A lot of the programs aimed at helping you get ripped leave off the cardio portion of the workout, this one doesn't. Check out this 3 day shred split!
Workout Summary

Workout Description

Warmer weather got you changing your goals?

If you’re looking to get ripped, we’ve got a fantastic blueprint for you to get started with.

The program below, when paired with a slight calorie deficit (~250-500 calories below your bmr) and a balance diet plan, can help you with your fat loss goals.

The workouts themselves include a decent amount of volume to promote muscle hypertrophy. The reason for this is not only to increase calorie expenditure, but to also allow you to showcase some solid muscle when you’ve achieved your fat loss goals.

The program itself calls for you to make it to the gym 3 times a week for weight lifting sessions. On off days, you will still have some light activity to further promote recovery and also calorie expenditure.

Rest periods for this workout should be kept in the 0-90 second range. If you feel ready to take on your next set after 30 seconds go for it, but you shouldn’t take longer than 90 seconds to recover.

The weight you will want to use for each exercise will fall in the 70-85% range of your 1 rep max, and you’ll want to increase the weight you use from week to week whenever able.

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Day 1 – Upper
Exercise Sets Reps
1a. Push Up 3 10
1b. Pull Up 3 10
1c. Band Pull Apart 3 10
2a. Incline Bench Press 3 12, 10, 8
2b. Tricep Skull Crusher 3 12
3a. Dumbbell Row 3 12, 10, 8
3b. Dumbbell Alternating Curl 3 12, 10, 8
4. Military Press 3 12, 10, 8

Treadmill Burner HIIT:
Set treadmill speed to a challenging intensity that you are capable of performing. For 10-15 mins sprint for 10 sec intervals and rest for 20 seconds in between sprints.

Day 2 - Active Recovery

Recovery jog – low intensity for 2-3 miles.

Day 3 – Lower
Exercise Sets Reps
1a. Bodyweight Squats 3 10
1b. Bodyweight Lunges 3 10 each
1c. Jump Tucks 3 10
2. Squat 3 12, 10, 8
3. Deadlift 3 12, 10, 8
4. Leg Press 3 15

Jump Rope Circuit:
3 rounds of 5 mins with the following intervals.
1 Min - Single Hop
1 Min - Double Hop
1 Min - Right Leg
1 Min - Left Leg
1 Min - Alternating Legs
30-60 seconds rest between rounds

Day 4 - Active Recovery

Recovery walk – low intensity 2-3 miles.

Day 5 – Full Body
Exercise Sets Reps
1. Squat 3 12, 10, 8
2. Dumbbell Incline Press 3 12, 10, 8
3. Barbell Row 3 12, 10, 8
4. Dumbbell Lateral Raise 3 12, 10, 8
5. Barbell Curl 3 12, 10, 8
6. Barbell Overhead Extension 3 12, 10, 8

Rowing Machine HIIT Cardio:
30 seconds maximum effort rowing followed by 30 seconds of low effort rowing for 15-20 min duration.

Day 6 - Timed Mile

Run 1 mile as fast as possible timed.

Day 7 – Off

Take a complete rest day on day 7 from the gym and cardio. If possible, spend your time doing something active (low intensity) with family and friends.

Wrap Up

This 3 day shredding program is perfect for anyone looking to get ripped but can only make it to the gym 3 days out of the week.

For more great workouts like this one, be sure to check out our workouts database.

Give it a shot, let us know what you think, and if you have any questions, please leave us a comment in the comments section below!

Posted on: Wed, 03/20/2024 - 18:22

Hello so are we doing heavy or light on the weights and also are we doing cardio before or after the workout routine? Thanks

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Posted on: Wed, 03/20/2024 - 20:58

You can start light and build up to the heaviest weight on the last set of each exercise, Jake. Cardio should be after you train.

Hope this helps!

Posted on: Sun, 03/10/2024 - 12:54

I don’t understand the reps, 12,10,8 do I use the same weight or bump the weight up on the lower rep sets?

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Posted on: Wed, 03/20/2024 - 20:57

Traditionally with out programs, if the reps go down, the weight goes up. However, if you feel the need to keep the same weight, it will be ok.

Hope this helps, Jimmy!

Posted on: Thu, 10/12/2023 - 01:52

This seems to be a good workout plan. I have plan which I have in mind, simply by looking at what you have provided.

I will give you some context. I find it difficult to make 3 workout days every week (sometimes I can and sometimes I cannot).

I thought of modifying your plan to my needs.

for example.

day1 - upper ->back (5 sets)+ shoulder(5 sets) + chest (5 sets) + triceps (3 sets)

day2 - hiit (as mentioned or something on the same line)

day 3 - off

day 4 - off

day 5 - fullbody -> back (4) + chest(4) + shoulders (4) + legs (squats 4 sets) + biceps (4 sets)

day6 - off
day7 - off

Week second

day1 - lower body +biceps

day2 - hiit (as mentioned or something on the same line)

day 3 - off

day 4 - off

day 5 - fullbody -> back (4) + chest(4) + shoulders (4) + legs (deadlifts 4 sets) + triceps (4 sets)

day6 - off
day7 - off

The reason for putting my legs and biceps together is that there are times when I feel like skipping my legs. However, I just do not want to miss biceps (typical mindset), putting these two together ensures I do not skip legs day.

this workout handles two crucial aspects for me.

1. it hits a major muscle group three times in a span of 2 weeks. So, in the span of 4 weeks, I am hitting each major muscle group 6 times (not exactly twice but still better than once a week).

2. Gives me enough room to not be under pressure to find the third day.

What do you think about this skeleton structure?

(I am not a trainer or instructor. Your plan just got me thinking, how can I adapt to my needs)

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Posted on: Sun, 10/22/2023 - 11:06

Hi there. If this is working for you, then go for it. Sometimes individual changes are best to fulfill your potential, so props for finding a way to succeed. Hope this helps!

Posted on: Thu, 06/08/2023 - 11:27

Thanks for sharing. The whey protein isolate links isnt working.

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Posted on: Fri, 06/09/2023 - 06:34

Thanks for letting me know. I will notify my editor. In the meantime, this one will work.


Posted on: Tue, 03/14/2023 - 02:19

Nice program but if i eat 500 cals under my BMR i would be on 765 calories a day and very hangry?

Lisa J
Posted on: Mon, 12/19/2022 - 13:12

Hello! This looks like a nice programme - I have 2 questions about it:

- Is this a good programme to do after this one; https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/10-week-upper-lower-workout-f...? I have almost completed this and am really happy with the muscle and strength gain! I now want to focus on fat loss / cardio without losing the hard earned muscle.

- can I add one or two glutes exercises after each workout?

Thanks in advance!

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Posted on: Tue, 12/27/2022 - 08:39

Hey Lisa, this is a great choice for after the 10-week program. It will help you get sliced to showcase that muscle you just built.

You can add two glute exercises on the lower body workout. I think you'll be fine with that. Let us know how this goes for you. Thanks for reading M&S!

Lisa J
Posted on: Mon, 01/02/2023 - 12:27

Thank you! I started today :-)

Posted on: Sun, 10/30/2022 - 00:55

This is a Great program ! Any suggestions on another program to start after the 8 weeks ? My goal is to get ripped.

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Posted on: Sun, 10/30/2022 - 14:42
Armando Jacuinde
Posted on: Wed, 02/16/2022 - 00:44

Hi there will this workout routine help me lose fat but but build muscle as well I am curently 5'8 220 pounds with man boobs and a a quite bit of stomach fat lol.

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Posted on: Fri, 02/18/2022 - 19:40

Hi, Armando. This program will help you lose fat, and you might build some muscle along the way. You'll certainly look leaner and show some of the muscle you have already.

Posted on: Fri, 07/23/2021 - 12:51

Can this workout be used to maintain or gain muscle ? How can we adjust the cardio if muscle building is the goal ?

Jehan Zeb
Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2021 - 05:53

Great program.
Can people who can't complete cardio in the same way as suggested, do cardio on some other day. For example 15-20 minutes HIIT hill sprints once per week on a rest day. 30 minutes Brisk walk and/or jogging 2 to 3 times per week after the workouts.

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Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2021 - 09:14

Hey Jehan - yes you can

Posted on: Tue, 06/22/2021 - 17:12

What does the "12,10,8" mean?

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Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2021 - 09:24

Hey Nathanael - your first set you'll do 12 reps, the second set you'll do 10 reps, the third set you'll do 8 reps.

Posted on: Tue, 06/22/2021 - 17:00

Hey are there sets for the jump rope? Like 3 sets of 1 min or I just do straight rounds 1 min for each and then next round?

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Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2021 - 09:23

Hey Nathanael - The jump rope should be done as follows:
3 rounds of 5 mins with the following intervals.
1 Min - Single Hop
1 Min - Double Hop
1 Min - Right Leg
1 Min - Left Leg
1 Min - Alternating Legs
30-60 seconds rest between rounds

Cornell Byrne
Posted on: Thu, 10/29/2020 - 11:42

What abs routine and what days would you do with this program?

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Posted on: Fri, 10/30/2020 - 09:06

Hey Cornell - you can do abs 2-3x per week.

Cornell Byrne
Posted on: Fri, 10/30/2020 - 16:14

Thanks Abigail

Posted on: Mon, 06/22/2020 - 03:15

Eat below your BMR??? Your BMR represents the minimum amount of calories that your body needs to complete involuntary body functions. Not very good advice, you can have a nice deficit without going below your BMR.

Posted on: Fri, 01/21/2022 - 10:22

I think the point of it is kind of the same point as a KETO diet, where it forces your body to burn fat to produce energy.

Posted on: Sat, 02/29/2020 - 23:34


I am going off my town for a week, but I still want to keep up with my metabolism. Is there any suggestion to keep it up if I do not have access to a gym?

Awaiting for a prompt response,

Thank you,

Lisandro Torresani

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Posted on: Tue, 03/03/2020 - 12:32

Hi Lisandro,

Be active wherever you are. If you have access to a weight room, lift. If you don't, and it's safe, walk instead of taking other forms of transportation.

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2020 - 06:46

Hello, For the fullbody training should I complete all 3 sets of an exercise then move to the next ,or do all of them like one big set ?

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Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2020 - 10:25

Hi Les,

Perform all of the sets of each exercise before moving onto the next exercise.

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:12

Thanks Josh !

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2020 - 19:34


Today, I just started the program. After the workout, I checked that I supposed to supersets, but I did dropsets. How should I perform the supersets taking in account the reps/weight relation.

Posted on: Tue, 02/11/2020 - 20:22


I have a question about the Rowing Machine. How can I replace the Rowing Machine if I do not have one in the gym.
Also, I am a college student-athlete, and I want to start. this 3-day workout on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays mornings. Taking in account, the daily practice I have every afternoon, is it fine if I follow the plan the same way?

Thank you very much

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Posted on: Wed, 02/12/2020 - 12:06

Hi Lisandro,

You can replace this with a form of cardio of your choice.

Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2020 - 20:37

For the upper and lower body exercises that are labeled as 1a, 1b, 1c, etc, are these done as a superset? So 1a, followed by 1b, and 1c consecutive would be 1 set, then rest and repeat, and so on.....Thanks.

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Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:16

Hi Matt,

Yep - supersets and circuits.

Posted on: Thu, 12/26/2019 - 09:33

Hi Josh!

Love your articles and insight on the M&S website. I just started this workout routine on the week of Christmas. My local gym closed early on Christmas Day (Wednesday) before I could get there to do the Day 3 - Lower workout. That being said, my question is what would you recommend doing when you have something come up on a weight training or recovery day where you can't complete that day's activity? Should you skip that workout/recovery day for that week and stay on the established 7 day plan, or should you pick back up with the "missed" workout the following day and adjust the rest of the weeks workout and recovery days accordingly by one day ultimately omitting the full day off on Day 7?

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Posted on: Thu, 12/26/2019 - 10:45

Hi Jason,

Either is fine. So long as you remain consistent with your training throughout your lifetime, one missed workout or reordering your training days to accommodate isn't going to impact results.

It's all about simply training, giving good effort, and being consistent.

So, my suggestion would be to utilize whichever strategy you feel will help you be able to do those things based on your personal preferences.

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Posted on: Fri, 12/27/2019 - 10:46

Hi Jason,

You might find some of these helpful: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/warming-up-for-dummies

Posted on: Thu, 12/26/2019 - 10:59

Thanks for the response back. I appreciate it.

One other question related to this workout....do you have a recommended warm up routine that you perform before starting the workout?

Josh Collins
Posted on: Mon, 12/16/2019 - 15:05

Is the hiit necessary to see results

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Posted on: Tue, 12/17/2019 - 10:55

Hi Josh,

No, not particularly. It's all about training the muscles and eating in a caloric deficit to maintain muscle size/shape and lose body fat.

Posted on: Sat, 11/16/2019 - 08:46

I like to workout on the heavy Bag and speed bag at a high intensity. On which days do you recommend adding 2 of my workouts?


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Posted on: Mon, 11/18/2019 - 16:07

Hi DB,

That could be you active recovery or your HIIT depending on how you utilize the activity.

Posted on: Sat, 12/07/2019 - 14:27

Thank you

Posted on: Tue, 11/12/2019 - 20:01

How often should we increase weights? Should we increase by set (12,10,8)? and how often during the 8 weeks should we increase the weight we use (Ie. go up every 2 weeks)?


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Posted on: Thu, 11/14/2019 - 10:04

Hi CJ,

Yes, as reps decrease you should increase the weight used.

Progress will be highly individualized. Up the weight used whenever you feel it is possible to do so and still maintain good form.

Posted on: Thu, 11/07/2019 - 00:33

Hi, how to adjust this 3 day split for advance, by increasing the reps or the sets?
Also, the calorie deficit (250-500 below BMR) diet has to be followed for how long, every 10 days? and then do we have to increase the diet in 100 cals? (basically reverse dieting)
Macros has to be C 40%, P 30% F 30% ?