Hitting The Gym: Core Lifting Program

hitting-the-gym-core-lifting-programI am currently wrapping up Body Beast and will be starting Focus T25 on July 8th.  With the program being only 5 days a week and 25 minutes a day, I plan to do some supplemental workouts!  I am ready to change it up… and am starting with hitting the gym to do some old school lifting.  I have developed a core lifting program that I will do 2 days a week to go along with all the cardio and body weight resistance I am doing in Focus T25.

I have the urge to hit the Olympic barbell and lift heavy after doing so much work with the dumbbells and EZ bar.  I was looking for a simple but effective split set workouts… one day being a chest and back split, the other being a legs and shoulders split.  I am going to start out with sets of 8 to get used to the weight and then will be dropping to 6 and eventually 4 reps per set in later weeks… once I get used to the lift and the weight.  I will be doing these lifts as a hypertrophy program to start with.  This means 4-5 seconds on the negative of each rep, only a 30 second rest between sets, and 3 minutes between lifts.

We will be lifting BIG.  This excites me.

So here are the two workouts that I based around the Savage 4X4 lifts.

Core Lifting Program: Chest & Back

Benchpress: 4 sets
Deadlift: 4 sets
Incline Benchpress: 4 sets
Good Mornings: 4 sets
T-Bar Rows: 4 sets
Skullcrusher: 4 sets
Reverse Grip Barbell Rows: 4 sets

Core Lifting Program: Legs & Shoulders

Seating Overhead Barbell Press: 4 sets
Romanian Deadlifts: 4 sets
Arnold Press: 4 sets
Front Squats: 4 sets
Barbell Curls: 4 sets
Standing Calf Raises: 4 sets

Hitting The Gym: Core Lifting Program

Simple, but it looks challenging and hopefully effective.  I plan on doing this for two months or so before diving into another round of Body Beast.  I think that if I can do some different lifts, I can increase my strength in the Body Beast workouts.  And mixed with the Focus T25 program, it should be a good mix of fun stuff… enough to keep me engaged for the rest of the summer.

After all, I got to 1000+ workouts by MIXING IT UP and not doing the same thing all the time.  I’m a Beachbody Coach and absolultely LOVE Beachbody programs… but this will only help me get more out of the programs in the future (or at least until Body Beast 2, haha).

I will post some of the workouts  and how they go.  I expect to be weak at first on most of these lifts as they are different from what I am used to… and it takes time and practice to master the movement.

Either way, I can’t wait!  See you in the gym.  :)

Ryan GillespieRyan Gillespie
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4 Responses to “Hitting The Gym: Core Lifting Program”

  1. I’ve been thinking about setting up the weight bench and starting to lift again too. I did Stronglifts early last year and had good results – It’d be interesting to see if I’ve improved in the big three through the P90X work.

    • I’ll put money down right now that you have. All those ab rippers have to be good for something. So what is the Stronglift schedule?


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