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T.H.T. 3 Day Volume Workout

3 day workout routineIf you’re short on time but still want to stimulate MAXIMUM muscle growth THT-style, this article is for YOU!

I’ve had a number of requests for an abbreviated 3-day version of the THT Volume Routine (a 5-day split).

So here it is. Fresh from the MuscleHack lab and into your gym! The best routine for hitting the full body in a 3-day split.

NOTE: Workout Logs are at the bottom of the article for download.

The following factors were taken into account when designing this workout:

(1) This workout puts a 48 hour buffer between working your shoulders, chest, and triceps. This is because you can’t train one of these body parts without involving the others. So we want to be rested and at full strength before we train each of these muscle groups. Working the shoulders on Monday, the chest on Wednesday, and the triceps on Friday will allow you to perform at your BEST in all 3 sessions.

(2) It also optimally splits up your back and leg workouts allowing for full recovery of both these body parts (you need full leg recovery in order to deadlift at your very best). So Legs are trained on Monday, with the back being worked on Friday.

(3) It avoids working synergists and fixator muscles prior to the agonist or prime mover. Don’t change the order that the body parts are worked in.

(4) As always, perform each set to the point of positive muscular failure

(5) (Optional) Traps can go on Monday, but I know that I’d personally have more energy left after Friday’s workout, so I’ve put it there by default.

So stick to this exactly as it is, guys. No Tweaking!

THT 3-Day Workout Plan

Here’s the brief outline of how your week is going to look:

bullet point Monday: Legs & Shoulders

bullet point Wednesday: Chest, Biceps, & Abs

bullet point Friday:  Back, Triceps, & Traps

This is not an easy routine. It’s going to be tough to hit 3 body parts in a single workout with THT-style intensity. But if you’re ready and willing to do what it takes, let’s delve into this…

 

Monday: Legs & Shoulders

LEGS

bullet point Barbell Squats (2 sets)

bullet point Leg Presses (2 sets)

bullet point Leg Curls (1 set)

bullet point Leg Extensions (1 set)

bullet point Standing Calf Raises (2 or 3 sets) (or you can use the Leg Press Machine for these). Take a full 5-minute break here before hitting your shoulders. A separate shoulder warm-up is also needed.

SHOULDERS

bullet point Overhead Barbell Press (3 sets)

bullet point Overhead Dumbbell Press (2 sets)

bullet point Dumbbell or Machine Lateral Raises (2 sets)

bullet point Dumbbell Front Raises (1 set)

Wednesday: Chest, Abs, Biceps

CHEST

bullet point Flat Bench Press (2 sets)

bullet point Pec Deck (2 sets)

bullet point Deep Dips (1 set)

bullet point Incline Bench Press (1 set) We want to rest our arms before hitting the biceps, so we’ll work our abs in the middle.

ABS

bullet point Kneeling Cable Crunches (2 sets)

bullet point Weighted Decline Sit-Ups (2 sets)

bullet point Reverse Crunches (2 sets)

BICEPS

bullet point Cable Preacher Curls (2 sets)

bullet point Barbell Bicep Curls (2 sets)

bullet point EZ Curl Bar Curls (2 sets)

bullet point Seated Incline Dumbbell Curls (1 set)

Friday:  Back, Triceps, & Traps

BACK

bullet point Deadlifts (2 sets)

bullet point Cable Rows (2 sets)

bullet point Dumbbell Rows (2 sets). Take a full 5-minute break here before hitting your triceps.

TRICEPS

bullet point Decline Skull Crushers/French Presses (2 sets) (use a close grip on an EZ baruse this compound form, not the strict isolated form)decline tricep extensions

bullet point Cable Pushdowns (2 sets)

bullet point Cable Bent-Over Tricep Extensions (2 sets)

bullet point McManus Tricep Pushdown (2 sets). Take a full 5-minute break here before hitting your traps.

TRAPS

bullet point Shrugs (3 sets. I like to use a trap bar here. But you could use a smith machine or low pulley).

That’s it!

Now I’ve no doubt that there are a few exercises you just can’t do for some reason. In that case, refer to the THT Exercise Bank for my recommended alternatives.

Simply cycle this 3 day plan with the HIT cycle in the free THT book, which is also a 3 day routine. This will allow you to keep GROWING and getting stronger indefinitely! If you don’t know anything about THT training yet, download your copy of the free book by adding your name and email into the box at the top-right of this page and start succeeding once and for all!

Now, here are the workout logs for this workout. The rep ranges and rest times between sets are clearly marked in the logs.

The logs are in OpenOffice format as OpenOffice is free and can be used on both PC’s and macs. You can download OpenOffice here.

You’ll need to unzip the folder. If you don’t have unzipping software, you can get some here.

3day-workout-logs

YES you can do this workout with Total Six Pack Abs. Although TSPA already comes with the option of a 3-day full body routine, you can use this 3-day split if you prefer to use splits.

While this specific workout isn’t in the MuscleHack App, remember that there is the option to customize a workout. So you can create this routine easily and log your progress in the gym on your mobile device.

Enjoy! And you know what to do…

MAKE EVERY REP COUNT!

MAKE EVERY SET COUNT!

Mark

P.S. Feel free to give me feedback on your progress with this cycle here and/or at the facebook page.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Rob June 29, 2011, 5:37 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Great as always. I rarely post to blogs, so I’m kinda pumped to write in to ask a question early.

    I’m a huge fan of the 3-day split, as it can accomodate the schedule well. With this 3-day split, do you mean that for each macrocycle of THT, we can just use this volume routine and the HIT routine (i.e. 3-day, then HIT, then 3-day again)?

    Or would you rather the macrocycle have one of the original volume 1 or volume 2 routines in there?

    At any rate, great work and thanks again for your diligent efforts.

  • Mark McManus June 29, 2011, 5:42 pm

    Rob. For guys that are short on time, have a THT macrocycle be composed of 1 x 3-Day Volume as above and 1 x HIT. Switch the rep range and start a new macrocycle. If you have the time, I would add in 1 5-day routine as well.

  • Rob June 29, 2011, 5:52 pm

    Mark,

    Thanks for the advice – I want to make sure that I keep progress optimal, so I’ll try to include one of the 5-day routines in there, if I can. If not, do you believe that I will be able to have great progress with the 2 x microcyle macrocycles still?

    Thanks for the quick response also, cheers! Much appreciated.

  • steven June 29, 2011, 6:15 pm

    Hey Mark this is awesome! I work 12 hr shifts so the 5 day split was tough to do, this is perfect!!! Your the BOMB!

  • Adam Weichel June 29, 2011, 8:00 pm

    Oustanding stuff, Mark! I’m sure more than a few guys will find this most useful!

  • Don June 29, 2011, 8:47 pm

    Mark,does there is any 3 day biceps/triceps workouts?

    If anyone want huge biceps/triceps then what he has to do,one of mine friend who is muscle expert has given me the below workout

    MON
    SQUAT
    BARBELL CURL
    PREACHER CURL
    MACHINE PULL DOWN
    CLOSE GRIP BENCH PRESS
    INCLINE DUMBELL PRESS

    WED
    LEG PRESS
    CHIN UP
    OVERHEAD PRESS
    DUMBELL SHRUG

    FRI
    SQUAT
    BARBELL CURL
    PREACHER CURL
    MACHINE PULL DOWN
    CLOSE GRIP BENCH PRESS
    FLAT DUMBELL PRESS

    Above workout is for those who want huge biceps….the guy who has given me the workout is an expert…..www.exercisebiology.com….his name is anoop

  • Andrew June 29, 2011, 9:01 pm

    Hey Mark,
    Outstanding work mate. Just a question for you: In the workout, you placed Overhead press immediately after the Lateral Raises (or along those lines). I know you’re reasoning is that it’s a continuation of a set, but would it benefit me to do 1 set of Overhead Press, rest 2-3 min, then 1 set of Laterals, and so on until I complete the exercises? There is something about supersets that bothers me mentally b/c for e.g. if I do overhead press directly after laterals, it will definitely limit the amount of weight I could use than if I would rest a full 3 minutes after a set of Overhead Press. Your views please?

  • mike June 29, 2011, 9:25 pm

    Mark when should i cycle it in the HIT cycle? I actually just started HIT on monday. And i must admit i was a little sore tuesday morning. Ive cycled through all of your workouts. My first time doing the HIT cycle. The above workout sounds great let me know when to do it.

  • Mike Huber June 30, 2011, 1:37 am

    Looks like a great workout, and like Steven, long days at work can make working out difficult at times. Thank You Mark!!!

  • Andrius June 30, 2011, 8:07 am

    Hi Mark, this work out looks very good but how do you compare it with your old 3day split workout? ( http://www.musclehack.com/3day-workout-routine/ ) as I’m currently on your old 3 day split workout, and I been on it for a long time. Should I change it to this workout straight away?

    I’m really happy that you created this workout as it’s not possible for me to work out 5 day a week. Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Mark McManus June 30, 2011, 6:23 pm

    @Rob. Yes.
    @Don. I would do the above THT workout instead. Better yet, get the Arms Blast Experiment book.
    @Andrew. No, the overhead press comes first. I assume you’re talking about THT volume 1. It’s one set of OP – try to set a new personal best. Then a couple of pre-fatigue sets of OH and LR. Yes you will be weaker but the idea is to create a large inroad into your strength.
    @mike. Not sure I understand the question, mate. The order and sequence of all the cycles, including HIT, is in the THT4 book.
    @Andrius. Switch to this one instead.

  • Andrew June 30, 2011, 6:43 pm

    Mark,
    Thanks for answering. To follow up: if I’m already taking straight sets to failure, aren’t I’m already creating an inroad in my strength? I guess a better way to ask this question is what benefit is offered by supersetting OP with LR versus just doing on set of OP to failure, rest 3 min, then do one set of LR to failure? With supersets, your body doesn’t have a chance to restore creatine phosphate and ATP thus severly limiting what you can do. Logically, it sounds like resting after each set of each exercise is more advantageous than supersetting. Do you have any science that talks about supersets b/c I never found any. Please follow up. Thanks Mark!

  • Andrew June 30, 2011, 11:17 pm

    Mark, while I’m at it, I’ll ask one more question, although it has no relation to the question I asked above. Do you perform foam rolling, stretching, mobility drills, yoga, or any other kind of activity to keep joints/tendons healthy from all the lifting? I know muscles get tight after bouts of weight training and injuries can easily occur with elbows, shoulders, back and etc. which can put a halt to training. Enlighten me please?

  • mike July 1, 2011, 12:08 am

    Hey Mark, what i meant was you said just simply cycle this workout into the HIT cycle, is that after ten weeks or when. sorry for the confusion.

  • james October 14, 2013, 4:17 pm

    how many reps?

  • James October 14, 2013, 8:59 pm

    Hi Mark I’m 49 been training for sometime , lookin for 3 day a week routine wanna add some mass but no fat which of your routines would you suggest please

  • Larnce October 14, 2013, 9:40 pm

    Hey Mark,

    I’m currently on a HIT cycle but this routine seems like it would be more comfortable. Is this routine more preferable to a HIT cycle or is it based on preference?

  • Robert October 15, 2013, 2:22 am

    Hey mark fiest of all thanks for all the info and help works great. I am using ur app off my smart phone, anyway to download the new workout plan to the app??

  • Tony October 15, 2013, 2:29 am

    Looks similar to the THT which is sweet for people like me who can’t make it 5 days a week. Is it on the app>? Or will it be included next update?

  • Mark McManus October 15, 2013, 10:32 am

    @James.The rep ranges and rest times between sets are clearly marked in the logs.
    @Larnce. No it’s not prefereable. This is the 5-day volume plan condensed to a 3-day routine. This is for people who can’t make it to the gym 5 days a week. So they’d still cycle the routines like so…
    3 Day Volume
    3 Day HIT
    and so on. So don’t replace the HIT cycle.with this.

  • Mark McManus October 15, 2013, 10:33 am

    @Robert @Tony. While this specific workout isn’t in the MuscleHack App, remember that there is the option to customize a workout. So you can create this routine easily and log your progress in the gym on your mobile device.

  • James m October 15, 2013, 10:57 am

    How often would you need to cycle routines and which is best to start on ?

  • Mark McManus October 15, 2013, 12:13 pm

    @James. Sounds like you haven’t downloaded the THT book – you should. Cycle each for 10 weeks. Start in the 8-12 rep range with either the volume or HIT routine. If a complete beginner, do the 3 day routine as you’d need the extra recovery time.

  • James m October 15, 2013, 1:45 pm

    Thanks Mark not a complete beginner but can only get to gym 3 days a week so was not sure where or which routine to start with and just gotta have things straight in my head

  • Sep October 15, 2013, 3:58 pm

    Hi Mark, can I get your opinion on the following routine please. I’m totally in agreement with you about chest, shoulders and triceps working in conjunction. That’s why I train all 3 together. I also try to hit each muscle group twice in a week.
    Tuesday: Shoulder, chest, triceps
    Wednesday: Legs, lats, biceps
    Thursday: abs, obliques
    Friday: REST
    Saturday: shoulder, chest, triceps
    Sunday: back, traps
    Monday: REST

  • Dan October 16, 2013, 2:51 am

    This is great and I plan to start right away. I can’t commit to the 5 day a week routine so this is perfect. I was wondering if on some weeks I can make it to the gym 5 days would it be ok to do the 3 day and on occasion do the 5 day volume training.