After squats, cleans, and mobility work, there is only so much mental capacity (and energy) left to devote to accessory workouts. Many great athletes and coaches will push themselves, with the understandings of the immense benefits that accessory and hypertrophy training can offer. Others, however, will go through the motions and/or skip out on these lifts all together, only to then be left wondering why their performance and aesthetics are suffering!
In this article, I am offering three quick (15-30 minutes) and highly effective accessory workouts to build quality, dense, lean muscle. You may even find you will burn some bodyfat in the process.
Why Should You Do Them?
Every one of these workouts targets large muscle groups, creating a highly anabolic environment through moderate to heavy loading (60-75% rm), high volumes, and short rest periods (45-60 seconds rest). The benefits that can be expected from adding these into your training is increased lean muscle mass, elevated work capacity, and decreases in body fat (all are assuming you nutrition is not atrocious).
When Should You Program These?
Add these workouts after main power and strength lifts (cleans, snatches, squats, deadlifts, bench press, push presses, etc). By doing these in the back half of your sessions, you can focus on moving throughout the full range of motion with moderate volume at a nice, anabolic pace.
Nearly every athlete, regardless of sport and/or goals will benefit from including the below routines into their training program. Added muscle mass, training volume, and mental training can equate to greater progress in later, more sport-specific phases. As with all programming, coaches and athletes need to balance other movements and loading with the following high volume, DOMs inducing, and anabolic circuits below for best results and recovery.
Below are three simple, yet intense workouts developed with muscular hypertrophy in mind. The movements are straightforward, are highly relatable to functional fitness, weightlifting, powerlifting, and strongman sports, and can be done nearly anywhere and anytime. The biggest limiting factor will often be, you and your ability to push yourself past mental and physical fatigue.
The above video is showcasing both the “Beach Bodybuild” and Midline Muscle Workouts.
- Weighted Pull Up: 10 sets of 3-5 reps
- Parallete Push Up: 10 sets of 10 reps
Nice tapered lats with slabs of lean meat hanging from the triceps?! If that’s not beach body, I don’t know what is. The addition of lat and tricep muscle will also help pulling and pressing (lockout) strength and performance, both of which are vital to weightlifters, powerlifters, and functional fitness athletes.
- Weighted Back Extension/GHD: 5 sets of 10 reps
- Pike: 5 sets of 10 reps
Many lifters forgo core training at the end of sessions, which can truly be a limiter when looking at progressing from beginner and intermediate levels. Increased lower back musculature can help squats, pulls, and positional integrity. Increased abdominal and oblique muscle tissue will allow you to brace harder in more maximal strength lifts. Lastly, you will actually develop a stronger midsection, which is worth it regardless of sport.
- DB Front Squat: 10 sets of 10 reps
- KB Double Swing: 10 sets of 10 reps
This is high volume training at it’s finest. Simply performing 100 quality repetitions of each movement, under short rest periods. Easy to remember, easy to follow, hard as ever to finish. Choose a manageable load (something you can do for 15 reps) and move through, trying to finish in 20-30 total minutes.
We all have seen and read the powers of hypertrophy training and it’s importance for Olympic weightlifters, powerlifters, and fitness athletes. The above three workouts are simple and effective ways to add more muscle and get one step closer to your strength and power goals.
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