I've never trained specifically for bodybuilding but have trained for a wide variety of other goals, primarily as an endurance athlete. Now it's time to get real about THIS. There's a show a year out, I plan to be there. I would really like help with my programming, but at the same time I know my body fairly well so know some things that work. My biggest goals are back width and thickness, especially lower lats and traps. And my legs are a joke. 3rd priority is arms, triceps aren't bad but I need more biceps. I will lay out my basic plan next. I've used AAS in the past and will gladly be using them again. I'm 6'2" and 220lbs. I'm 35.
You'll find tons of useful info around here, but the most important is EAT! IMO training your stomach to handle the huge amounts of food needed is the hardest part.
I will train 4x a week, 2 days of upper body, 2 days for legs.
Handstand holds (rehab) 6x:20
Wide grip pullups 6x5 will add weight soon
Weighted dips 4x10 35
Weighted chins 4x5 25
Dumbbell row 4x8-12
Back squats 5x15
Romanian deadlift 5x12
Calf raise 3x12
Day 3 Friday
Weighted pullups 6x3 25
incline db press (neutral grip) up to 80x10
These feel better on the rotators
Tricep extension 3x12 90
Incline hammer curls 3x12 30
Day 4 Sunday
Next workout I'll be better with details and I'm sure it will evolve some.
Last edited by Like_a_Weed; 03-26-2012 at 12:20 AM.
If you stay lean easily, then you probably don't have to worry so much about eating perfectly clean. In fact, you may see much better results with a big mac thrown in here and there. Hitting your macros and micros is most important. While you're billing just do whatever it takes to get enough in to grow. Cutting it will be much more important to be strict and clean.
You may also see better mass gains by only training one body part per day. This will give the worked muscles enough time to recover and grow.
This is what works best for me (everyone's results will vary)
Day 1: back
Day 2: chest
Day 3: rest
Day 4: legs
Day 5: arms
Day 6: rest
Day 7: cardio or start back to day 1
I like that. Thought I needed to train each muscle more than once a week. I've been bringing sore muscles to the gym. If I trained once a week I could hit it alot harder. Is this a more standard bodybuilding plan?
Wide grip chins 5x5
Bent row 4x6-8
Weighted chins 4x6-8
Dumbbell row or t-bar 4x8-10
Weighted dips 4x6-8
Incline press 4x6-8
Cardio 30 minute
Romanian deadlift 5x8-10
Leg press 3x8-10
Leg curls 3x8-10
Calf raise 3x8-10
Barbell curl 4x8-10
Tricep extension 4x8-10
Reverse or hammer curl 4x8-10
Press downs 4x8-10
Cardio 30 minutes
How's that look?
I just want the cardio to keep my body in shape, I'm going to be "on" thru all this, blast and cruise. I was off for 4 months and felt like shit. I feel great now. I've put on 20lbs in the last 3 weeks, I was another 20lbs heavier last year at this time.
What's your cycle look like and your cycle history? This is a unique situation since you aren't "new" but your goal is completely different than what it has been before.
Cycle right now is 500mg test per week. Was running t-Bol but I'm not sure it was any good, did 40mg a day for about 4 weeks. I'd much rather have run dbol/winny but not enough dbol in my stash. I will try and finish with that combo since it'll get my strength way up for a lil competition that'll help me fund future cycles.
I'm liking all this advice, I'm definately doing alot of thinking and browsing thru the members journals.
The thought of adding volume to leg day is scary, I can barely do my job after leg day.
You could consider dropping some of the isolation movements from your leg routine while you're billing. Heavy compound movements are where your mass will come from.
And yes it's a real bitch to work legs and the taller you are the heavy the weights seem. After a good leg workout I can't even drive myself home.
Cardio is generally counter-productive to mass building. It really depends on your body type as to how much you need. An ecto will probably rarely need cardio and will struggle to build mass and endo's will build mass like crazy, but have to bust their assessing to stay lean. Personally, if I don't do cardio every single day I end up fat as hell.
As an ecto I've changed my mind on cardio. Post workout for 20 minutes keeps me even leaner and allows me to eat hamburgers and ice cream almost every day. Pizza twice a week is standard.
Plus it's good for the heart.