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I would like to give credit where it's due: this workout was inspired by a good friend, Mitch Hodge and the originator, Kirk Malicki.

By: Manny Fausett

I have received several request for an extreme workout which allows the individual to train a body part in less than 1/2 an hour and still allow time to do cardiovascular training. But before I give the workout away, I must warn you that this workout is for advanced lifters ONLY! In addition, execute the exercises with good form and no "loose" form or swinging the weight. If you fall in this category, then by all means, do try the workout and be prepared to have your muscles screaming for relief.

I would like to give credit where it's due: this workout was inspired by a good friend, Mitch Hodge and the originator, Kirk Malicki. Kirk Malicki had a similar workout but I fine tuned it with my own experiences and chose the exercises which gave me the best results, and I suggest for the lifter to do the same. Mitch Hodge has a training intensity, which I truly believe, few can match. So without any more hesitation, here it is:

Day One - Chest
Bench Press 5 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Incline Dumbbell Press 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Decline Barbell Press 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Dumbbell Flyes 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Aerobics: 30 minutes
Two minutes rest between Exercises.

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Day Two - Legs
Leg Press 4 X 10 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Hack Squats 4 X 10 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Leg Extensions 4 X 10 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Leg Curls 5 X 10 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Standing Calf Raises 5 X 15 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Aerobics: 30 minutes
Two minutes rest between Exercises.

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Day Three - Back
Barbell Rows 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Seated Rows 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Close Grip Pulldowns 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Wide Grip Behind-Neck Pulldowns 1 X 40 [only 1 set]
Hyperextsions 4 X 15 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Aerobics: 30 minutes
Two minutes rest between Exercises.

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Day Four - Shoulders
Military Press 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Dumbbell Side Raises 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Up rite Rows 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Seated Dumbbell Rear Raises 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Abdominals (Any exercise) 4 X 15 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Aerobics 30 Minutes
Two minutes rest between Exercises.

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Day Five - Arms
Triceps Pushdowns 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Lying Triceps Extensions 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Barbell Biceps Curls 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Dumbbell Curls 4 X 8 [10 seconds rest between sets]
Aerobics 30 Minutes
Two minutes rest between Exercises.

Click Here For A Printable Log Of Day Five - Arms!

Day Six and Seven - Rest

The key component of this workout is that the lifter must begin with a weight which the lifter can only complete the required repetitions. For example, on day one, the lifter begins with a weight he/she can complete 8 repetitions of the bench press. For example, if your 8-repetition maximum lift is 225 pounds, that will be your starting weight. So a typical day one workout (chest) would look like this in your log book:

Bench Press1 X 8 X 225 [10 seconds rest]
1 X 4 X 225; 1 X 4 X 205 [10 seconds rest]
1 X 3 X 205; 1 X 5 X 185 [10 seconds rest]
1 X 5 X 185; 1 X 3 X 135.

1 X 8 X 225 lbs [10 seconds rest] then begin your 2nd Set at 225 pounds, however, you only complete 4 repetitions, so drop the weight down to 205 pounds to complete the second set. So on your log book, the result will look something like this: 1 X 4 X 225; 1 X 4 X 205 [10 seconds rest]; after the completion of the second set, rest for 10 seconds and begin your third set at 205 pounds. At this time fatigue is setting in and you can only complete 3 repetitions and you decide to drop the weight down to 185 pounds and complete the rest of the third set. Your fourth set, begin with 185 pounds, but again because of your fatigue, you only complete 5 repetition and again drop the weight to 135 pounds and complete the remaining 3 repetitions. So in your logbook, the results of your workout should look something like the above.

All the exercises should be executed in this manner and with this type of intensity. Now, the purpose of this workout is not only to break through plateaus, but also is a great conditioning workout, but only if the lifter has been lifting consistently for a year. The only drawback of this workout is that it may cause a person to overtrain and an aversion towards the gym, but the benefits are incredible. Increase strength, endurance and enough time left over to do cardiovascular exercise.

In closing, if you have any questions, please contact me at manufaus@excite.com.

Extreme Workout!
manufaus@bodybuilders.com

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