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The Best Weekly Split for Maximum Muscle Gains


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May 13, 2016
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Maximize your muscular gains by utilizing this workout split! This split incorporates a breakdown of workout days, HIIT cardio days, and rest days!


  • Main Goal
    Build Muscle
  • Workout Type
  • Training Level
  • Program Duration12 weeks
  • Days Per Week
  • Time Per Workout60-90 minutes
  • Equipment Required
    Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells, Machines
  • Target GenderMale & Female
  • Recommended Supps
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Workout Description​

You can’t make the most of your workouts and grow the muscle you are after without giving yourself ample recovery time.
And assuring you get the proper rest all boils down to your training split.
It’s pretty common to be an overachiever and think that hitting a muscle group as frequently as possible will produce the results that you’re looking for – larger, striated musculature.
It’s in the repair and recovery of the muscle that produces the growth. Allowing 72 hours between training the same muscle group gives the muscle ample time to recover.
The following split will create an environment for optimal recovery, but also keep you hungry and motivated so you don’t find yourself over trained or worse, burnt out.
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The Best Weekly Split to Get Jacked​

These workouts are not meant to last longer than an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half – this is including cardio post-workout.
As the number of reps per each set drops, the weight should be graduated heavier. At heaviest, the weight should be about 75 to 80% of your one rep max.
Supersets are implemented to help increase training intensity, sustain the pump, and burn more calories while training. The HIIT cardio sets are meant to take no longer than 20-25 minutes and these workouts are quick; give the exercises your all when timing yourself through each set.
  • Day 1: Shoulders + Triceps + 30 – 45 minutes of steady state cardio
  • Day 2: HIIT
  • Day 3: Back + abs + 30 – 45 minutes of steady state cardio
  • Day 4: Chest + Bicep + 30 – 45 minutes steady state cardio
  • Day 5: HIIT
  • Day 6: Leg Day – quad/glutes/ham/calves + steady state cardio 20 minute warm up
  • Day 7: OFF

Day 1: Shoulders + Triceps + Steady State Cardio​

Purpose: To exhaust the triceps and shoulders. This workout works the triceps in every direction possible – overhead, pushdown motion and with a bent elbow.
The medial deltoid muscle of the shoulder creates the rounded full look of the upper body. This muscle is worked multiple times with the lateral raises, overhead press and upright rows. Front raises will specifically target the front deltoid aspect of the shoulder to create a musculature separation between the pectoral and shoulder.
Warmup: 5 mins 5% incline treadmill walk at 2.7mph
1. Cable Lateral Raises312, 10, 8
2a. Cable Tricep Pushdown310
2b. Overhead Extension310
3. Cable Front Raises312, 10, 8
4. Machine Tricep Pushdown312, 10, 8
5. Barbell Overhead Press312, 10, 8
6a. Barbell Wide Grip Upright Row38
6b. Narrow Grip Upright Row38

Some Tips:​

  • When doing supersets, the reps remain the same, because the set is difficult, and I tend not to increase the weight. But, if you want to challenge yourself, increase the weight per set of both supersets.
  • To make the workout more challenging, while on the cables for lateral raises, superset them with front raises. Do all four sets and increase the weight on sets two, three and four.
  • Challenge yourself with controlled repetitions. Shoulder training is about contracting the muscle and controlling the weight on both the concentric and eccentric portion of the lifts.
  • Remove the triceps from the overhead presses by taking a slightly wider than shoulder width grip on the bar. This will put more tension on the deltoids and less emphasis off of the triceps.
  • Changing your grip on the upright row will target multiple heads of the deltoid. Wide grip tends to hit more lateral head, while close grip will work more anterior head and trapezius.

Day 2: HIIT Cardio​

Purpose: To create fluctuations in heart rate and exert yourself to the fullest intensity possible. Although this is only twenty minutes long, this intensity of the workout will burn more calories than simple stead state cardio.
Warmup: Walk for a few minutes on treadmill & stretch.
1a Fast Run (treadmill)530 Secs
1b. Burpees530 Secs
1c. Jump Squats530 Secs
2a. Sprint (treadmill)530 Secs
2b. Kettlebell Swing530 Secs
2c. Plank530 Secs

Some Tips:​

  • HIIT cardio requires maximum effort. If you don’t put in the effort, the results won’t be as desired.
  • Rest 30 Seconds in between rounds and circuits.
  • Make sure you don’t skip the jump portion of the burpee.
  • To make this HIIT workout more difficult, instead of resting for the thirty seconds at the end of each round, add crunches to the first five round set and frog hops to the second five round set.

Day 3: Back + Abs + Steady State Cardio​

Purpose: To exercise each part of the back musculature only once per week to allow for ample recovery and muscle hypertrophy. The lateral pull down as well as the straight arm pull down specifically work the lats. Rear deltoid fly will enhance the size of the rear deltoid aspects of the shoulder to give the back a well-balanced look.
And, the machine seated row and deadlift will target the middle of the back as well as the lower back to finish off the look of a tapered waist and strong musculature near the spine. Hanging leg raises allows you to get a full range of motion for the abdominal contraction – high to lower abdominals will be worked. Using a med ball on Russian twists will tighten the obliques to have a tight, small waist.
Warmup: 5 mins 5% incline treadmill walk at 2.7mph

Some Tips:​

  • When doing your pulldowns, focus on pulling down with the elbows and not with the biceps.
  • Focus on the point of contraction on the rear-delt flies. Squeeze with both the posterior deltoids and rhomboids. This is not an exercise to see how much weight you can put on the pin stack.
  • Take your time while doing deadlifts, if you want to lift as heavy as possible, then make sure to do them when you first start your workout.
  • If getting your legs all the way up for hanging leg raises is too difficult, do knee raises. You may also want to utilize straps if your grip is toasted from doing deadlifts.
  • Russian twists can be done on a decline bench with a med ball to really dig into the lower abs.
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Day 4: Chest + Bicep + Steady State Cardio​

Purpose: Each chest exercise is superset with a kind of pushup that will work a different aspect of the pectoral muscle. The different inclines for chest exercises will ensure that the entire pectoral muscle is being sufficiently worked and exhausted with enough time to recover in the split before exercised again.
Biceps are worked on all the pushups and hit on a different angles and directions with the preacher curls and barbell bicep curls.
Warmup: 5 mins 5% incline treadmill walk at 2.7mph

Some Tips:​

  • Sometimes it can be pretty hard to superset the push ups immediately after lifting, in that case, keep the pushups for the end of the workout and do three to four sets of ten reps. As traditional pushups get even more difficult, drop to your knees to complete the reps.

Day 5: HIIT Cardio​

Purpose: To give the body some time to recover and repair muscle tissue, but still burn fat with high intensity cardio.
Warmup: Walk a few minutes on treadmill & stretch.
1a. Box Jumps530 Secs
1b. Butt Kicks530 Secs
1c. Med Ball Wood Chop (Both Directions)530 Secs
2a. Sprint530 Secs
2b. Ankle Banded Lateral Squat Walk530 Secs
2c. Med Ball Crunches530 Secs

Day 6: Leg Day​

Purpose: To work each aspect of the leg musculature – quadricep, hamstrings, glutes and calves. Exercises such as the leg press will work all aspects of the leg with the compound movements. Supersetting leg workouts creates burnout exercises after a heavy lifting exercise to exhaust the large muscle groupings.
Working the legs once per week will allow the body to repair and recover the muscle tissue after tearing it down with this killer leg day.
Warmup: 20 minutes of any steady state cardio of your choosing + 20 air squats.
1a. Barbell Back Squat310
1b. Barbell Front Squat310
2. Seated Calf Press315
3a. Seated Leg Extension310
3b. Reverse Lunge310 Each
4a. Smith Machine Glute Bridge310
4b. Barbell Straight Leg Deadlift310
5a. Hip Abduction Machine310
5b. Hip Adduction310
6. Lying Leg Press312, 10, 8

Some Tips:​

  • Super-setting squats can be extremely taxing. Don’t take these to failure.
  • Work on a complete stretch and peak contraction on your calf training. Don’t bounce the weight or see how much you can train. Calves don’t need the massive load a lot of people think they need.
  • If you still have some gas left in the tank after these exercises, do some extra hamstring work. Superset laying hamstring curls with light weight good mornings, ten reps of each exercise for three sets.

Wrap Up​

Recovery is an essential component for muscle growth.
Be sure to work hard during each day of lifting and allow for about three days before working that muscle group again.
This split is challenging in each day of lifting and gives you plenty of time for muscle repair.
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