Post-Holiday Fitness Series: Workout Plan
With another holiday season now over, many of us are getting settled back into our normal routines and looking to develop new routines. For some this will include getting back to the gym and changing their eating habits so that they can lose weight, add muscle and live a healthier lifestyle. I am no different. The holiday season is my time each year to relax my strict eating habits, take an extra day or two off of working out each week and spend time relaxing and recharging. Throughout the holiday season I typically maintain a 4-day split at the gym, down from my normal 6-day program. But now it’s time to ratchet my workouts back up, shock my body and get back to a strict eating and supplement regimen.
Announcing the Post-Holiday Fitness Series
As I was working on tweaking my post-holiday routine, several people expressed interest in me publishing it. That has formed into the “Post Holiday Fitness Series” which will be a series of posts breaking down different elements of leading a healthier lifestyle. During this series we will cover my workout plan, a sample meal plan, what supplements & vitamins I use and how I design my workout playlist.
My hope is that you’ll be able to take these concepts and apply them to your life. If you’re already actively working out, maybe there will be a tweak to your fitness plan that you make. If you’ve wanted to eat a stricter diet or are curious about supplements, hopefully there are elements of my plan that will prove helpful to you. If you need a few basic tips to get motivated again, here are 9 tips for getting back in shape and 7 simple fitness tips that can help you.
About The Post-Holiday Fitness Series
The reason why I’m choosing to focus on my plan instead of designing a generalized plan is that each of us are at a different point with our fitness. Some will be just starting while others will be more advanced. These are the exercises, foods, supplements, vitamins and music that work best for me to achieve my current goals. I have been working out my entire life, growing up going to gyms with my dad and have been working out consistently 4-6 days per week for the past 2 years.
This phase of my fitness plan is focused on increasing cardio while still building muscle with a goal of reducing body fat.
A few notes about the below program:
- Most lifting programs are structured with chest/triceps and back/bicep splits but I find that by using a chest/biceps and back/triceps split, I am able to better target all muscle groups instead of the chest and back taking the primary role and the triceps and biceps taking a secondary role. If you’re going to use the below plan, test with both splits to see what works best for you.
- There is cardio every day. As body fat percentage gets lower, it becomes harder to reduce it even more therefore I have ratcheted up cardio from 3 days per week to 6 days per week. Over the years I have tested with 2 workouts per day and find those effective – lifting in the morning and doing cardio in the evening however with upcoming travel and a demanding work schedule, I structured the cardio into my morning routine. If I can sneak in an extra session a couple days per week at night, that will be a bonus. This also doesn’t take into account the 3-4 times per day that I take Sasha for a walk.
- Due to an existing knee issue, my legs workout is far reduced from what most people prefer to do. I’m not able to do exercises such as squats, leg extensions or other movements that put extreme stress on my knee. In fact for several years I didn’t do leg exercises at all because of the pain it would cause me. You may choose to break out legs into a single day and add several more exercises to your plan.
- For every movement there is a link to a how to video, most of them thanks to the amazing Muscle & Strength video database. If any or all of these movements are new to you, please take the time to learn how to perform these exercises correctly. Learning how to perform the movements correctly will prevent injury and help you to achieve your goals.
My Current Workout Plan
Total Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour each day
Rest Time: 30-45 seconds in between sets / 2-3 minutes in between exercises
Monday – Chest & Biceps
- Flat Barbell Bench Press – Wide Grip: 3 sets: 10,8,6
- Incline Barbell Press: 3 sets: 12,10,8
- Decline Dumbbell Bech Press: 3 sets: 12,10,8
- Dumbbell Flys: 3 sets: 10,10,8
- Standing Barbell Curl – Wide Grip: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- Alternating Incline Dumbbell Curl: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- Seated Preacher Curl: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- Box Jumps (24″ box): 5 sets – 30 secs on x 30 secs off
Tuesday – Cardio & Abs
- Cable Crunch: 3 x 25
- Hanging Knee Raise: 3 x 15
- Medicine Ball Decline Sit Ups: 3 x 15
- Decline Bench Leg Raise: 3 x 15
- Planks: failure
- Side Planks: failure
- Elliptical: 25 mins (intervals)
Wednesday – Back, Triceps & Forearms
- Barbell Deadlifts: 3 sets: 10,8,6
- Wide Grip Pull-Ups: 3 sets to failure
- Bent Over Barbell Row: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- One Arm Machine Row: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- Lat Pull Down: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- High Pulley Overhead Tricep Extension: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- Lying Triceps Extension: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- One Arm Cable Tricep Extension: 3 sets of 12 to 15
- Seated Barbell Wrist Curl: 3 sets: 12,12,12
- Burpees: 5 sets – 30 secs on x 30 secs off
Thursday – Cardio & Abs
- Exercise Ball Leg Tuck: 3 x 25
- Laying Leg Raises: 3 x 25
- Exercise Ball Crunches: 3 x 25
- Exercise Ball Plank: failure
- Dumbbell Side Bends: 3 x 15
- Elliptical: 25 mins (intervals)
Friday – Shoulders, Traps & Legs
- Standing Military Press: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- Seated Dumbbell Press: 3 sets: 10,10,10
- Lateral Dumbbell Raise: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- Barbell Front Raise: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- Dumbbell Shrugs: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- Barbell Upright Row: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- 45 Degree Leg Press: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- Dumbbell Lunges: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- Kettlebell Swings: 3 sets: 12,12,12
- Hack Calf Raises: 3 sets: 12,10,10
- Jump Rope: 10 sets – 1 min on x 30 sec off
Saturdays – Cardio & Abs
- Abdominal Air Bike: 30 reps
- Medicine Ball Jack Knife: 30 reps
- Weighted Exercise Ball Sit Ups: 30 reps
- Decline Bench Leg Raise: 15 reps
- Decline Abdominal Reach: 15 reps
- Planks with Feet On Bench: To failure
- Side Planks: To failure
- Elliptical: 25 minutes (intervals)
Sundays – Rest / Stretching
Sundays are a day of rest for me. I use this time stretch my muscles and recover before starting another week. If I can, I will try spending 15-20 minutes in a hot tub to relax my muscles.
What’s Next in the Post-Holiday Fitness Series
In the next article we’ll discuss structuring a meal plan to achieve the proper amount of protein intake and fuel your body on consistently throughout the day. If there are any questions you have or other topics you would like to see covered in this series, please let me know in the comments below.
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