPS 5xFailure TRISET 2: -BARBELL FAT GRIPZ CURLS 3'' NEGATIVE 5x8 -REVERSE GRIP BENTOVER PUSHDOWN 5x15 -EZ BAR REVERSE CURLS 5x15 Week 4 Legs – 19 sets: Seated leg curls – 2-3 warm up sets. Do 3 sets of 10, then let’s do a crazy drop set. On the 4th set do 10 again, then drop the weight and do 8, then another drop and another 8 reps, and then do 25 partials out of the stretched position. 4 total work sets. Banded leg press – Make sure you do plenty of warm ups. Do sets of 8 up until you are at a weight that is a challenging 8. Once you get there, stay and do 3 sets of 8 with it. Push to do more than you did last week. 3 total work sets. NOTE: Use two sets of monster minis (black bands) or 1 set of Pro minis (red bands) and one set of monster minis. So there will be 2 bands on each side. Squats – Do a few sets to get up to a hard working weight. I want 4 sets of 8 with a 3 second descent. No-lockout. Nothing fancy here, just grind out the sets. Get to just above parallel. 4 total work sets. Leg press – No this is not a typo. Go back to the leg press (with no bands), and put about 40% of the weight you can get 8-10 with on the sled. Do 1 set balls out. The minimum # is 40 reps. I did 4 plates and 52 reps. The first 40 I did nonstop. Your legs will blow up like balloons. 1 total work set. Dumbell stiff legged deads – Do 4 sets of 8. Work the stretch, your legs will be tight and full of blood. 4 total work sets. Chest - 14 sets / Shoulders – 12 sets / Triceps – 4 sets /Biceps – 5 sets Machine press – Do a few warm up sets to get started. On these use a full range of motion with a flex at the end for 4 sets of 10. Flex hard, and the will burn and pump like crazy. 4 total work sets. Incline barbell press – The only difference this week on the incline, is that I want you to bump your reps by 2. Pyramid up on these doing sets of 8 this week. Keep going until you can barely get 8. We’ll count the last 3 sets as work sets. Use continuous tension on these, no locking out, and take to 1-2 inches above chest. 3 total work sets. Reverse band bench – Do 4 sets of 5. Use a weight you can get all your reps with ok! Also, this week I want you to then move your grip in about 1-2 inches and focus on triceps for 4 additional sets. When you do the tricep sets come down to about 6 inches above your chest and pause for a second before firing the weight back up. 8 total work sets. Stretch pushups – Do 3 sets to failure. Keep your chin up, and try and touch your chest to the floor on every rep. 3 total work sets. Dumbellraises – On these, don’t think front or side lateral. It’s kind of in between. So picture your arms coming up the 10 and 2 o’clock position, not really straight out front, and definitely not to the side. These will feel great. Do 4 sets of 12. 4 total work sets. Bent over rear dumbell raises – Do 3 sets of 20 reps of swings. Supersetted with Spidercrawls – Go up to above head, and down to belt level 3 times per set. Try and keep arms straight. Use short red band. 8 total work sets via 4 supersets. Biceps 5 sets:Rope Curls – 10 seconds rest between sets5 x 10 + 30 partials thrown in on final set. Triceps - Vbar Pushdowns 4x20 Back/Calves - 18 sets/6 sets Seated Calf Raises/Donkey Calf Raises 1 x 10-5-5 + 1x40 1x10-5-5 + 1x35 1x10-5-5 + 1x33 Chest supported Rhomboid Rows – This is an elbow up barbell row, but you have to have a cambered bar and be able to lean on a pad. Look at my YouTube video to see what I mean. You can really stretch on the pad, and with the cambered bar you can get the bar way up and really get an unbelievable contraction in your lower traps and rhomboids. Remember to keep your elbows up. 4 sets of 8 is plenty on these. 4 total work sets. If you don’t have a cambered bar, do a chest supported row and emphasize the stretch and contraction for 4 sets of 12. Low rows – Do sets of 8 with a hard flex in the contracted position. Use a grip where your palms face each other, kind of close (same as last week). Supersetted with One arm latpulldowns– Hit 8 reps on these. Remember to lean back a hair, and drive your elbow straight down, and flex the crap out of your lower lat. Make sure your grip is supinated (palms up) when you flex at the end. You can sort of “unwind” your hand when you let the weight come back up and really get a good stretch. These are on my YouTube channel as well. 8 total work sets via 4 supersets. Trap bar deadlifts – Work up to a tough 5 reps. Do 4 sets of 5 with it. 4 total work sets. If you don’t have a trap bar – do heavy dumbelldeads. Don’t do these full range of motion. I want you to work the upper half of the movement. Banded hypers – 2 sets of failure.Hold and flex glutes/erected.2 total work sets. Standing Calf Raises – 10 seconds rest between sets. 10 sets of 10-30 reps. Chest – 6-8 sets / Shoulders – 6 sets Rest on everything is no more than 45 seconds I want to back off on chest and shoulders a hair on the second workout this week FYI. Machine press – Do a few warm up sets then hit some higher reps today. 4 sets of 15 with a good full range of motion. Make sure you flex at the top for 1'' second. 4 total work sets. Pec minor dips – 2-4 sets to failure. Try to use some weight attached to you if you do over 15 reps. 2-4 total work sets. Dumbell Bent over laterals – Do 1 warm up set then do 3 sets of 30 – full range of motion. 3 total work set. Spidercrawls – Use the black short monster mini if you can, if not go back to the red pro mini. Go up and down a wall three times for each set. Do 3 sets like this.3 total work sets. Abs SSET 1: V-ups/Banded Crunches: 2x20/20 SSET 2: Accentuated Swiss Ball Crunch x10/Banded Crunches x 15 (x2) Biceps – 14 sets / Triceps - 14 sets/Calves – 3 sets Standing Calf Raise (triple Dropset, 2 second pause at stretch) 1x10 weight down x10 weight down x10 1 x10 weight down x10 weight down x 10 1 x10 weight down x10 weight down x 10 Superset #1 V-Bar pushdowns – Do a few sets to get warmed up. Do sets of 12 on these with a good flex at the bottom. Immediately followed by Dumbell curl – Do 8 reps on these with a 3 second descent. Use the Grip4orce attachments. I want you to use the same weight you used last week for 8, BUT once you do your 8 reps, then take off the Grip4orce attachments and do 6 more reps. Do 5 rounds of the above after 2 warm up sets. 10 sets via 5 supersets. Reverse grip pushdown – Look at my YouTube video on these. Notice how I bend over and let the bar come behind my head for a really good stretch. Do sets of 15 on these. Do sets of 15 on these this week. Immediately followed by Barbell curl – Do 8 reps on these with a 3 second descent. Use the Grip4orce attachments. Once you do 8, take the Grip4orce attachments off and hit 8 more reps with a normal speed. Do 5 rounds of the above after 2 warm up sets. 10 sets via 5 supersets. Ok, let’s slow it down some now. EZ bar preacher curl or Spider ez curls– Do 4 sets of 8. Use perfect form with a good flex at the top. Rest about 1 minute between sets.4 total working sets. SSET with Smith machine JM press – Do these on an incline bench like in the Youtube video. Do 4 sets of 8 perfectly controlled reps. 4 total working sets. *Use a set of monster minis on these if you can. Calves - 10 sets: Standing calve raises – Heavy weight on these this week. After a few warm ups do 8 sets of 8 with 45 second breaks! 8 total working sets. Immediately followed by Seated calve raises - I want you to do 35 reps on these. Up and down with continuous tension. Do 2 sets. 2 total working sets. Do this twice this week on whatever days you want. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Week 5 Legs – 17 sets: Seated leg Curls or Lying Hamstring Curls – 2-3 warm up sets x15. For each set I want you to do 8 full reps and then 15 partials out of the stretched position. Do 4 sets like this.4 total work sets. Frog stance leg press feet high,wide,toes out– Make sure you do plenty of warm ups. No bands this week. These are just leg presses with a frog stance. So go with a wide stance, and make sure your knees are traveling outside your body as you lower, not down directly over your chest. Turn your toes out. I want to focus more on hams and adductors on these. Do sets of 12 until you can barely get 12. We’ll count the last 3 sets as working sets. 3 total work sets. Squats – Do a few sets to get up to a hard working weight. I want sets of 8 on these. You can add weight as you go too. On these, try to get just a tad below parallel. Supersetted with (just walk over to the leg press, no need to rush). Close stance Leg press – Ok back to the leg press, but use a very close stance, with feet in the middle of the platform. TC. Do sets of 15 nonstop. 6 working sets via 3 supersets. Four your reference – on these I did squats with 3 plates, 3 and a quarter, and 4 plates for my sets. The leg press was all done with 5 plates. It hurt. Dumbell stiff legged deads – Do 3 sets of 10. Work the stretch, your legs will be tight and full of blood. 3 total work sets. Chest - 13 sets / Shoulders – 11 sets / Triceps – 2 sets Flat dumbell press – Well not totally flat, put 25’s under the end of the bench where your head will be for a slight incline. Do a few warm up sets to get started. On these get a good stretch and drive to ¾ lockout doing sets of 10. Keep going up until you can’t get 10. We’ll count the last 3 sets as working sets. 3 total work sets. Incline Smith press – Work your way up doing sets of 8. Use good controlled perfect form. Don’t let the bar touch your chest, and do not lock out. Use continuous tension. Just keep up doing perfect sets of 8 until you get to a challenging weight. Once there, do 3 sets of 8 with it. 3 total work sets. Decline Smith press – I want the following rep scheme, 15, 12, 9, and 6. On that 4th set, after you do 6, take some weight off and do another 6-8, then take some weight off and widen your grip and pump out reps to failure. 4 total work sets. Stretch pushups – Do 3 sets to failure. Keep your chin up, and try and touch your chest to the floor on every rep. 3 total work sets. Close grip pushups – Do 2 sets to total failure. Try to get 30 or so reps a set. 2 total work sets. 6 ways – I can’t believe how bad these burned this week. Do 5 sets of 10. Rest about 60 seconds between sets.5 total work sets. Bent over rear dumbell raises – Do sets of 15 reps with a full range of motion. Supersetted with Spidercrawls – Go up to above head, and down to belt level 3 times per set. Try and keep arms straight. Use short red band, unless you think you can handle the short black band. 6 total work sets via 3 supersets. Back - 22 sets Smith machine bent over rows – After a few warm ups, do sets of 8 working up to a tough weight. Once there, do 3 sets of 8 with it. On the 4th set, do 6 reps, drop weight and do 6 more reps, then drop weight and go to failure. Really focus on driving your elbows up hard during these. I just posted a new video of these on my YouTube channel fyi (it’s the drop set). 4 total work sets. Parallel grip pulldowns – Do sets of 8 with a hard flex in the contracted position. Use a grip where your palms face each other, kind of close. Supersetted with Dumbell pullovers – Do 10 reps a set. 8 total work sets via 4 supersets. Reeves deadlifts – Work up to a tough 5 reps. Do 5 sets of 5 with it. Then add some weight and do 3 sets of 3. Explode on these. Don’t do a slow motion muscle up kind of rep. 8 total work sets. Banded hypers – 2 sets of failure.2 total work sets. Chest - 7 sets / Shoulders – 6 sets Machine press – Do a few warm up sets then hit pyramid up. On every rep flex at the top for 1 second. Rep scheme is 15, 12, 9, and 6. Use a neutral grip if you can (palms facing each other). 4 total work sets. Decline Smith machine – Rep scheme is 30, 20, 10. Just keep the bar moving up and down. I want your chest FULL of blood. Don’t lockout. 3 total work sets. Destroyer set – Rear delt swings lying face down on incline utility bench. Swing a heavy weight for 60 reps, cut it in half and do 30, cut it in half and do 10. 1 total work set. Dumbell side laterals – Do 5 sets of 10 with 45 second breaks between sets. 5 total work sets. Biceps – 14 sets / Triceps - 14 sets Superset Barbell curl – Do a few sets to get warmed up. Do sets of 8 on these with a good flex at the top. Use the Grip4orce. Immediately followed by Hammer curl – Do 8 reps on these. Use the Grip4orce attachments. These are really tough with the Grip4orce. -This combo will smoke your bis and forearms. Rest 90 seconds between supersets. -Do 6 rounds of the above after 2 warm up sets. 12 sets via 6 supersets. Machine curls – Do 1 set with a heavy weight for 6 reps and try to lower the weight as slow as you can. Rest 60 seconds and lighten the weight up considerably. I want you to get 25-35 reps on this. Just crank them out with continuous tension. 2 total working sets. Superset V bar pushdown – Do a few warm up sets then do sets of 10 with a hard flex at the bottom on these. Immediately followed by Bench dips – Take 3 seconds to lower yourself on every rep. Go to failure. Your tris should be on fire. Do 5 rounds of the above after 2 warm up sets. 10 sets via 5 supersets. Reverse grip pushdown – Just like before, lean down and let the bar come behind your head so you can stretch out your tris. Do 15 reps on each set. Do 4 sets. 4 total working sets. Calves - 10 sets: Standing calve raises – Heavy weight on these again this week. After a few warm ups do 8 sets of 8 with 60 second breaks! 8 total working sets. Immediately followed by Seated calve raises - I want you to do 25 reps on these. Up and down with continuous tension. Do 2 sets. 2 total working sets. Week 6 Legs – 16 sets: Lying leg curls – 2-3 warm up sets. For the first 3 sets I want you to do 12 full range of motion reps. On the last one we are going to do a drop set with partials. Do 12 reps, drop the weight and do 8 more, drop the weight and do 8 more, then do 25 partials out of the stretched position. 4 total work sets. Leg press – Make sure you do plenty of warm ups. No bands this week either. Just do a standard pyramid doing 10 reps until you get to a weight that you can barely do for 10 reps. On this last set of 10, when you know it’s your last one, get out of the machine after the set and then proceed to do a walking lunge with just your bodyweight for 20 steps on each leg. You only need to do the set of lunges after the last set on the leg press. We’ll call this 4 working sets. 4 total work sets. Leg extensions – On these, I want you to kick the weight up as hard as you can. You don’t have to pause or squeeze. Use a heavy weight on these. These will actually blow your quads up. So again, use heavy weight, kick hard, and do 4 sets of 10 reps. 4 total work sets. Squats – After 1-2 lighter sets, start doing working sets of 8 with deep reps. You don’t have to bury these, but do try and get just a tad below parallel. Do 3 sets of 8 pyramid style. For example on these I did 315, 375, and 415 for 8. It was real tough after all the other stuff, but they felt awesome with the overload of blood in my legs. Dumbell stiff legged deads – Do 4 sets of 10. Work the stretch, your legs will be tight and full of blood. 4 total work sets. Chest - 15 sets / Shoulders – 8 sets / Back– 6 sets Banded hammer press – After several warm ups, I want you to do 4 sets of 8 on these. I prefer these be done with a FLAT hammer press, but if you don’t have one, a decline will do, and if you don’t have one of those either, an incline one will do. If you are using the flat or decline one, remember to only let your arms go back to 45 degrees. Don’t overstretch and injure your shoulder at the bottom. The contraction on these is awesome. I especially like the full chest contraction on the flat hammer machine these days. Give each rep a 1 second flex at the top. 4 total work sets. Incline barbell press – Work your way up doing sets of 6. Use good controlled perfect form. Don’t let the bar touch your chest, and do not lock out. Use continuous tension. Just keep up doing perfect sets of 6 until you get to a challenging weight. Once there, do 3 sets of 6 with it. 3 total work sets. Reverse band bench press – Do 5 sets of 5 on these as we usually do. 5 total work sets. Stretch pushups – Do 3 sets to failure. Keep your chin up, and try and touch your chest to the floor on every rep. 3 total work sets. Front raises – Do these with a bar. Place your hands out wider than shoulder width, and try to hold the weight still for a half second at the top. Take these up to eye level. Do 4 sets of 12. 4 total work sets. Dumbell side lateral raises – Do 4 sets of 10 reps with a full range of motion. 4 total work sets. Chin up mini death – Do 2 sets of chins wide, then do 2 with a moderate grip (palms down, not up), then do 2 sets with a close grip (palms facing each other). Full chin up death is 4 sets of each position. Let’s do 2 today. Take each set to failure. Failure as in you can’t get any more reps with good form. NOT failure as in get sloppy and keep going. 6 total work sets Back - 25 sets Smith machine bent over rows – After a few warm ups, do sets of 10 working up to a tough weight. Once there, do 3 sets of 10 with it. On the 4th set, do 8 reps, drop weight and do 8 more reps, then drop weight and go to failure. Really focus on driving your elbows up hard during these. 4 total work sets. Dumbell rows – Do 4 hard sets of 10 reps. Make sure you stretch good at the bottom. Relax your scapulae on that side and feel everything stretching out. 4 total work sets. Heavy partial pulldowns – This is the style where you use a really heavy weight and pull the bar to only the top of your head, and then let is stretch you out big time at the top. Do 5 sets of 8 like this. 5 total work sets. Barbell shrugs – Go heavy. Hold the weight at the top for 1 second this week. Do 4 sets of 8 like this. We actually used a Farmer’s walk piece of equipment to do these this week, it was awesome. 4 total work sets. Revers hypers – Do 15 reps of these. If you don’t have a reverse hyper do a banded regular hyperextension. Immediately followed by Partial deadlift from the top – Only work the top part of the movement. Your lower back should be on fire and extremely pumped from this combo. Do 5 reps on these. Do 4 supersets for 8 total working sets. Chest - 8 sets / Shoulders – 10 sets Machine press – Do a few warm up sets then hit pyramid up to a weight that is a tough 8 reps. I want you to do 8 sets of 8 with this. Use a neutral grip if you can (palms facing each other). This week you don’t have to pause, just keep continuous tension on the muscle. 8 total work sets. In between each set of machine presses do the over and back rope stretches. Cage press – I want 6 sets of 6 on these today. 6 total work sets. Dumbell bent over laterals – Do 3 sets of 25 with 90 second breaks between sets. 3 total work sets. Destroyer set – Rear delt swings lying face down on incline utility bench. Swing a heavy weight for 60 reps, cut it in half and do 30, cut it in half and do 10. 1 total work set. Biceps – 16 sets / Triceps - 14 sets V bar pushdown – Do a few warm up sets then do sets of 10 with a hard flex at the bottom on these. Do 6 working sets and only take 30 seconds between sets. Adjust the weight so that you are hitting 10 reps each time. 6 total working sets. Bench dips – Take 3 seconds to lower yourself on every rep. Go to failure. Your tris should be on fire. Immediately followed by Smith machine JM press w/ bands – Do sets of 8 on these. These will be tough after the bench dips. Do the reps nice and slow and feel your triceps get demolished. Do 4 rounds of the above. 8 sets via 4 supersets. Dumbell curl – Do a few sets to get warmed up. Do sets of 8 on these with a good flex at the top. Use the Grip4orce. Immediately followed by Barbell curl – Do 6 reps on these. Use the Grip4orce attachments. Rest 90 seconds between supersets. Do 5 rounds of the above after 2 warm up sets. 10 sets via 5 supersets. Barbell preacher curls – Do 3 sets of 8 and still use the Grip4orce for these as well. 3 total working sets. Barbell reverse curls – Do 3 sets of 10 on these with the Grip4orce. Man these were hard. I could only come up about 90 degrees. It felt like my brachioradialis was completely isolated. 3 total working sets. Calves - 5 sets: Standing calve raises – Back to the fun stuff. Do 10 reps, then hold at the top for 10 second, then repeat this process 2 more times. That is one set. Try to use more weight than you did the last time you did these ok. 3 total working sets. Immediately followed by Seated calve raises - I want you to do 10 heavy reps on these. Do 3 sets. 3 total working sets.