perfect workout

Breaking Matt: The perfect workout

With the success of last week’s blog (nobody told me that they hated it or hated me = Massive Win) I’ve decided to make a stab at continuing with it, in today’s article I’ll be talking about my pursuit of the perfect workout. One thing I might change with this blog is the once per week, every Sunday schedule. This is because there were a few times last week where I was really in the mood to write one but stopped myself. Which is stupid. One bit of advice I give my clients is that if you feel like doing a workout, get in the gym no matter what. Don’t put it off because today is supposed to be a rest day. And it should be the same with writing.

Anyway back to the subject of finding the perfect workout. Since 2009 when I started taking exercise seriously I’ve always been looking for the perfect workout, a workout that will deliver everything that it’s supposed to. I started off with your traditional bodybuilder split (Monday was Chest, Tuesday was back, etc) but then got into the full body training. I’ve also experimented with German Volume Training, Push/Pull, and many others. What I realised recently though is that I enjoy the bodybuilder split the most, and that by following it – flaws and all, I would be more likely to stick to it.

At the moment my training program looks like this:

  • Monday = Chest & Triceps
  • Tuesday = Back & Biceps (with deadlifts too)
  • Wednesday = Legs
  • Thursday = Chest, Triceps, and Shoulders
  • Friday = Back & Biceps
  • Saturday (optional) =  Misc – Face Pulls, Shrugs, Rear Delt Flys, Reverse Crunches, and 10 second planks

It’s an enjoyable workout program and last week I managed all six sessions, I had a rest on Tuesday because I was absolutely knackered and had a tonne of articles to write. I could very well have a rest on Monday too as I have about 8,000 words to write and 3 PT sessions (not to mention my daily email, Beer N Biceps post, and this blog right here). Doesn’t matter too much, I’ve trained for the last 5 days in a row and as a result could easily skip the session guilt free.

This week has been excellent training-wise but pretty poor nutrition-wise. We had my girlfriend’s sister round on Saturday who follows a pizza-based diet, and still has that ridiculously fast metabolism that most teenagers seem to enjoy. So we had a LOT of pizza on Saturday, and I was left with too much pizza on Sunday. It sounds like bullshit but honestly I wasn’t happy about the pizza on Saturday. I also would have much preferred an actual meal on Sunday. But telling a 16 year old that instead of pizza we’re going to be having a nice healthy stir fry was a step too far for me!

I should probably also track my alcohol intake as I am the creator of Beer ‘n’ Biceps! I had a grand total of 3 beers last week (which compared to my student average of 10-15 per week is damn impressive). The beers were: Bishops Finger by Shepherd Neame, Spitfire (by the same brewery), and Flagship IPA by Hook Norton brewery. All three were excellent, but I’d probably say my favourite of the 3 was Flagship. I do love an IPA.

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Anyway here’s my stats for last week

  • Weight: 85kg
  • Distance travelled: 29km (using the pokemon Go app which is pretty bad at tracking distance – so you could easily add another 5-10km to that distance … seriously)
  • Workouts completed: 6/6
  • Nutrition: C-

So there you have it, a pretty decent week that could do with some serious improvement nutrition-wise. This week I have a party to go to on Friday (which is very out of the ordinary). I’ve already identified as dangerous (calorie wise). But other than that the week should be pretty good.

Talk soon



About the Author Matt Smith

Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.

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