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Elite Physique-How to train like a bodybuilder.

Remember when you are in the gym lifting we are breaking down muscle. So rest days and sleep are extremely important for recovery. Adequate rest = muscle mass.

Training is more than just showing up to the gym and lifting weights or hopping on a few machines. True training programs have structure and intention. One thing I always go over with my clients is the intention of the workout. What is our goal for these exercises?

This comes down to 3 main principals for the client (designing a program is more complex).

  1. Progression: how can I progress at this exercise each week? At the very least you should be doing 1 more pound on working sets, one more set than last week, or one more rep.

  2. Isolation: when I say isolation I'm referring to mind muscle connection. What muscle am I supposed to be work and can I feel it working. Peeper technique, and getting a good pump with proper weight should do the trick. Note: you lose this when use more weight than your body is ready for.

  3. Effort: with training we have started using a scale called RPE (Range of perceived effort) it's a simple 1-10 scale. On this scale 1 would be minimal to no effort, 10 would be like a 1RM (1 rep max). Percentages can be used however I find this has better cross over to strength sports more than bodybuilding. You can use the RPE rating to assess your working effort on your lifts or workout. It's a great way to make sure you are not training like a bitch.

Nutrition and proper supplementation is also a factor. This program does not come with a nutrition guide. However it will work for off season (bulking) or something like a contest prep (cutting). The key is understanding proper training nutrtion, meal timing, and meal frequency.

Learn to push yourself in the gym. You goals must always be first thing on your mind to push you when you are struggling with your sets. SO this means give it your max effort, walk out of the gym knowing you had nothing left in the tank. Use your goals as motivation to push and challange yourself each workout. You must be very controlled when preforming your movements. Focus on engaging the muscle you are training more than worrying about the number of sets or reps. JUST TRYING TO TOSS WEIGHTS AROUND WILL CAUSE INJURY AND YOU WILL NOT GROW.

Your goal when training is to bring the specific muscle you are training to absolute failure with the 8-15 reps. If you fail before 8 reps then you need to go lighter. If you fail after 12 reps you need to go heavier.

Your last one-two sets are to absolute failure!!!!

Back (pull) weeks 1-2:

Band pull apart: 3 to 4 sets of 15-20 reps (this is to warm up your shoulders)

Cable pull overs on a bench: 4 sets of 10-15 reps. On your last set do a triple dropset

T-bar rows with close grip: 4 sets of 8-12 reps

Low row with reverse grip on EZ curl bar attachment, 4 sets of 8-15 reps plus dropset

Lat pull down with close grip attachment, 4 sets of 8-15 reps

Wide grip lat pull down, 4 sets of 8-12 reps

Super Set with Hyperextensions with band resistance, 4 sets of 12-15 reps

Back weeks 3-4:

Standing dumbbell lateral raises: 3 sets of 10-15 reps

Deadlift: 4-5 sets of 8-10 reps

Lat pull down wide grip, 4-5 sets of 8-12 reps

Hammer Strength or Cable pull downs (Single Arm) 4 sets of 8-15 reps

Meadows rows: 5 sets of 8-12 reps

Low row with wide grip attachment: 4 sets of 10-15 reps

Reverse grip pull downs: 3 sets of 8-12 reps

Chest & Abs weeks 1-2:

Peck deck chest flys (Slowly contract and squeeze each rep), 4-5 sets of 10-15 reps (super set with No moneys)

Slight incline dumbbell press: 4 sets of 8-10reps

Incline cable fly: 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps last set preform a dropset

Hammer Strength flat press: 4-5 sets of 8-12 reps I like to add band resistance to this

Pushups elevated on a bench until failure


Planks on Bosu Ball, 3 sets for 1 min or as long as you can hold it

Rope crunches, 3 sets of 25-30 reps

Chest & Abs weeks 3-4:

Band Pull apart with Elitefts bands, 3 sets of 15-20 reps

Standing cable fly: 3-4 sets of 8-12 reps (bringing to the middle of your pecks) focus on flexing your chest.

Flat dumbbell press: 4-5 sets of 8-12 reps (remember to keep your shoulder blades pinched into the bench.

Hammer Strength incline press: 4-5 sets of 8-12 reps Decline press or Dips, 3-4 sets of 8-12 reps

Incline cable fly,: 3-4 sets of 10-12 reps

Kettlebell crunch: 3 sets of 30 reps

Knee tucks with stability ball or leg lifts, 3 sets of 20 reps


Quads, glutes, and hamstrings:

Alternate every 2 weeks the order you perform these exercises

Ether laying or seated leg curls: 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps

Barbell back squats: 4-5 sets of 10-12 reps

Leg press or reverse banded hack squat: 3-4 sets of 10-12 reps

Dumbbell straight leg deadlifts:3-4 sets of 8-12 reps (focus on form, don’t just try to lift as heavy as possible)

Leg extension: 3-4 sets of 12-15 reps

Walking lunges:3 sets of 10-15 reps

Standing calve raise, 4 sets of 15-30 reps

Shoulders & Arms weeks 1-2:

DB lateral raise or standing machine lateral raise, 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps

Seated shoulder press (DB or smith machine), 3-4 sets of 8-15 reps

Upright row (use barbell or rope attachment, 4 sets of 10-15 reps

Rear delt fly your choose, 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps

Rope triceps push downs, 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps