Arnold Schwarzenegger Blueprint Trainer Day 53

As the split schedule flips over one last time, remember that many have felt this exhausted and kept pushing heavy for every rep. Make the most of your remaining three days!

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Over the last eight weeks, you've done 15 chest and back workouts, and taken only 7 rest days. No matter if you've been splitting them into two-a-days or taking your medicine all at once, by now, you have a very good idea of the level of intensity that Arnold utilized just to keep moving forward. He waged a constant battle between perceived exhaustion and actual physical exhaustion, and he knew every trick in the book to defeat the former. It can seem like a religious experience in the heat of the moment, but Arnold knew how to keep emotions from getting as heavy as the weights. Here's how he responded in an interview with the men's magazine "Oui" in 1977, when asked if Gold's Gym was like working out "in a temple:"

"Yes and no. There's often a point where you say, 'It's getting too intense here.' Your partner might be a little scared of the next set because you've been pushing him too hard, so you'll crack a joke and go over to somebody else and bullshit a little. Then you talk him into it. The best example I can think of was one day when Franco Columbu walked into the gym, went down into a squat with 500 pounds on his shoulders and couldn't come back up. Someone had to lift the weight off. I reminded Franco that four people from New York were watching the great Franco Columbu, the world's strongest bodybuilder, crashing down under a mere 500 pounds.

'Franco,' I told him, 'this is very embarrassing. There are a lot of people here watching and they think that the muscle magazines are all bullshitting.'

"He looked around and started breathing heavily, so I pushed it further. I bet him $20 in front of everybody that he couldn't do another repetition and then offered an additional $50 if he could go on and do eight reps. 'Bullshit!' he screamed. 'I did it a few weeks ago and I can do it again.' Out of the door he went, took a few deep breaths and came back to do 10 repetitions with the same weight-not 8 but 10.

"Do you think his body changed? No; his body was the same, his power was the same, but he was motivated. He ripped the weight out and just started going up and down as if there were no end, as if he were going to do 50 repetitions."

Harness the intensity and make today's workout count.

Chest, Back and Abs

Barbell Incline Bench Press Medium-Grip

10 sets of 4 reps, use Stripping Method on final set
Barbell Incline Bench Press Medium-Grip Barbell Incline Bench Press Medium-Grip

Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip


Dumbbell Flyes

5 sets of 12 reps
Dumbbell Flyes Dumbbell Flyes

Cable Crossover

5 sets of 12 reps
Cable Crossover Cable Crossover


Chin-Up (wide-grip)

50 total reps, use weight if needed
Chin-Up Chin-Up


Bent Over Barbell Row

8 sets of 8 reps
Bent Over Barbell Row Bent Over Barbell Row
Bent Over Two-Dumbbell Row Bent Over Two-Dumbbell Row


Hanging Leg Raise

5 sets of 25 reps
Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise

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