The Old School Bulking Routine

3 day-a-week


Stiff Legged Deadlifts – 1 max set of 20
Overhead Press – 5 sets of 5
Squats – 5 sets of 3
Seated Calf Raise – 2 sets of 20


Bench Press – 5 sets of 5
Traditional Deadlifts – 1 set of 20 (The “1 set of 20″ is a breathing set. Meaning, you choose a weight you can do about 10 reps nonstop with. Then you rest the weight on the floor, DO NOT take your hands off the bar, take a couple of breaths (no more than a 3 second rest) and grind out 1-3 more reps. Repeat until you hit 20. NEVER compromise form!!! If your form suffers, lighten the weight.)
Standing Calf Raise – 2 sets of 20


Shrugs – 5 sets of 5
Barbell Curls – 5 sets of 5
Dips – 5 sets of 5
Squats – 5 sets of 5 with Weight from Monday

Diet: Follow a 20 calories per pound of bodyweight (ie: 200 pound man takes in 4,000 calories) with a 40/30/30 split of Carbs/Protein/Fat. You might be restricting your gains by not upping your calories. To LOSE FAT, take in anywhere form 12-15 calories. The workout shouldn’t take any longer than 35-45 minutes to complete.

INTENSITY is the key for this routine. Each working set leaves me drained, somewhat light headed from the exertion, and breathing heavy. Rest no more than 2-3 minutes between working sets. Have a spotter if at all possible. Never risk your safety.

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