The trick to being summer shredded is getting shredded before summer arrives. Use this 12 week Summer Burn program so you can show off at the pool this year!
Workout Summary
  • Main Goal
    Lose Fat
  • Workout Type
  • Training Level
  • Program Duration12 weeks
  • Days Per Week
  • Time Per Workout45-60 minutes
  • Equipment Required
    Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells, EZ Bar, Machines
  • Target Gender Male & Female
  • Recommended Supps
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Workout Description

As the days on the calendar pass, and the outside temperatures begin to rise, the amount of clothes we are able to (or wish to) wear slowly starts to diminish.

Whether it be to work, the gym, to the beach, park, or family barbecue it is certainly nice to be able to show off the fruits of your labor – confidently and proudly displaying all of the muscle you work so hard to build.

However, before you go rushing off to your local sportswear store or favorite online shopping spot to purchase some new spring/summer duds, why not take the next 12 weeks to focus on shedding as much body fat as possible?

Because while we all know that thick, dense, defined muscle is totally awesome - you certainly “can’t flex fat!”

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Fat Incinerating Tip Sheet

1. Cardio Upon Awaking: While research is conflicting as to whether cardio is more effective done in the fasted state, ensuring you do get your cardio in bright and early will help you burn fat.

2. The Right Supplements: Every morning start your day with a powerful, multi-stage thermogenic fat burner and about 5-10 grams of scientifically formulated BCAA. Doing this prior to your early morning cardio will give you all the energy one needs to power through your early morning grogginess.


3. Carb Cutting: Each week leading up to summer eliminate about 25 grams of carbs from your daily diet, while adding in ten grams protein. This will help create a calore deficit needed for fat loss, increase the thermic effect of food, maintain muscle, and assist in shedding excess subcutaneous water.

4. Hunger Troubleshooting: Lets face it…existing in a calorie deficit, which is a necessary evil for getting lean, is not always an easy task. There will be many times where your blood sugar will drop, your tummy will cave, and you will begin fantasizing about attacking the cookie aisle of your local supermarket!

However, the result in that case is certainly not very beneficial when the goal is looking like a comic book superhero. I have found the best way to stave off hunger and bring energy back to an adequate level is to consume a huge glass of cold water with 5-10 grams of your favorite flavored BCAA powder mixed in.

5. Cardio Splitting: If your goal is 60 minutes of cardio for the day, for example, you will manifest superior results by splitting that (total) time between two, or even 3 sessions, than doing it all at once. You could wake up and do 30 minutes of cardio fasted, another 15 minutes post workout, and the final 15 before your final meal.

This “splitting” strategy will help keep the metabolism elevated all day long, which effectively makes you into a literal fat-burning machine.

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6. Vary Cardio: Some studies indicate that HIIT cardio is more effective at incinerating adipose than steady state - while others show the opposite. In my experience, I have become convinced that both types of cardio work (each carrying their own advantages/disadvantages), and thus both should be a part of your overall program.

A highly effective strategy is to break cardio up, as suggested earlier (#5), into a 30/15/15 scheme (if the goal is one hour daily) with the first 30-min session being steady state and the following two as HIIT.

7. Get Intense: When the main goal is dropping body fat it is a great idea to make your weight training sessions more productive and intense via the use of supersets and dropsets. These intensity techniques are not only valuable for stimulating muscle growth, but also will raise heart rate, increase metabolism, burn greater calories and push natural GH (a very powerful fat-crushing hormone) through the roof!

8. Compound Pounding: You will burn a heck of a lot more calories, as well as stimulate higher levels of natural hormones that destroy body fat if you make sure to include plenty of basic, multi-joint exercises in each of your workouts. This is not to say that you should shy away completely from more isolated movements, but only that you do not neglect some serious “compound pounding!”

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The 12 Week Summer Burn Workout Program

The following workout is a 12 week program to get you shredded for summer.

Rest as long as needed in between sets to slow your breathing just about back to normal and have your mind ready to push 100% on the next set.

For optimal fat-loss you will do 60 min of cardio per day on off days from training and 20-30 minutes either fasted or post workout on lifting days.

As each week passes you can use the program exactly as is laid out above, or you can tweak by adding/subtracting certain movement and/or simply changing the order in which the exercises are done.

Monday: Chest, Biceps, Forearms, & Abs

Exercise Tempo Sets Reps
1. Incline Bench Press 2/0/1 2* 7-9
2. Dumbbell Bench Press 2/0/1 2* 7-9
3a. Incline Dumbbell Fly 2/0/1 2 10-12
3b. Cable Crossover 1/0/1/1 2 10-12
4. EZ Bar Preacher Curl 2/0/1 1* 7-9
5. Barbell Curl 2/0/1 1* 7-9
6a. High Cable Curl 1/0/1 2 7-9
6b. Standing Alternating Dumbbell Curl 1/1/1 2 7-9
7. Reverse Barbell Curl 2/0/1 1* 10-12
8a. Barbell Reverse Wrist Curl 1/0/1 1 13-15
8b. Barbell Wrist Curl 1/0/1 1 13-15
9. Cable Crunch 1/0/1/1 2 16-20
10a. Hanging Leg Raise 1/0/1 1 Max Reps
10b. Seated Bench Knee Ups 1/0/1 1 Max Reps

*Each set utilzies a drop set. So perform 1 set, drop the weight performing an additional set, rest, and repeat.

Tuesday: Quads, Hamstrings, & Calves

Exercise Tempo Sets Reps
1. Barbell Back Squat 2/0/1 2* 7-9
2. Leg Press 2/0/1 2* 7-9
3a. Leg Extension 2/0/1/1 2 10-12
3b. Walking Barbell Lunge 2/0/1 2 10-12 Each
4. Lying Leg Curl 2/0/1/1 2* 7-9
5a. Adduction Machine 1/0/1/1 2 16-20
5b. Stiff Leg Deadlift 2/0/1 2 10-12
6. Standing Calf Raise 1/1/1/1 1* 7-9
7a. Seated Calf Raise 1/0/1/1 2 7-9
7b. Calf Press 1/1/1 2 10-12

*Each set utilzies a drop set. So perform 1 set, drop the weight performing an additional set, rest, and repeat.

Thursday: Lats, Lower Back, & Abs

Exercise Tempo Sets Reps
1. Seated Cable Row 1/0/1/1 2* 7-9
2. Reverse Grip Bent Over Row 1/0/1/1 2* 7-9
3a. Dumbbell Pullover 1/0/1 2 10-12
3b. T-Bar Row 1/0/1 2 7-9
4. Weighted Hyperextension 1/0/1/1 1* 13-15
5a. Deadlift 1/1/1 1 7-9
5b. Bodyweight Hyperextensions 1/0/1/1 1 Max Reps
6. Weighted Ab Crunch 1/0/1/1 1* 16-20
7a. Lying Leg Raise 1/0/1/1 2 Max Reps
7b. Oblique Crunch 1/0/1 2 16-20 Each

*Each set utilzies a drop set. So perform 1 set, drop the weight performing an additional set, rest, and repeat.

Friday: Shoulders, Traps, Triceps, & Calves

Exercise Tempo Sets Reps
1. Cable Face Pulls 1/0/1/1 2* 10-12
2. Lateral Raises 1/0/1 2* 10-12
3a. Seated Dumbbell Press 2/0/1 2 7-9
3b. Barbell Front Raise 1/0/1 2 7-9
4. Barbell Shrug 1/0/1/1 2* 10-12
5a. Upright Row 1/0/1/1 2 7-9
5b. Seated Dumbbell Shrug 1/0/1/1 2 7-9
6. Straight Bar Pushdown 1/0/1/1 1* 10-12
7. Skullcrusher 2/0/1 2* 7-9
8a. Seated One Arm Dumbbell Extrension 2/0/1 2 7-9
8b. Close Grip Bench Press 3/0/1 2 7-9
9. Seated Calf Raise 1/0/1 2* 10-12
10a. Calf Press 1/0/1/1 1 7-9
10b. Standing Calf Raise 1/0/1/1 1 7-9

*Each set utilzies a drop set. So perform 1 set, drop the weight performing an additional set, rest, and repeat.

Posted on: Wed, 06/15/2022 - 09:48

Having a cardio day after leg day (Tuesday) is kind of soul sucking. Can I change it so that the day after leg day is an on day?

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Posted on: Thu, 06/16/2022 - 08:03

If you need it, take it, Rilthy. If I have to do cardio after leg day, I opt for something like the heavy bag or battle rope, which won't tax the legs as much, but recovery is more important. Do what you gotta do.

Monica Garcia
Posted on: Wed, 06/08/2022 - 16:38

What is the best diet to follow on this workout plan?

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Posted on: Fri, 06/10/2022 - 09:11

This should help you figure out how to set up your nutrition plan, Monica.

Varsha Donur
Posted on: Sat, 03/19/2022 - 03:30

Is this a Good workout to follow up to this workout
Also cardio can be done parellely with this workout?? Hiit n list alternatively?

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Posted on: Sat, 03/26/2022 - 18:13

Yes to all, Varsha. I like the idea of alternating both types of cardio myself.

Posted on: Sat, 03/12/2022 - 23:27

What does tempo mean? How do I use that ?

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Posted on: Wed, 03/16/2022 - 21:00

Hi, Palak. Tempo is the speed of the reps. So if you see 2/0/1, that is two seconds to lower the weight, 0 seconds to hold it, and 1 second to lift it.

If you see four numbers, then the fourth is how long you hold the contraction when the weight is lifted. Hope this helps!

Posted on: Sun, 01/09/2022 - 17:51

What's the benefit of only doing 1 set of somethin surely you need to be doing 2/3 to really work the muscles.

Obviously 1* is 2 sets, second as a drop, but I'm confused by a lot only have 1 set?

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Posted on: Thu, 01/13/2022 - 16:42

Hi, Terri. You're supposed to do these sets with all-out effort to failure. Doing that means you won't need as many sets to fatigue the muscles as you would a higher volume (3 or more sets) approach.

Posted on: Tue, 06/15/2021 - 14:33

Why are calves on Tuesday AND Thursday? Surely one day is enough for them

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Posted on: Wed, 06/16/2021 - 08:37

Hey Pete - if you're running this program and feel like you don't need the 2nd calf day, you can take out those exercises.

Posted on: Sun, 09/19/2021 - 13:05

Depending on genetics, and other factors, for some people, might be very hard to develop nice and strong calves. And remember, at least 48 hours of rest per muscle group is more than enough to ensure muscle development.

Posted on: Sun, 06/06/2021 - 16:51

Hi Eric,

Good day! I am 42. 5 feet and 1 inches in height. 60kg. Shoulder is wider than my hips. My goal 50kgs. Any recommended workouts and what to take to increase metabolism and energy specially in the morning. I only have barbels, kettlebells and jumping rope at home. We are on lockdown again so I can’t go to gym. Any tips and recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance and you guys are awesome!

Posted on: Mon, 05/10/2021 - 09:04

3a and 3b means I have to do either of the exercises or both?

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Posted on: Mon, 05/10/2021 - 10:00

Hey Aksh - letters after the numbers indicate supersets. You'll do a set of 3a and go straight into a set of 3b.

Posted on: Tue, 04/27/2021 - 19:29
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Posted on: Wed, 04/28/2021 - 09:07

Hey Emily - yes you can use this program after the one you linked.

Posted on: Mon, 03/29/2021 - 17:25

Is it okay to take creatine while on this program? I'm currently on week two and I've never taken creatine before. Current supplements consist of protein, vege greens, pre workout and fish oil pills. If the goal is to lose a bit of weight, I'm just a little concerned about putting on water weight with creatine monohydrate.

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Posted on: Tue, 03/30/2021 - 12:29

Hey Scott - yes, you can take creatine on this program. Check out our expert guide on creatine here:

Jessica Ovesney
Posted on: Mon, 03/08/2021 - 09:00

I'm confused about these drop sets. Can someone explain them to me, like an example of how its supposed to look? New to drop sets...

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Posted on: Mon, 03/08/2021 - 11:51

Hey Jessica - check out this article for more info on drop sets:

Posted on: Sun, 02/07/2021 - 09:42

Can I increase the number of sets ?

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Posted on: Tue, 02/09/2021 - 10:41

Hey Eymen - it's best to follow the program as written

Belen Bennett
Posted on: Thu, 01/14/2021 - 05:40

Do I really need the supplements?

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Posted on: Thu, 01/14/2021 - 10:02

Hey Belen - Supplements are not required

Halit Enes Kalaycı
Posted on: Thu, 12/17/2020 - 12:01

Hello , what do you think about combination of this workout with this : using navy seal as cardio and this as weight training.

Will it be over training or is it ok?

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Posted on: Fri, 12/18/2020 - 09:37

Hey Halit - that will be a lot of volume and is not recommended.

Posted on: Sun, 10/18/2020 - 07:17

Can someone explain the tempo thing to me?

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Posted on: Mon, 10/19/2020 - 09:45

Hey Ward - The numbers represent the amount of time you should spend in each phase. 2/0/1/1 means you lower for 2 seconds, immediately raise for 1 second and hold at the top for another second.

Posted on: Thu, 02/17/2022 - 19:57

What about a tempo of 1/1/1 on the calf raises? What does the second number represent? I notice the second number is usually zero

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Posted on: Sat, 02/19/2022 - 11:08

Hey Isaac, for this program, the middle number is how long you hold the stretch at the bottom. So when you lower the weight, hold that position for a count of one before flexing the calves again.

Posted on: Thu, 06/25/2020 - 00:42

Can we Eliminate the trap workout if we don’t want to build trap muscle? What are the consequences of not doing traps?

Posted on: Sun, 06/14/2020 - 12:09

Hi there!
On days where It’s just cardio (Wednesday, sat and sun) would it be beneficial to still consume my protein drink after the run? It is that adding too many calories?

Thank You!

Alec Thornton
Posted on: Fri, 10/30/2020 - 23:12

Your muscles will need the protein for recovery (as well as the calories). So, yes take the protein.

Mark Nilson
Posted on: Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:46

Thanks a ton for this! This contains some great tips I’ve experience tested myself and love already, but would like to point out that there seem to be a lot of isolated movements, which I have found fairly useless in aesthetics and weight control (important to other wrestlers) Do you have any alternatives for the isolated movements that are compound?

Posted on: Thu, 06/27/2019 - 23:19

Hi first I want to thank you’ll this 12 week is great I loved I have a question in which day can I include intense glute workout thank you

Posted on: Tue, 06/11/2019 - 01:18

Some of these supersets are at opposite ends of the gym, how do I handle this problem?

Posted on: Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:34

What do we do after the 12 weeks are up?

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Posted on: Tue, 05/14/2019 - 16:50
Tanja Karamanol...
Posted on: Sun, 04/21/2019 - 11:19

Hi, i'm about to start this program but i'm confused about tempo and sets, what does it mean tempo 1/1/0/1 sets 2, can u give me a strict example.

Rosalba Homer
Posted on: Tue, 03/26/2019 - 23:43

Hello. It’s was 2 sets but you want a drop set. So how many sets am I to do? Also what workouts am I suppose to super set?
Thanks for your time

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2021 - 01:21

Yes exactly .Its confusing still in 2021

Posted on: Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:14

Hi can you use the low carb diet plan for this workout ??

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Posted on: Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:05

Hi Holly,

I'm personally not a fan of low carb diets, but to answer your question, yes - they can be used when performing this workout.

Posted on: Mon, 01/07/2019 - 01:02

Why is Dumbbell Pullover there on Back day? Isn't it a pure Chest workout?

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Posted on: Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:43

Hi Yasith,

Some people are more prone to feel it in their chest, while others feel it more in their lats. It really depends on the range of motion used and where the individual places their emphasis during the exercise.

Christian Roberts
Posted on: Sat, 11/10/2018 - 23:02

For the Drop Sets, when you say rest and repeat, are there no limitations for the number of additional sets? Are we doing this until failure or until there is no weight left to drop? Please help, would love to know I’m doing this correctly.

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Posted on: Mon, 11/12/2018 - 11:27

Hi Christian,

Drop sets are taken to failure.

Hope this helps!

Alec Thornton
Posted on: Fri, 10/30/2020 - 23:21

Do 2 sets for 7-9 reps of a heavy weight that you can handle for the rep range. Then, for the drop set, do 2 additional sets of 7-9, but cut the weight (as Josh mentions, by 50%). As you repeat, cut the weight down each time you complete your 2 sets of 7-9 reps. If you are cutting your weight down by 50% after your first 2 sets, then obviously remove less than than that as you progress through your drop sets.