02-01-2006, 02:49 PM #1Junior Member
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Well Ive been working out for about 6 months and ive seemed to have reached a small plateau. Ive been happy with strength and size gains so far but they seem to have slowed for the past couple weeks. I was Wondering what you guys think would be the best way to continue gaining and get over this plateau. Ive heard many things from increasing reps to changing exercises to even taking a couple of weeks off and i was wondering what you guys thought was the best way to get over it. Thansk a lot.
EDIT- Dont know much about making a split, should really read up more on here but this is one i made that i feel suits me.
Day 1 Chest/Tris Sets Reps per Set
-Flat Bench 4 12-10-8-6
-Incline Bench 3 12-10-8
-Decline Bench 3 12-10-8
-Flys 3 12-10-8
-Close Grip Bench 3 12-10-8
-Push Downs 4 12-10-8-6
Day 2 Back/Bis Sets Reps per Set
-Seated Cable Row 3 12-10-8
-Seated High Row 3 12-10-8
-Dead Lift 4 12-10-10-8
-Pull Ups 4 12-10-10-8
-Seated Incline DB Curls 3 12-10-8
-Standing Barbell Curls 3 12-10-8
-Hammer Curls 3 12-10-8
Day 3 Shoulders/Abs Sets Reps per Set
-Shoulder Press 4 12-10-8-6
-Arnold Press 3 12-10-8
-Lateral Extensions 3 12-10-8
-Shrugs 3 12-10-8
-Incline Crunches 4 To Failure
-Incline Twisting Crunch 4 To Failure
-Incline Leg-Hip Raise 4 To Failure
-Side Bends 4 To Failure
Day 4 Legs/Forearm Sets Reps per Set
-Squats 5 15-12-10-8-6
-Leg Extensions 3 12-10-8
-Seated Leg Curl 4 15-12-10-8
-Stand Calf Extension 4 15-20 for Each (Failure)
-Reverse Forearm Curls 3 12-10-8
-Wrist Curl 3 Failure
-Reverse Wrist Curl 3 Failure
Last edited by NewlyDesigned; 02-01-2006 at 06:26 PM.
02-01-2006, 06:45 PM #2
first i'd say no more than 3 exercises at 3 sets, 8-10 reps for major body parts (chest, back, legs)
give that a shot and see what happens
02-01-2006, 06:57 PM #3
Just make sure you don't repeat the same workout week in, week out... use supersets, pre-exhaustion, pyramiding up, pyramiding down, HIT training and the works to ensure that you are doing something different every week...
02-01-2006, 07:44 PM #4
I would not do your forearms with your legs...if you want to do forearms do them with back and biceps, that is the perfect day to work them.
What about day 5, 6 and 7? In other words, what days do you rest...more info??
02-01-2006, 07:55 PM #5Junior Member
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Well its just i usually finish up with legs quicker then most of my exercises so i threw in forearms there, i really had no where else to put them since I do a lot of exercises each day. Ill try to put them in with back and bis tho since that is logical. Also the max rest between workout days i have is 1 day. So i may do chest and tris, rest, then back and bis the next day, shoulders and abs the next day, rest and then legs. More information would be great. Ill look up that HIT stuff tomarrow since i havent heard of it and ill be sure to try pyramiding down, maybe thatll shock my muscles.
MORE opinions would be great, keep em coming guys. Thanks.
02-01-2006, 08:27 PM #6
Well, I think that 2 days on and 1 day off is best for bodybuilding. The bottom line is that you are doing too much.
02-01-2006, 08:28 PM #7
I agree with the move on the forearms (and only do two exercises) and then maybe you could do shoulders, abs and legs together.
How long are you in the gym with a workout like this each day?
02-01-2006, 08:30 PM #8
^^^Do shoulders abs and legs together if you are trying to loose weight.^^^
02-01-2006, 08:44 PM #9
doing things such as negatives, supersets, timed sets, and mixing up your routine are good ways to get through a plateau
02-01-2006, 09:42 PM #10Originally Posted by GunTotingHipGangster
Last edited by catabolic kid; 02-01-2006 at 09:44 PM.
02-02-2006, 05:22 AM #11Junior Member
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Ya you may be right, I may be training a bit too long. Each one of my workouts usually takes 2 and a half hours with 45 cardio. Ill try to cut it down some tho and see if that helps and also maybe try to mix it up a bit and see if it helps. Thanks.
Even more opinions are welcomed and appreciated, Thanks.
02-04-2006, 06:46 AM #12Originally Posted by catabolic kid
I agree IMO I believe you only need 8-9 sets for chest. They are a small muscle group. The other things I notice are that tri's and bi's if worked with back or chest are alredy preexhausted so only need maybe 4 intense sets to polish them off. I would go with what catabolic kid suggests I agree with him completely.
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