Full Physique Blast Off – Previous Faculty Health club

-A heavy, excessive depth full physique exercise impressed by Mike Mentor, however with slightly extra quantity thrown in together with rehab and lively restoration on the remainder days.  

Excessive Depth coaching is a mode of weight lifting that focuses on doing strict managed actions to the purpose of muscular failure throughout temporary, rare exercises.  In essence, this model of coaching includes figuring out extraordinarily exhausting, usually instances coaching your entire physique in sooner or later, with loads of relaxation days in between classes for restoration and development.  First popularized by Arthur Jones, the founding father of Nautilus train tools, excessive depth coaching was later tweaked and additional advocated by the late Mike Mentzer, a Mr. Universe winner from the golden period of bodybuilding.

Having studied Mike Mentzer’s tackle Excessive Depth Coaching, I appreciated the thought of a full physique exercise taking every muscle group to failure.  After the big pressure a exercise like that’s certain to position on the physique and the nervous system, it’s widespread sense that you will want just a few days to recuperate.  Nonetheless, I like to coach and may by no means think about taking a day without work. Within the spirit of wanting to provide a few of Mentzer’s Excessive Depth ideas a attempt however nonetheless adhere to my very own no days off schedule I made a decision to place collectively a plan – the Full Physique Blast Off.

FBBO Overview

The Full Physique Blast off is a heavy, excessive depth full physique routine that’s achieved each 4 days.  The principle routine on Day 1 accommodates solely 5 large compound lifts and every one is finished till failure utilizing the rep scheme 20, 10, 10, 5, 5, 3, 2, 1 and ending with a 5/10/20/50 strip down.  The exercise ends with a 6 minute set of various plank positions.

Day 2 is an lively restoration day with 25 minutes of sunshine cardio and a few a lot wanted foam rolling for the muscle groups of the decrease physique.

Day 3 begins with a pre-hab routine designed to enhance activation, appropriate imbalances and enhance flexibility.  As soon as the pre-hab routine is full, you’ll full 5 rounds of a body weight circuit designed to get the blood shifting and exercise any lingering soreness from the day 1 exercise.

As you’ll be able to see from the overview, this isn’t a basic excessive depth coaching routine, however one which follows just a few of Mentzers ideas however with my twist on them.  For starters, I all the time imagine that there’s something you are able to do every day exercise clever. So that you’re actually sore from the total physique routine? Taking a day without work from heavy lifting is a good suggestion, however taking a day without work fully from coaching shouldn’t be an choice.  Energetic cardio, pre hab routines, and physique weight actions are a great way to permit your physique to recuperate and develop however nonetheless get one thing achieved within the fitness center. One other precept of Mentzer’s was taking every train to absolute failure – both via tremendous sluggish reps, negatives or lengthy paused contractions to finish a set.  Though I like this concept, I felt the best approach for most individuals – together with novice lifters or lifters who wouldn’t have the posh of a coaching accomplice – to realize whole fatigue was to incorporate a excessive rep drop set to finish every train.

Set Up

Day 1of this routine is the place all of the heavy lifting is finished.  The workouts used are Squat, Bench, Deadlift, Standing Overhead Dumbbell Press, and a single arm Dumbbell Bent over Row,  Every week you’ll alternate these workouts with an analogous variation then change again the next week. Squat switches out to Entrance Squat, Bench is changed by Incline Bench, typical Deadlift turns into Sumo Deadlift, Overhead press turns into an Iso-Press, and DB Row will get subbed out for T-Bar Row.  For every train begin with a heat up set of 20 reps with the bar solely to get the motion sample down. Subsequent begin with a light-weight weight for 10 reps, then a heavier set for a troublesome 10. Two heavy units of 5 ought to help you work as much as a the correct beginning weight for a 3, 2, 1 ending at or near your max.  Following the heavy single, decrease the load to what you used on the primary set of 5 and carry out a 5/10/20/50 strip down. Relaxation roughly a minute between every set, and not more than 2-3 minutes between workouts. Simply to provide you an concept of the best way to construction your units and weights, right here is an instance:


20 x bar solely

10 x 135

10 x 225

5 x 245

5 x 275

3 x 315

2 x 335

1 x 365

5 x 245/10 x 185/20 x 135/50 x bar

The above weights are simply an instance, make sure that to scale every part primarily based in your power, expertise and skill.

Day 2 begins with 25 minutes on a stationary bike at roughly 120-160 watts.  You must get a great sweat and leg burn, however it shouldn’t be so troublesome that you just can not keep a great pace.  After ending biking, shadowbox flippantly for 10 minutes. When you don’t know the best way to shadowbox (or really feel like an fool doing it in the midst of your large field fitness center), then choose one other type of cardio that includes the muscle groups in your higher physique and core.  This could possibly be a rower, an air dyne, or perhaps a leap rope. The purpose is just not exhaustion, however simply to get the blood flowing and loosen up slightly. Finish at this time’s exercise with 10 minutes shifting round on a foam curler. When you don’t have already got one I extremely suggest getting one.  Nothing feels higher the day after a troublesome session than smashing and rolling round to loosen up and work the soreness out of your legs, gluten and hips. It’s like having your personal private deep tissue masseuse that matches in your fitness center bag.

Day 3begins with my customary damage prevention/pre-hab/core activation routine.  Here’s a description of every motion or place:

Dynamic Stretch:

-Achilles Stretch – 10.  Begin by standing together with your toes on a block or a plate and permit your heals to decrease to the bottom, stretching the calves.  Bend ahead and contact your toes,concurrently pulling them up away from the ground.

-Strolling Stretch – 5.  Contact your toes, stroll your arms out right into a push up place and as far previous that as you’ll be able to whereas preserving your core tight.  Stroll your ft as much as your arms preserving your legs as straight as potential.

-Lunge Twist – 5/5.Step out right into a lunge and place your reverse hand on the bottom.  Stretch your identical facet elbow towards the in step of your entrance leg then twist your shoulders as you attain that hand in direction of the ceiling.

Shoulder Pre-hab:

-Butterflys – 12 –sit on the bottom together with your again in opposition to the wall and your ft in entrance of you with the soles pushed collectively.  Increase your arms up overhead and again down (consider making a snow angel) as you press your arms again into the wall.

-3 approach shoulders – 12.  Lay face down together with your arms prolonged in entrance of you in a Y place and lift your arms off the bottom.  Do 12 together with your thumbs up, 12 with thumbs rotated down, and 12 together with your arms bent at 90 levels.

Spinal Mobility:

-Thoracic Twist – 10/10 – get on all fours and place one hand behind your head.  Rotate your elbow down till it touches your thigh then rotate up till that elbow factors in direction of the ceiling.

-Upward Canine/Downward Canine – 5/5. Begin in a push up place then arch your hips up and push your shoulders down till you’re in an “A-frame” place.  Maintain for just a few seconds and push your heals towards the ground then swoop down and arch your chest up as your hips contact the ground.

Core/Posterior Chain Activation:

Useless Bugs –30 seconds – lay in your again together with your head near the wall.  Elevate your legs up and press your backbone flat to the ground, partaking your abs as you press your arms in opposition to the wall.

Kneeling Hamstrings – 10 seconds– kneel going through a wall together with your arms unfold out at your sides.  Curl your ft up squeezing and contracting your hamstrings.

Glute Bridge – 5 x 5 second holds – lay in your again in a sit-up place.  Press your ft into the ground as you contract your gluten as you bridge your hips up.

Following the rehab routine you’ll full 5 rounds of a body weight circuit.  Begin with 5 pull ups adopted by 10 dips, 8 underhand chin-ups, and 15 push ups.  In between every spherical full 2 minutes of strolling lunges. Bear in mind – the purpose is to get  good pump and sweat, to not completely exhaust your self. If needed, cut back the reps on this body weight routine slightly.

Day 4 begins the cycle over once more and it’s time for one more Full physique Blast Off, the one distinction is you’ll substitute the listed variations for the 5 principal workouts.  After every 4 day cycle you’ll toggle forwards and backwards between the primary workouts and their counter components. This routine will take some getting used to but when achieved correctly and with sufficient depth I believe you’ll like it and see some critical beneficial properties.  Ensure that to observe me on Instagram @coachmyers_gutcheck for extra every day motivation and distinctive exercise concepts.

Full Physique Blast Off Routine:

Day 1 *on workouts 1-5 make the most of the rep scheme: 20 (bar solely), 10, 10, 5, 5, 3, 2, 1, 5/10/20/50

  1. Squat (week 2 change to Entrance Squat)
  2. Bench (week 2 change to Incline Bench)
  3. Deadlift (week 2 change to Sumo DL) ***no 5/10/20 on deadlift
  4. Standing Overhead DB Press (week 2 change to Standing DB Iso-press)
  5. DB single arm row – either side. (week 2 change to T-Bar Row)


  1. Plank positions – 6 minutes

Day 2

Energetic Restoration:

25 minutes bike @120-160 Watts

10 minutes shadow field

10 minutes Foam Roll:  Hips, glutes, adductors, quads

Day 3


Posterior Chain/Hips:

Achilles Stretch – 10

Strolling Stretch – 5

Lunge Twist – 5/5


Butterflys – 12

3 approach shoulders – 12

Thoracic Twist – 10/10

Upward Canine/Downward Canine – 5/5


Useless Bugs – 30 seconds

Kneeling Hamstrings – 10 seconds

Glute Bridge – 5, 5 second holds

Body weight Circuit: 5 rounds

5 Pull Ups

10 Dips

8 ChinUps

15 Push Ups

2 minutes Strolling Lunges

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