Upper and Lower Body Workouts - Training Tips To Build Muscle
If you are a past beginner who is now ready to move into intermediate
training then you may want to try some Upper/Lower body alternatives.
You may have used some upper and lower body workouts for beginner
stages but you can now use them to get to the next level of your
fitness. The basis is to use breakdowns or splits of upper body
and lower body training for alternating days helping you go from
full body workouts to singling out muscle groups slowly. This is
a perfect way to move into an intermediate training level.
Different splits are:
- 4 Day Split: Day 1 & 4 is Upper body, Day 2 and 5 is Lower
- 5 Day Split: same as above with day 3 as a Core day for back
- 3 Day Split: Week 1 Day 1 Upper body, Day 3 Lower Body, Day
5 Upper body
- Week 2 Day 1 Lower body, Day 3 Upper Body, Day 5 Lower body
Of course as a beginner you would have already tried a 2 days split
doing upper for day 1 and lower for day 3 or 4. You may have also
tried a 3 day split with day 1 upper, day 3 core, day 5 lower. The
above splits are a perfect transition into intermediate from beginner.
You can start with compound choices for the first couple months
then try some isolated exercises and some weeks where you do a compound
for a day or 2 then isolated for a few days. A few months longer
down the line you can mix compound and isolated together. By changing
these around and making small changes each week such as reps or
sets or an exercise change, you will keep the body guessing and
the shock will enforce the goals you want enticing them to happen.
Compound choices would be exercises which use many muscle groups
during the exercise. Lower body compound exercises are: Leg Press,
Squats, Hack squat, Inverted Leg Press, Seated or lying Hamstring
Curls, Standing Calve Raises, Lunges and Hamstrings on the ball.
Upper body compound exercises are: Pullups, Mid Back Row, Chin Ups,
Dips, Push Ups, Tricep Dips, Military or Shoulder Press and Deadlifts.
Core compounds are: V-sits, Ab bench, Knee Raises, Decline Oblique
Crunches, Hyper Extensions and Prone Double Ball Lifts.
Work with 3 to 4 sets of 8-15 reps choosing 8-12 exercises for
the total workout. Rest between reps should be for 30 - 90 seconds.
Rest between sets should be 1-2 minutes. Choose a weight which is
comfortable for the sets and reps chosen. Make sure to warm up for
5-10 minutes with some jogging or cycling and stretch the muscles
worked for cool down.
Here is an upper/lower split you can try for a 4 day
Day 1 and 4 - 3 sets of 10 per exercise
Leg Press, Hamstring curls, calve press, lunges, Burpees (snuck
those in there teehee) and V-Sits.
Day 2 and 5 - 3 sets of 10 per exercise
Push ups, Pullups, Tricep Dips, Chin Ups, Deadlifts, Decline Oblique
Crunches and Overhead Shoulder Press.