Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Wolverine Workout Routine



Here are the training tips, workout routine and nutrition plan to be ripped like Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine.

Training tips
  • Train in the morning, where possible
  • Always warm up sufficiently. Not just with cardio, but by doing the movements before adding weights
  • Work on 'progressive overload' - always keep increasing the weight - and keep a training diary to record your progress
  • Mix things up - constantly change the tempo, speed, incline, grip… Anything so that you're not always performing the same movement
  • Feel the movement. Focus on each muscle activation rather than simply aiming to finish the set. People always try to get to the end without thinking about the journey
  • Train with a trainer. It will help with motivation
  • Don't over-train. Learn what your body can reasonably cope with
  • Get enough sleep - at least 7 hours of good sleep a night
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Workout Routine

Monday: Chest and triceps
How to do these workouts:
Warm up first with ten minutes of cardio and light bodyweight movements
Do the pairs of exercises as supersets, performing one set of the first exercise, then moving immediately onto a set of the second exercise. Rest for the stated time before repeating
Choose a weight that you can manage with perfect form, but which leads to muscular failure by the end of the final set
Take one second the lift the weight, pause for another second, then take two to three seconds to lower again

Superset 1
Sets: 4 each exercise Reps: 10-12 (final set to exhaustion)Rest: 2 minutes between supersets
Dumb-bell bench press
Don't arch your back as you press
Dumb-bell flye
Keep a slight bend in your elbows as you lower the weights to the side
Squeeze your pecs to draw your arms together

Superset 2
Sets: 4 each exerciseReps: 10-12 (final set to exhaustion)Rest: 2 minutes between supersets
Bench dip
Keep your body upright and elbows pointing backwards
If you find these easy, place a weight plate on your lap
Cable press down
Keep your elbows tucked into your sides
Squeeze your triceps at the bottom of the move
Cable crossover
Sets: 2
Reps: 10-12 (to exhaustion)
Rest: 1 minute
Lean forward slightly, keeping a straight back
Touch your hands together in front of your chest

Cardio
Treadmill hill climbs: 20 minutes
Start running on a treadmill set to 12km/h with 1% elevation. Every 30 seconds increase the elevation by 1% until you need to press the stop button.)
Take a one minute rest and repeat

Tuesday: Legs
Superset 1
Sets: 4 each exerciseReps: 10-12 (final set to exhaustion)Rest: 2 minutes between supersets
Barbell squat
Back straight and core braced throughout
Knees in line with feet
Dumb-bell Bulgarian split squat
Keep your body upright
Knee in line with foot

Superset 2
Sets: 4 each exerciseReps: 10-12 (final set to exhaustion)Rest: 2 minutes between supersets
Romanian deadlift
Lean forward fro the hips
Let the bar travel down your shins
One leg gym ball curl
Keep you hips lifted
Draw the ball into your backside
Travelling dumb-bell lunge
Sets: 2 Reps to exhaustion
Rest: 1 minute between sets
Keep your knee behind your toes
Push up with your back leg and step through into the next lunge, walking forward with each rep

Cardio
Rowing machine: 4,000m
Aim to maintain a steady pace. Push with your legs before drawing the handle into your abdomen
Keep your back straight throughout

Thursday: Back and biceps
Superset 1
Sets: 4 each exerciseReps: 10-12 (final set to exhaustion)Rest: 2 minutes between supersets
Cable row
Don't rock your body as you row
Draw your shoulder blades back
Bent over dumb-bell reverse flye
Bend at the hips with straight back
Keep a slight bend in your elbows

Superset 2
Sets: 4 each exerciseReps: 10-12 (final set to exhaustion)Rest: 2 minutes between supersets
Weighted chin up
Underhand or hammer grip
Hang weight plate from a belt or hold a dumb-bell between your feet
EZ-bar curl
Wrists turned inwards slightly
Keep your elbows by your sides
Inverted row
Sets: 2 Reps to exhaustion
Rest: 1 minute between sets
Body straight from head to heels
Squeeze your shoulder blades together

Cardio
Exercise bike intervals: 20 minutes
Start by cycling at a steady pace for five minutes. Pedal as hard as you can for 30 seconds, then pedal more slowly to recover for two minutes.
Repeat the 30-secs-hard/two-mins-slow pattern for the remaining 15 minutes

Friday: Shoulders and abs
Superset 1
Sets: 4 each exerciseReps: 10-12 (final set to exhaustion)Rest: 2 minutes between supersets
Seated dumb-bell shoulder press
Elbows out to the sides
Dumb-bell lateral raise
Stop at shoulder height

Superset 2
Sets: 4 each exerciseReps: 10-12 (final set to exhaustion)Rest: 2 minutes between supersets
Weighted crunch
Hold a dumb-bell across your chest
Curl your chest towards your knees
Gym ball jack-knife
Hold your body in a straight line
Bicycles
Sets: 2 Reps to exhaustion
Rest: 1 minute between sets
Twist your torso side-to-side while pumping your legs

Cardio
Treadmill sprints: 10 x 30 seconds
Set the treadmill to 2% elevation and a fast pace. Stand with feet either side of the running surface then jump onto it and sprint for 30 seconds. Jump your feet apart again and rest for 30 seconds
Repeat this pattern ten times. Be careful not to lose balance as you step on and off the treadmill

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Nutrition Plan
  • 5am (One hour before training) Soak 75g rolled oats in apple juice. Mix in 2tsp pumpkin seeds, 2tsp sunflower seeds and a handful of berries. Oats are a slow-digesting carb, to give you long lasting energy, while the seeds are full of iron, which will improve the blood flow to working muscles.
  • 6am and 7am (Before and after weights) Branched chain amino acids (BCAA) are the building blocks of protein. These go straight to the muscle and start a process called super-compensation, which repairs the muscles and allows them to grow bigger and stronger.
  • 7.30am (After cardio) Creatine protein bar. While the creatine will help repair used muscle tissue, the simple carbs from the bar will help deliver nutrients to the your blood stream and muscles, for faster and stronger recovery.
  • 7:45 Protein shake. Blend 1 scoop of whey powder, half a banana, 300ml semi skimmed milk, pinch of cinnamon and 15g ground cashew nuts. Whey protein powder is a quick and easy way to gain fuel for muscle replenishment and growth. Protein will also increase muscle mass, burn body fat and help manufacture testosterone.
  • 10am Turkey stir-fry with spinach, broccoli, mushrooms and cauliflower. Serve with 40g (uncooked measurement) of brown rice. Turkey is not only one of the leanest sources of protein around, it is also rich in the muscle-building amino acids, anserine and carnosine. The vitamin K in the spinach will help strengthen your bones, while cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli are rich in nutrients that reduce your oestrogen; a hormone that lowers testosterone.
  • 1pm 200g rosemary chicken with sugar snap peas and asparagus. Serve with 40g (uncooked measurement) of brown rice. Chicken is rich in amino acids to encourage muscle growth and repair as well as zinc, which raises your levels of muscle-building testoserone. Brown rice will also provide you with B vitamins, which helps convert carbohydrates into energy.
  • 4pm Handful of walnut trail mix. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius and arrange 150g of walnuts on a baking tray. Bake in the centre of oven until fragrant and toasted, for around ten minutes. When cool add to a large container and mix with 75g unsalted pumpkin seeds, 75g chopped apricots, 50g pumpkin seeds and 50g goji berries. Walnuts are rich in essential fatty acids, which increase energy levels and regulate blood sugar levels.
  • 6pm Tuna steak and unlimited amounts of vegetables including broccoli and cauliflower. Tuna is a lean source of protein full of natural creatine and omega 3 fatty acids, which help your body preserve protein and reduce muscle inflammation.
  • 10pm Before bed slow-release protein smoothie Blend 1 serving of low-carb protein drink with 2 tsp of natural yogurt, a drizzle of honey and 15g almonds. A protein fix before bed gives your muscles the building blocks to grow and repair while you sleep, while the yogurt and almonds contain sleep-inducing tryptophan and magnesium, which will help your muscles relax and wind down.
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