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Today’s Exercises

Back

  • One Arm Dumbbell Row 4 x 11 (35lbs)
  • Behind the Neck Lat Pulldown 3 x 11 (85lbs)
  • Seated Cable Row (close grip) 3 x 11 (120lbs)
  • Reverse-Grip Lat Pulldown 3 x 11 (140lbs)

Biceps

  • Standing Barbell Curls 4 x 11 (50lbs)
  • Preacher Curl 3 x 11 (50lbs)
  • Behind the Back Cable Curl 3 x 11 (20lbs)

Abdominal and Oblique

  • Hanging Leg Raise 3 x 19
  • Crunch (Machine) 3 x 19 (105lbs)
  • Dumbbell Side Bend 3 x 19 (45lbs)

Workout Overview

Today’s workout is Day 6 Week 2 Phase 2 of Jim Stoppani’s Shortcut to Size (www.jimstoppani.com). This workout works in three 4-week cycles starting on week 1 with rep ranges of 12-15. All exercises this week will be in the 9-11 rep range.

Today’s workout hits the Back, Biceps, Abs and Oblique muscle groups.

One thing I’d like to add to this is some insight into the order of exercises. If you’re new to weightlifting, it is not uncommon to work the wrong muscle in the wrong order. Frankly, there is no wrong order per se, but for most programs, most folks will start with the larger muscle groups before moving to smaller ones. The above workout starts with the Back, then the Biceps, then the Abdominal and Oblique. You can work the smaller muscles first if you wish, but this will normally exhaust your muscles and tend to “cheat” the bigger muscles out of a good workout. There is a specific strategy for this, however. It is called pre-exhaustion. By working the smaller muscles first, you pre-exhaust them, causing the larger muscle workouts to be much more intense.

Current Bodyweight

My current weight is 235lbs and I am 6’ tall. The goal is to be around 245-250 by the end of this 12-week workout and maintaining my body fat percentage, which is around 20%. This is higher than I’d like, but during any bulking phase, it is quite common to gain some body fat or stay where you started because of a large amount of food a mass building program requires.

My Macros

My current macros were calculated using Jim Stoppani’s recommendations. He recommends 1.5 to 2.0 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight, .5 grams of fat per pound of bodyweight, and 2.0 grams of carbohydrates per pound of bodyweight. Since I am trying to maintain my body fat percentage, I’ve reduced the carbohydrate intake to 1.0 gram of carbs per pound of bodyweight.

235lbs (current weight)

235 x 1.5 = 352.5 grams of protein per day

235 x 1 = 235 grams of carbohydrates per day

235 x .5 = 117.5 grams of fat per day (rounded to 117 for ease of tracking)

Yesterday’s macros

Carbohydrates 223g; Fat 134g; Protein 189g;

I use my MyFitnessPal (I the iTunes App Store) to track my macros each day.

Supplements and Water intake

Water

Water intake is more than a gallon a day. I drink a 1/2 gallon of water just with my pre-workout, during a workout, and post-workout drinks. The rest of my water intake is around my meals (six in total each day). I currently feed every two hours.

Morning

  • AlphaJym
  • ShredJym
  • PreJym combined with flavorless Whey Protein (25g)

During Workout

  • BCAA drink during workouts with flavorless Whey Protein (24g)

Post Workout

  • PostJym Dextrose and BCAA Matrix combined with flavorless Whey Protein (24g)
  • OmegaJym
  • VitaJym

Evening

  • ZMAJym

See you tomorrow!!

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