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Cory Gregory's Get Swole: Phase Two, Pyramid Phase Overview

Phase Two of Get Swole asks you to push heavy iron across a series of brutal pyramid workouts. Train, eat, and supplement for size. This is how you grow.

Coming off the Foundation Phase, we roll right into pyramid training. Phase Two of Get Swole is all about pushing heavy iron. Many of the rep ranges in this phase start at 20 and drop all the way down to 2, which helps you build strength and muscular endurance.

This phase dials back the clock for me. I trained pyramids in high school, when my body really started to change and I built some serious strength. You'll feel some deep muscle soreness throughout the Pyramid Phase, making recovery meals and supplements even more important. You will add phenomenal lean tissue in this phase, but you have to be ready to work.

Get Swole: Phase Two!

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Phase Two Pyramid Phase

During Phase Two, we introduce high-intensity interval training (HIIT) cardio on one of your rest days to offset your workouts and keep you lean. The main focus of this phase, however, is heavy iron. Some endurance components remain, because some of the reps are still high. Say goodbye to supersets for now. Just push heavy weight, push it often, and gain muscle.

You may notice some different results in this phase, like increased deep muscle soreness. The strength gains come fast, but you have to learn how to lift heavy weight. Mentally, you have to get up for it. When it's time for heavy benching and squats, you have to be ready. To ease your mind, the supplementation and diet don't change much. Except for some minor tweaks, your kitchen and supplement habits are already established.

You'll see substantial physique changes at the end of this phase, like increase chest and back density. You'll get a little bit thicker, a bit more round, and a bit more solid. You should feel like you fill out your T-shirt better than you did after Phase One.

Phase Two Training Overview

Pyramid Training starts with a light weight for high reps. As you work, your sets increase in weight and decrease in reps. Make sure you go to failure on every set. I want you to push as much weight as possible with clean form. You need to lift heavy, but don't lose your focus on safe form and full range of motion.

Unlike Phase One, where almost everything was superset, you won't be pyramiding the entire phase. When you are not pyramiding, you'll lift with a variety of techniques and templates like partial reps and pause reps. This training will give you a crazy burn, but also gives a nice fullness to your muscles.

On one of your rest days, which doesn't necessarily have to be day six, you'll perform 30 minutes of HIIT cardio. Alternate one minute of high-intensity work with one minute of low-intensity work for a total of 30 minutes. This quick cardio session will keep your gains lean throughout the Pyramid Phase.

Pyramid Phase Cardio ///

  • HIIT any machine of your choice.
  • 1 minute high intensity
  • 1 minute low intensity
  • 30 minutes total

Because the exercises don't change from week to week until Phase Three, key in on proper form and add weight to each movement in each workout. Track your progress to ensure you progress. You're going to add strength in this phase, and it will be fun to push some heavy weight.

Phase Two Nutrition Overview

Since the goal to this phase is to increase mass and strength, we increase your calories by increasing your carb intake. Remember, this is not a dirty bulk, so the calorie intake isn't drastic. Once again, this program was built with Dr. Mike Kim, MusclePharm's Director of Medicine.

Phase Two has 200-300 more calories than Phase One to keep you growing and help you deal with the increased intensity of each workload. More weight moved per workout requires more energy, and clean carbohydrates are your body's preferred energy source.

You can add more carbohydrates to your breakfast and before your workouts, but the biggest addition to your meal plan is a cup of fruit right before you go to bed. If you eat carbs before bed, it increases your serotonin levels to give you a nice transition into sleep. You still eat the same quality foods as in the Foundation Phase, but the quantity is slightly turned up.

You have to rotate your meat and vegetables sources. If you eat turkey all the time you're going to get tired of it. Rotate turkey, chicken, fish and beef. Rotate vegetables, too: asparagus, broccoli, green beans, and more. Keep everything varied and use the foods listed to your full advantage.

Pyramid Phase Sample Meal Plan ///

Meal One
Meal Two
Meal Three

    Ex. Time: 1:00 p.m
    Choose from food list:

  • meat

    Meat

    10 oz

    Ex.
    Tuna
  • carbs

    Carbohydrates

    1/2 cup

    Ex:
    Brown Rice
Meal Four
Meal Five

    Ex. Time: 7:00 p.m
    Choose from food list:

  • meat

    Meat

    8 oz

    Ex.
    Tuna
  • carbs

    Carbohydrates

    2 cups

    Ex:
    Brown Rice
  • Vegetables

    Vegetables

    2 cups

    Ex.
    Broccoli
Meal Six

Phase Two Supplements Overview

You'll use some of your supplements with meals, and others as meals. Then, obviously, for recovery, we'll have your pre- and post-workout windows covered. You also take nighttime recovery supplements. Your body will be able to recover, grow, and add the lean muscle tissue we're after.

Training Day Supplements ///

Meal 3: None
Meal 5: None
Pre-workout

Rest Day Supplements///

Meal 5: None

Because of the pyramid-style training, you'll be moving more iron and using more energy, which makes the pre- and post-workout supplements crucial. Make sure your performance is at a high level so you can push more weight after every workout. Follow the recovery schedule so you can quickly repair, build, and grow. The rest is up to you.

Phase Two

Day 29
Chest & Back
Day 30
Legs
Day 31
Arms
Day 32
Shoulders & Abs
Day 33
Rest
Day 34
Cardio
Day 35
Rest
Day 36
Chest & Back
Day 37
Legs
Day 38
Arms
Day 39
Shoulders & Abs
Day 40
Rest
Day 41
Cardio
Day 42
Rest
Day 43
Chest & Back
Day 44
Legs
Day 45
Arms
Day 46
Shoulders & Abs
Day 47
Rest
Day 48
Cardio
Day 49
Rest
Day 50
Chest & Back
Day 51
Legs
Day 52
Arms
Day 53
Shoulders & Abs
Day 54
Rest
Day 55
Cardio
Day 56
Rest


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Cory Gregory co-founded MusclePharm. As Executive Vice President of Business Development, Gregory works closely with all of the world-class athletes.

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bm93

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Way too many supps, this seems like nothing but a promo for MP.

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Every program on BB.com is a promo for a brand

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ritchie684

He's marketing his brand too, I wouldnt say to pick up all of them but some are useful in my experience.

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ztfarr01

The workout's are effin amazing and I've gotten cut from phase 1. Having said that I kind of wish I would've been using some of the supp's because they're very good and helpful. Didn't do so due to money issues. Either way I'm getting most of the supps for phase 2 in hopes for much bigger gains.

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do the workout n get the supplements ur body needs its up to u u know what u need

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ConvictedGreed

I think the supplements are a must. I've noticed a enormous improvement in gains and soreness with the supplementation he has giving. Just trust it.

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yomuju

I don't understand. If we are going to failure on each set, how are we going to up the weight and then basically keep going, 15 seconds isn't going to be enough to rest on pyramid training like that.

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Schmiddyy

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Pyramid training is hard, lol. Just have to try and keep going. Eventually your body will get more used to it.

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^what he said and working hard.

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Best phase

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why does cory complicate things always? Just too many supplements, Good MP marketing strategy

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Who said you HAD to use them?

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When is someone going to come up with a program for the average guy? I don't think I know anyone who can afford to spend so much money on supplements.

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Just use the basic supps. Any workout program I do, I just use a pre workout, Whey and casein protein blend and creatine. The rest is all in the diet.

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In order for them to make programs like this for FREE...they have to make money somehow; ergo, the supplements. You don't have to use them. They will probably help a little, but they won't make or break the program. Nobody is forcing you to use them.

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Obviously it's way too many supplements. If you are experienced in the gym you'll be able to discern the essentials from the unproven, unneeded products shown.

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I am pretty new to pyramid lifting. Can anybody suggest on a good increase ratio between the sets?

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Lastman007

Every preview shows a clean and press nowhere thru any of the phases did I see clean and press?

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What is the rest period between sets in this phase? Also, this video is not working.

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atokad

since your lifting heavy i think 45 sec - no more then 1-1.30 on the last couple sets would be good

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MariusJ88

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MariusJ88

Do I superset the "Larry Scott Giant" or do I finish the 5 sets on the Dumbbell preacher curl, then the 5 on the Straight Bar Preacher Curl etc.

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The "Larry Scott Giant Set" is one big super set.
You will start with 10 reps of dumbbell preacher curls, then move to 10 reps of straight bar preacher curls, then 10 reps of straight bar reverse preacher curls, and finally finish up with 30 reps on machine curls.
Thats all one basically one set. You would then do that 4 more times before going into normal sets.

Hopefully that helps.

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Thanks, appreciate the explanation.

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How long rest periods should be btw sets? Or are we supposed to follow "no break" rules in phase 2?

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Drink of water haha

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