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Default Chuck Sipes Routines
by BendtheBar 09-20-2013, 10:32 AM

Two bars are loaded for the alternate exercises (one heavy, one light). Go from the heavy set to the light, pumping set without delay. Alternate Routine One and Routine Two and perform four workouts per week.


Press Behind Neck - 4 sets of 2 reps
alternated with
Barbell Front Raise - 4 sets of 10 reps

Bench Press - 4 sets of 1 rep
alternated with
Barbell Straight-Arm Pullover - 4 sets of 12 reps

Cheat Barbell Curl - 4 sets of 1
alternated with
Preacher Curl 4 x 12

Conventional Deadlift - 4 x 2
alternated with
Front Bend (with broomstick behind neck) - 4 x 12

Barbell Row - 4 x 2
alternated with
Lat Pulldown - 4 x 15


Lying Triceps Extension - 5 sets of 2 reps
alternated with
Pressdowns - 5 x 15 reps

Back Squat - 4 sets of 2
alternated with
Leg Extension - 4 x 15

Standing Calf Raise - 4 sets of 2
alternated with
Bodyweight Heel Raise - 4 x 20

Shrug - 4 x 8
Reverse Curl - 4 x 8
Abs - 4 x 20



Full Squat -
8,8,4,4, one single

Conventional Deadlift (2 breaths between each rep) -
4 sets of 4 reps

Bench Press -

Cheat Barbell Curl -
5 sets of 4 reps

Preacher Curl -
5 sets of 8

Seated or Lying French Press -
5 x 8

Reverse Curl -
3 x 8


Heavy Supports, Bench Press (one inch lockout) -
4 x 5-20 seconds

Heavy Supports, Back Squat (one inch lockout) -
4 x 5-20 seconds

Heavy 1/4 Back Squats -
3 sets of 10 reps

Barbell Press Behind Neck - 3 sets of 6
Barbell Row - 2 x 8
Shrug - 2 x 8


The first exercise is the standard bench press. Start off with two warmup sets of at least 8 reps. Next, choose a weight that you can properly handle for 6 good reps. The weight should be heavy enough to make you fight for those 6 reps, but not so heavy as to become overbearing. Do 2 sets. A good rule to follow in this program is to choose a weight that you could possible do two more reps than you are supposed to do, with the exception of the last few sets where you will use a weight that permits you to really work to get the desired number of reps.

Now, raise the weight to the amount that will enable you to do 2 sets of 4 reps. Again increase the weight to allow 2 sets of 2 reps. After this, do your day's maximum weight for singles, 2 sets with this weight, 3 on a strong day.

Excessive arching and bouncing should be avoided, however, a certain amount of arch will always help your lifting. If you never arch at all, your strength will increase at a much slower pace. A little arching will help you use a weight for more reps than you would be capable of doing without arching. Eventually, you will be able to do more reps strictly than you once were doing with an arch. Check your strength periodically in the non-arched position. Don't bounce the weight off your chest.

After completing the standard bench presses, move to mid-range pin push-offs. Using a power rack, place the pins about six inches off your chest. Do sets of 6,6,4,4,2,2.

Now, set the pins about 5 or 6 inches from the lockout position. Do 2 sets of 4. Increase the weight and do 2 doubles.

Finally, place the pins about 1 inch below lockout. These are called supports and you will soon be able to use very heavy weights on them. Supports enable you to get accustomed to holding very heavy weights, so heavy that they would be impossible for your to bench, at least for the time being.

Follow this program one to two times per week.



Full Squat,
light poundage, breathe very deeply between reps -
2 sets of 20 reps
alternated with
Straight-Arm Barbell Pullovers
light poundage, breathe very deeply between reps -
2 x 20
Chins - 2 x 8
Dips - 2 x 12


Bench Press - 2 x 12
Power Clean or Full Clean - 2 x 8


One mile jog
Situps 1 x 50
Front Bends, Side Bends
with broomstick behind neck -
50 reps each



Back Squat - 6,6,4,4,2,2,
Bench Press - 6,6,4,4,2,2,
Conventional Deadlift - 6,6,4,4,2,2,
Shrug - 4 sets of 8 reps
Cheat Curl - 4 x 6
Preacher Curl - 5 x 10
Situp - 3 x 20
Leg Raise - 4 x 15
Overhead Press - 5 x 6
Incline DB Flye - 3 x 8
Calf Raise - 4 x 20


Heavy 1/4 Bench Press - 5 sets of 8 reps
Heavy 1/4 Back Squat, no lockout,
with about 50-100 lbs. more than your regular squat.
- 5 x 8
Stiff Legged Deadlift off Bench or Box -
Place the loaded bar on the bench with the center of the bar resting over and across the middle of the bench. Stand astride the bench and take a shoulder width pronated grip on the bar. With your knees locked and legs straight pull the bar (from mid-shin or just below the knees) until you are in an upright position. Lower the weight down until the bar touches the bench, and without any rebound return to upright position again. Can also be done off a wooden box.
- 5 sets of 4 reps
Chins - 6 x 6
Dips - 5 x 8
Lying French Press - 5 x 8

1 to 10 to 1 TECHNIQUE
4-21-16-4 CONCEPT


Bodyweight Chins Behind Neck -
1 to 10 to 1
- begin with 1 rep, rest 10 seconds, do 2 reps, rest 10 seconds, do 3 reps, rest 10 seconds, etc., up to 10 reps. Then work back down in the reverse manner.

Bodyweight Chins to Front -
1 to 10 to 1

Wide Grip Barbell Row
- pull bar high to chest and lower slowly, keep the bar moving
6 sets of 12 reps

Dips -
1 to 10 to 1

Barbell Curl 21's -
7 reps from bottom position to middle position,
7 reps from middle position to top of movement,
7 full-range reps
4 sets x 21 reps

Cheat Barbell Curl -
16 sets of 4 reps
Alternate one set of 21's to each 4 sets of Cheat Curls.

1/4 Back Squat, No Lockout -
5 sets of 20 reps

Calf Raise -
5 x 10 with 40 top partial burns each set


Shrug - 4 sets of 10
Bench Press - 8,8,4,4,2,2,1,1.
Bent-Arm Pullover - 4 x 8

Lying French Press 21's (4 sets)
alternated with
Conventional Lying French Press (16 sets of 4)
One set of 21's to each 4 sets of regular French presses

Palms Down Wrist Curl - 4 x 20
Overhead Press - 6 x 8

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