These are some of my favorite exercises for building rock hard muscle. These are not for the weak! Every set is heavy and slow and with proper contractions, it’s all about the mind/body connection. As you learn how to hold and wrench your contraction you can speed up your reps, but never be sloppy!
1 to 3 minute breaks in between sets only to stretch and drink water. NO sitting around, NO bullshitting, NO cellphones!
You can start your exercises with a warm up set of 20 or more reps, but once the muscle is warm you should add weight on each set. Keep all sets in the 6 to 12 rep range TO FAILURE.
You can also end your exercises with a final burn out set. This would entail you stripping down to 20% - 30% of your heaviest sets and doing 30-50 reps or better. Make that muscle scream!
Lastly, work through a full range of motion on every exercise, this is body building.
Bench press (Barbell) - 5 sets
Bench press (Dumbell) - 5 sets
Flys (Dumbell, Incline) - 5 sets
Flys (Cable) - 5 sets
Smith Machine Press, Never behind the neck - 5 sets
Shoulder Press (Dumbell, seated) - 3 to 5 sets
Dumbell Lateral Raises - Front and Side Superset,
alternating back and forth - 3 to 5 sets of each
Reverse Peck Deck, Rear Laterals - 3 to 5 sets
Dumbell Shrugs - One Big Superset, Walk the Rack
Start with your lowest shrugging weight for 10 reps then move up for 10 reps by 10 lb. increments. Repeat this until you can't get to 10 reps at your heaviest weight and then come all the way back down. No Break, ascending and descending set.
Seated Leg Extensions - 3 to 4 sets
Lying Leg Curls, Superset with:
Stiff Leg Deadlifts (Dumbell or Barbell) - 3 Supersets of each
Squats (Barbell) - 4 to 5 sets Butt on the floor
Leg Press - 4 to 5 sets All the way down
Calf Raises, standing - Superset with:
Calf Raises, seated - 3 to 5 Supersets of each
Superset bicep and triceps for all exercises
EZ Curls, Biceps - Superset with:
EZ Bar/Skull Crushers, Triceps - 4 to 5 sets
Alternating Dumbell Curls, Biceps - Superset with:
Overhead Dumbell Tricep Extensions - 4 to 5 sets
Cable Cross Curls, Biceps - Superset with:
Rope Tricep Pushdowns, Triceps - 4 to 5 sets
These are some floor exercises I like to run back to back
with no break in between. It's one big superset.
1. Double Cruches, lower and upper - 20 reps
2. Vertical Bent-Knee Leg Crunches, upper - 20 reps
3. Reverse Leg Cruches, lower abs. Alternating bent knees to chest with straight leg lifts - 20 reps of each superset
4. Bicycles, alternating, obliques - 20 reps each side
5. Planks on elbows and toes, core - Do these with an upward crunch for 20 reps then hold straight for 20 count.
Remember: These exercises are all about the contractions, not the reps. Repeat this Superset 3 to 5 times. Make those abs scream!