Doug's 6 Day Cutting Routine

This intense cutting routine hits each muscle group twice a week on a 3 days on, 1 day off schedule. Use this routine to burn fat and get ripped!

Workout Summary

Lose Fat
Split
Advanced
6
Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells, EZ Bar, Machines
Male & Female

Workout Description

Doug's intense 6 day cutting routine hits each muscle group twice a week on a 3 days on, 1 day off schedule. Use this routine to burn fat and get ripped! Read workout notes fro cardio schedule to go with this workout.

Workout notes:

  • This routine is performed on a 3 days on and 1 day off per week.
  • A thorough cardio warm up at start of each day, stretches and cardio cool down at the end of the training session.
  • Cardio is low intensity for up to an hour twice per day; First thing in the morning before breakfast and evening time, at least 2 hrs before bedtime.
  • 30 Seconds rest only between sets.
  • Rep timing of 2-1-2 performed on each exercise

Daily Workout Schedule:

Day 1 - Chest and Triceps
Chest
Exercise Sets Reps
Incline Dumbbell Press 4 12-15
Flat Dumbbell Press 3 12
Incline Flys 3 12
Pec Deck 3 12
Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Skull Crushers 4 12-15
Rope Extensions 3 12
Straight Bar Pushdowns 3 12
Abdominals
Exercise Sets Reps
Rope Crunch 4 20-25
Hanging Knee Raise 4 20-25
Day 2 - Back and Biceps
Back
Exercise Sets Reps
Wide Grip Chins 4 12-15
Wide Grip Rows 3 12
Narrow Grip Pulldown 4 12-15
Hyper Extensions 3 12
Biceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Concentration Curls 4 12-15
EZ Bar Curl 3 12
Day 3 - Legs and Shoulders
Legs
Exercise Sets Reps
Squats 4 12-15
Leg Extensions 3 12
Leg Curl 4 12-15
Stiff Leg Deadlifts 3 12
Seated Calf Raise 3 12
Shoulders
Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Shoulders Press 4 12-15
Cable Lateral Raise 3 12
Reverse Cable Fly 3 12
Smith Machine Shrugs 4 12-15
Abdominals
Exercise Sets Reps
Rope Crunch 4 20-25
Hanging Knee Raise 4 20-25

Day 4: Rest Day

Day 5 - Chest and Triceps
Chest
Exercise Sets Reps
Incline Barbell Press 4 12-15
Flat Barbell Press 3 12
Flat Flys 3 12
Cable Crossovers 3 12
Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Reverse Grip Pushdown 4 12-15
Dumbbell Kickbacks 3 12
Dumbbell Extension 3 12
Abdominals
Exercise Sets Reps
Weighted Incline Crunches 4 20-25
Hip Thrusts 4 20-25
Day 6 - Back and Biceps
Back
Exercise Sets Reps
Wide Grip Pulldowns 4 12-15
Bent Over Dumbbell Rows 3 12
Good Mornings 3 12
One Arm Dumbbell Row 3 12
Biceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Preacher Curl 4 12-15
Dumbbell Curl 3 12
Day 7 - Legs and Shoulders
Legs
Exercise Sets Reps
Leg Press 4 12-15
Lunges 3 12
Leg Curl 4 12-15
Straight Leg Deadlifts 3 12
Standing Calf Raises 3 12-15
Shoulders
Exercise Sets Reps
Smith Machine Press 4 12-15
Dumbbell Lateral Raises 3 12
Dumbbell Rear Delt Flys 3 12
Upright Rows 3 12
Abdominals
Exercise Sets Reps
Weighted Incline Crunches 4 20-25
Hip Thrusts 4 20-25

 

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Doug is an ex-competitive bodybuilder with over 20 years fitness experience, specifically diet & nutrition, weight management and training techniques.

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Posted Mon, 05/11/2015 - 09:33
Marc Almy

You workout on Week 1: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thursday off, Fri, Sat, Sun; Wk 2 same as Week 1?

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Posted Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:24
Nick

Hey Doug wondering if I have to take the two off days a week or could I just go right from the leg and shoulder day right into the chest day the next day? Then take an off day after I role through the whole 6 workouts

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Posted Sun, 05/10/2015 - 14:14
Tyson

No you don't to do that. Your front shoulder muscles are used heavily on chest day and they will need some time to recover after shoulder day.

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Posted Sun, 03/22/2015 - 10:31
Adam

When the new week starts should I do abs on Day 1 after doing them on Day 7? Or rotate accordingly?

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Posted Mon, 03/16/2015 - 00:02
Carlos

Hi Steven, just wanted to clarify, is there a rest day after day 7? or would you reset back to day 1 workout? Thanks!

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Posted Mon, 02/16/2015 - 10:21
Daniel Mauro

Hey all I'm looking for a work out that does not include squats or deadlift. It's been a few months now that I'm recovering from a herniated disc and lumbar. The Dr said no squats or dead lifts I'm 5foot5 male 28 years old. I need a work out that can help me loose weight and get a great looking body. I feel great to the point out I can do squats. Please help me find a work out. Also what weight can I start with I'm new to working out it's been a while.

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Posted Sun, 02/01/2015 - 15:54
josue

is the dumbbell bent row consider wide or close grip row. just asking because in the first back day you have wide grip row and two pulldowns close and wide. just want to be sure.

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Posted Sun, 02/01/2015 - 10:38
garrett

this workout seems killer on your shoulders

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Posted Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:09
Eric

I'm 210 n I'm trying to lose fat n gain muscle n more lean is this the right workout plan for me can someone please help me?

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Posted Sun, 05/10/2015 - 05:34
Anurag

Do more reps with less weights. The no. Of more reps you do will more lose your fat

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Posted Fri, 11/14/2014 - 00:55
merlino

hi im merlino is the load in each set is increasing or not? and it is ok if i will not take suplements? and have no diet

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Posted Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:26
John

Will this work if u do everything but the hour of cardio before and after. I just don't have time for with work but can do everything emse

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Posted Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:46
luis

Anyone know what are good supplements to take for an ectomorph body type?

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Posted Sat, 08/02/2014 - 11:44
Noah

Hello, I've been going to gym for about a year now, and I've succeeded in dropping my weight from around to 200 to around 180. I've been doing a lot of cardio and, coupled with some upper-body stuff. I am wanting to get serious about building muscle mass, and I was wondering if this is a good workout for someone like me? Thanks.

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Posted Fri, 07/11/2014 - 20:58
moustapha

Dear all,
can someone help me i want to take hydroxycut, isolate whey protein and bcaa amino acids with this workout i need a plan and timing to take them my weight 220 pounds and 6 feet.
Thanks in advance ,
Best regards

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Posted Sun, 07/06/2014 - 08:49
juan c rodriguez

I love this website ....

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Posted Tue, 06/10/2014 - 20:38
Rob

Hi,
I forgot to ask about the weights - do we add weights in each week, in a progressive overload style?
Plan looks good, although 30s rest spuds like a killer!

The cardio: is it liss or would you do hiit too?

Could cardio be done post weights in the evening?
30 mins run ?

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Posted Tue, 06/10/2014 - 19:48
Rob

Hi,
Looks a good plan.
A few questions if I may.
What diet would you suggest?
I have been training around 2 years and only recently started taking things up a notch and stick to a plan.

For the weights, you say I go as heavy as possible - does that mean the same weight for each set?
Or decrease weight to enable each set to complete with the appropriate number of reps?

Diet wise, would carb cycling on a low x 4 days, 1 x high be appropriate for this routine?

Thanks!

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Posted Tue, 06/10/2014 - 19:46
Rob

Hi,
Looks a good plan.
A few questions if I may.
What diet would you suggest?
I have been training around 2 years and only recently started taking things up a notch and stick to a plan.

Diet wise, would carb cycling on a low x 4 days, 1 x high be appropriate for this routine?

Thanks!

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Posted Wed, 06/04/2014 - 02:10
Andrew

I am kind of heavy and bulky and have a lot of fat, but at the same time I'm not as strong as I would like to be. For this workout could I use weights that I would like to reach and max out until I can finally do the numbers of reps recommended? Or is this a terrible idea? If so is there another workout that you would recommend? Thanks!

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Posted Mon, 05/26/2014 - 02:41
Daniel Richard

Any more exercisees

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Posted Sun, 05/04/2014 - 07:13
moustapha

can you please explain how Rep timing of 2-1-2 performed on each exercise?

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Posted Thu, 05/01/2014 - 04:41
sonia

Hi Doug,
just wondering for how long would you do your 6 day cutting routine for before you change to a new routine?

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Posted Fri, 04/25/2014 - 01:24
Robert Sutton

Does the rest day rotate every 4th day, or is it fixed???

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Posted Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:45
John

Good Morning,

I find that I definitely am losing weight but also size. I'm 26, about 215-220 and the height of my mass building routine I was 230. Do you suggest a hybrid version of this program and more meals?

Thanks,
John

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Posted Thu, 04/03/2014 - 13:34
Brandon

I've been hitting the gym for nearly a year now. I've gained about 20 pounds so far. I'm looking to get up to 175. Will this program help me reach that goal?

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Posted Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:40
israel velez

ive been on a super-set routine for weight loss the past 2 months. its been good, ive lost 23 pounds(im 5'9 started at 230lbs) and put on a few pounds of muscle but have kinda hit a wall with my progress. i want to try this routine out. but i have 2 questions- 1) how heavy should i be lifting with this routine?? 2) do i still take protein shake after workout??

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Posted Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:50
Emil

Does this work for muscle gaining aswell?

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Posted Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:42
Nick

Hello, What is your opinion on doing this great routine without any supplementation on the side. My doctor advised me not to take anything, I'm 36, 250 lb. been training on & off for almost 15 years.

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Posted Sun, 03/23/2014 - 07:25
Thajumal Koolat...

Who many week i will continew this...????

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Posted Tue, 02/25/2014 - 14:20
jpseph

This may be a silly question, this is a 6 day workout I started the workout on sunday. I am planning next week out. My off day is tomorrow then sunday, then Thursday... how do I percent this? Please help. Thanks

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Posted Mon, 02/24/2014 - 19:54
Jonathan Turner

Okay so coming up on my first cut after 5 months of successful bulking. I am sure this program will be great for me but could I do 6 on 1 day off then go back into 6. Like start on Sunday so my rest day will be on a Saturday instead of the next Sunday. Just wondering because of work scheduling and the differentiation every week. Thanks!

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Posted Wed, 02/19/2014 - 14:09
Zach

This routine is not for the faint hearted. By far the most difficult routine I've some since I started lifting.

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Posted Thu, 02/06/2014 - 07:31
william

hi, im 24 and have put on about 15 pounds since summer hopefully all muscle. could you involve hiit training for 1 of the 2 cardio sessions a couple days of the week?

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Posted Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:49
Breanna

Hi Steve,
I am 19 years old, generally in-shape and have been lifting weights consistently 3 weeks now. I am 110 pounds and don't intend on losing weight, but want to cut fat and gain lean muscle and appear "toned", do you think this will be a good workout for me? Also I try to eat as healthy as possible, but my diet isn't wonderful, will i still see results?

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Posted Wed, 01/29/2014 - 23:28
Vishal

Hi Steve,

I'm 19 years old, 6ft 1in , 203 lbs, i am a beginner, i have been working our for the past 1 and 1/2 month,
I want to lose fat while building some muscle , i was wondering if this would be a correct workout for me, or should i go with a less intense workout(3-4 days a week)

Thanks

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Posted Thu, 01/16/2014 - 21:25
Alex

HI , i'm 26 years old and 188 lbs , but i really want to have 170 lbs. I have been working out for last three months but i cant lose any fat . Instead i'm having muscular body but cant lose weight ? i think i have Endomorph body type . Any suggestions ? thank you

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Posted Tue, 01/14/2014 - 16:28
Jacob

Difference between straight leg deadlift and stiff leg deadlift?

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Posted Mon, 01/13/2014 - 13:00
Jacob

Hi,

Regarding the cardio regiment, what exactly is meant by low intensity cardio? Is that just walking? I will generally run an 8 minute mile before this workout, then do the workout with close to 30 second breaks, then run anywhere between 3-5 miles at a 7-8 minute mile pace after the workout. Is this enough cardio and would it be considered low intensity?

23 male 155 lb
not sure about the calories but I'd guess 2500-3000/day.

-Jacob

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Posted Fri, 01/10/2014 - 18:21
Ryan

Just the workout I needed. Thank you very much!

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Posted Fri, 01/10/2014 - 01:33
Tony

Hi Doug, I'm just wondering, What are the Recommended supplements for this workout?, if you can list them that will be great and the kind of meals you have to it.

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Posted Wed, 01/08/2014 - 16:04
Dominick

I like this workout. It is short, simple and effective for blasting muscle and reducing fat. My problem is that I do not have that much time to spend or out of the gym doing the recommended amount of cardio each day. So can I do intense cardio pre-workout (15 -20 mins), light cardio post-workout (10 mins) and then every other day an hour of moderate cardio and still have this program be effective? Or should I look for something else? I like a workout that is weights one day, cardio the next and then alternates every other day for a six day a week workout? Your thoughts??

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Posted Mon, 01/06/2014 - 03:03
alejandro

hi.after the day 3 we have a rest day ,after the 7 day we need another rest day???

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Posted Sun, 12/29/2013 - 12:16
Prakash

Hy, i m 27 yr old guy, weight 70kg. First of all its been a year m doing workouts at gym. Each muscles parts each day no split workout and results are nt good since i dont follow any routine plus m nt a fitness professor. Wat i want to ask is "is this routine good for me?", I want to get ripped, I tried ur workout for 1week, its so simple, the training i did before was more exausting, i even dont knw if ur workout is fine for me or nt. Got confused. How long i hav to do it to see results?? And dont we hav to do decline bence press for chest? Please reply. Thanks in advance. :)

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Posted Sat, 12/07/2013 - 06:08
Akshay

Hi steve,
can you tell me powder name so i will increase my body weight?

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Posted Sat, 12/07/2013 - 06:03
Akshay

Hi steve,
can you tell me what kind of powder use to increase my body weight?

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Posted Tue, 12/03/2013 - 00:06
Will

Hey I got a question so I just finished a 10 week bulking session and I'm ready to cut.... This workout is perfect for me. So my question is how much calories Marcos do u recommend?? I'm 155lbs, 5'7" now solid build just need to lose that layer stomach fat I gain from the bulk... I know about -500 calorie and -500 cardio just need a typical number thats

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Posted Thu, 11/28/2013 - 07:27
Mohid

Hey Guys! I am 17 years old 5.7" and 72 kg I have sturdy fat on my belly,back and chest (pretty much every where) So, my question is which workout is best for me will this one do or should i try something else. I used to be 85 kg 2 years ago.I almost starved to get my weight down.but there is still a lot of fat on me and i'm tired of dieting.I am not a beginner in weight lifting.I have been doing this following workout for 6 months

https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/power-muscle-burn-5-day-power...

Now I'm focusing on losing fat and getting ripped so that I would actually look gud not some fat ass

PLEASE HELP

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Posted Fri, 10/25/2013 - 06:10
Pawas Sharma

Hi Steve,

My stats:

Age: 30
Height: 5'10''
Weight: 83 Kg
Goal: Fat Loss + Muscles Gain

I have been following above plan for 2 weeks with little modifications:

Monday + Thursday : Back+Shoulder + Cardio
Tuesday + Friday : Biceps+Chest + Cardio
Wednesday + Saturday : Legs+Triceps

Is above modified plan good for me to get goal? Is that combination is good if not then please provide the best combination to go ahead.

I have seen results in muscle gain and some weight loss and also fat loss.

Your input will surly help me achieve the goal.

Thanks,
Pawas Sharma

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Posted Mon, 10/21/2013 - 15:10
Lamar

Hello ok I'm 6'1 225 about 11% body fat I'm tryn to cut dwn to at least 9% with out losing any mass would this routine b of any use to me also would u recommend max weight for these workouts Ty..