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4 Day Split Bodybuilding Split Routine

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This 4 day workout routine is aimed at the intermediate to advanced bodybuilder who is currently in their growth cycle. Legs have been split up into 2 separate days.

Workout Summary

Main Goal:
Build Muscle
Workout Type:
Split
Training Level:
Advanced
Days Per Week:
4
Equipment Required:
Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells, EZ Bar, Machines
Target Gender:
Male & Female
Author:

Workout Description

This 4 day workout routine is aimed at the intermediate to advanced bodybuilder who is currently in their growth cycle. It's slightly different to other 4 day splits on this site in that legs (hams/glutes/quads) have been split up into 2 separate days.

Abdominals should be trained on Mondays and Thursdays. Use a mixture of 3 exercises for 6 to 10 sets in total. Keep rep range for abdominals between 15 and 20.

If you need any advice on using this workout or adjusting this workout to fit your schedule head over to our muscle building forum and ask.

Daily Workout Schedule:

Monday - Quads and Biceps
Quads
Exercise Sets Reps
Squat 4 12,10,8,6
Hack Squat 4 12,10,8,6
Dumbbell Step Up 4 12,10,8,6
Biceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Chin Up 4 10
Prone Dumbbell Incline Curl 3 10,8,6
Alternating Hammer Curl 3 10,8,6
Notes
Dumbbell step up - step down close to bench to work quads. Chins - focus on biceps, not back.
Tuesday - Chest and Calves
Chest
Exercise Sets Reps
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press 4 12,10,8,6
Chest Dip 4 10
Cable Crossover 4 12
Flat Dumbbell Fly 4 12,10,8,6
Calves
Exercise Sets Reps
Seated Calf Raise 4 10,8,6
Standing Calf Raise (one leg) 3 15
Notes
Cable crossovers - nice and slow, squeeze chest at the top of the movement as if you're trying to crush something between your chest muscles

Wednesday: Rest Day

Thursday - Hamstring and Back
Hamstring
Exercise Sets Reps
Straight Leg Deadlift 4 12,10,8,6
Leg Curl 4 12
Back
Exercise Sets Reps
Underhand Barbell Row 4 12,10,8,6
Wide Grip Lat Pulldown (or, Wide Grip Pullup) 4 10
One Arm Dumbbell Row 4 10
Wide Grip Cable Row (overhand grip) 4 12,10,8,6
Notes
Deadlifts - Increase weight on each set
Friday - Shoulders, Traps and Triceps
Shoulders and Traps
Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Shoulder Press 4 12,10,8,6
Dumbbell Upright Row 4 12,10,8,6
Prone Reverse Raise 4 12,10,8,6
Behind-the-back Shrug 4 12,10,8,6
Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Bench Dip 4 10
Lying Triceps Extension 3 10,8,6
Rope Triceps Extension 3 12,10,8
Notes
Upright row - make arms right angles when you go up, focus on medial delt.
Rope pulldowns - pull rope apart at the bottom of the movement, don't cheat!

Saturday and Sunday: Rest Days

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Kevin
Posted Wed, 05/26/2010 - 22:13

Do I increase weight on every set?

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Steve
Posted Thu, 05/27/2010 - 09:50

Probably not. Most people will tire a bit and do fewer reps after the first big set. But you will need to experiement and might have to tweak the weight for the proper rep ranges.

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jblewisburg
Posted Wed, 06/16/2010 - 09:15

Two questions:

How many reps for the straight leg deadlift?

Is there a video or a description of the prone reverse raise?

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Steve
Posted Wed, 06/16/2010 - 09:22

12,10,8,6.

The prone reverse raise is like a bent over reverse dumbbell fly. You perform it laying on a flat or incline bench.

http://www.muscleandstrength.com/exercises/bent-over-dumbbell-reverse-fl...

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jblewisburg
Posted Wed, 06/16/2010 - 10:36

Thanks for the clarification

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Joe Byrne III
Posted Sun, 06/17/2012 - 20:35

Thanks Steve for all your helpful advice, I find your input very beneficial to my workouts.

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mike
Posted Mon, 06/21/2010 - 06:01

hey man,
Is it best to do 4 sets, and decrease it on everyone. I've been sticking with about 3 sets of 8-10 reps? What do you think about that?

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Steve
Posted Mon, 06/21/2010 - 09:45

Hi Mike,

Really any approach is solid as long as you are pushing yourself for more reps/weight on every set of every workout.

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mike
Posted Wed, 06/23/2010 - 10:10

what if I cant work out on tues and thurs, can I change the days to mon wed Friday and Saturday?

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Steve
Posted Wed, 06/23/2010 - 15:20

Hi Mike,

That would work.

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pH
Posted Fri, 07/09/2010 - 18:53

Steve, Would it be couterproductive if I moved tuesdays chest/calf day to wednesday and balled up on tuesday instead? I realize for a few weeks I'll be too sore to really do anything other than hobble around after mondays' squats... but after the initial shock I hope to be able to push it on the court - what's your take?

P

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Steve
Posted Sat, 07/10/2010 - 10:37

Hi PH,

That would work fine.

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joey poole
Posted Sun, 07/11/2010 - 21:53

how long should i do this workout?

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Steve
Posted Mon, 07/12/2010 - 14:42

Hi Joey,

Perform this workout for a minimum of 8 to 12 weeks, or as long as you are making progress.

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Bone
Posted Fri, 08/06/2010 - 05:52

I just want to say thanks for this workout. It's the fourth day of my eighth week and I couldn't be happier. I'm 5'11. Beginning of college, a fit 175lbs. Three years later (beginning of this summer), a frail 162 lbs. With protein, creatin, and this workout (modified in some places) I am 182 lbs and stronger than ever. Can't wait to get huge back at school! Thanks!

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Steve
Posted Fri, 08/06/2010 - 14:26

You're welcome and best of luck!

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Simba
Posted Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:54

Howzit Bone, how exactly did you modify your workout. Im in the same boat you were after you left college and i am now dead set on put on the weight, but in muscle ofcourse.

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Javier
Posted Fri, 08/27/2010 - 00:50

I have been checking all workouts routines and I noticed that in all routines you just hit one group of muscles once a week, for example biceps once a week, is there any routine where you hit twice a week the muscles.

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Steve
Posted Sun, 08/29/2010 - 07:29

Hi Javier,

Here are some programs that might interest you:

http://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/forget-steroids-5-fullbody-wor...

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nick
Posted Thu, 01/26/2012 - 09:48

remember mate when doing chest are also using triceps back/biceps etc so i would do what i do like after back through in a couple set of bicep curls whatever to polish them off

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kurt gadzinski
Posted Fri, 09/10/2010 - 11:01

what is the prone reverse raise

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Steve
Posted Mon, 09/13/2010 - 09:08

Hi Kurt,

I believe you grab 2 dumbbells and lay face down on a bench. With your elbows just slightly bent, raise the dumbbells out to your side.

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CRock
Posted Mon, 09/13/2010 - 22:01

Forgive me but I don't see any abdominal muscle training in this workout. I hope to begin this workout next week, the 20th.

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Steve
Posted Thu, 09/16/2010 - 10:26

Hi CRock,

You can work abs 1 to 4 times per week after lifting using your favorite exercises.

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CRock
Posted Mon, 09/20/2010 - 21:10

Thanks man.

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Manny
Posted Sat, 10/16/2010 - 13:36

Hi Steve, I usually work twice a week body parts, Monday and Thursday biceps, back and legs, then Tuesday and Friday chest, shoulders and triceps. Which routine you recommend me?, twice a week the body parts or just one?

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Steve
Posted Mon, 10/18/2010 - 19:23

Hi manny,

Either approach is OK, as long as you are working hard. I would use the approach that most motivates you to train hard.

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Ray
Posted Mon, 10/25/2010 - 03:36

Hi,

At the gym I go to there is no Seated Calf Raise machine. Is there something else I can do to substitute it? Would sitting on a bench and placing actual weights on my legs have the same effect or is there something better/safer I can do?

Thanks a lot.

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Steve
Posted Mon, 10/25/2010 - 14:37

Hi Ray,

You can perform a standing dumbbell calf raise.

http://www.muscleandstrength.com/exercises/standing-one-leg-calf-raise-w...

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Ray
Posted Sat, 10/30/2010 - 07:36

Thanks a lot, Steve. That will work perfectly. Cheers!

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Sean
Posted Wed, 11/03/2010 - 19:00

Steve -how often should I look to increase the weight during the 12 week workout? Example, meaning week 1 for incline dumbell bench press I started out with 12 reps 55lbs, 10 reps 60lbs, 8 reps 65lbs and 6 reps 70lbs, the question is when should I look to increase the weight and how often?

Thanks,
Sean

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Steve
Posted Fri, 11/05/2010 - 13:12

Hi Sean,

Using good form, always push yourself on every set. When you can perform the recommended number of reps for a set, add weight.

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Sean
Posted Mon, 11/08/2010 - 16:59

Steve -you are saying that it is not important to complete the reps at the end of the set, it is more important for utilizing good form and pushing yourself throughout the set. Say for instance I am completing the end of a set of dumbbell chest press finishing with 70lbs for six reps it is better to push myself and possibly do 4 reps with 75lbs. Once I am able to complete 6 reps at 75lbs increase the weight...correct?

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Steve
Posted Tue, 11/09/2010 - 14:06

Hi Sean,

You always push yourself on every set and do as many reps as possible. Stop a set when you feel like you may fail on the next rep.

If a set requires 8 reps, when you can perform 8 reps with a weight, add more weight the next time you workout. You won't be able to hit 8 reps with this new weight, but that's ok.

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sean
Posted Mon, 11/15/2010 - 19:29

hey steve ! for Chest/Calves, can i add Bench Press to it because I really love bench press and doesnt have bench press included in this program!

thank you

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Steve
Posted Tue, 11/16/2010 - 14:48

Hi Sean,

Absolutely. I would drop one of the last two chest isolation lifts.

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sean
Posted Tue, 11/16/2010 - 22:39

Okay so I put in bench for Chest/Calvs!
so should i do 4 sets of 12,10,8,6 ?? and also can I also do different workout each week if i want to change it up little bit?

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Posted Wed, 11/17/2010 - 09:18

Hi Sean,

Yes I would use 12,10,8,6. Regarding different workouts, I don't recommend using too many workouts. If you don't work an exercise for weeks, it will make it difficult to add strength for that exercise. You could alternate 2 workouts, but I wouldn't do more than that. Training a lift infrequently can keep you week and limit muscle growth.

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bari
Posted Thu, 11/18/2010 - 22:57

Is it okay to do Cardio on my Off days? like wed, saturday and sunday?
My main goal is to gain musle and have that lean muscle look!

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Steve
Posted Fri, 11/19/2010 - 08:16

Hi Bari,

Yes, you can do cardio on off days.

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bari
Posted Mon, 11/22/2010 - 17:00

I want to build muscle but at the same time i been doing cardio and i was wondering if i should do low intensity cardio for about an hour if i wanot to build muscle and not look too bulky

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Steve
Posted Tue, 11/23/2010 - 19:03

Hi Bari,

It's best to focus on your diet. You can minimize fat gains when building muscle. Taker a look at these articles:

https://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/your-go-to-guide-to-gaining-m...

https://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/how-to-create-a-bodybuilding-...

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joe
Posted Tue, 11/30/2010 - 22:41

how long should the cardio be?

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Steve
Posted Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:09

Hi Joe,

When muscle building is a primary goal, cardio can be performed 3-4 times per week for 20 to 30 minutes.

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Husain Shaikh
Posted Sun, 12/05/2010 - 06:49

What about the Abdominal Muscles?

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Steve
Posted Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:10

You can work abs 1-3 times per week after weight training.

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joe
Posted Sun, 01/02/2011 - 22:40

do we have to go in order ?

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Steve
Posted Thu, 01/13/2011 - 15:16

Ho Joe,

Yes, perform the exercises in the order listed.

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Alex
Posted Tue, 01/18/2011 - 14:06

Hi Steve,

How long should average workout lasts? Thanks.

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JustMove
Posted Sat, 02/05/2011 - 22:58

Why is bench press excluded from the routine? Just curious

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