Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 49 – Day 3

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Today’s workout is based on the classic 10 x 10 bodybuilding protocol I outlined in this article. Expect your muscles to feel like balloons by the end of this workout.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

THE WORKOUT

Resistance Exercise #1 – Chest Press (Barbell, Dumbbell, Machine, Band – Flat, Incline, Decline)

  • Pick whichever version Chest Press you want.
  • Choose a weight that you perform for 20 reps. This means that the first few sets of the 10×10 will seem way too easy. But don’t worry, around set number 6, it WON’T feel easy anymore.
  • Perform 10 reps
  • Rest 60-120 seconds
  • Perform another 10 reps
  • Repeat until you have completed all10 sets
  • The last 3-4 sets should be extremely difficult to complete the full 10 reps.
  • Incline DB Chest Press video

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Rest 60-120 seconds and move on to…

Resistance Exercise #2 – Chin-Ups or Pulldowns (Use either an underhand or neutral/palms facing grip)

  • Pick whichever version – Chin-Up or Pulldown that you want.
  • Choose a weight that you perform for 20 reps. This means that the first few sets of the 10×10 will seem way too easy. But don’t worry, around set number 6, it WON’T feel easy anymore.
  • Perform 10 reps
  • Rest 60-120 seconds
  • Perform another 10 reps
  • Repeat until you have completed all10 sets
  • The last 3-4 sets should be extremely difficult to complete the full 10 reps.
  • Band Pulldown video

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Rest 60-120 seconds and move on to…

Resistance Exercise #3 – Dumbbell Fly (Incline, Flat or Decline) 

Note – We’re doing 4 sets (performed slowly) this time…not 10 sets (performed normal speed).

  • Pick whichever version – Incline, Flat or Decline that you want.
  • Choose a weight that you perform for 20 “normal speed” reps.
  • Perform 10 reps…with the lifting & lowering portion of the lift performed SLOWLY.
  • Rest 60-120 seconds
  • Perform another 10 reps
  • Repeat until you have completed all 4 sets
  • The last 2 sets should be extremely difficult to complete the full 10 reps.
  • Dumbbell Fly video

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Rest 60-120 seconds and move on to…

Resistance Exercise #4 – Cable/Machine/Band Row (Standing or Seated) 

Note – We’re doing 4 sets (performed slowly) this time…not 10 sets (performed normal speed).

  • Pick whichever version – Cable/Machine/Band – Seated/Standing that you want.
  • Choose a weight that you perform for 20 “normal speed” reps.
  • Perform 10 reps…with the lifting & lowering portion of the lift performed SLOWLY.
  • Rest 60-120 seconds
  • Perform another 10 reps
  • Repeat until you have completed all 4 sets
  • The last 2 sets should be extremely difficult to complete the full 10 reps.
  • Seated Cable Row video

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  • Alright, that’s it for today. Go stretch out your muscles, grab a shower and get on with your life.
  • Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching).
Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.