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Modified Push/Pull Workout

Modified Push/Pull Workout

by Dustin Holston

If you are looking to increase strength, muscle size, and get a great all around workout, check out this Modified Push/Pull Workout.

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Fundamentals

A push/pull workout separates muscle groups quite different than most workouts. It isolates muscle groups that must “push” to be used vs. muscle groups that needs to be “pulled”.

Examples:

Chest- Push (you push the bar when you do bench press)

Back- Pull (you pull yourself up doing pullups, you pull the bar when doing deadlifts)

Quads- (Squats you push up, leg press you push)

Hamstrings- (Pull when you do stiff legged deadlifts)

Dustin’s Modified Push/Pull Workout

Day 1: Heavy Push

Day 2: Heavy Pull

Day 3: Shoulders and Abs

Day 4: Pump Push

Day 5: Pump Pull

Day 1: Heavy Push (weights are examples)

Bench Press: Bar x 15, 135 x 15, 185 x 3, 225 x 3 x 6

Inclined DB Press: 80 x 8 x 3

Pec Deck Flies: 130 x 8 x 3

Weighed Dips: 45 x 6 x 3

Squats: Warmup, 135 x 10, 225 x 5, 275 x 3 x 6

Walking Lunges: 3 sets

Leg Extensions: 3 sets of 10

Day 2: Heavy Pull (weights are examples)

Wide Grip Pull-downs: 170 x 6 x 5

Close Grip Pull-downs (revere grip): 170 x 6 x 3

Seated Leg Curls: 3 sets of 10

Stiffed Legged Deadlifts:  315 x 3 x 5

Seated Cable Rows: 3 sets of 10

Seated Calf Raises: 3 sets of 15

Inclined Biceps Curls: 5 sets of 8

 

Day 3: Shoulders and Abs

Lateral Raises: 5 sets of 10

Frontal Raises: 3 sets of 10

Shoulder Press: 5 sets of 10

Rear Delt Flies: 3 sets of 10

Hanging Leg Raises: 3 sets of 15

Standing Rope Crunches: 3 sets of 15

Day 4: Pump Push

Bench Press: 5 sets of 15 reps

Close Grip Bench: 3 sets of 15

Inclined DB Press: 3 sets of 12

Leg Press: 5 sets of 20

Leg Extensions: 5 sets of 20

Standing Calf Raises: 3 sets of 15

Dips: 3 sets of 15

Day 5: Pump Pull

Pull ups: 5 sets of 10

Yates Rows*: 3 sets of 15

Light Stiff Legged Deadlifts: 3 sets of 15

Leg Curls: 3 sets of 15

Seated Cable Rows: 3 sets of 12

21’s- 3 sets

Hammer Curls: 3 sets of 12


 

Post Workout

It is vital after a grueling workout to have a post workout shake with simple sugars and easily digestible protein. I prefer the Post Workout Stack from 1st Phorm. Check it out here: https://1stphorm.com/a/products/stacks/post-workout-stack?a_aid=NutritionTrain

Summary

The idea is to increase weight on heavy bench press, heavy squats, and heavy deadlifts every week or 2. It will becoming increasingly difficult to do. Cardio should be done as often as possible, but only after your workout and for 15-20 minutes maximum. I like to vary my speeds with a little HIIT. I actually use this workout when I’m bulking and cutting.

*I am not a medical professional, please speak to a doctor before starting any diet or workout program.

 

Questions or Comments?

 

Let me know!

 

Dustin Holston

Domination Workout Plan

Domination Workout Plan

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The Domination Workout:

The goal of the Domination Workout is to add quality size and strength without adding fat. The goal is to “recomposition” your body so that your weight will stay close to the same it is now by cutting fat and gaining quality muscle at the same time. This would be a great workout for the 1st Phorm Transphormation Contest. 

How it works:

The Domination Workout consists of various workouts in combination with a quality meal plan. Cardio is high intensity based with only sprints mixed with jogging/walking. This has been proven to target fat better than long walks/jogs.

The Meal Plan:

The Supplements (Free Shipping Links Included):

  • The Post Workout Stack – This is to help replenish glycogen lost after strenuous workout and fuel your muscles with the highest quality protein (1 scoop of each immediately after workout)
  • Megawatt V2– Potent Pre Workout
  • 1st Phorm BCAA– Great Amino Acid product I mix with pre workout
  • M-Factor– Potent Multivitamin  (morning)
  • Full Mega Fish Oil–  Potent anti-inflammatory for overall health (night)
  • Level-1 Protein– Meal Replacement for muscle growth and fat loss  (Saves money on meals and can take it to replace breakfast or lunch)
  • The Primal Pack (Optional) – Men over 30 lose testosterone fast. This helps raise them naturally.

The Domination Workout:

First 4 weeks Pump Phase

Monday: Biceps and Shoulders 

Note: No more than 30-60 seconds rest between sets

Biceps: 

3 sets of dumbbell hammer curls (10-12 reps)

3 sets of preacher curls (10-12 reps)

3 sets of inclined dumbbell curls (10-12 reps)

Shoulders:

3 sets of shoulder press (Dumbbell or Barbell or Machine) (12-15 reps)

3 sets of frontal raises (10-12 reps)

3 sets of lateral raises (10-12 reps)

3 sets of rear delt flies or high rows (use rope on cable and pull to face) (10-12 reps)

Cardio:

10 minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Tuesday: Chest and Triceps

5 sets of bench press increasing weight each set (15-12-10-8-5)

3 sets of inclined dumbbell bench (8-12 reps)

3 sets of dips (15-20 reps)

3 sets of triceps rope pulldowns(10-12 reps)

3 sets of triceps rope overhead extensions (10-12 reps)

Cardio:

10 minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Wednesday Legs:

5 sets of squats increasing in weight each set (15, 12, 10, 8, 6)

3 sets of leg press (20 reps per set)

3 sets of calf raises on leg press (20 reps per set)

3 sets of seated calf raises (10 reps per set)

3 sets of leg extensions (10-15 reps per set)

3 sets of stiff legged deadlifts (Light weight, 10-15 reps per set)

No Cardio.

Thursday: Back and Traps

5 sets of pulldowns (wide grip) (8-12 reps per set)

3 sets of pulldowns (reverse grip chin up stance) (8-12 reps per set)

3 sets of Seated Cable Rows (8-12 reps per set)

3 sets of bent over dumbbell rows (reverse grip Yate’s Row Style) (8-12 reps per set)

5 sets of Dumbbell or Barbell Shrugs (10-20 reps per set)

Cardio:

10 minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Saturday: Pump Day

5 sets of barbell bench (10-20 reps per set)

5 sets of alternating biceps curl

5 sets of dips

5 sets of leg extensions

5 sets of leg curls

Cardio:

20  minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Last 4 Weeks Strength Phase

Monday: Biceps and Shoulders

Biceps: 

3 sets of dumbbell hammer curls (10-12 reps) (hold for 3 seconds every 3rd rep)

3 sets of preacher curls (10-12 reps) (Hold for 3 seconds every 3rd rep)

3 sets of inclined dumbbell curls (10-12 reps) (Hold for 3 seconds every 3rd rep)

Shoulders:

5 sets of shoulder press (Dumbbell or Barbell or Machine) (6-10 reps)

3 sets of lateral raises (10-12 reps)

3 sets of rear delt flies or high rows (use rope on cable and pull to face) (10-12 reps)

Cardio:

10 minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Tuesday: Chest and Triceps

5 sets of bench press same weight each set, increase by 10 pounds each week if complete (5 reps)

3 sets of inclined dumbbell bench (6 reps)

3 sets of Close Grip Bench Press (6-8 reps)

3 sets of dips (15-20 reps)

3 sets of triceps rope pulldowns(10-12 reps)

Cardio:

10 minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Wednesday Legs:

5 sets of squats increasing in weight each set (8, 6, 4, 2, 1)

3 sets of leg press (10 reps per set)

3 sets of calf raises on leg press (20 reps per set)

3 sets of seated calf raises (10 reps per set)

3 sets of leg extensions (10-15 reps per set)

3 sets of stiff legged deadlifts (Light weight, 10-15 reps per set)

No Cardio.

Thursday: Back and Traps

5 sets of pulldowns (wide grip) (6-8 reps per set)

3 sets of pulldowns (reverse grip chin up stance) (6-8 reps per set)

3 sets of Seated Cable Rows (6-8 reps per set)

3 sets of bent over dumbbell rows (5 reps per set)

5 sets of Dumbbell or Barbell Shrugs (10-20 reps per set)

Cardio:

10 minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Saturday: Pump Day

5 sets of barbell bench (10-20 reps per set)

5 sets of alternating biceps curl

5 sets of dips

5 sets of leg extensions

5 sets of leg curls

Cardio:

20  minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

 

Summary:

The goal is to keep up with this workout for at least 8 weeks. At the end of the 8 weeks, you can switch to a different workout or start at the beginning of the Pump Phase. Alternating Pump Phase with Strength Phase gives your muscles a break and helps you build new muscle. Your goal should be to increase your bench press max by 30 pounds over the course of the 8 week program. Should see an increase of 50 pounds on squats. The idea is get stronger, get more ripped, and gain muscle without gaining any fat.

 

Try it, like it, share it.

 

Thanks,
Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest Between Sets: How Much is Needed?

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How much rest is needed between sets?

This isn’t an easy answer. The easiest way to formulate an answer is to determine what are your goals.

Strength vs. Hypertrophy (size)

When strength training, you should be focusing on 1 of 2 outcomes: To become stronger or to get bigger muscles. Although there are some correlation between the two, it isn’t direct.

Let’s look at the above photo. On the left, Eddie Hall, one of the world strongest men and holder of the record for the most weight ever deadlifted. On the right is Big Ramy, a top 6 bodybuilder in the world. Eddie Hall focuses on strength training to maximize effort in short bursts (one rep maxes, etc.) while Big Ramy focuses on hypertrophy and the maximum amount of growth for the muscle.

Rest to Gain Strength:

Studies have shown that when lifting 50%-90% of one rep max, rest 3-5 minutes between sets to maximize strength. This break also had benefits of reducing injury when lifting heavy weight. 

Rest to Gain Muscle:

To promote hypertrophy, resting between 30-60 seconds with moderate rep schemes were optimal (8-15 reps). This also allowed you to maximize the effects of Growth Hormone. 

Nutrition to Maximize Effects of Both:

Whether you are training for strength or size, quality nutrition and supplementation can add quality muscle and strength gains. MegaWatt V2 by 1st Phorm is a great supplement to get you ready for the gym. This preworkout includes doses of creatine, beta alanine,  agmatine sulfate, caffeine, and more to get your ready for the gym. Post workout nutrition such as Ignition + Phormula-1 will help your muscles grow and repair post workout by feeding carbs, protein, and amino acids to the muscles.

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What works for you?

Sound off below!

Dustin Holston

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The easy way to a ripped and toned back for men and women

The easy way to a ripped and toned back for men and women…

Many gym-goers try to fit in as many exercises as they can without much thought other than “I must get bigger and stronger”, or “I must get ripped and toned”. This is a workout for people beginning in weight training, people wanting some diversity to their training, or people wanting to build function strength. Let’s learn about the anatomy of the back…

“The back is your best friend when it comes to making your waist appear smaller”

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Your back is made up of multiple muscles, but the muscles I want you to focus on are your Latissimus Dorsi  or “Lats”.

The “Lats”

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The lats are one of the biggest and strongest muscles in your body. From the animation above, you notice that they sit like wings below your arm pits down to your lower back. There are numerous functions and benefits of strong lats, but aesthetically speaking, the wider you make your back, the more narrow your waist looks. Here are some examples of my wife and I.

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How to build wide and strong wings: Pull-ups, Pull-ups, Pull-ups…

Back Workout (1-2 times per week)

100 reps of pull-ups (If you cannot do a pull-up unassisted, use the pull-up assisting machine) the key is to not leave the bar until you get all 100, whether this takes 2 minutes or 20 minutes. Each week try to do it a bit faster (in time) than the previous week. If you are using the assistance machine, go down in assistance each week until you are able to do them without assistance. (Advanced- Add weight using a weight belt and complete this exercise.)

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100 reps of wide grip lat pull-downs only if you are unable to do a pull-up on the assistance machine, or do not have the machine available. Find a weight that you can only do 10-12 times, and do not give up until you do all 100 reps. Take as many sets as you need, and rest a little. Each week you should increase the weight until you are able to do a pull-up.

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4 sets of bent-over barbell rows (Yates Rows or Regular) I like going for 15 reps, and increase the weight each week. (Yates Rows on left, Regular Bent-Over Barbell Rows on right).

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Supplementation

Drink plenty of fluids, and after your workout grab some Phormula-1 and add a scoop of Ignition for post-workout carbs and protein. This will help fuel your muscles for better performance. Both can be bought with free shipping @ nutritiontrain.1stphorm.com

Try this workout for 3 to 4 months and see the results!!!

Lift Heavy My Friends,

Dustin Holston
Certified Personal Trainer/Certified Sports Nutritionist
1st Phorm Brand Ambassador
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