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What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:08 pm
by Jclem23
I am 16 years old, 160 lbs, 5'8". I've been working out on and of for probably 2-3 years. I'm thinking about starting this routine that I've seen several times on this forum. It's called The Nygmen Body Bulk Blast:



[quote]Day 1
*Front squats - ramp up to a 5 rep max 1 or 2 work sets
*DB or BB Flat bench - ramp up to a 5 rep max, 2 or 3 work sets
*DB or BB Incline - ramp up to a 5 rep max, 1 or 2 work sets
Lateral raises - 3 or 4 sets of 8-12 reps
Pushdowns - 3 or 4 sets of 8-12 reps
cable or DB flies if your feeling peppy.

Day 2
*Deads or Rack pulls - ramp up to a 5RM - 1 work set (MAYBE 2 worksets)
*Tbar or BB rows - sets of 8-12 reps, 3 or 4 work sets
Pulldowns or chins - sets of 8-12 reps, 3 or 4 work sets
DB rows - sets of 12-20, 1 or 2 work sets
Curl variation - sets of 8+ reps, 2 or 3 sets total
Different curl variation - same

Day 3 (Take an off day between day 2 and 3)
*Back squat - ramp up to 5RM - 3+ work sets
*Leg Press - sets of 8-25 - 2 or 3 work sets
any other leg assistance, high rep work
---*** See Pete's comments in post 4***---

Day 4
*OH press - ramp up to a 5RM, 1-3 worksets
Lateral Raises - same as before
Rear delt work - same as lateral raises
*BB row - Same as before
Close grip bench
curl variation
*Shrugs - sets of 15-25, as heavy as humanly possible, 1 or 2 work sets


* = look to add weight to each lift as fast as possible. 5lbs a workout, 10 if you can. But shoot for no less than 10lbs a month if you can. Push yourself, but keep form.

EDIT: I forgot skull crushers because they murder my elbows, but throw them in on day 1 or 4.

EDIT 2: For the iso/assistance/non-stared work, start with a weight that is challenging for 8 reps, try and add reps each workout, once you can can 12 reps, instantly move up the weight. So, if week one you hit 9 reps with some DB curls with 30lbs, and week 2 you hit 12 reps, week 3 you are going to want to be using the 35lbs dumbells.[quote]






What do you guys think of this routine? Is it a good overall way to bulk up and get stronger? Would you say it is for more advance lifters or is it ok for someone of my fitness level?

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:55 pm
by Oscar_Actuary
he was strong
he had size
he had defintion when he cut

he ate a lot.

it's a great routine for those goals.

* ps. based on anecdotal evidence

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:12 pm
by Jclem23
By "he" I'm assuming that your referring to this "Nygmen" guy?

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:34 pm
by Oscar_Actuary
aka this guy

http://exrx.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5284" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:22 pm
by Jungledoc
If most of us didn't think it was an acceptable approach, it wouldn't be on the forum.

Nygmen is a strong, smart, knowledgeable, articulate guy (oh yeah, strong, too) whom we all miss and wish would turn up here again. If you are him in troll's disguise, please come out in the open. If you are not him, just use his template and let us know how it goes. If you need to change it, he won't be offended.

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:07 am
by robertscott
Ah, I believe it was myself that coined the name "Nygmen Body Bulk Blast". That guy was great, miss having him around

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:58 am
by Ironman
You might want to start with the least number of sets recommended. It's kind of high on the volume and advanced. It's a great routine though. You can maybe increase sets later as you advance. Unless of course you already know that you need that kind of volume. It should be a nice even mix of size and strength.

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:35 am
by hoosegow
gmen is still posting over on the nation.

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:57 pm
by Jungledoc
The traitor!

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:21 pm
by hoosegow
he's always posted there doc.

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:26 pm
by Jungledoc
Still.

PM him over there, and tell him that we're talking about him. We won't say anything nice about him until he turns up back over here.

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:09 pm
by Jclem23
Thanks for all the responses. I have a couple questions though. What exactly does "ramp up to 5 rep max" mean? Does that just mean keep doing reps of 5 while adding weight for each set? And what exactly do the work sets mean? Does that just mean that your supposed to do 1 or 2 warmup sets before?

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:16 pm
by stuward
Ramping means to add weight with each set. If your planned top set was 100#, you might do 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 for example. Normally you want equal steps of about 10-15% between them. Work sets are the ones done after the warm up.

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:47 pm
by Jclem23
So if it says 2-3 work sets, how many warmup sets should i do?

Re: What do you guys think of this workout?

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:49 pm
by stuward
Whatever you need. The heavier the weight, the more you will want to warm up.