This program combines the concepts of training volume, progressive overload, and muscular tension in order to build strength and muscle while prioritizing lagging body parts.
Workout Summary
  • Main Goal
    Build Muscle
  • Workout Type
    Full Body
  • Training Level
  • Program Duration6 weeks
  • Days Per Week
  • Time Per Workout60-75 minutes
  • Equipment Required
    Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells, EZ Bar, Other
  • Target Gender Male & Female
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Workout Description

It’s Monday, the start of a new week, your motivation is high and you can’t wait to get to the gym to train your favorite body part. For a majority of lifters Monday has become known as international chest day and it’s likely your favorite training day of the week.

It’s very common to prioritize the body part we want to train early in the week, which might produce great results for that certain body part but could result in lacking progress in other areas of our physique.

We also know our body requires frequent changes in training stimulus in order to continually make progress and avoid plateaus, so if you’re starting to notice that you possess the chest of Arnold but struggling to have the rest of your physique keep up then it could be time for a change.

The Program

This program takes a natural, old school, total body approach to your training protocol and throws in a twist.

You’ll be performing total body workouts three days a week with one exception: you will identify 1 body part that is lacking and dedicate two days per week solely on that body part. Do not immediately disregard this program simply because you think it’s not possible to make credible gains with a total body approach to your training split.

Your M-W-F workouts will consist of 12 sets of weekly volume which should be close to equal to the number of sets you are conducting if you are training each body part once a week. The Tues/Thur workouts are the days where you will focus on your prioritized body part and will consist of 12 sets per workout upping the training volume to 24 sets per week. This increase in volume will help elicit a positive adaptation of growth on the specific muscle group and over time your weakness will turn into your strength.

Combat Your Weakness Workout Routine - Seated Dumbbell Press

Progressive Overload

Progressive overload, aka the most important law of muscle-building, is the main training concept that we will utilize in order to force our muscles to adapt to greater demands. The majority of rep ranges being utilized will vary from 8-12, the proven rep ranges for muscular hypertrophy, with some targeted strength reps mixed in on the compound lifts.

Each workout and each week we will strive to make continued progress through increasing the weight or increasing the number of reps per exercise. For example, if you were able to squat 315 for 3x8 then the next week you would strive to increase your training volume by squatting 315 for 3x10. Once you can complete a given weight for all 12 reps then it is time to increase the weight.

In simple terms you can think of progressive overload as doing more over time. As long as you are continuing to make progress then your body is continually going to be forced to adapt.

The Workouts

For this example we will be prioritizing our Back as the one body part where we want to make significant improvements. You have the ability to select any body part you want, the only adjustments you will make is not including that body part in your total body split on M-W-F, so you can easily make the appropriate substitution.

Workout Notes:

  • Try and keep workouts to 60-75 minutes. If you are in the gym for longer than that you are wasting a lot of time
  • Make sure you conduct a thorough warm-up prior to beginning your working sets. Warm-up sets are not included in the workout routines.
  • After 4-6 weeks evaluate your targeted body part. If significant progress has been met rotate your prioritized muscle group and begin again.
Workout 1: Total Body 1 Sets Reps Rest (secs.)
Barbell Back Squat 3 6-8 120
Barbell Bench Press 3 6-10 120
Overhead Tricep Extension 3 8-12 60-90
Lying Hamstring Curls 3 8-12 60-90
Seated Lateral Raise 3 8-12 60-90
Standing Calf Raise 3 10-15 60-90
Dumbbell Hammer Curls 2 8-12 60-90
Ab Crunch 2 25-50 60
HIIT Sprints 4 40yds 60
Workout 2: Specific Body Part 1 Sets Reps Rest (secs.)
Pull-Ups 3 8-12 60-90
Deadlift 3 6-8 120
Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown 3 8-12 60-90
One-Arm Dumbbell Row 3 8-12 60-90

Building Muscle And Strength With Combat Your Weakness Program

Workout 3: Total Body 2 Sets Reps Rest (secs.)
Barbell Overhead Press 3 6-8 120
Dumbbell Incline Press 3 8-12 60-90
Stiff Leg Deadlift 3 8-12 60-90
Skull Crushers 3 8-12 60-90
Preacher Curls 2 8-12 60-90
Front Squat 3 8-12 60-90
Standing Calf Raise 3 10-15 60-90
Weighted Decline Crunch 3 10-20 60
Farmers Walk 4 40yds 60
Workout 4: Specific Body Part 2 Sets Reps Rest (secs.)
Rack Pulls 3 6-8 120
Reverse-Grip Bent-Over Row 3 8-12 90-120
Seated Cable Row 3 8-12 60-90
Narrow-Grip Lat Pulldown 3 8-12 60-90
Workout 5: Total Body 3 Sets Reps Rest (secs.)
Barbell Good Morning 3 6-8 120
Close-Grip Bench Press 3 8-12 60-90
EZ Bar Curls 3 8-12 60-90
Seated or Standing Calf Raise 3 10-20 60
Seated Dumbbell Press 3 8-12 60-90
Dumbbell Sumo Squats 3 8-12 60-90
Dumbbell Flat Bench Chest Flys 3 8-12 60-90
Ab Wheel or Barbell Rollouts 3 Max 60
Hill Sprints 4 40yds 60
Posted on: Thu, 06/16/2016 - 17:30

Hello from me! I have a question! In day 2 and 4, could we compine 2 diferrent muscle groups? For example back and arms or back and chest or something like this! Will we have the same results?

Posted on: Tue, 06/14/2016 - 17:35

Hi Charles! First of all, i think that this routine is one of the best routines! Secondly, in 2nd and 4 day can we focus in two diferrent muscle groups? For example, back and arms!

Posted on: Mon, 03/07/2016 - 11:46

I've been following this since January and am now ready to start a new rotation of muscle group for days 2 and 4. I was a bit skeptical about doing this routine before I started due to the number of times a week you have to hit the gym, but I've been absolutely amazed by the results! My entire body has bulked up and my targetted muscle area (bicep) is so noticeably bigger that everyone I know has commented on my arms when they see me :)

I'm also really happy with my HIIT progress. Cardio was something I would try and leave out but sticking to the HIIT progression in this workout has also given me massive improvements. I'm so pleased with my progress and am really grateful to Charles for creating this.

Posted on: Sat, 04/22/2017 - 14:45

Hi there i want to do biceps/triceps for my specified muscle group, days 2&4, what exercises did you do on days 2&4? Thanks!

Posted on: Sun, 07/19/2015 - 03:40

what exercises would you recommend if I wanted legs to be my body specific day?

Posted on: Sun, 07/12/2015 - 16:19

what exercises would you recommend if i wanted chest to be my body specific day ?

Chip Cunningham
Posted on: Mon, 07/13/2015 - 13:30

I would recommend a combination of BB Presses and Flies that hit the chest from every Angle. I'm a big fan of starting out with presses so I would start out with Bench Press as my 1st Exercise one day and BB Incline Press on another day.

Example: Day 1 Chest
BB Bench Press
Incline DB Press
Cable Cross-Over (handles from top)
DB Flies or DB Pull-over

Day 2 Chest:
Incline BB Press
Chest Flies Flat
DB Bench Press
Incline or Decline Flies (depending on area of emphasis) Incline for upper or Decline for lower.

Note=For shoulder routines on total body day avoid pressing movement and opt for lateral raises or real delt work. Also keep volume on triceps down and don't train take any triceps set to failure. Your triceps will get plenty of supplemental work during chest days. Similar to how biceps in example has lower volume.