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52-Week Strength & Conditioning Series - Phase 7: Strength 3.

In this series, we've created a 52-week strength and conditioning program to help you look and feel good. Each week we will present a new phase of training to help you maximize your time spent in the gym.

Since cool fall nights and Sunday football marathons encourage expanding waistlines, we've created a plan to maintain your svelte midsection.

While the rest of America is packing on the pounds, you'll spend the next four weeks sculpting your newly acquired muscle. And when you're sweating in the gym, remember to focus on the lowering of the weight, not the lifting says Andrew Harris, M.S., C.S.C.S., strength coach at PEAK Strength & Conditioning.

"The eccentric, or lowering, as well as the static action-the pause-are responsible for the greatest improvements in strength and size," says Harris.

Training Guidelines

Frequency Of Training

Beginner: If you're new to the iron game (less than 12 months of consistent strength and conditioning experience) consider yourself a beginner. In addition, it's a good idea to follow the beginner plan if you've been away from the gym for two or more months. You will make steady progress with just two sessions each week. Be sure to rest 48-to-72 hours between training days. Monday/Thursday, Tuesday/Friday or Wednesday/Saturday training splits work best. For example, perform Schedule A on Monday and Schedule B on Thursday.

Intermediate/Advanced: If you have been involved in organized strength training and conditioning exercise for the previous year or more, you're in the Intermediate/Advanced category. Perform three workouts per week, alternating between Schedule A and Schedule B.

Recording Your Workouts

Keep track of the forces used, as well as the number of repetitions completed for each set. We've provided a training log for the Intermediate/Advanced athlete; however, beginners can use the same template by eliminating the third workout in each week.

(Excel) Phase 7 Schedules

Dynamic Warm-Up

Warm up on the stationary cycle or treadmill for five minutes prior to beginning your workout. Your warm up session should increase body temperature and make you sweat, without causing fatigue.


Resistance Training Exercises

Barbell Lunges
Phase 7: Strength 3A

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 7: Strength 3A.

Core Exercises

Phase 7: Strength 3C

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 7: Strength 3C.

Resistance Training Exercises

Standing Biceps Curl
Phase 7: Strength 3B

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 7: Strength 3B.

Core Exercises

Phase 7: Strength 3D

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 7: Strength 3D.

Cardiovascular Exercises

Phase 7: Strength 3C/D

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 7: Strength 3C/D.

Flexibility Exercises

Phase 7: Strength 3C/D

      (Excel) Printable Log Of Phase 7: Strength 3C/D.

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