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6 Day Weight/Cardio Cutting Workout

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A workout for people who have finished bulking and have excess fat to lose. It combines weight training with 3 days of cardio, and 1 day of rest.

Workout Summary

Main Goal:
Lose Fat
Workout Type:
Split
Training Level:
Intermediate
Days Per Week:
6
Equipment Required:
Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells, EZ Bar
Target Gender:
Male & Female
Author:
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Workout Description

This workout is designed for people who have finished bulking and have some excess fat they'd like to lose. It combines heavy weight training with 3 days of cardio, and 1 day of rest. The choice of cardio is yours, whatever works for you. You can use low intensity early morning cardio or HIIT (high intensity interval training) in the evenings.

With this workout you get out what you put in. Your diet is more important that your workout. Make sure you're around 500 calories per day deficient.

Monday - Chest and Triceps
Chest
Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Bench Press 4 8, 8, 6, 6
Incline Bench Press 4 8, 8, 6, 6
Cable Crossovers 4 8
Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Close Grip Bench Press 3 8
Lying Tricep Extension 3 8
Rope Pulldowns 3 8
Notes
Each week switch dumbbell bench press with barbell bench and incline bench with incline dumbbell press.
Abs and Cardio
Workout Schedule
Exercise Sets Reps
20mins core strength exercises (see ab exercises section for core strength exercises), followed by 1 hour of low intensity cardio or 45mins of HIIT
Wednesday - Back and Biceps
Back
Exercise Sets Reps
Exercise Sets Reps
Wide Grip Pull Up 4 8 (slow)
Close Grip Pull Down 4 8, 8, 6, 6
Cable Row 4 8
Biceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Curl 3 8, 8, 6
Incline Bench Dumbbell Curl 3 8
Dumbbell Preacher Curl 3 8
Biceps
Wide grip pull up - finish sets off with slow negatives if you cannot do 8. If you can't do pullups, replace with heavy lat pull downs.
Abs and Cardio
Workout Schedule
Exercise Sets Reps
20mins core strength exercises (see ab exercises section for core strength exercises), followed by 1 hour of low intensity cardio or 45mins of HIIT
Friday - Legs and Shoulders
Legs
Exercise Sets Reps
Squat 4 8
Stiff Legged Deadlift 3 8
Leg Curl 3 8, 8, 6
Leg Extension 3 8, 8, 6
Standing Calf Raise 4 15, 12, 10, 8
Shoulders
Exercise Sets Reps
Military Press 4 8, 8, 6, 6
Dumbbell Lateral Raise 3 8
Bent Over Rev Fly 3 8
Notes
None.
Abs and Cardio
Workout Schedule
Exercise Sets Reps
20mins core strength exercises (see ab exercises section for core strength exercises), followed by 1 hour of low intensity cardio or 45mins of HIIT

SUNDAY - REST DAY - NO TRAINING

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Jesse
Posted Mon, 05/24/2010 - 06:14

Any one got any good core exercises for this routine?

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Steve
Posted Mon, 05/24/2010 - 08:52

Hi Jesse. Here are a few suggestions:

http://www.muscleandstrength.com/exercises/abs.html

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Cass
Posted Tue, 11/09/2010 - 19:16

Steve, I have Degenerative Disc disease and it has greatly affected my lower back. I am 6ft. and weigh 240 lbs. I seriously need to lose some weight. What exercise could I do instead of squats and dead lift? Thanks.

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Steve
Posted Thu, 11/11/2010 - 08:49

Hi Cass,

I would use leg press and side/rear lunges instead.

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dhino
Posted Wed, 06/05/2013 - 02:11

try to isolate your leg muscle instead, don't put risk on any exercise that will put pressure on the spine, same in your upper body, workout should be gravity eliminated against your spine..

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Rayca
Posted Fri, 05/25/2012 - 14:31

Rest time?

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Tanner
Posted Wed, 06/02/2010 - 01:24

i highly recommend P90X ab ripper X for the abs, by far the best ab workout ive ever done

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svala olafsdottir
Posted Tue, 05/31/2011 - 19:19

Thank you for this sound and no nonsense plan.
Svala

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Rick Houser
Posted Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:34

DECLINE SIT UPS 4 x 25

HANGING LEG RAISES 4 x 25

TWISTING CRUNCHES 4 x 25

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kcho
Posted Sun, 10/14/2012 - 11:32

I'm on a weight loss program and hitting the plateau. This work out is helping me not to get depressed on this stage. My weight has not moved for a month by now, but I wear my smallest pants comfortably- it was not like that a month ago with the same weight.

I feel better about myself, and there is something sexy about being able to lift heavier weight as times goes by.

I record the weight I lifted for every single workout. That is another great motivation being able to observe the progress.

FYI, it says pasture is more important than lifting heavy weight.

Good luck! I love this workout.

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Yessica
Posted Tue, 06/01/2010 - 22:42

I start doing cardio last September 09 and I didnt loss weight at all. So I decide to do so lifting from the last 3 months and I see my body changes a lot. But I try to do everyday 60 min of cardio, them 15 to 20 mins of abs and 15 to 20 mins of lifting. But I just read that I should not overworkout, so how I know if I overworkout???? because I feeling really good after the gym I am not tired at all.

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Steve
Posted Wed, 06/02/2010 - 09:11

If you feel good you aren't overworking.

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Marc
Posted Fri, 03/23/2012 - 01:47

principes That I live by 4 getting cut.
- EAT RIGHT! Every 2-3 Hours one meal .. No diets and That kind of Bs just EAT healthy.
- lift heavy for 6 weeks (8-6reps) 4 sets each exercise..
- CARDIO AFTER EVERY WORKOUT! Why ? Your body uses its glycogen during the workout, so after it Will start using its fats...
- do some CARDIO on a empty stomach ... 3 Mornings in the week

After 6 weeks of ging heavy start with 4 weeks of supersets but do CARDIO after finishing each musclegroup ..

Im on à 4% bodyfat ive been 2 hell and back ... Without drugs!

Just remember athletes use supplements , junkies do drugs;)

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Hilary Madler
Posted Sat, 07/07/2012 - 02:39

I was just wondering if you would give the same advice to girls. I know it is always important to eat right (or eat clean as I like to call it), but as far as the lifting goes. I ALWAYS hear that girls should do lots of reps instead of trying to burn themselves out. thanks. BTW, 4% body fat is very impressive. congrats.

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Picnic
Posted Tue, 04/02/2013 - 08:10

When you say "CARDIO AFTER EVERY WORKOUT!", What kind of cartio do you mean, as far as heart rate and duration.

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dan
Posted Tue, 05/08/2012 - 02:04

is it possible instead of doing this 7 day workout, you can just repeat mon, wed, fri in a 7 day week with a day off.

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tim
Posted Wed, 06/02/2010 - 15:38

how long can you do this routine for? i just started it and i was wondering thanks

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Steve
Posted Wed, 06/02/2010 - 17:15

I would run it for 4 to 8 weeks, or possible a couple weeks longer if you are feeling physically strong. 6 days a week can be draining.

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Mark
Posted Mon, 06/07/2010 - 12:10

Hi Steve

is Their anyway got break this routine down to 3 days?

Regards

Mark

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Steve
Posted Mon, 06/07/2010 - 17:10

You could perform abs and cardio on the same day you perform resistance training. Do abs and cardio either first thing in the morning, or after weight training.

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Steven Archer
Posted Mon, 11/04/2013 - 08:31

Hi Steve,

I would like to break the weights days down to only 2, with 3 cardio/core in between. Any recommendations on the best way to do this?

Thanks
Steve

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angel
Posted Sun, 01/05/2014 - 14:20

so if I am understanding this correctly, the abs and cardio can either be done at the end of each weight session on mon-wed-fri or by themselves on tues-thu-sat with the same effects

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Randy
Posted Fri, 05/20/2011 - 13:08

Hey Steve, What you can do is try and do like 2 minutes of cardio before each different workout set. 1:30 of moderate cardio and :30 seconds of sprinting. That way you will cut faster and can skip Tuesdays and Thursdays; at the same time your body is working so your burning way more fat than just doing weights. But its only if you can do that. Personally I am doing this workout and the Cardio and Weights workout (http://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/cardio-and-weights-workout.html ) by Jeremy Wood. So far I have cut down by like 8 lbs in my first week.

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Michael Recycles
Posted Sat, 09/10/2011 - 12:09

RANDY -

that's a great suggestion. i was thinking the same thing. Question: exactly WHEN on this routine do you throw in the 2min Cardio sets from the alternate workout?

Also, it's been four months since your post. Are you still netting the same results? I know with any new routine initial results are quick and/or misleading. wasnt sure if the gain was the same 4 mos later...

thanks,
MICHAEL.

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Michael Recycles
Posted Sun, 09/18/2011 - 09:36

RANDY -

Question for you because I am doing the same thing. When in your workout are you throwing in these Carido-bursts?

I've been warming up 20min Cycling or Elliptical, then doing say a Chest/Tri set, Cardio burst and next round of Chest/Tri + Cardio 2-3x more. I wrap the workout with Abs.

You mentioned 8lbs lost in one week. How is this going for you 4mos. later?

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HIIT
Posted Mon, 06/07/2010 - 13:04

45 minutes of HIIT? I've never met anyone, who doing HIIT properly, could do it for 45 minutes.

Maybe we have different ideas of HIIT however. Perhaps explain what intervals you would recommend, instead of a generic all-encompassing "HIIT".

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katie
Posted Tue, 06/08/2010 - 09:35

Yeah, I totally agree. 20 minutes is about my max, and I have been doing HIIT for years. I usually do 20-25 minutes HIIT or intervals, plus 20 minutes at a lower intensity. Would this be an acceptable way to approach my cardio?

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FitnessGirl
Posted Sun, 11/28/2010 - 15:55

Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. 45 minutes of HIIT is impossible. I have done it for 4 years now, and the max I am at is half recovery time with 15 minutes workout plus warmup (10 minute elliptical and 5 minute stairs = LOW intensity) and 20-30 minute "cool down", just low cardio.

I think I would approach it this way for fat loss, but i don't know what the author of this workout had in mind. Regular intervals perhaps? That would make more sense.

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jesse
Posted Tue, 06/08/2010 - 05:39

Is this a good program for a beginner that wants to bulk up and trim down???

if not, what is a good program?

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Steve
Posted Tue, 06/08/2010 - 08:59

Hi Jesse.

It is extremely difficult to gain muscle while losing fat. I would zero in on one specific goal, and go after that.

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jesse
Posted Thu, 06/10/2010 - 03:49

So would you recommend this program to slim down? cos i am 6ft 2in and 92kgs, so i am not a weed. Cos i have been doing this program and i have seen results, but it seems that i am gaining muscle aswell. Is that fine?

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Steve
Posted Thu, 06/10/2010 - 08:24

Muscle gain is always nice. If you are gaining on this program then I would keep at it. You can always cut a bit of fat when the muscle gains slow...

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Jesse
Posted Fri, 06/11/2010 - 02:29

no worries!! thanks.

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Mark Burkholder
Posted Tue, 08/21/2012 - 16:50

The best advice i saw scrolling thru this thread...."extremely difficult to gain muscle while losing fat....zero in on one specific goal" was so good, i had to type it again to reemphasise

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laura
Posted Wed, 06/09/2010 - 07:52

hey im a 20 year old female trying to lose some extra body fat especially on my stomach. i already train 6 days and have noticed my body toning up and have lost about 5 kilos but cant seem to melt the fat on my tummy, diet needs to be re adjusted but does anyone know if this routine is going to help that??

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Steve
Posted Wed, 06/09/2010 - 08:30

This routine, along with a good diet, will definitely help you reach your goals.

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Roger
Posted Wed, 01/26/2011 - 07:41

understand that you will slowly lose weight throughout your whole body as you are doing weight loss exercises but the weight on your belly is always the last thing to go. you can also get abs as well but it is always the last thing that you obtain because your body has to be below 10% body fat to start seeing your abs. hope that helps

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Carlos Ortiz
Posted Thu, 08/04/2011 - 18:01

When you loose weight especially in strenght workouts your stomach is the first thing to loose. Everybody has abs but from all that fat you can't see them. Try eating fruits and vegetables plus wholegrain. Eat low fat yogurts for dairy and stay away from chips, fast food and high saturaded fat foods. Drink plenty of watter too.

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Tammy
Posted Mon, 01/13/2014 - 21:30

you continue to do your cardio...the stomach the very last thing to go so continue to do what your doing you will see results

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maosi
Posted Fri, 06/11/2010 - 21:11

im doin dis wrkout but idk if im doin it properly..do i do ech muscle wrkout simultaneosly wit eachother??or do i do the specific muscle 1st then switch 2 the other muscle wrkout??

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Steve
Posted Sat, 06/12/2010 - 21:01

Perform all the exercises for one muscle group before advancing to the next muscle group.

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afi
Posted Tue, 06/15/2010 - 17:47

Chest
Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Bench Press 4 8, 8, 6, 6
Incline Bench Press 4 8, 8, 6, 6

while decreasing the rep from 8 to 6 shall we increase the weight also
i mean for eg. for 4 sets 1st 2 sets of 8 reps with 20kg and the next 2 sets of 6 reps with 25 or 30 kg or do all the sets with same weight.

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Steve
Posted Wed, 06/16/2010 - 11:17

Hi Afi,

You want to use as much weight as possible for each stated set. This will require some trial and error, as you learn what your body is capable of. In general you will have to decrease weight to hit each stated rep range for an exercise.

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miguel
Posted Wed, 06/16/2010 - 14:39

What kind of diet would you recommend with this workout plan? High protein? Is this purely a fat burning routine or can I expect some muscle addition and toning as well?

Thanks!

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Steve
Posted Fri, 06/18/2010 - 10:48

Hi Miguel,

Make sure you are eating enough daily protein - generally around 30 to 40 grams every 2.5 to 3 hours. You also should be eating somewhere around 2300 to 2500 daily calories if fat loss is your goal.

It is virtually impossible to gain muscle while losing fat.

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sacheet
Posted Thu, 11/18/2010 - 16:13

I am a 20 yrs old male with 162 lbs and I have little big belly. I want to tone my body and get some shapes. I am cutting my calories to less than 1000 per day. Does that help me to get nice shape and burn my fat. I also do elleptical at least half hr daily. But I really need to rip off my belly. Any particular suggestions from you please... I started this work out a week ago and have some muscle pain also. Help me out please.

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Steve
Posted Thu, 11/18/2010 - 17:04

Hi Sacheet,

You should never drop calories that low. You will lose quite a bit of muscle, and when the diet is over you most likely will experience a weight rebound. I would go no lower than 1800 to 2000 calories per day unless you are older and sit most of the day.

Do you have muscle pain or soreness?

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sacheet
Posted Sat, 11/20/2010 - 19:02

yes, I do have muscle pains. In fact, i have pains to that particular area which i workout. like if i do chest and triceps today, then my chest and triceps will kill me the next day. i am trying to eat a lot of protein these days but at the same time i do not want to gain weight but build muscles. so these workouts help me get six packs even i eat 1800-2000 calories per day?
my other concern is do i lift heavier loads and not complete the reps. or lift light weight and complete the reps? i always use elliptical for half an hour and then only do the workout, is it ok if i do so?

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Steve
Posted Mon, 11/22/2010 - 11:50

You have to eat enough to build muscle. Eating at that low level will not build much, if any amount of muscle mass.

What is your height, weight and age?

As far as weight, using good form, always push yourself on every set. When you can perform the recommended number of reps for a set, add weight. Failure to push yourself in the gym will result in little to no muscle mass. Don't worry if you can complete all the reps in a workout. That's not important. The important part is to push yourself for more.

Never do cardio prior to lifting. Save your energy for muscle building.

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Marty
Posted Thu, 06/17/2010 - 11:42

I am 5 foot 11 and weigh 190. I am definitely not overweight or fat but i do have a little bit of belly fat. What would you suggest is a good daily calorie intake with this plan.

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