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The Ultimate Upper Lower Split Guide: 2 Day, 3 Day, & 4 Day Workouts

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upper lower workout split

After almost 10 years of training, the upper lower workout split is still one of my favorite programs in the world.

It just works and can be a great transition for guys who have been doing full body or body-part splits for while.

In this post I’ll be going over pretty much everything you need to know about upper lower workouts and all its different variations.

WTF is an upper/lower body split?

On an upper/lower split, you switch between 2 workouts – an upper body and lower body workout.

Mind blowing, I know.

The great thing about upper/lower splits is that they allow for a shit ton of flexibility.

The most popular one is the 4-day upper/lower split.

Here are two examples:

4-day upper/lower example 1

  • Monday: Upper body
  • Tuesday: Lower body
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Upper body
  • Friday: Lower body
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off

4-day upper/lower example 2

  • Monday: Upper body
  • Tuesday: Lower body
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Upper body
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: Lower body
  • Sunday: Off

4-day upper/lower example 3

  • Monday: Upper body
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Lower body
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Upper body
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Lower body
    *Next upper body session will be on Tuesday.

You can schedule this to fit whatever schedule you have, but it’s best to wait 72 hours before you repeat an upper or lower session for the second time during the week.

Alternatively, we have the three-day upper/lower split, which involves rotating through 3 workouts per week.

You just continue the next week where you left off.

Here’s how it looks like…

3 day upper/lower week #1

  • Monday: Upper body
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Lower body
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Upper body
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off

3 day upper/lower week #2

  • Monday: Lower body
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Upper body
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Lower body
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off

As you can see, you’re just alternating between upper and lower days. So one week you’ll have 2 upper sessions but that will be balanced out with 2 lower sessions the following weeks.

Upper/lower muscle groups

During your upper body workouts, you would train the following muscle groups:

  • Chest
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Biceps
  • Triceps

And the following muscle groups during your lower body workouts:

  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • Quadriceps
  • Lower back
  • Calves
  • Abs

Some people, however, like to train abs or calves on their upper body workouts.

Doesn’t matter too much.

Like I said, there’s a bunch of flexibility with upper-lower splits.

Is an upper/lower split right for you? The hell if I know.

First off, there is no perfect workout routine.

The right one for you depends on your age, recovery abilities, stress level, lifestyle, nutrition, and much more….

So I’m not going to say an upper/lower split is right for the 7 billion people on the planet.

That said, the upper/lower body split is best suited for intermediate lifters (at least 6 months lifting experience).

This setup allows you to hit each muscle group twice per week, which is optimal for building muscle.

In this large meta-analysis of 140 resistance training studies, these science guys concluded, “Untrained participants experience maximal gains by training each muscle group 3 times per week and trained individuals two days per week.

Personally I’ve experience the best results when I started training with more frequency.

Hitting a muscle group once per week can work, but if you feel like you’ve been plateauing, I highly recommend increasing your training frequency.

Three day or four day upper/lower split – which is better?

It comes down to this:

  • If you can stick with a 4-day split, recover well from a 4-day split, and it fits your schedule/lifestyle – do a 4-day split.
  • If you know you can’t stick with a 4-day split. If you feel like you never recover too well from a 4-day split. Or if you’re a busy motherfucker and can’t train 4 days per week – do a 3-day split.

Consistency beats everything, and being consistent on a 3-day split will destroy any half-assed attempt at a 4-day split.

Optimal training volume on an upper/lower split

There are a lot of training variables we can change to get the results we want.

Total training volume is one of them (in addition to masturbating before a workout).

The optimal training volume for intermediate and advanced lifters are:

  • Between 60-120 total reps per week for bigger muscle groups (e.g. chest, back, quadriceps, etc.)
  • Between 30-60 total reps per week for smaller muscle groups. (e.g. biceps, triceps, calves, etc.)

So if we train each muscle group twice per week, that would mean…

  • Between 30-60 total reps per session for bigger muscle groups.
  • Between 15-30 total reps for smaller muscle groups.

Why do small muscle groups require less volume than bigger muscle groups?

Because they already get a ton of indirect work from compound exercises.

For example, most back exercises also hit your biceps while most chest exercises also train your triceps (and shoulders to some extent.)

Upper/lower workout split template

Like going on Tinder at a Starbucks while sitting next to a hot girl in hopes she’ll see you and ask you out, creating a workout program can be a scary.

There are a lot of variables you have to consider, which increase your chances of fucking up.

So if you’re unsure on how to create your own upper/lower body split, use the template below.

It’s easy.

Pick one exercise from each category and incorporate the described amounts of set and reps.

Also, the exercises selected are by no means your only options. Feel free to choose your own exercises, even if they are not on the list.

Just make sure the movement pattern remains the same, and try to use some common sense.

Day 1: Upper body

1. Upper body horizontal push

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 4 sets of 4-6 reps.

  • Bench press
  • Incline bench press
  • Parallel bar dips
  • Close grip bench press
  • Dumbbell flat bench press
  • Dumbbell incline bench press

2. Upper body horizontal pull

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 4 sets of 6-8 reps.

  • Barbell rows (underhand or overhand)
  • Pendlay row
  • 1-arm dmbbell row

3. Upper body vertical push

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 3-4 sets of 6-8 reps.

  • Barbell shoulder press
  • Dumbbell shoulder press
  • Arnold press

4. Upper body vertical pull

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 3-4 sets of 6-8 reps.

  • Weighted chin ups
  • Weighted pull ups
  • Lat pull downs

5. Triceps

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 2-3 sets of 8-10 reps

  • Lying triceps extensions (dumbbell or barbell)
  • Overhead extension (dumbbell, barbell, or cable)
  • Triceps push down (all variations)

6. Biceps

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 2-3 sets of 8-10 reps.

  • Barbell curls (straight or EZ-bar)
  • Dumbbell curls
  • Incline dumbbell curls
  • Hammer curls
  • Zottman curls

Day 2: Lower body

1. Squat variation

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 4 sets of 4-6 reps.

  • Back squat (regular bar, safety squat bar)
  • ;Front squat
  • Box squat (regular bar, safety squat bar)

2. Knee flexion dominant

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps.

  • Lunges (all variations)
  • Step-ups
  • Bulgarian split squat
  • Leg press

3. Hip extension dominant

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps

  • Romanian deadlifts
  • Straight leg deadlifts
  • 45-degree hyperextension
  • Reverse hyperextensions
  • Pull-troughs
  • Hip thrust (all variations)
  • Glute ham raises
  • Good mornings

4. Calves

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 2-3 sets of 8-10 reps

  • Standing calf raises
  • Seated calf raises

5. Abs

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 2-3 sets of 8-10 reps

  • Cable crunches
  • (Hanging) leg raises
  • Weighted Swiss ball crunches

Day 3: Upper body

1. Upper body vertical push

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 4 sets of 4-6 reps

  • Barbell shoulder press
  • Dumbbell shoulder press
  • Arnold press

2. Upper body vertical pull

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 4 sets of 4-6 reps

  • Weighted chin ups
  • Weighted pull ups
  • Lat pull downs (all variations)

3. Upper body horizontal push

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 3-4 sets of 6-8 reps

  • Bench press
  • Incline bench press
  • Parallel bar dips
  • Close grip bench press
  • Dumbbell flat bench press
  • Dumbbell incline bench press
  • Machine chest press

4. Upper body horizontal pull

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 3-4 sets of 6-8 reps

  • Barbell rows (underhand or overhand)
  • Pendlay row
  • 1-arm dumbbell row
  • Cable row
  • Machine row

5. Triceps

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 2-3 sets of 8-10 reps

  • Lying triceps extensions (dumbbell or barbell)
  • Overhead extension (dumbbell, barbell, or cable)
  • Triceps push down (all variations)

6. Biceps

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 2-3 sets of 8-10 reps

  • Barbell curls (straight or EZ-bar)
  • Dumbbell curls
  • Incline dumbbell curl
  • Hammer curls
  • Zottman curls

Day 4: Lower body

1. Squat variation

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 4 sets of 4-6 reps

  • Conventional deadlift
  • Sumo deadlift
  • Trap bar deadlift
  • Rack pulls
  • Deficit deadlift

2. Knee flexion dominant

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 3 sets of 8-10 reps

  • Lunges (all variations)
  • Step-ups
  • Bulgarian split squat
  • Leg press

3. Hip extension dominant

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 3 sets of 8-10 reps

  • Romanian deadlifts / straight leg deadlifts
  • 45-degree hyperextension
  • Reverse hyperextensions
  • Pull-throughs 
  • Hip thrust (all variations)
  • Glute ham raises
  • Good mornings

4. Calves

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 3 sets of 8-10 reps \

  • Standing calf raises
  • Seated calf raises

5. Abs

Choose one of the following exercises and perform 3 sets of 8-10 reps

  • Cable crunches
  • Hanging leg raises
  • Weighted Swiss ball crunches

4 day upper/lower split example

The following is how your routine can look like based on the template above.

4 day upper/lower split example

Day 1: Upper body

  1. Bench press 4 x 4-6
  2. 1-arm dumbbell row 4 x 6-8 per arm
  3.  Seated dumbbell overhead press 3 x 6-8
  4. Overhand grip lat pull down 3 x 6-8
  5. Lying dumbbell triceps extension 3 x 8-10
  6. Barbell curl 3 x 8-10

Day 2: Lower body

  1. Back squat 4 x 4-6
  2. Leg press 3 x 6-8
  3. Stiff leg deadlift 3 x 6-8
  4. Standing calf raises 3 x 8-10
  5. Cable crunches 3 x 8-10

Day 3: Upper body

  1. Barbell overhead press 4 x 4-6
  2. Weighted chin up 4 x 4-6
  3. Dumbbell incline bench press 3 x 6-8
  4. Cable row 3 x 6-8
  5. Triceps push down 3 x 8-10
  6. Dumbbell incline curl 3 x 8-10

Day 4: Lower body

  1. Conventional deadlift 4 x 4-6
  2. Dumbbell lunges 3 x 6-8
  3. Barbell hip thrust 3 x 8-10
  4. Seated calf raises 3 x 8-10
  5. Hanging leg raises 3 x 8-10

Note: “4 x 4-6” means 4 sets of 4-6 reps. 

In the template, you’ll find the reps described as “4-6 reps.” This means you pick a weight that allows you to do a minimum four reps, but no more than six.

If you can do more than six reps, increase the weight for your next set.

If you cannot do at least 4 reps, drop the weight for your next set (or workout) so that you can do 4-6 reps.

During the rest periods, take 2-3 minutes between sets done in the 4-6 and 6-8 rep range and 1.5-2 minutes between sets done in the 8-10 rep range.

3-day upper/lower split variations

I get it…

Not everybody can workout four days a week.

Maybe you don’t have enough time because you have shit like kids, or you’re the CEO of a Fortune 100 company being blackmailed by a stripper.

Or maybe 4 days is simply too much from a recovery standpoint.

Or maybe you’re just a lazy fuck, which is totally fine.

Whatever the reason, let’s me show you how to adapt your workout so it fits your life.

Three-day upper/lower variation

Here’s the  easiest way to change a 4-day upper/lower split to a 3 day variation.

Use the same template as the 4-day split – two upper and two lower body workouts.

During week 1, do the first 3 workouts.

The next week, you just continue where you left off.

Basically just switching between the four workouts.

We’ve already covered this variation a bit at the beginning of this article. But here’s how it looks like:

Week 1

  • Monday: Upper body 1
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Lower body 1
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Upper body 2
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off

Week 2

  • Monday: Lower body 2
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Upper body 1
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Lower body 1
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off

And continue…

Here’s an example three-day workout routine based on the template above.

3 day upper/lower split example

Week 1 – Monday: Upper body

  1. Incline bench press 4 x 4-6
  2. Barbell row 4 x 6-8
  3. Arnold press 3 x 6-8
  4. Weighted chin up 3 x 6-8
  5. Overhead triceps extension (dumbbell) 3 x 8-10
  6. Barbell curl 3 x 8-10

Week 1 – Wednesday: Lower body

  1. Front squat 4 x 4
  2. Dumbbell lunges 3 x 6
  3. 45-degree hyperextension 3 x 6-8
  4. Seated calf raises 3 x 8-10
  5. Hanging leg raises 3 x 8-10

Week 1 – Friday: Upper body

  1. Barbell overhead press 4 x 4-6
  2. Weighted pull up 4 x 4-6
  3. Dumbbell bench press 3 x 6-8
  4. 1-arm dumbbell row 3 x 6-8 per arm
  5. Lying triceps extension (dumbbell) 3 x 8-10
  6. Hammer curl 3 x 8-10

Week 2 – Monday: Lower body

  1. Conventional deadlift 4 x 4-6
  2. Dumbbell step up 3 x 6-8
  3. Glute ham raise (or leg curl) 3 x 8-10
  4. Standing calf raise 3 x 8-10
  5. Cable crunch 3 x 8-10

Etc…

Another three-day variation is the upper/lower/upper split.

You do two upper body workouts each week and only one lower body workout.

Here’s how…

  • Monday: Upper body
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Lower body
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Upper body
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off

This setup is good for lifters who want/need to train their legs less often. Like when they already have well-developed, or even over-developed legs, and just want to maintain their leg size.

The upper/lower/upper split is also a good option for athletes who use their legs intensively in their sport.

For them, training their lower body twice per week, or even more often, can be too much. Especially during competition season.

If you decide to train legs only once per week using the template above, switch between lower body workout 1 and 2.

So one week you start off with a squat variation (lower body workout 1). The other week with a deadlift variation (lower body workout 2).

A 2-day upper/lower split?

Whatever your reason for working out only twice per week, you will not progress optimally.

In fact, you probably won’t build any muscle and not gain much strength, especially if you’re beyond the beginner stage.

Training volume is just too low.

But as a last resort, a 2-day split can work well to maintain strength or a general level of fitness.

Here’s how to set it up:

Week 1

  • Monday: Upper body 1
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Lower body 1
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off

Week 2

  • Monday: Upper body 2
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Lower body 2
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off

And repeat…

2 day upper/lower split example

Week 1 – Monday: Upper body

  1. Incline bench press 4 x 4-6
  2. Barbell row 4 x 6-8
  3. Arnold press 3 x 6-8
  4. Weighted chin up 3 x 6-8
  5. Overhead triceps extension (dumbbell) 3 x 8-10
  6. Barbell curl 3 x 8-10

Week 1 – Thursday: Lower body

  1. Front squat 4 x 4
  2. Dumbbell lunges 3 x 6
  3. 45-degree hyperextension 3 x 6-8
  4. Seated calf raises 3 x 8-10
  5. Hanging leg raises 3 x 8-10

What’s the final word on upper/lower splits?

The fitness industry can be confusing at times.

There are so many different training splits to choose from that it often leads to program hopping, or worse, mentally masturbating all day about the perfect training split and not doing anything at all.

If you’re looking for a proven but simple training split to take your fitness to the next level, the upper/lower body split is a great option.

With the template outlined above, creating your own workout routine is simpler than ever.

Combine that with a non-crappy diet, and you’ll be well on your way to landing a male fitness model contract (maybe…prob not).

If you need help with setting up your diet, check out my step-by-step course Superhero Shredding 2.0.

It takes away all your guesswork and teach you how to build a lean, head-turning physique while eating your favorite foods every day.

Have questions about  upper/lower splits? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours. 

gord - April 10, 2017

I noticed that the upper lowwr split ouline on this web site differs a lil from ones like this:

For example, on each upper body workout in the routine below there are two bqck exercises and two chest exercises

Does it matter much between the routine below compared to the on on fitmole.org

Thank you,

G Hutchison

Upper Body

Bench Press
3 sets of 6-8 reps.
2-3 minutes rest between sets.
Rows
3 sets of 6-8 reps.
2-3 minutes rest between sets.
Incline Dumbbell Press
3 sets of 8-10 reps.
1-2 minutes rest between sets.
Lat Pull-Downs
3 sets of 8-10 reps.
1-2 minutes rest between sets.
Lateral Raises
2 sets of 10-12 reps.
1 minute rest between sets.
Triceps Press-Downs
2 sets of 10-12 reps.
1 minute rest between sets.
Dumbbell Curls
2 sets of 10-12 reps.
1 minute rest between sets.
The Muscle Building Workout Routine: Lower Body A

Romanian Deadlifts
3 sets of 6-8 reps.
2-3 minutes rest between sets.
Leg Press
3 sets of 10-12 reps.
1-2 minutes rest between sets.
Seated Leg Curls
3 sets of 8-10 reps.
1-2 minutes rest between sets.
Standing Calf Raises
4 sets of 6-8 reps.
1-2 minutes rest between sets.
Abs
x sets of 8-15 reps.
1 minute rest between sets.
The Muscle Building Workout Routine: Upper Body B

Pull-Ups
3 sets of 6-8 reps.
2-3 minutes rest between sets.
Barbell Shoulder Press
3 sets of 6-8 reps.
2-3 minutes rest between sets.
Seated Cable Row
3 sets of 8-10 reps.
1-2 minutes rest between sets.
Dumbbell Bench Press
3 sets of 8-10 reps.
1-2 minutes rest between sets.
Dumbbell Flyes
2 sets of 10-12 reps.
1 minute rest between sets.
Barbell Curls
2 sets of 10-12 reps.
1 minute rest between sets.
Skull Crushers
2 sets of 10-12 reps.
1 minute rest between sets.
The Muscle Building Workout Routine: Lower Body B

Squats
3 sets of 6-8 reps.
2-3 minutes rest between sets.
Split Squats
3 sets of 8-10 reps.
1-2 minutes rest between sets.
Laying Leg Curls
3 sets of 10-12 reps.
1-2 minutes rest between sets.
Seated Calf Raises
4 sets of 10-12 reps.
1-2 minutes rest between sets.
Abs
x sets of 8-15 reps.
1 minute rest between sets.

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    Keith - April 10, 2017

    Oh course it differs. This is my take on it. There are a near inifinite amount of ways to structure an upper/lower split.

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Ian - April 9, 2017

Mr. FMole,

Recommendations for warm-up sets (your suggestions) and what to do on “off” days would be welcomed.

Also, how do you feel about cardio (any) pre/post lift? Are we truly sweating our gainzzzz!?!

Lastly, as a practicing IF’er w/ morning lift, I’ve kept BCAA supplementation in my arsenal (w/ .09gr pro per lb). Marketing ploy or, from your experience, proof in the pudding, err, powder?!?!

Totes THX

*awesome site; keep up the approach and perspective!*

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    Keith - April 9, 2017

    warm ups typicallly 3-4 before big lifts. Starting with high reps and gradually increasing the weight and decreasing reps until you’re about 70-80% of your working set.

    Pre cardio is fine if you want to warm yourself up. DON’t go overboard though since you’ll burn yourself out before the actual workout. After, is dependent on what you’re trying to do…

    BCAA useless unless you’re eating crappy protein sources. Eat meat, dairy, high quality protein powder and you don’t need BCAAs.

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Joseph Rullis - April 3, 2017

Hey Keith. are drop sets the way to go ? or should I do a week of moderate training and then the following week do light training 15-20 reps? I am trying to lean out and get cut for the summer. Should I stay away from heavy all together or mix it up for the best results for lean muscle? Thanks!

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    Keith - April 3, 2017

    drop sets have their time and place but I def don’t recommend 15-20 rep training exclusively. Stick with heavy lifting and eating less. You will lose fat and maintain muscle that way.

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India - April 2, 2017

Hi kieth,
I am unsure about what to do for leg days twice a week. Currently I do the same leg workout twice, but your programme suggests the two leg days can be different exercises? Surely it’s better to do the same ones to progress with strength and hitting the same muscles or is that just me being naive?

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    Keith - April 2, 2017

    you are hitting the same muscles, just with different movements. You an do the same lower body movements 2x per week, but that’s not how the routine is structured above.

    There are 1000 different ways to build an upper/lower split, this is just one.

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Brad - April 2, 2017

Hey Keith,

is it bad when i do not rotate my workouts? I always train upper body twice a week and lower body only once. My Leg Day always looks like this:

Squat Variaton
trapbar deadlift
Single Leg Variation
calfs

thanks for your help!

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    Keith - April 2, 2017

    It’s not “bad” but it won’t be a very balanced routine then. If you’ve ALWAYS been doing something a certain way, then it might be a good idea to change it up.

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Bud - February 27, 2017

How could I get lateral and rear delt raises in the 4 day routine?

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    Keith - February 27, 2017

    You can add 2-3 sets of some lateral raises and face pulls on upper days. Or you could do lateral raises on upper days and face pulls on lower days.

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Mark - February 10, 2017

Keith

The Bodyforlife program by Bill Phillips uses a 3 day Upper/Lower body split however his program suggests only resting 60 seconds between all sets. The disadvantage to this is you won’t be able to lift as heavy weight for exercises like chest presses or squats the advantage is that you can get a lot more volume for the same period of time. Why is it important to rest 2-3 minutes for big muscle groups when your goal is cutting? And isn’t increased Volume as if not more important than strength?

Another question I have is how much volume for side and rear delts is enough?

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    Keith - February 10, 2017

    I’m not familiar with that program so I won’t comment on it. The 2-3 min here is because you’re lifting very heavy loads for lower reps so you need to the rest to recover and hit the target reps for all sets.

    As for rear delts, again, it depends. A beginner needs less, an intermediate needs more, an advanced trainee likely needs a ton if they want to continue growing them.

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David - February 3, 2017

Hey Keith!

Just a few quick questions! I’m going to be starting this routine but is it possible to add in cardio every off days in a 4-day split? And is it possible to do a 5-day split with upper/lower body?? Should I also super set some of the excercises?

Thanks!

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    Keith - February 3, 2017

    Why do you want to do a 5 day upper/lower split?

    If you really were to do a 5 day split, I would recommend something like a legs/push/pull/lower/upper split but that’s another article altogether.

    You can add cardio, but make sure it doesn’t impact strength on your lifts.

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      David - February 4, 2017

      Well I figured compared to 4 days, a 5 day split can be more efficient? And I guess give more of a chance to build muscle? But I’m aware more rest= more muscle but just haha just in case 🙂

      Thank Keith! I’m going to be trying it out starting Monday!

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        Keith - February 4, 2017

        Consistency above everything else. But if you’re still relatively new to lifting, a 4 day split works just fine for 99% of guys.

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mampho - February 2, 2017

My challenge is that since I’m new in exercising. I’m not familiar with the exercise terms used. Maybe a picture or video will assist beginners like me.

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    Keith - February 2, 2017

    I didn’t link to every single exercise, and I think putting an image for every single lift would be a bit much. A simple google search will tell you everything you need.

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Ricky - February 2, 2017

Hey Keith.

I always get confused in regards to implementing “warm up sets” with the actual “work sets” that you listed in the above examples. Any suggestions? Is it also necessary to do warm up sets on the smaller muscle groups or is it excessive?

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    Keith - February 2, 2017

    3-4 warmup sets should be done before each “big lift” (squat, deadlift, bench). Should start with lighter weights higher reps and progressively get heavier with lower reps.

    After that, it’s up to you if you want to do warmups for smaller muscle groups or more isolation type movements. I typically like to do 1 light set just to feel out the movement and establish the mind muscle connection.

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Ryan - February 1, 2017

Nice program Keith. Do you recommend reducing volume at all if on a cut?

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    Keith - February 1, 2017

    Highly depends on where you’re cutting from.

    If you have 5+ years of training under your belt, then prob not. You likely need the volume and intensity to maintain what you have.

    But if you’re barely an intermediate lifter, then yeah, maybe cut 1 set or so if you’re doing a 4 day split.

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Steven Do - January 31, 2017

What’s the recommended resting period between each exercises?

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    Keith - January 31, 2017

    “During the rest periods, take 2-3 minutes between sets done in the 4-6 and 6-8 rep range and 1.5-2 minutes between sets done in the 8-10 rep range.”

    Taxing movements like squats and deads will typically require you to rest closer to the upper end of the spectrum (i.e. 3 min)

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Mike - January 31, 2017

Good stuff. Thanks for laying it out.

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Pete - January 31, 2017

Awesome Keith! Was just thinking I need a new routine.

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