Our goal when we started it was to gain strength (and he wanted to gain size). I liked the layout of the plan, and knew it’d be challenging. Yes, I’m a personal trainer and can make my own plans, but sometimes it’s fun to try someone else’s routine out and see what you like/don’t like.
The program is 4 phases, and we are about to start week 2 of Phase 4 today! It’s a 16 week program and I can’t believe we are almost done. It’s like basically marathon training length
I have really improved my strength in a lot of areas, and I think once we finish Phase 4, we want to re-start the whole program again. I looked through others on the site, but this was my favorite. I will write a full review once we finish the program.
In the mean time, here are my numbers in terms of improvement. I know some of you can do way more, but I’m getting stronger!
- Bench Press: Started – 45 lbs (just the bar), Current – 60 lbs
- Back squat: Started – 30 lbs, Current – 80 lbs (!)
- Dumbbell Incline Press: Started – 15 lbs, Current – 20 lbs
- Dumbbell Row: Started – 15 lbs, Current – 27.5 lbs
- Leg Press: Started – 80 lbs, Current – 140 lbs
- Leg Curl: Started – 30 lbs, Current – 60 lbs
- *Still working on unassisted pull-ups but getting there!
What I love about the program is that you use a lot of basic exercises that are usually deemed as the “main lifts” such as bench press, squats, rows, pull-ups, etc. Each phase, you change how many reps and sets you do – so you won’t plateau.
Like I said, I’ll go into more detail once I write my full review on the program. Today is Chest/Back day, so we are ready to crush it in the gym!
Have you ever tried a program/routine from BodyBuilding.com?
Do you like having set training routine, or you just figure it out daily?
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