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High Volume Training Upper/Lower Workout


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This High Volume Training Upper/Lower workout program combines high volume training with high frequency training to help you build lean muscle mass!


Workout Description​

Team BSN athlete and YouTuber, Scott Herman, recently traveled down to Columbia, SC to visit the Muscle & Strength HQ.
While here he shared some of his training tips for us to share with our loyal M&S viewers.
He also produce a full workout program for everyone to try.
This program incorporates a volume based strategy in German Volume Training with a high frequency workout split in an upper/lower weekly split.
Check it out, give it a shot, and let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below!

High Volume Training Upper/Lower Workout​

This workout program is intended to be performed 4-5 days per week.
You can break down your week by performing your workouts on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, or you can follow the program by performing the workouts in a 2 on/1 off format.

Both days within this upper/lower workout program incorporate German Volume Training (GVT). This is a volume based strategy to working out where you perform 10 sets of 10 reps on the selected exercise. Scott’s twist on this form of training is that you’ll perform the GVT rep ranges on all of your compound lifts.
After you’ve finished the German Volume Training portion of your workout, you’ll superset the remaining accessory lifts to complete that day’s workout.
You’ll rest for a maximum of 90 seconds between all of your sets and supersets.
The premise is to combine high volume training with high frequency training to maximize muscle growth. So, if you have a goal to put on as much lean mass as possible, this just might be the workout for you.

High Volume Training Upper Workout​

1. Rack Pull105
2. Dumbbell Bench Press1010
3. Standing Dumbbell Press1010
4. Reverse Grip Bent Over Row1010
5a. Standing Alternate Bicep Curl38
5b. Incline Barbell Skull Crusher38
6a. Alternating Toe Touch420 Each
6b. Hanging Knee Raise420

Scott Herman Upper Day Notes​

For the first four exercises of this workout, you’ll perform 10 sets of each exercise as you would expect from a German Volume Training program.
For rack pulls, you’ll only be doing 5 reps on each set. This will allow you to use the heavy weight needed to target the traps and make them grow. Set up the rack so the barbell is slightly below your knee caps. Focus on pushing through your heels to avoid targeting your lower back.
When performing the dumbbell bench press, focus on getting a full stretch at the bottom of the movement and a full flex at the top.
During standing dumbbell presses, make sure to keep the dumbbells to the side of your head. This will allow you to work all three heads of the deltoid during the movement.
The final compound movement is the reverse grip barbell bent over row. Utilizing the underhand grip will place more of an emphasis on the lats and the biceps.
The first superset of your upper day targets your arms. Who doesn’t love a huge arm pump?
The two exercises that make up this superset are standing alternate dumbbell curls and straight bar incline skullcrushers.
During dumbbell curls, make sure you focus on each arm lifting the weight during the exercise. Maximize the bicep engagement at the top of the movement by supinating your hands slightly.
As soon as you finish that exercise, move right into the straight bar incline skullcrusher. Lower the weight as deep as you can behind your head. This is important, make sure you go all the way down behind your head with every repetition.
The final superset you’ll perform on the upper day targets your abs. The exercises include hanging knee raises and alternating toe touches. Make sure to perform both of these exercises in a controlled fashion to get the most out of your ab training.

High Volume Training Lower Workout​

Scott Herman Lower Day Notes​

Day 2 is a complete lower body day with a superset to target your obliques. The first four movements will all be compound lifts utilizing the German Volume Training principles and it’s going to be absolutely brutal.
This workout begins with barbell back squats. For this exercise, try to utilize a high bar squat. This will allow you to keep a more upright position and increase the depth of the squat. Keep your chest up, core super tight, and push your knees out as you go through the range of motion.
The second exercise is the glute bridge. Building stronger glutes allows you to strengthen your squat and deadlift numbers. When you’re on the ground, make sure to place the bar on your thighs and not your hips. This will minimize the amount of pain associated with the movement.
Also, when performing the glute bridge, try to keep your heels as close to your glutes as possible. And lastly, be sure to squeeze your glutes at the top of each repetition to maximize the muscle contraction.
The third exercise is the Romanian deadlift. Don’t let the weight touch the ground as you perform this movement. Keep your chest up, sit back until you feel a deep stretch in your hamstrings (bar about parallel with the shins), and return back to the starting position.
The final leg exercise on your lower day is the standing barbell calf raise. Try to overload the calves as much as possible with this exercise. If you want to intensify the exercise more, you can elevate your toes by standing on 5lb plates.
To finish off the workout, you’ll superset wood choppers and dumbbell side bends to target the obliques. On wood choppers, set up the cable machine to hip height. And once you begin performing the exercise, don’t allow the weight to hit the weight stack.
On both oblique exercises perform 15 repetitions on each side before moving on to the next exercise of the superset.

Final Notes on High Volume Training Upper/Lower Workout​

You’ll want to follow this workout program for at least 12 weeks before taking a week to deload.
After your deload week, you can begin to perform this workout program again, or start a completely new program. Your decision will be based on your goals at that time.
When it comes to weight selection with this program, you want to choose a weight that will be a challenge on each set. If you’re moving up in weight each set, you’re probably not beginning with a heavy enough weight to start off with.
If you need to decrease the weight you’re using during the workout, that is perfectly fine. As long as you are challenging yourself during the 12 weeks, you’ll see noticeable muscle size gains.