Summer Shred Workout Plan


 

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your bathing suit body.  The workout below is for the serious exerciser looking to change things up.  I’ve seen a lot of guys (and girls) do really well on this routine.  Variety is the key component of this workout.  If you’ve been stuck doing something similar for a while, maybe even another Share It Fitness workout plan, give this one a look.  As you should know by now, confusing your body is the best way to consistently making gains.  This plan is designed more towards those who want to build muscle (ladies – you will NOT get bulky from this plan, I promise!) with lower amounts of body fat to burn.  Simply put this plan is going to get you ripped and toned up and looking like an Olympic athlete. 

Your muscles are going to have that shredded (not bulky) look almost everyone wants.  At the bottom of this plan, I’ve included a quick meal guide to help ensure you are getting ample protein.  Remember guys, muscle tissue doesn’t grow just because you’re lifting weights.  Muscle tissue grows because your lifting weights AND feeding your body fuel to create this new tissue…very important.

I broke things up into a push/pull format.  You’ll do almost all push exercises on one day, pull exercises on another, legs on the third, and fourth will vary.  Be sure to follow the exercises listed in order.  If you are unsure what an exercise is, just submit a comment and I’ll fill you in.

 
Week 1 and 2 – 4 sets of 6-8, unless otherwise noted in parenthesis.  If reps increase, lower the weight accordingly.

 
Day 1: Bench Press, Incline Bench Press, Clean and Press, Incline Dumbbell Flys, Barbell Upright Row, Skullcrushers, (3×10) dumbbell lateral raise, (in as few sets as possible) 100 dips
Day 2: Barbell Squats (on rack or smith machine), Barbell Deadlifts, Leg Press Machine, Calf Raises, Sumo Squats (on rack or smith machine), (4×25) 100 crunches, (4×25) 100 weighted ab crunch machine, (4×12) hanging knee raises
Day 3: Lat Pulldowns, Bent over Barbell Row, (in as few sets as possible) 40 wide-grip pull ups, Close Grip Row, Hammer Curls, Single Arm Dumbbell Rows, (3×10) close grip pulldowns, Incline Dumbbell Curls
Day 4: 30 min HIIT sprinting (:30sprint/1:30jog), 30 min HIIT cycling (:30sprint/1minute relaxed cycle)

 
Week 3 and 4 – 4 sets of 6-8, unless otherwise noted in parenthesis.  If reps increase, lower the weight accordingly.

 
Day 1: Dumbbell Bench Press, Dumbbell Incline Bench Press, Clean and Press, Cable Flys, Barbell Upright Row, Tricep Rope Pushdowns, dumbbell front raise, (in as few sets as possible) 100 feet elevated pushups
Day 2: Barbell Squats (rack or smith), Barbell Deadlifts, Bulgarian Squats, Calf Raises, (4×25) squat jumps, (4×25) 100 decline crunches while holding plate, (4×25) 100 weighted ab crunch machine, (3x1minute) planks.
Day 3: Bent over Barbell Row, (in as few sets as possible) 50 wide-grip pull ups, Wide Grip Row, Barbell Preacher Curls, Dumbbell Pullovers, (3×10) close grip pulldowns, Incline Dumbbell Curls
Day 4: 30 seconds jump rope/30 seconds box jumps/rest 60 seconds/repeat 15x  30 seconds burpees/30 seconds plank/repeat 15x

 
Week 5 and 6 – 4 sets of 6-8, unless otherwise noted in parenthesis.  If reps increase, lower the weight accordingly.

Day 1: Bench Press, Incline Bench Press, Clean and Press, Decline Bench Press Machine, Arnold Presses, Close Grip Bench Press, Rear Delt Dumbbell Flys, (in as few sets as possible) 100 elevated feet pushups
Day 2: Barbell Squats (on rack or smith machine), Barbell Deadlifts, Close Stance Leg Press Machine, Butt to Floor Squats (on rack or smith machine), (4×30) bicycle crunches, (4×30) weighted ab crunch machine, (4×60) flutter kicks
Day 3: Lat Pulldowns, Bent over Barbell Row, (in as few sets as possible) 40 wide-grip pull ups, Close Grip Row, Row Machine 30 minutes
Day 4: 30 min HIIT sprinting (:30sprint/1:30jog), 30 min HIIT cycling (:30sprint/1minute relaxed cycle)

 
This will get you through 6 weeks.  When you’re nearing the end of week 6, check back on the blog for another 6 week muscle focused routine.  One thing to make absolutely sure of is the weight you are using.  You’ve got to use heavy weight so the final rep in your 6-8 reps is hard in sets 1,2; almost impossible in set 3, and brings you to the point of muscle failure in your last set (meaning you can’t complete the final rep).  Now, that advice is what would be considered ideal. If you are working out alone, without a spotter, it’s okay to back off a little.   You don’t need to kill yourself by dropping a bar on your head because you attempted a final rep, but you can figure out whether or not you’ll be hitting failure on the next rep.  Don’t risk hurting yourself, just push yourself to the brink and then back off. 

One other quick tip; keep track of the weights you’re using for the big lifts: bench, incline bench, clean and press, squat, deadlifts, upright row, leg press, and lat pulldowns.  Try to slowly increase the weight as this plan progresses.  A good goal would be a 5-10% weight increase by the end of week 6, depending on the exercise. 

You might hear a lot of people say the only way to get bigger is to lift heavy weight/low reps.  These people are usually meatheads who don’t know what they’re talking about.  The best way to continue adding muscle is to keep things fresh and making it so your body can’t adapt to the stimulus.  If you continue beyond this 6 week program, keep an eye out for a high rep/lower weight routine that plays off this program perfectly.  This format of lifting is just what has worked very well for me and people I’ve trained, both men and women. 

Make sure you are getting sufficient levels of protein so all your hard work isn’t wasted!  Quick guide below:

Protein Shake in the AM – 1 scoop whey, 12 oz milk = ~40 grams protein
Chicken breast 6 oz. – ~48 grams protein
Protein Shake within 30 minutes of ending workout = ~40 gram protein
1 cup greek yogurt right before bed = ~28 grams protein

Total: ~156 grams of protein before taking dinner into consideration

 

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62 thoughts on “Summer Shred Workout Plan”

  1. I was surpised to see pull downs behind the neck. not to good for your neck, i stopped doing these yrs ago why have you chosen to add these?

    1. I actually created this routine for a few real-life clients who I was able to supervise lifting these weights. You bring up a good point…behind the neck lat pulldowns can be risky if unsupervised. I changed this up to close grip pulldowns. Thanks for making me rethink this!

  2. Can you explain what you mean by “in as few sets as possible”? I get frustrated when people ask the obvious, so please forgive me in advance! LOL!!

    1. All good Shannon…you’ll never learn if you don’t ask! When I say do in as few sets as possible, I’m really saying, this is a burnout exercise, you want to burn your muscls out…

      For 100 dips..it could look something like this…25 reps until you physically can’t do another. Rest for few seconds…do 20 reps until you can’t do another. You are now at 45. Maybe on the next set you do 15, which puts you at 60 reps. Do this as fast as you can, with as little rest as possible in between sets until you hit 100.

      This is a GREAT way to break your muscles down and help you make some serious gains! Any other questions..feel free to ask.

      Matt

    1. I’d suggest something low impact…try doing some swimming, row machine, stationary bike, elliptical…

      Any other questions, feel free to ask! Thanks for reading the blog!

  3. Hi! I am an avid follower of yours on pinterest and I love your blog. I’m preparing my body for my wedding in June with your AMAZING body blitz workouts! I found out on Monday I got a killer promotion at work, though, and I am struggling to fit my workouts in as my gym hours don’t fit with my new schedule 😦 I read somewhere that you had an at home modified version of this or something like it for at-homers… where can I find this? I’m signed up on your website… can I find it there?! Thanks so much! You guys are the best!

    1. I’ve got to say…comments like this are what make doing this so rewarding. Thank you so much for your feedback.

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      1. I’m in a similiar situation! New job, and I need an at-home workout routine to get ready for my wedding in Sept. Can’t wait for the full website to launch! Sounds like exactly what I need!

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  4. ok im ready to switch up i can fake it without the smith machine for my squats unless you have a good suggestion for not having one in my home gym for doing these properly without a smith machine but how to do weighted ab crunch machine without one what is a proper subb..thanks

    1. To substitute for the ab crunch machine, why not try holding a weighted object across your chest and doing crunches. You may want to place your feet under something to make sure they don’t move. For an added challenge try doing a twist back and forth at the top of each crunch before returning to the start position. Any other questions, feel free to ask. Thanks for reading the blog!

  5. Hi! Thanks so much for workouts like these we appreciate it! Question for you….normally I do at least 3 days of cardio per week if not more, and this only has the one day, you don’t suggest doing more cardio than that??

    Thanks again! Jenny

    1. Hi Jenny…this plan is more in line with someone whos goals are to add muscle to their body. This person will likely have less body fat to lose and thus, will be more interested in conserving calories to add lean muscle mass. If you want a plan that has a more even combination of both, I’d recommend the Total Body Blitz plan we posted back in February. Search around and let me know what you think! Thanks for reading the blog.

  6. I don’t have a lot of body fat to lose, I actually am looking to tone my muscles and muscle definition, so would this be the best one to do then?

    Thanks for replying to everyone…you’re awesome!

    1. All “toned” means is, you have less body fat covering your muscles so they appear more pronounced. To get “toned” if you already have a low body fat %, all you need to do is focus on building muscle. I’d give this summer shred workout a try. Make sure you are using heavy enough weights, mix things up if you continue beyond the 6 weeks, and slowly incorporate more cardio if you feel you could use it. Hope that helps and happy to answer everyones questions!

  7. Love this blog so much.
    I needed to add a comment so I can click on the auto follow up notifications!
    Keep up the good work!

  8. just a suggestion. when at the gym i print this and bring it with me. it would be easier to see the exercises in list form instead of a paragraph. 🙂

  9. Do you complete these moves circuit style, or do you do 4 sets of first move, rest and go to the next move. Thank you

    1. You’ll want to do the exercises individually, with roughly 60 seconds rest between sets. So…Set 1 of bench press, rest, set 2 of bench press, rest, set 3 of bench press, rest, set 4 of bench press, rest….set 1 of lat pulldowns, etc….

      Hope this helps..let me know if you have any further questions!

      Matt

  10. Hello, I am unsure if I am already signed up with your website?! I put in my e-mail address into the subscribe box on the right side of your website a little while ago when I first came upon your site and now when I click your link above to sign up it says to “please enter a valid e-mail address”. Help! 🙂 I hope this all makes sense!

      1. Well, now that I copied and pasted that link it worked now! But that was the site I was trying to use earlier that give me the “please eneter a valid e-mail address” message. Very odd…But I got the notification e-mail saying I signed up! YAY! Thank you!!!!!! p.s. I am on the 1st week/4th day of Do This..Look Like that..and it is AWESOME. I love it even though my muscles are a little sore 🙂

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  12. Thanks for posting this! I have been LAZY for the past couple of months and this workout plan is just what I need to get my lazy self back to the gym.

    1. We’ve got tons of workouts on here…Also, you should check out our the latest sample from our OnDemand fitness class library (most recent post on the blog). If you leave your email at shareitfitness.com we can send you a promo code to claim a free premium membership to use our whole OnDemand library when we launch this month! Thanks for the support and let us know how your progress goes!

      Matt

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  14. hi! I was wondering if there is any exercise I can maybe do instead of 40 pull ups? I can barely do one pull up, so I can try to do several reps but I am not sure I can get up to 40. Thanks for the great site! Keep up good work 🙂

    1. Hey Lexie..I’d try doing some reverse pull ups instead. They should be a bit easier on you. Also, if you want to take a look at a large selection of exercise demos on video, you should head over to ShareItFitness.com. We just launched our full site and have tons of great content, including hundreds of OnDemand fitness classes on video…We’re giving away free premium memberships, so when you get a sec, come check us out! Thanks for following the blog, and let us know if you have any other questions.

      Matt

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