The Total Package: A Full Body Strength & Hypertrophy Workout

The Total Package: A Full Body Strength & Hypertrophy Workout
Can't seem to train for hypertrophy without sacrificing strength or vice versa? Check out this full body workout split that helps you train for both!

Workout Summary

Build Muscle
Full Body
Intermediate
8 weeks
3
75-90 minutes
Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells
Male & Female
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Workout Description

As Shakespeare so beautifully put it, “to be or not to be, that is the question”.

However, for lifters it looks more like this:

“To train for strength or to train for hypertrophy, that is the question.”

It’s a delihemma we all face too often.

But, who’s to say we can’t have it all?

When I recently took a second to dissect my workout, I decided going forward I’ll always have a split that has it all and by sharing it, you’ll have it too.

The next time you decide you want to build up your strength, without sacrificing your striations, return to this workout.

It’s the total package.

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Breaking Down The Total Package

The total package workout is a simple concept, really.

You want gains.

You’re told to get muscle gains, you have to train in an 8-12 rep range for muscle hypertrophy.

Related: Fast Mass Program - The 4 Day Superset Split Workout

But you’re also told you need to be functional. You need to be strong. And to accomplish this you have to train in the 1-5 rep range to increase your central nervous systems capabilities to elicit force output, aka strength gains.

Seems like a lot of confusing and conflicting circumstance. However, you can accomplish both.

How? I’m glad you asked.

The Frequency of the Total Package

We’re going to start off by switching from your traditional bodybuilding or strength split to full body workouts three days a week. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “But, Josh! Full body workouts are so… are so… beginner level!”

Stop right there my friend. Sure, a lot of coaches and personal trainers put their clients through an initial full body program to ensure they fix any muscular imbalances a client may have, but there are so many benefits to full body workouts that we can all benefit from.

Instead of hitting the gym 5 times a week, we narrow it down to just 3 days. You’ll be thanking me when you start seeing gains in your social life to go along with the gains you’ll earn through this workout.

Dymatize Female Athlete Performing a Lunge

Plus, those three days are packed with two huge components (I’ll get to them shortly) that will leave you jacked! Not only that, the more often you can stimulate the muscle (especially true for natty lifters), recover fully, and repeat that muscle protein synthesis, the more gains you’re going to see!

So, now that you’re sold on working out 3 days a week, let’s move on to the two major components that make this program the total package.

The Strength Component

Each day begins with a 5x5 rep scheme of one of the big three lifts (squat, bench, and deadlift). The 5x5 rep scheme is used in a lot of programs and is seen as one of the key foundations of a strength based workout.

We’re going to split up each day to be paired with it’s own big lift. On Mondays, you’re going to come in and hit some squats.

I’m a big fan of squatting on Mondays; usually you tend to be the strongest you’ll be coming off dual rest days from the weekend and you tend to be more energized due to the extra calorie consumption most of us are guilty of on the weekends. Also, the squat racks tend to be free as everyone else is participating in international chest day.

Wednesday is your bench press day. Nothing like getting your #pumpday swole from some heavy bench pressing. It also will give you some extra time to allow your legs to recover from squats before we hit deadlifts on Friday.

The strength portion of the Total Package Workout ends with deadlifts on Friday. Deadlifts, for most, are a lifter’s strongest lift. So, by doing them on Friday you can burn some extra calories before going into the weekend.

The Hypertrophy Component

While we split up the big three lifts, we also hit each muscle group with just the right amount of volume to elicit a hypertrophic response.

This is where the full body component comes in and also where you’re going to see most of your physical gains. You’ll be doing a 4x10 rep scheme for all of the large muscle groups, with a 3x10 rep scheme hitting the smaller groups.

It’s certainly no easy task. You’re going to be dog-tired from performing the strength component of this workout. So, make sure you go lighter on the weight, focus on the range of motion while you’re lifting, and really try to create a pump in each muscle group.

M&S Athlete Performing Bent Over Rows

Rest Days

Some people still think there shouldn’t be such a thing as a rest day. I kind of sit on both sides of that fence. I don’t like to lift weights every day, but I like to keep my body in motion.

On your rest days for this program, you’re going to refrain from touching the weights (you’re probably going to be too sore to want to anyway). Instead, go for a very light jog and/or walk. Keep the pace slow and really try to benefit from the active recovery.

Shoot for about 30-45 minutes of low intensity cardio on your off days and also be sure to hit the foam roller afterwards to further promote your recovery.

FAQs

How long should I take for rest periods in between sets?

You’ll want to be sure to take 2-3 minutes of rest in between your 5x5 sets. For the rest of the hypertrophy workout, try to limit rest to 45-60 seconds. At the end of the day, if you need to take a longer rest, it’s better safe than sorry.

How should I progress the weight used for these workouts?

You can do this a number of ways and it really depends on your level of fitness. Personally, I like to add 5lbs for each set on the strength component. Each week, I’ll begin my working sets with the second lightest set from the previous week.

However, you can do sets where the weight remains the same throughout and try to increase by 5lbs each week too. This is how I prefer to progress with the hypertrophy sets of this workout.

M&S Female Athlete Performing Pulldowns

Can I substitute (body part specific lift) with (lift in program)?

Absolutely! I wouldn’t swap out any of the main lifts unless you have a legitimate reason to do so, but for the hypertrophy lifts, you can swap out whichever exercise for an exercise targeting the same body part that you want to. You know your body’s weaknesses better than I do, so by all means swap away.

One thing that I’d like to note, no two lifts are the same day to day. If you decide to make alterations, try to make each exercises that you are doing on each day different, and consistently do them week in and week out so you can track improvements.

Related: Muscle & Strength Full Body Workout Routine

Can I add in additional lifts?

I wouldn’t recommend it. This program is pretty serious as is and you’re going to want to limit taking the rep count any higher. If you want to do a lift bad enough, sub it in for one and do it. Your gains will thank you in the long run.

Can I do HIIT Cardio/additional cardio than what is recommended on rest days?

Again, I wouldn’t recommend it. But if you feel like you can and still recover efficiently enough to where it won’t affect your performance doing these lifts, give it a go!

Is this program good for someone looking to lose fat/build muscle?

This program is perfect for both of those scenarios. You’re ability to lose fat and build muscle is going to be highly dependent on what you do outside of the gym. You’ve got to make sure your diet is aligned with your goals, you're getting enough sleep each night, and you're doing everything possible to allow your muscles to recover.

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The Total Package Workout

Day 1
Exercise Sets Reps
1. Squat 5 5
2. Dumbbell Bench 4 10
3. Dumbbell Row 4 10
4. Seated Dumbbell Press 4 10
5. Lunge 4 10
6. Dumbbell Curl 3 10
7. Standing Barbell Tricep Extension 3 10
8. Calf Raise 3 12
9. Plank 5 20 secs
Day 2
Exercise Sets Reps
1. Bench Press 5 5
2. Machine Pec Deck 3 12
3. Leg Extension 4 10
4. Leg Curl 4 10
5. Pullup 4 10
6. Seated Lateral Raise 4 10
7. Dumbbell Hammer Curls 3 10
8. Rope Extension 3 10
9. Plank 5 20 secs
Day 3
Exercise Sets Reps
1. Deadlift 5 5
2. Incline Dumbbell Press 4 10
3. Lateral Raise 4 10
4. Pulldown 4 10
5. Leg Press 4 10
6. EZ Bar Curl 3 10
7. Skullcrushers 3 10
8. Dumbbell Shrugs 3 12
9. Plank 5 20 secs
Conclusion

The Total Package Workout is the perfect workout if you’re looking to get the most out of your workouts without spending every day in the gym.

It targets both strength and hypertrophy by utilizing a 5x5 rep scheme followed by a full body routine three days a week. It also allows you to work on your cardiovascular health during your low intensity recovery days.

While I certainly didn’t come up with these principles, I like putting them together. Strength, size, and health, what more could you ask for?

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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Posted Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:33
Magnus

Hello,
The program looks good, excited to try it.
However, I have problems with my knees when doing squats, and I have been training for at least three years at this point.
Would you recommend I get a personal trainer, and try to master the squat as soon as possible, or is it acceptable if I do leg press instead?
Thanks in advance.

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Posted Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:37
JoshEngland

Hi Magnus,

Yes, I'd recommend working with a personal trainer and have them help suggest alternatives to you.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:22
Fran

Hi Josh,

Been doing this program for 8 weeks and have seen noticeable strength gains and a difference in my physique! Do you have a program which you can recommend to take it to the next level? I love the frequency (3 days a week) and love the whole body exercises (squats, deadlifts and bench press). But just feel myself becoming a bit more stagnant and meh as time goes on, despite the gains. Look forward to hearing from you.
Fran

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Posted Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:39
JoshEngland

Hi Fran,

Thanks for giving the program a chance! Glad you enjoyed it.

You might like the M&S full body routine - check it out here: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/muscle-strength-full-body-wor...

Also, you could give these Reg Park inspired workouts a shot: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/reg-park-inspired-workout

Hope this helps!

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Posted Fri, 06/08/2018 - 17:02
Justin

Hey Josh,

I didn't see this covered, and this is my first time with this type of program. Where do you start for a starting weight? Is it just guess and see what doesn't kill you for the reps you need, or is there a % drop back from your 1RM?

Thanks!

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Posted Mon, 06/11/2018 - 08:52
JoshEngland

Hi Justin,

Recommending a starting weight is tough bc everyone has different levels of strength. Pick a weight you're sure you can performed the prescribed reps with. If it's too easy, move up. If too hard, move down.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Thu, 06/07/2018 - 19:36
Josh

Hi, Josh.

Do you do abs after each workout or is that what you have planks in there for? Also, with how stubborn my calves are at growing, is it okay to work them in each workout? Thanks!

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Posted Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:43
JoshEngland

Hi Josh,

Yes, your abs will be worked by the plank exercise. Feel free to add in additional calf work if you feel it is necessary.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Mon, 06/04/2018 - 04:03
Jonathan Jones

Is it okay to jog on off days?? Like 10 minutes at an incline. Also maybe a leg day on Sunday? Trying to get a thicker lower body.

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Posted Mon, 06/04/2018 - 10:24
JoshEngland

Hi Jonathan,

The jogging will be a fine addition. I wouldn't recommend the extra leg day. If you'd like to hit legs twice and with more volume, an Upper/Lower workout program might be more suited for your goals.

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Posted Sun, 06/03/2018 - 07:44
Kelvin

Hi Josh,

The program works well. Any tips on deloading? Is the 8 weeks a hard limit for this program? Do you have a follow up program to this? Thank you.

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Posted Mon, 06/04/2018 - 10:42
JoshEngland

Hi Kelvin,

Thanks for giving it a shot! For deloading tips, check this out: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/how-to-deload

8 weeks is not a hard limit on the program. Feel free to run it for however long you're enjoying it and seeing results. My recommended follow up plan would actually be PHUL - https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/phul-workout

Hope this helps!

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Posted Mon, 05/28/2018 - 19:44
Steve

Josh
Hi would it be ok to have a leg day. And do the full body workout without legs. And just do legs on a separate day. My legs need work. So it would be fullbody M-W-F. And legs on either Tuesday or Friday. And also on fullbody days add in another exercise for each bodypart. Thanks

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Posted Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:07
JoshEngland

Hi Steve,

I would recommend an upper/lower program instead. Check this one out: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/phul-workout

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sun, 05/27/2018 - 14:29
Saleh

Hi Josh,
Just messaging you to tell you that this looks like an awesome plan. I have been doing hypertrophy 4 day split routine the past month or so. I will continue with that program for another 3 weeks then I'll switch to your program, looks promising. Thanks!

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Posted Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:07
JoshEngland

Hi Saleh,

Awesome! Best of luck!

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Posted Sun, 05/27/2018 - 14:20
Balder

Im going on a 2-week holiday in 6 weeks. Will it be ok to use this program for 6 weeks and the maybe 2-4 weeks after the vacation?

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Posted Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:08
JoshEngland

Hi Balder,

Yes, that should be fine.

Hope this helps and enjoy your vacation!

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Posted Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:20
Balder

Thank you Josh!

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Posted Mon, 05/21/2018 - 23:30
Elaine

How can I incorporate hip thrusts and/or rdl’s for more glute work?

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Posted Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:10
JoshEngland

Hi Elaine,

You can either add them in as an addition to the workout, or sub them in for an exercise of you choice (outside of the main lift for that day). The exercise you sub them in for doesn't particularly matter so long as you're working each muscle group 1-2 times each week.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Tue, 05/15/2018 - 14:13
Martin Paul

20 sec plank is so easy for each set i think. Is it good?

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Posted Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:18
JoshEngland

Hi Martin,

Focus on contracting your full body while planking for 20 secs.... don't just hold the position, focus on all of your muscles head to toe. 20 seconds isn't easy if you're performing them correctly.

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Posted Mon, 05/07/2018 - 00:46
Nava

Can I Workout every other day without resting 2 days in a row?
And can I add abs home workout(bodyweight only) on rest days??

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Posted Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:52
JoshEngland

Hi Nava,

If you feel you are capable of recovering properly with that amount of rest go for it. But, it likely won't help speed up your results if that is your main goal. You'd be better off sticking with the more sustainable 3xs per week.

If you'd like additional ab work, add them in on your workout days not rest days. Adding them on rest days will affect your ability to perform the following workout day on your compound lifts.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sat, 05/05/2018 - 09:53
Glenn Dougherty

Thanks for this! Is it okay to do cardio after the workout or keep it on the off days?

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Posted Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:53
JoshEngland

Hi Glenn,

Either works well. If you're performing LISS such as walking, you can perform cardio every day of the week.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Mon, 05/07/2018 - 09:34
Glenn Dougherty

Thanks!

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Posted Tue, 05/01/2018 - 09:41
Dave

Hey Josh,
What kind of cardio routine would you recommend for this workout.

Thanks!

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Posted Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:12
JoshEngland

Hi Dave,

Low impact recovery walks - an intensity that won't affect your performance in the gym.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:33
Dave

And that would be for fat loss as well, sorry I didn’t specify my goals

Thanks again.

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Posted Tue, 05/01/2018 - 15:34
JoshEngland

Hi Dave,

Yes. If you're goal is fat loss, I'd still recommend low intensity cardio. Focus on manipulating your diet instead of adding extra activity.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Fri, 04/27/2018 - 08:07
Darkoon

Hello Josh!

Great workout plan. I am going to give this workout plan a try. I however have questions regarding Front Squat, Dips and Inverted Rows, I don't see them on the list of exercises and they are some of my favorites as Front Squat is good on my lower back and I generally prefer doing body weight exercises where applicable.

I have an idea on where to put Front Squat, replace Leg Press or alternate each week, and Inverted Row, replace Dumbbell Row or alternate each week, but can't think of where to put Dips.

Thanks in advance.

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Posted Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:18
JoshEngland

Hi Darkoon,

Those look like fine substitutions. Feel free to sub in dips for any of the triceps listed during the workout.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Wed, 04/25/2018 - 05:07
Joe

Hi Josh,
I've been doing this program for about 5 weeks now and I'm happy with the results but I've become a bit bored of the workout and wanted to mix it up. I was looking online and found these 20 rep programs(a lot of websites called them widowmakers) that apparently are also very effective. What do you think about replacing the 5*5 sets with 1 set of 20. I'm also wondering if it would be too much if I did 1 set of 20 reps for each big lift every work out day.

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Posted Wed, 04/25/2018 - 08:43
JoshEngland

Hi Joe,

You're almost finished with the program! I wouldn't recommend switching things up until you've completed the entire program. With just 3 more weeks, you're not far from it.

At that point, you can change the program entirely or modify it in ways you've mentioned.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:31
Fran

Hi Josh,

Would you utilise this routine to improve my physique for the upcoming soccer season? I do want to put on some size but also want to get seriously fit so I'm doing HIIT boot camp once a week at the moment!

Thanks,
Fran

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Posted Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:30
JoshEngland

Hi Fran,

There are better sports specific training programs out there. That being said, this is an excellent option for strictly physique and strength related goals.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Tue, 04/24/2018 - 07:18
Fran

Thanks for the reply Josh,

That is helpful! However the only soccer related program I saw involved 4 days a week with 2 pairs of consecutive days; but with my football training outside of the gym I wouldn't be able to adapt to that schedule... Is there a 3-day a week soccer-specific one you know of?

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Posted Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:38
JoshEngland

Hi Fran,

We don't currently have any on the website, but it is definitely something we should look into adding. I'm not sure which program you're referring to, but you could likely rearrange the days to fit your schedule.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:12
Bora

Hi Josh,

Can ı do cardio on off days?

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Posted Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:28
JoshEngland

Hi Bora,

Sure! But I'd recommend sticking to something low impact and low intensity.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:40
Rob John laughlin

do you lift heavy each set or build up to final heavy set

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Posted Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:05
JoshEngland

Hi Rob,

I'd pyramid my sets up with my heaviest weight being used on the final set.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Mon, 04/09/2018 - 15:36
Alam

I was wondering, could i do all these exercises with a barbell instead of dumbbell, when applicable?

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Posted Mon, 04/09/2018 - 16:10
JoshEngland

Hi Alam,

Yes, absolutely.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sun, 04/08/2018 - 02:39
Isaac

Hi josh,
I would like to gain muscle sizes so should I use this programme or the other one which is split workout (the link is https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/shaun--s-3-day-muscle-buildin...) I had heard some people say split workout is better than full body workout in terms of building lean muscle and I am struggled to choose between these 2 workout plans. I would really appreciate if I could get any replies :)

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Posted Mon, 04/09/2018 - 09:28
JoshEngland

Hi Isaac,

Give both a shot :)

Figure out which one you enjoy more and keep that program as one of your go-tos.

Building muscle is about being consistent in the gym and enjoying the workout you are doing. Do that over a long period of time, and you'll see the results you are hoping for.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sat, 04/07/2018 - 17:43
Abdullah

Hi Josh,
I have a lot of time to spend in gym. I can go anytime and many time. Do you recommand another program because I want to spend more time in gym not just 3 days. Thank you for your support!

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Posted Mon, 04/09/2018 - 09:30
JoshEngland

Hi Abdullah,

We have loads of workouts in our database. Feel free to browse them until you find one that has the amount of days you'd like to go to the gym and accomplishes the goal you're after: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workout-routines

Hope this helps!