Here it is ladies, the eight week female-centric #HyperWorkouts training programme Michelle is following August through to end of September 2018. Phased-programming to follow throughout the year.
Read on for the AUG-18 Programme that contains 3-4x 60-90min workouts. There are 4x 1min YouTube guide videos and workout lists for each day. You’ll also read about the objectives of this training programme, who it is suited for, some useful resources, and for the gym geeks – the design principles and other training pointers.
The videos are live-footage of Michelle’s actual current workouts – real weight and no demo sets. RAW!
AS FEATURED IN THE BREAK-THE-MOULD BODY PLAN!
If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out the BREAK-THE-MOULD Body Plan article series, that breaks a few eggs in an attempt to show a different, more exciting and sustainable plan to building your best feminine body ever.
OBJECTIVES OF THIS TRAINING BLOCK
Read BREAK-THE-MOULD Part 4 for the overall Training programme, that includes flexibility and options to include a Yoga-style session and one class-based aerobic session.
As it relates to the 8-Week Female-Specific Strength Training Block:
- 4x 60-90MIN SESSIONS – Consisting of 3-4* Strength Training Sessions per week (*option to perform Session 1 twice)
- PROGRESSIVE OVERLOAD – requiring more volume to be achieved from week to week to illicit muscle and strength gains.
- FULL-BODY – Each session is considered full-body, but there is a bias to Upper Body and Lower Body in Session 2 and 3
- COMPOUND LIFTING – A strong focus on the big compound multi-joint lifts that provide best bang for your buck
- FEMALE-CENTRIC – Emphasis on development of Glutes, Thighs, Arms, Shoulders and Back, whilst de-emphasising Traps, Chest, Obliques and Calves
IMPORTANT: Can be used for Lowering, Increasing or Maintaining Bodyweight. The critical factor to which path you take on this programme will be your diet plan.
WHO IS THIS PROGRAMME FOR?
Anyone can pick up this programme and benefit. Whether it’s ladies wishing to lose weight and tone up, beginner female gym-goers who wants to develop a more toned physique, or for seasoned intermediate lifters who want to develop greater strength and more muscle mass. No age or capability bias here – anyone can make progress with this well-rounded programme.
Whilst gents can equally benefit from this training block, there have been a number of adjustments to better suit most ladies physique goals. As such, for guys, i’s worth looking at the general AUG-18 #HyperWorkouts Training Plan.
What’s Critical to Note is this…
You can’t out-train a bad diet, and any physique goal must be paired with a diet plan/approach that helps support either Muscle Growth OR Losing Fat (you have to choose, unfortunately).
You can use this Strength Training block as part of a Calorie Surplus to build stronger curves through adding a little extra lean muscle – the reality of ‘toning up’. You can also use this Training Block as part of a Calorie Deficit (a Cut), to help retain your muscle tissue as you lose body fat, and as a great means of increasing your overall energy expenditure (TDEE).
A. Learn How To Best Leverage Your Monthly Cycle
Check out Cycle With Your Cycle – How To Phase Your Training & Nutrition With Your Menstrual Cycle for an understanding of each menstrual phase, identifying similarities in your feelings and energy, and practical training and nutritional guidance to take full advantage of your bodies hormonal changes.
B. Understanding The Importance Of Progressive Overload
If you want to double-click into Progressive Overload, then check out this Podcast – #34: What Is Progressive Overload & All The Ways To Do It.
C. If You Want To Lose Weight (& not necessarily put on muscle size)
Listen to this 3-Part AdapNation Podcast – #13: Losing Body Fat for GOOD Part 1 of 3, or read the associated 3-Part Article – Losing Body Fat For Good – Here’s All You Need To Know [Part 1 of 3], and follow this Training Programme. You will see results you want. Strength training is that versatile.
D. If You Want Guidance On Eating To Thrive AND Look Good
Then you’ll want to read up about AdapNation’s IIFYM+ Thrive Eating Approach, as well as check out the 90+ (and growing) exciting meal ideas at AdapNation’s Food Diary. Lastly, check out this Article or Podcast, if you want some practical selection, prepping and cooking tips from Michelle.
This Is Not A Magic Training Programme, But…
There is no such thing. Nor is it a programme that will deliver results for all eternity. You will need to mix it up, to create new stimuli, hit different muscle fibres, and practice other functional patterns.
That said, this is a great place to start for the uninitiated, and is a great alternative to your current training for the more experienced trainers. It will garner results as long as you respect the intent, your diet and proper rest and recovery (rest is critical to results – check this Article out).
You could, if you wish, just do this programme for the next year and continue to get results, assuming you are progressively overloading (see below). Alternatively, and more likely, you will cycle through the #HyperWorkouts every eight weeks, as part of an annual phased programme. For Michelle, this approach helps keeping it fresh, gives her milestones to hit, helps her try new movements, and of course provides the plateau-breaking new stimuli.
THE TRAINING PROGRAMME
SESSION 1, FULL BODY
SESSION 2, UPPER BODY
SESSION 3, LOWER BODY
SESSION 4, FULL BODY
DESIGN PRINCIPLES & TRAINING POINTERS
For some people, they just want to know what to do and go do it. Others prefer to know why they are doing it. Then there are those who want to not just know why, but what other tricks can they implement. I’m the latter. 🙄 If you’re interested, read on. If not, just get on with the training!
- Warming Up Recommendations – Michelle does 1-2mins of Skipping or 5-10mins of walking or light cycling to get the blood flowing and raise her body temperature before getting started. In addition, I recommend completing a few escalating Warm Up sets ahead of your big Compound Lift for the day (no. 1 & 2). It’s a bad idea to get straight into the maximum weight without a few lighter practice sets.
- The Primary Focus on any given day are the Compound Lifts (exercise 1 & 2) – This is where you will direct the majority of your mental and physical energy towards.For Strength days, 80% of your energy goes here. For Hypertrophy days, it’s about 60%.
- Each day has two Strength Rep-Range exercises that are considered the centre piece of the workout. They will be the most demanding section of the workout. Work with the 6-8 rep range. If you can’t get to 6 reps, lower the weight. If you can get to 8 or more for 2+ sets, add a little extra weight. Rinse and repeat.
- Additionally, each day has four exercises in two superset pairs that are focussed in the Hypertrophy Rep-Range. Less intensity here, but more reps and less rest time
- Increased Training Frequency for Squats – There has been a renaissance of scientific research of high-frequency training of late. In a nutshell, training 3-5x times a week on the same lift improves strength and hypertrophy gains. Therefore, that’s why you’ll see Squats in some shape or form three out of the four days.
- Progressive Overload is the Most Important Thing – The name of the game is to progress in some fashion every week. This creates a stress response that results in muscle damage followed by repair and body adaptation. So, always aim to improve each lift from week-to-week. Whether it’s more weight (with good form), another set or a couple more reps. Ultimately, you’re looking for more volume from week-to-week (Volume = Weight x Sets x Reps). This Podcast walks you through Progressive Overload and all the ways to do it.
- The Non-Essential Mobility & Pre-Activation/Power Drills are designed to be completed in 5-15mins Max – You don’t need to do them per se, as they are not core to you burning calories or taxing your body. They are there to prime your body for the functional movements of the day. I personally always do them, but if you feel good to crack on as soon as you walk through the gym, then go for it. You can also do these in between your sets, should you feel a bit tight or are missing mind-muscle connection.
- The Role of Cardio – For a deep dive into the pros and cons of cardio, I would recommend you list to this AdapNation Podcast – #4: Cardio Pro and Con Deep Dive. In summary, if you are not training to be an endurance athlete, and cardio is purely a means to burn calories for you, then for the most part you can switch cardio for resistance training. You will see there is a Finisher/Conditioning section per day – it includes just 5-10mins of moderate steady state cardio (or you can do HIIT cardio). The emphasis here is more about active recovery after weight training and getting some stress-relieving deep breaths in, versus the calorie burn.
- Increase your NEAT for greater Calorie Burn & Weight Loss – instead of doing loads of cardio exercise, I would generally recommend you increase your NEAT (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis). Basically, your moving around during the day. Go for walks, stand up regularly from your desk, do housework, yoga, get your steps in etc. You have the chance to burn significantly more calories through NEAT than pounding the streets for 30-60mins.
- Expect a 250-450 Calorie Burn, plus More! – On average, Michelle burns about 300-350 calories per training session. Lighter folk or those with less muscle will burn less, naturally. Moreover, there then is the recovery energy needed to repair which is yet more calories burned. Even better still, the more lean mass on your frame, the higher your BMR is – as in, you burn more calories every day just by having more muscle. It’s a beautiful thing!
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