The Hard Body Workout Plan

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Anybody and everybody who works out wants the “hard body” look. We often give it different names like “firm” “tone” and even “ripped,” but in essence we’re all talking about the same thing: a powerful looking physique. Women want to appear sleek and strong while guys want to look like they could run through a wall. That’s why I’ve compiled a very simple hard body workout that you can knock out in six weeks. Keep in mind that by simple I mean basic in its approach but definitely not easy to do.  You’ll see why here in a second.

The hard body workout plan!

Before we get to the workout, we need to make sure that everyone understands what an actual “toned” body is. The most common misconception of getting a hard body is to do a zillion reps. I once did a seminar and a girl asked me about her workout routine, which entitled 200 squats….a day. We don’t want to do that approach because it’s actually not very effective.

What actually gives the body that chiseled appearance is lifting heavy weights for a few reps, i.e. 3-5. The issue lies in your muscle fibers (when you hear the words muscle fiber, think muscle “cell”); the muscle fibers that give the body a hard and dense appearance respond more to intense exercise like powerlifting and sprinting. This is why a 100 meter sprinter will have that rock solid look while a marathon runner won’t. The nature of the activity results in a carryover to those specific muscle fibers.

In this case though you need to do more sets than the traditional strength program. Usually, strength protocols call for 2-4 sets of a given exercise, but in this case we can up the sets to 6-8 so we can build some muscle. You can’t lift as heavy, but that’s not the goal of this program. Like I said, very simple but not easy.

All you need for the hard body workout routine is a barbell, some dumbbells, and a kettlebell. You’ll also need three days a week. Here we go:

Day 1

MovementLoadSetsRepsTempoNotes
Hang Power Snatch6 RM63-51-0-X-1
Back Squat8 RM63-52-2-1-12 second pause in the bottom
Accessory
Snatch Pull8 RM461-0-X-1
BB Reverse Lunge10 RM552-0-1-1
Remedial
Cuban Press3101-0-X-1
Conditioning
KB Swings201-0-X-1Do 10 minutes of sets of 20. Rest however long you want

 

Day 2

Off

Day 3

MovementLoadSetsRepsTempoNotes
 Power Clean6 RM63-51-0-X-1
Deficit Deadlift8 RM43-53-1-1-1
Accessory
Clean Pull8 RM461-0-X-1
Good Morning10 RM483-0-1-1
Remedial
Face Pull3102-0-1-1

Day 4

Off

Day 5

MovementLoadSetsRepsTempoNotes
 Power Jerk6 RM63-51-0-X-1
Front Squat8 RM63-52-2-1-12 second pause in the bottom
Accessory
Overhead Press8 RM463-0-1-1
DB Incline Press10 RM552-2-1-1 2 second pause in the bootom
Remedial
DB Triceps Ext12 RM3103-0-1-1
Conditioning
KB Swings201-0-X-1Do 10 minutes of sets of 20. Rest however long you want

 

Progressions: Pretty straight forward here: try to get all sets of 5 reps on the main movements. When you can, up the weight. For the conditioning, you can add 2-3 minutes to the swings per week, but make sure to cut the time in half during Week 4.

 

 

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