Intermediate Workout Plan
If you can do 10 good pushups and 3 good pullups then this workout is appropriate for you, otherwise, stick with the beginning workout plan.
At this stage you have the feel for the exercises and are starting to push yourself harder so you get sore the day after the workout. Because you are pushing yourself harder, it takes you longer to recover between workouts so you are on a 3 day on, 1 day off workout cycle so each bodypart gets exercises once every four days.
The only equipment you need to do this workout is a pullup bar and a used weight set from a garage sale. Please don’t waste money on new equipment, you can get it used for pennies on the dollarfrom craigslist. For a used weight set, expect to pay 10 cents to 50 cents per pound. Remember, your muscles don’t care if your weights are new, shiny, and chrome or rusty, used, and cast iron – don’t waste money on new stuff, buy used and save money! You can make your own pullup bar with $5 of metal toprail from a hardware store or buy a no-mar, door mount pullup bar.
Please remember, working out without maintaining proper nutrition will drastically limit your results. If you dont have the time to become an expert on bodybuilding nutrition, then consider using my awesome free custom meal planner. In under 90 seconds you can set up an account and make a complete meal plan to perfectly fit YOUR metabolic rate, YOUR nutritional preferences, and YOUR goals! Bulk, cut, or recomp using keto, low carb, medium carb, vegan, or vegetarian – your choice! All will result in an optimal meal plan, not only that, it will make you a shopping list and tell you how to prepare the meals!
Day 1 – Push Workout
Day 2 – Pull Workout
Day 3 – Legs Workout
Day 4: Rest day. Cardio: 20 minutes – jog, brisk walk or bike
Day 5: Back to day 1 push workout.
When you stop seeing improvement in terms of your strength or the number of reps you can do, its time to move up to the advanced workout. Don’t be too hasty though, stick with this workout until you can do 10 pullups and 20 pushups.
Choosing the right weight. In your workouts above, a range of repetitions is given. Choose a weight heavy enough so that you can only do 12 reps with flawless, slow form as I illustrate in the video for each exercise. If you can do more than 12 reps, add weight. If you can’t do at least 6 reps, then lower the weight. Use this same weight for all your sets of this exercise, naturally you will do fewer each subsequent set as you become more tired. As long as you can still do at least 6 reps, keep using that same weight. If you become so tired that you cant do that 6 reps with proper form then decrease the weight.
How much rest between sets? Start with about 90 seconds rest between sets. If you are feeling rushed, increase it to 2 minutes, if you are feeling bored then decrease it to 60 seconds. If you want to save time, you can superset exercises. For example you could do dumbbell press, then without any rest, do the dumbbell flys. Other good exercises to superset:
- lats: overhand pullups and dumbbell rows
- legs: stiff legged dead lifts and calve raises
- shoulders: shoulder side raise and reverse flys
Other Important Topics:
If you have been doing my intermediate workout, you will notice that the main difference with this advanced intermediate workout is that each muscle is only being worked out once a week rather than three times a week as it was in the beginning workout, most people have trouble with this concept – less is more! You are working out far less often but you are working out each muscle with much more intensity and for a longer duration. In the intermediate workout, you were only working out chest for about 5minutes but doing it 3 times a week (15min total/week). In this advanced intermediate workout you only workout chest once a week but do it for 20 minutes. Since you are working out much more intensely, the body needs much more time to recuperate and rebuild your muscles.
Bodybuilding does not end when you leave the gym!
Many bodybuilders make the mistake of thinking that their work ends when they leave the gym, wrong! If you have followed the advice on my beginning workout plan you have already made a good start in learning about nutritional basics. As an advanced intermediate you need to continue learning, again, spend at least an hour a week reading about nutrition and bodybuilding. Try to get to the point that you can look at a meal and accurately guess the calories, grams of protein, grams of fiber and grams of fat. Start learning about some more advanced bodybuilding techniques like drop sets and supersets. You spend at least 5 hours in the gym a week, why not maximize your results by doing an hour of research each week? The more you read and learn, the faster your bodybuilding progress will be! Start with this website but don’t stop here, I’m just one person. Look on the internet, go to your public library (best option) or buy some of the recommended books.
Its important to note that there are many different goals people have when they are lifting weights. Most arguments about what is the “best workout plan” result because the people arguing have different priorities on the following workout goals:
In my workouts on this website, I have come up with a good general purpose workouts that give the most benefit with the least risk for the largest number of people. If you are a cage fighter or will be powerlifting in the next olympics, these workouts will help you but wont be optimal for your needs.
Home Workout Plans
There are many reasons to workout at home. You can’t beat the convenience, price and comfortable surroundings of home bodybuilding workouts but can you get huge with home workouts?You betcha! Gym workouts have no advantage over home workouts when it comes to gaining lean muscle mass as long as you have a good, used, free weight set which you can get used for the price of one month’s gym membership.
I am not married to my own workouts, for many people, other types of workouts are more appropriate. Think that 5×5, Crossfit, P90x or SS might be better for you? Find the best workout for you based upon your personal goals.
Not only are home workouts just as good as gym workouts when it comes to gaining lean muscle mass but most people do not realize the incredible time efficiency of working out at home. A sixty minute home workout takes … well, 60 minutes. On the other hand a “60 minute” gym workout takes far longer. People often forget the fifteen minutes driving each way to the gym adds 30 minutes. Navigating the cramped locker room to undress and dress adds another 10 minutes. Waiting for the equipment you need to open up adds another 10 minutes. Chatting with the staff after your workout adds 10 minutes. By the time you are back home, your “60 minute” gym workout has taken you two hours. In this day and age, most people are frantically busy and many claim they “dont have time” to workout – home workouts are a great solution to staying strong, muscular, and ripped on a tight schedule.
So now that you have decided to do my home workouts, which one of them is best for you? The table below helps give you an idea which of my workouts is appropriate for your ability level. Jumping to a workout that is too advanced for you will result in slower gains, not faster. Similarly, not moving up to the next plan when you are strong enough to do so will result in a plateau. You can’t just do a beginning workout more often or longer to turn it into an ‘advanced’ workout. Note the word ‘and‘ is bolded for a reason in the below chart. If you can do a kazillion pushups but only one pullup then stick to my beginning workout. Try to be objective and honest with yourself in the strength assessment below and place yourself into the proper workout plan.
|Required Ability||Lifting Experience||Best Workout|
|can do 3 pullups and 10 pushups||1 month min||intermediate workout|
|can do 10 pullups and 20 pushups||6 months min||advanced workout|
|If you don’t satisfy all the requirements for a workout, use the workout above it.|
The only equipment you need to do these workouts is a pullup bar and a used weight set from a garage sale. Please don’t waste money on new equipment, you can get it used for pennies on the dollar from craigslist. For a used weight set, expect to pay 10 cents to 50 cents per pound. Remember, your muscles don’t care if your weights are new, shiny, and chrome or rusty, used, and cast iron – don’t waste money on new stuff, buy used and save money! You can make your own pullup bar with $5 of metal toprail from a hardware store or buy a no-mar, door mount pullup bar.
Please remember, lifting weights without maintaining proper nutrition will drastically limit your results. If you don’t understand my nutrition section then consider the book Bodybuilding Revealed which has the best coverage of bodybuilding nutrition I have seen (Read my review).