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The 1-2-3-4 Training Program: Day 2

The 1-2-3-4 Training Program: Day 2

For more information about this program, click here for the introduction and day one. Here is day three, and here is day four. Very quickly I will remind you that in the 1-2-3-4 training program you will..

  1. Perform one exercise, then rest and repeat until all your sets are completed.
  2. Perform a superset (two exercises in a row with minimal to no rest in between exercises) and repeat until all your sets are completed.
  3. Perform a tri-set (three exercises in a row with minimal to no rest in between exercises) and repeat until all your sets are completed.
  4. Perform a giant set (four exercises in a row with minimal to no rest in between exercises) and repeat until all your sets are completed.

Day Two: Upper Body (Shoulders, horizontal pulling/back, and all of your traps)

A1) Push Press: Shoulders (Explosive)

Exercise substitutions: Push press or push jerk with barbell or dumbbells, explosive landmine press etc.

Ppp

Sets: 5
Reps: 3-5
Rest between sets: 90 seconds

Perform the exercise above with 90 seconds rest between sets. Repeat until your sets are completed, then move onto the “B” exercises.

B1) Seated Dumbbell Overhead Press: Shoulders (Strength/Hypertrophy)

Exercise substitutions: Handstand push ups, overhead barbell, dumbbell, or kettlebell press, landmine press etc. (standing, seated, or kneeling etc.)

OHP

Sets: 4
Reps: 6-8
Rest between sets: none go right into B2)

B2) One Arm Dumbbell Row: Back (Strength/Hypertrophy)

Exercise substitutions: Any horizontal rowing variation (One arm dumbbell, kettlebell or barbell row, inverted row, cable row variations etc.)

row site

Sets: 4
Reps: 8-10
Rest between sets: 120 seconds

Perform the two “B” exercises above in succession. Rest 120 seconds and repeat until your sets are completed. Then move onto the “C” exercises.

C1) Reverse Fly’s: Rear deltoids (Isolation)

 Exercise substitutions: Rear deltoid raise or reverse fly variations etc.

Rear Delt Raises Bottom

Sets: 3
Reps: 12-15
Rest between sets: None right into C2)

C2) Dumbbell Side Raises: Middle Deltoids (Isolation)

 Exercise substitutions: Cable  or machine lateral raise variations etc.

midel

Sets: 3
Reps: 12
Rest between sets: None right into C2)

C3) Front deltoids and core (Closed Chain)

Exercise substitutions: Any movement where hands are on the ground. (Bear Crawls, plank variations, hand walk variations etc.) Don’t underestimate these because they are not your standard anterior shoulder exercise.

Shulder taps

Sets: 3
Timed set: 30-60 seconds
Rest between sets: 90 seconds

Perform the three “C” exercises above in succession. Rest 90 seconds and repeat until your sets are completed. Then move onto the “D” exercises.

D1-D4) Total Trap Take-Down

D1) Face pulls (10 reps)

Face pullyyyy

D2) Y’s thumbs up (Lower traps): 7 reps

Y's

D3) T’s thumbs up (Middle traps): 7 reps

T's

D4) Shrug variation (Upper traps): (10 reps)

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Ground rules

  • Perform the recommended amount of reps f0r each exercise.
  • Take minimal to no rest between each exercise.
  • Rest 60 seconds after all 4 exercises are completed.
  • Repeat 1-2 more rounds.

Finished with day two!

If you want or need a specific warm up, feel free to do this. It is shown quickly in the video above as well…

Self massage (5 minutes)

In general, roll each area for about thirty seconds to two minutes or more. Since I cannot assess you, stay on the areas that need the most work you will stay on the longest. If you have no idea what those are, do this.

1. Foam Roll Upper Back/Thoracic spine: Or Problem Area #1

t spine

2. Foam Roll Lats: Or Problem Area #2

Foam roll lats

3. Lacrosse Ball Pecs: Or Problem Area #3

pecy

Ultra fast warm up (5 minutes) 

1. Side lying windmill x7 reps/side

Side lyng windmill site

2. Extended or regular front plank to push back x7 reps

p to p

3. Band pull aparts x7 reps

BPAAA

Also note: With each exercise don’t jump right into the weight you will be working with. Gradually increase the resistance with some “warm up sets” before performing and getting into the “working sets”.

For example let’s use the seated dumbbell overhead press. Let’s also say you have 4 sets of 8 reps assigned. Start with light dumbbells, then grab heavier ones each set. Once you progress to a weight that is challenging for 6 reps, this would count as your first set. Then you would have three more at that weight according to the above protocol.

Stay tuned for day three! If you missed day one, GO HERE!

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