Here’s a 4-Day per Week Workout You Can Easily Complete in 60 Minutes or Less Per Day
No Nonsense Magazine 2012-2022 Collection
By: Roger Riedinger, Beverly International
You don’t have to spend hours in the gym to become very strong and muscular. Here is a sample program you can try where you’ll work each body part twice per week, but you’ll keep your total number of workouts to just 4 per week. Each workout should take 60 minutes or less (including warm-ups). Start rela-tively light and add weight each week. Pay close attention to “How to Progress” below.
Day 1: Legs, Abs
Squat (warm up, then) 3x5
Squat (down set) 1x10
Leg Curl 2x15
Leg Extension 2x15
Sit Ups or Crunches 3x15-25
Calf Raises 3x12-15
Day 2: Chest, Arms, Calves
Bench Press (2 warm up sets x5, then) 3x5
Incline DB Press 3x6-8
Standing Alternate Curls 3x6-8
Triceps Pushdowns 3x8-12
Seated Calf Raises (or 1 Legged Calf Raise) 3x10-12
Day 3: Back, Shoulders, Abs
Deadlift (warm up, then) 2x5
Front Pulldowns 3x8-12
Bent Row 3x6-8
Military Press 3x6-8
Leg Raise 3x15-25
Day 4: Whole Body
Bench Press (warm up, then) 3x3
Bench Press (down set) 1x15
Squat (warm up, then) 2x15
Reverse Grip Lat Pulldowns (or chins) 2x6-8
DB Shoulder Press 2x6-8
BB Curl 2x6-8
Lying Triceps Extension 2x8-12
How to progress
Proper progression is essential to the success of any workout plan. Here are some guidelines to make sure you get the best possible results from this 4-day per week workout.
- Exercises calling for 5 reps or 3 reps - add weight the next time whenever you can get your target number of reps on all sets. Example: Day 1 Squat calls for warm-ups and then 3 sets of 5 reps; if you use 275lbs and achieve 5 reps on each set, then use 280lbs the following week.
- Exercises calling for 6-8 reps per set – if you get at least 8 reps on your first set and 6 or more on your last set, add weight the next time.
- Exercises calling for 8-12 reps – when you can get 12 reps on the first set, increase poundage slightly the next time you do that exercise. (Same for exercises calling for 12-15 reps.)
- Exercises calling for 15 reps – try to get 15 reps on each set. You might have to lower the weight slightly for the 2nd set. Use the 1st set as your gauge, if you get 15 reps then add weight the next time you to that rep scheme.
- On abs, just work up until you can do 3 sets of 25 reps of each exercise.
Almost everyone tries to increase poundage too fast, or by too large an increment. Use 5-lb increases for the Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift. For the other exercises, use the smallest increase possible. It would pay off in the long run to pur-chase some 1.25lb plates or PlateMates and take them to the gym in your bag.
Gain Muscle while Losing Fat Nutrition Guidelines
Here are some nutritional guidelines to help you get the most from the accompanying workout program. If you want to gain muscle and strength, protein is of first importance. You should strive for 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily. Try eating 3-4 food meals, and drink 2 protein shakes each day.
Many successful bodybuilders consume 30-40 grams of protein at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 2-scoop UMP shakes mid-morning and mid-after-noon (40 grams per shake), and a smaller protein meal or shake before bed (about 20-30 grams of protein). They take 4-6 each of Mass Aminos and Ultra 40 liver tabs with each meal to further supplement their protein intake. If you want to gain muscle and strength, you should do the same.
Carbohydrates should be between .5 and 1.0 grams per pound of body weight per day. If your primary goal is to lose fat, adjust your carb intake to the lower end of the given range; to gain, adjust carb intake closer to 1 gram per pound of body weight.