Recapture your motivation by utilizing one of the most basic workout styles most of us grew up using - The Bro Split. Check out The Ultimate Bro Split.
Workout Summary
  • Main Goal
    Build Muscle
  • Workout Type
    Split
  • Training Level
    Intermediate
  • Program Duration12 weeks
  • Days Per Week
    5
  • Time Per Workout45-70 minutes
  • Equipment Required
    Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells, Machines
  • Target Gender Male & Female
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Workout Description

Bodybuilding bro splits, at one time, were by far the most popular workout split.

Nearly everyone at the gym was doing them.

Chest days, back days, leg days, oh my!

Heck, we even had arm day – arguably the best day of the week.

For decades, you would rush to newsstands to buy the newest muscle mag just to get a glimpse of that month’s new bro split.

And, although we’ve realized they’re not exactly optimal for most at this point, every now and then they’re still very fun to do.

There’s just something about going to the gym, developing that strong mind-muscle connection with whatever body part you’re training that day, and absolutely destroying it.

This article is going to take you back to those days. Check it out, and if you’re looking for something fun to do for 12ish weeks, give it a shot.

The Ultimate Bro Split Workout Overview

This workout is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a 5 day per week workout routine where each day is its own muscle group.

Each workout will take approximately 45-75 minutes to perform. Depending on your rest periods, you might even finish quicker than that.

Speaking of rest periods, I’m going to make a unique suggestion: Don’t time them. Simply rest as needed to recover and then move onto your next set.

In terms of progression, try to increase the weight used whenever capable while understanding that progress isn’t always linear. So long as you’re going up over the duration of the program, you will see some nice results.

Bro splits aren’t for everyone. A lot of science out there suggests they’re not even optimal. However, they can be a fun change of pace which I’m all game for. Run this program as needed to capitalize on your nostalgic form of training and get back to something you find benefits you more.

Monday: Chest Day

Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Bench Press 3 10
Dumbbell Incline Bench Press 3 10
Decline Hammer Strength Machine Press 3 10
Pec Dec 3 10
Push Up 3 10

Tuesday: Leg Day

Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Back Squat 3 10
Machine Hack Squat 3 10
Leg Press 3 10
Leg Extension 3 10
Leg Curl 3 10
Calf Raise 3 10

Wednesday: Shoulder Day

Exercise Sets Reps
Seated Shoulder Press 3 10
Arnold Press 3 10
Lateral Raise 3 10
Upright Row 3 10
Reverse Fly Machine 3 10
Shrug 3 10

Thursday: Back Day

Exercise Sets Reps
Deadlift 3 10
Lat Pull Down 3 10
Hammer Strength Row 3 10
Cable Row 3 10
Straight Arm Lat Pull Down 3 10

Friday: Arm Day

Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Bicep Curl 3 10
Preacher Curl 3 10
Incline Dumbbell Curl 3 10
Dip 3 10
Skullcrusher 3 10
Rope Pressdown 3 10
Conclusion

There’s no school quite like the old school.

And no matter what anyone says, bro splits still do work.

If you’re looking for a fun way to get back into a dedicated routine of working out, this might just be the perfect workout for you.

If you have any questions about the workout, please feel free to leave us a comment below!

52 Comments
Ash
Posted on: Mon, 04/15/2024 - 10:41

Hi. Can some days been done at home with dumbbells?

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Roger
Posted on: Tue, 04/16/2024 - 08:21

Sure, Ash. We have plenty of exercises to choose from in our Exercises section. Just find movements that work the same muscle groups, and you should be fine.

Ben
Posted on: Fri, 03/22/2024 - 14:52

Should I train to failure on all exercises?

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Roger
Posted on: Wed, 03/27/2024 - 07:40

Hi Ben, the last set on each exercise should definitely be to failure. You can use the early sets to build up to that final one if you like.

Nour
Posted on: Fri, 02/16/2024 - 13:07

I have a question, Is there any alternatives for the deadlifts?
because my gym is very small and there isn’t enough place for doing them

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Roger
Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2024 - 10:07

Hey Nour, you can do dumbbell deadlifts if you like.

Ek
Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2023 - 05:15

I need to build muscle mass bro split is effective for that

savvas
Posted on: Fri, 10/06/2023 - 06:46

Great progmam thanks!! When you think that you have reached your goals what workout program should you use to maintain?
Thanks

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Roger
Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2023 - 11:24

This should help you find another great program.

https://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/how-to-choose-your-next-train...

Sean Evans
Posted on: Mon, 10/02/2023 - 17:37

Good afternoon, thanks for the workout. I do not have a hammer strength row I do have a machine row would prefer a free weight movement but any suggestions would be appreciated, thank you

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Roger
Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2023 - 11:24

Hey Sean, if you can use the machine, then it will serve as a good substitute. If you want a free weight option, then I suggest a two-arm dumbbell row.

Vic
Posted on: Mon, 09/11/2023 - 16:15

What supplements do you suggest taking while completing this program? Currently taking pre-workout and creatine before workout protein after. Is adding Glutamine post workout a good idea?

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2023 - 20:49

Hi, Vic. Glutamine would be good for digestion more than recovery. Essential amino acids would be a good add in.

Nathan
Posted on: Mon, 08/21/2023 - 18:27

Is 3 sets to failure good for all the exercises shown.
Also I'm going from a ppl routine to this bro split will I lose any gains from changing working out the muscle group from 2x a week to 1x per week.

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Roger
Posted on: Thu, 08/24/2023 - 21:54

Yes, it will be good for all exercises. No, you won't lose gains. Matter of fact, you may notice improvement since you recover more.

Akram
Posted on: Sat, 08/12/2023 - 05:25

Hi Roger! Just wondering which exercises can replace the deadlift and which triceps exercise would you recommend if i want to workout both arms separately?

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Roger
Posted on: Thu, 08/24/2023 - 21:54

Need to know why you're replacing the deadlift so I can make the best choice. Anything single arm will help the triceps, but I like single cable pushdowns.

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Roger
Posted on: Sat, 08/26/2023 - 21:25

If your gym has a lower back machine, use that instead. More importantly, go see a doctor about it so you know if it is something more serious.

Akram Gharbi
Posted on: Fri, 08/25/2023 - 02:05

Thank you very much for the help Roger!
I was deadlifting for over one year now, I was doing full body program training and I fell pain in my lower back when I do deadlift, thats why I wonder how can I replace it.

Trenton Strait
Posted on: Fri, 05/05/2023 - 16:23

What days are for cardio & how long is the cardio per day that it is performed?

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 05/08/2023 - 07:11

If your goal is fat loss, then 30 minutes first thing in the morning four days a week on any days you like can work well. If building muscle is the priority, then two or three 15-20 minute sessions after the weights would be ok. My only recommendation is you take at least one complete day off a week to rest.

Alejandro
Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2023 - 01:40

It is OK if I add two or three exercises per day?

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Roger
Posted on: Tue, 04/18/2023 - 12:55

The volume should already be plenty for most lifters. Give this a solid run for a few weeks, and if you still feel it isn't enough, maybe add one per day.

Stewart
Posted on: Sun, 04/02/2023 - 15:20

Hi just wondering about sets & progression. I assume all 3x10 sets use the same weight & increase weight when rep target is met ?

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Roger
Posted on: Thu, 04/06/2023 - 09:27

Correct.

George
Posted on: Sun, 12/04/2022 - 13:21

Hello Roger, started the bro split recently and i am having so much fun. Question: my gym does not have the Decline Hammer Strength Machine Press, can you recommend me any alternative? Thanks a lot, keep grinding!

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 12/05/2022 - 09:52

Hey George, Anything decline would work - barbell, dumbbell, Smith Machine. If your gym doesn't have any of those, do dips with your upper body leaning forward.

David H
Posted on: Mon, 11/07/2022 - 19:21

Is it okay to cut while on a bro split?
I weight 210, and want to see definition
or a change, but Without sacrificing my hard
earned gains. Thanks.

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Roger
Posted on: Sat, 11/12/2022 - 11:10

Yeah, David. You can do it. Keep your protein up so you can protect that muscle you're wanting to reveal.

Eric Gagnon
Posted on: Sun, 04/03/2022 - 12:14

So we do the same exact workouts for 12 weeks?

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 04/18/2022 - 19:52

Yes, Eric. Same workout every week for all 12 weeks. The goal is to either improve reps or get stronger each week. Even if you do one rep better each session, that will add up to greater results.

Patrick
Posted on: Sat, 04/02/2022 - 14:38

Does it matter if you change the order? I noticed back and arms are back to back but you would be double working biceps. Also, because of my schedule, I would need to change it. Would it work to do:
Sunday:Legs
Monday:Off
Tuesday:Chest
Wednesday:Back
Thursday:Shoulders
Friday:Off
Saturday:Arms

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 04/18/2022 - 19:51

Clearly you thought out this schedule, Patrick. If it works for you, and you're able to give your all to the weights, go for it!

Kenneth
Posted on: Sun, 01/09/2022 - 00:27

Any advice on which days should I hit my abs if I follow this program?

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Roger
Posted on: Thu, 01/13/2022 - 16:38

Get them in any day you can, Kenneth. You can even do them at home if you like. If you decide to do them with your normal workouts, train abs at the end of the session. Hope this helps!

Charles Dillon
Posted on: Sun, 12/05/2021 - 09:03

Would you recommend 2 minute rests between sets, or longer? I am currently doing a split that recommends 3-4 minutes between sets, but the reps are lower as well. Thanks! I am excited to try this program.

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 12/06/2021 - 17:58

Hey Charles. Two minutes between sets would be plenty. You may even notice that you're ready to go after 90 seconds. If so, go for it.

Tai huynh
Posted on: Sat, 10/02/2021 - 06:06

If I first set I use 30lbs for 6-8 rep and I decease weight to 25lbs for 10-12 rep on set 2, this is good? Or I just use same weight for 3 set each

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Roger
Posted on: Thu, 10/14/2021 - 20:20

Hi, Tai. Try to use the same weight for all sets, or try to work your way up if you want to use different weights. Start with 25 for 10-12, then go up to 30. Hope this helps.

Sandor
Posted on: Wed, 04/14/2021 - 11:36

What type of training style do I follow?
Standard pyramid? Reverse pyramid? Straight sets?

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Abigail
Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2021 - 09:41

Hey Sandor - you'll do straight sets.

Josué
Posted on: Mon, 04/05/2021 - 16:05

Hi, I workout in my house and don’t have a hammer strength row machine. Ca I use a wide grip cable row instead of the hammer machine or what exercise can I do instead of the hammer row exercise. Thank you.

Gregg Christie
Posted on: Sun, 04/04/2021 - 12:23

Good news as if the fact that all the legends used a bro SPLIT and it clearly worked the latest research from Brad schoenfeld phd shows that bro splits are at the very least just as effective as other popular splits sometimes more

Michael Merino
Posted on: Sun, 09/27/2020 - 03:13

I can say that after a long hiatus this kind of routine has worked well for me and it did well back then when i was a serious gym goer. This regimen works for me because I feel I can recover better from just working out one area of my body rather than 2 or 3 such in full body workouts.

I was never able to do full body workouts in 3 days for example, felt overwhelmed and not to mention discouraged trying to spend over an hour excercising.

Bottom line is do what feels right for you within reason. There is not a one size fits all regimen for everyone. Take in consideration your current build/weight, age, endurance and willingness too.

My own split regimen goes like this:
Day 1: arms/shoulders
Day 2: chest
Day 3: back/abs
Day 4: legs
Day 5: cardio
Take day off

mimi
Posted on: Sat, 08/15/2020 - 19:44

Merci!! Much appreciated.

Ron
Posted on: Fri, 07/10/2020 - 10:23

Would a 6 day bro split be too much? It seems like the legs don't get enough by trying to do it all in one day, and I am wondering if a 6 day split would work without overwhelming the body:
Monday - Quads
Tuesday - Chest
Wednesday - Back
Thursday - Shoulders
Friday - Hamstrings/calves (could do deadlifts here if not back day)
Saturday - Arms

Any feedback is appreciated, by site admins or readers.

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Yoshi
Posted on: Tue, 08/11/2020 - 10:01

Hey Ron

That would be fine. Just be sure to really listen to your body and make sure you're resting and recovering well between workouts.

Gregg Christie
Posted on: Sun, 04/04/2021 - 12:30

If you have a weak point like legs for example def train them twice a week to bring them up concentrating on a posterior , anterior split

Nick
Posted on: Tue, 06/23/2020 - 17:39

Can really any split work? I mean as long as your applying progressive overload, using enough weekly volume, in the end wont the results even out over time?

I personally love these types of splits but these are so frowned upon as " Not optimal" due to the high volume and low frequency...

I have better recovery, the workouts are quicker, more focus and I look foward to all of them separately. Hitting 3 muscles in one session can work, but once the weight gets heavy, it's not very sustainable, for me anyway!

Thanks!

Nick
Posted on: Mon, 06/15/2020 - 15:14

Always wondered why these splits are so frowned upon. As long as the volume is there and progressive overload is taking place, does it really matter what program you do?

I personally find these workouts more enjoyable, brief and more focused then trying to fit in 3 muscles on one day... But with all the research they're deemed "Not effective " and to stay clear away from bro splits. So I find myself doing splits I dont care for because I dont want to waste my time. Can someone stick with a program like this and get results?