Push/pull workout for big muscles

Workouts Matt Huckle
30 May 2014
man doing bench press

This innovative push/pull training plan will help you build bigger muscles and reduce your risk of injury.

Doing the same exercises every workout is going to lead you into a muscle-building dead end. Not to mention you're going to find working out extremely dull. Enter push/pull training. Not only will it help you develop big, powerful muscles, but the innovative exercises you'll do during the push/pull workouts below will make your training so much more interesting. It's as simple as it sounds: one session you work solely on "pushing" muscles – chest, shoulders, triceps – the next just on "pulling" muscles – back and biceps. 

'The push/pull workout below allows you to hit the major upper body muscles hard on days one and two before targeting your legs and core on day three,' says personal trainer Shaun Stafford. 'This gives each muscle group a full 48 hours off to recover and rebuild before being worked again.
'Splitting your sessions based on the different movements prevents the same muscle groups from being overtrained, which can lead to injury. But because you'll be exclusively training specific muscles, you'll be able to hit the gym more. It's the best way to build more muscle and burn more fat.'

Day 1: Pull

Pull-ups                 4 Sets     6 Reps
Bent-over rows       3 Sets     8 Reps
Barbell curls           3 Sets     10 Reps
Cable row               2 Sets     12 Reps
Lat pull-downs         1 Set      20 Reps
Day 2: Push

Bench presses          4 Sets     6 Reps
Decline b.presses      3 Sets     8 Reps
Incline b.presses       3 Sets     10 Reps
Shoulder presses      2 Sets     12 Reps
Clap press-ups         1 Set      15 Reps
Day 3: Legs/Abs

Deadlifts                4 Sets     6 Reps
Dumb-bell squats   3 Sets     8 Reps   
Good Mornings       3 Sets     10 Reps
Jumping lunges      2 Sets     12 Reps (six each side)   
Reverse crunches    1 Set       20 Reps   

Rest for no more than 60 seconds between each set. Do the exercises in each set in one go with no rests.

Day 4: Rest then repeat.

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