Get Swole Program Update

24 Feb

In January, I shared my current training routine with all of you. For those of who who don’t know, my brother and I have been doing the “Get Swole” routine from BodyBuilding.com

Accidentally wore the same shirt to the gym.

Our goal when we started it was to gain strength (and he wanted to gain size). I liked the layout of the plan, and knew it’d be challenging. Yes, I’m a personal trainer and can make my own plans, but sometimes it’s fun to try someone else’s routine out and see what you like/don’t like.

The program is 4 phases, and we are about to start week 2 of Phase 4 today! It’s a 16 week program and I can’t believe we are almost done. It’s like basically marathon training length 😉

I have really improved my strength in a lot of areas, and I think once we finish Phase 4, we want to re-start the whole program again. I looked through others on the site, but this was my favorite. I will write a full review once we finish the program.

In the mean time, here are my numbers in terms of improvement. I know some of you can do way more, but I’m getting stronger!

  • Bench Press: Started – 45 lbs (just the bar), Current – 60 lbs
  • Back squat: Started – 30 lbs, Current – 80 lbs (!)
  • Dumbbell Incline Press: Started – 15 lbs, Current – 20 lbs
  • Dumbbell Row: Started – 15 lbs, Current – 27.5 lbs
  • Leg Press: Started – 80 lbs, Current – 140 lbs
  • Leg Curl: Started – 30 lbs, Current – 60 lbs
  • *Still working on unassisted pull-ups but getting there!

What I love about the program is that you use a lot of basic exercises that are usually deemed as the “main lifts” such as bench press, squats, rows, pull-ups, etc. Each phase, you change how many reps and sets you do – so you won’t plateau.

Like I said, I’ll go into more detail once I write my full review on the program. Today is Chest/Back day, so we are ready to crush it in the gym! 🙂

Have you ever tried a program/routine from BodyBuilding.com?

Do you like having set training routine, or you just figure it out daily?

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5 Responses to “Get Swole Program Update”

  1. Stephanie February 25, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    That’s really impressive that you’ve already been able to see so much progress! Just imagine where you’ll be another two weeks from now! Congrats and keep up the hard work!

    • reach-yourpeak February 25, 2014 at 9:45 am #

      Thank you! We will see how it goes…I hope I can at least do 1 pullup!

      • Stephanie February 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

        I bet you can!

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