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Best Bodybuilding Programs to gain big Muscles : 12 Week Workout Program

         I get a lot of e-mail from people asking me all sorts of exercise related questions such as:

 @ How many days per week should I workout? 
 @ How many exercises should I do for each body part? 
 @ How many sets and reps should I do? 
 @ Should I lift heavy weights / low reps or light weights / high reps? 
 @ How often should I train each body part? 

For anyone looking to pack on some serious muscle mass, one of the top priorities will be to determine what the best bodybuilding workout to follow is. There are a wide range of different workouts available, so choosing the one that will suit your needs best is important.

It's also essential that you understand which factors contribute the most to gaining lean muscle mass. A program that utilizes these principles will often fare better than one that doesn't.

Let's take a brief look at some of the more popular bodybuilding workout set-ups and identify the pros and cons of each.


                                                           
                                                The Workout Routine

Weeks 1 & 2 & 3 do the following workout routine.

Monday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

1) Squats: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 5 sets of 5 reps (train heavy, but don't train to failure)

2) Dead lifts: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 5 sets of 5 reps (train heavy, but don't train to failure)

3) Standing calf raise: 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

4) Leg raises: 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

5) Incline sit ups: 
- 3 sets of 10-20 reps 

Tuesday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

1) Incline barbell bench press: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 5 sets of 5 reps (train heavy, but don't train to failure)

2) Seated dumbbell shoulder press: 
- 5 sets of 8 reps

3) Bicep cable curls: (from low pulley) 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

4) Tricep push downs: (using straight bar attachment) 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

5) Bent over dumbbell lateral raises: 
- 3 sets of 10-15 reps 

Thursday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

1) Leg press: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 4 sets of 15 reps

2) Leg curls: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps

3) Wide grip pull downs: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps

4) Hyper extensions: 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

5) Pull down ab crunches: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps 

Friday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

1) Incline dumbbell bench press: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

2) Dumbbell side lateral raises: 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

3) Bicep dumbbell curls: 
- 4 sets of 12 reps

4) Tricep push downs: (with rope attachment) 
- 4 sets of 12 reps

5) Barbell upright rows: 
- 3 sets of 15 reps

Keep records of the exercises, weights, sets, and reps that you do. Each workout try to beat what you did for your previous workout. With the squat, dead lift, and incline barbell bench press try to add 5 lbs. to the bar each week and do the same number of sets and reps. 

Weeks 4 & 5 & 6 do the following workout routine.

Monday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

1) Bent over barbell rows: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 5 sets of 8 reps

2) Barbell shoulder shrugs: 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

Leg extensions: 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

Leg curls: 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

Seated calf raise: 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

Incline sit ups: 
- 3 sets of 10-20 reps 

Tuesday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

Decline barbell bench press: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 5 sets of 5 reps (train heavy, but don't train to failure)

Seated barbell shoulder press: (i.e. military press) 
- 5 sets of 8 reps

Preacher barbell curls: 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

Lying tricep extensions: (with the EZ bar) 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

Cable upright rows: (from the low pulley) 
- 3 sets of 15 reps 

Thursday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

Hack Squat:: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 4 sets of 15 reps

Stiff leg dead lifts:: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps

Seated cable rows: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps

Leg raises: 
- 4 sets of 12 reps

Crunches:: 
- 4 sets of 25+ reps 

Friday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

Flat dumbbell bench press: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Dumbbell front lateral raises: 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Bicep barbell curls: 
- 4 sets of 12 reps

Tricep push downs: (with V bar attachment) 
- 4 sets of 12 reps

Close grip pull downs: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps

Keep records of the exercises, weights, sets, and reps that you do. Each workout try to beat what you did for your previous workout. With the decline bench press and the bent barbell row try to add 5 lbs. to the bar each week and do the same number of sets and reps. 


Weeks 7 & 8 & 9 do the following workout routine.

Monday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

Squats: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 5 sets of 5 reps (train heavy, but don't train to failure)

Partial Dead lifts: (use a power rack and set the bar just below your knees) 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 5 sets of 5 reps (train heavy, but don't train to failure)

Chin ups: 
- 4 sets of as many reps as you can do

Pull down ab crunches: 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

Leg raises: 
- 5 sets of 10 reps 

Tuesday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

Flat barbell bench press: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 5 sets of 5 reps (train heavy, but don't train to failure)

Bent over dumbbell lateral raises: 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Dumbbell side lateral raises: 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Dumbbell front lateral raises: 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Bicep cable curls: (from low pulley) 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

Tricep push downs: (using straight bar attachment) 
- 5 sets of 10 reps 

Thursday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

Hack Squat:: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

Leg press: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps

Chest supported row: (i.e. T-bar row, hammer strength seated row, etc.) 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Hyper extensions: 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Pull down ab crunches: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps 

Friday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

Dumbbell bench press on the stability ball: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Dumbbell shoulder press sitting on the stability ball: 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

EZ bar bicep curls: 
- 4 sets of 12 reps

One arm over head dumbbell extensions: 
- 4 sets of 12 reps

One arm dumbbell rows: 
- 3 sets of 15 reps

Keep records of the exercises, weights, sets, and reps that you do. Each workout try to beat what you did for your previous workout. With the squat, partial dead lift, and flat barbell bench press try to add 5 lbs. to the bar each week and do the same number of sets and reps. 

Weeks 10, 11, and 12 do the following workout routine.

Monday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

Leg press: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 5 sets of 5 reps (train heavy, but don't train to failure)

Stiff leg dead lifts: 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 5 sets of 5 reps (train heavy, but don't train to failure)

Wide grip pull downs: 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Incline sit ups: 
- 5 sets of 15 reps

Leg raises: 
- 5 sets of 15 reps 

Tuesday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

Dips: (add extra weight if needed) 
- do a couple warm up sets first 
- 5 sets of 5 reps (train heavy, but don't train to failure)

Chin ups: 
- 4 sets of as many reps as you can do

Side lateral raises:
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Seated barbell shoulder press: (i.e. military press) 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Bicep dumbbell preacher curls: 
- 5 sets of 10 reps

Tricep push downs: (using rope attachment) 
- 5 sets of 10 reps 

Thursday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

Squats: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps

Leg curls: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps

Leg extensions: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps

Seated cable rows: 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Standing calf raise: 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Pull down ab crunches: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps 

Friday: (five minutes of light cardio to warm up)

Push ups with feet elevated on the stability ball: 
- 4 sets of as many reps as you can do

Seated dumbbell shoulder press: 
- 4 sets of 10 reps

Standing one arm dumbbell curls: 
- 4 sets of 12 reps

(Super set the curls with the over head tricep extensions, you can use the same dumbbell for both exercises. For example, set of curls with one arm, set of curls with the other arm, set of extensions with one arm, set of extensions with the other arm, with no rest in between.)

One arm over head dumbbell extensions: 
- 4 sets of 12 reps

Close grip pull downs: 
- 4 sets of 15 reps

Each 3 week cycle is different. You will focus on different exercises during each cycle. This will allow you to make consistent progress over the long term.

After you complete this 12 week workout program you can go through the program again and strive to beat your personal best lifts from the first time through. Or you can move on to something totally different.

To be continued.........




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