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FST-7 Five Day Training Split By Hany Rambod

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FST-7 is a bodybuilding training system developed by Hany Rambod. The following 5 day split variation appeared in the June, 2011 issue of Flex magazine in an article co-authored by Joe Wuebben.

FST-7 Five Day Training Split by Hany Rambod

  • Day 1 – Abs and Chest
  • Day 2 – Calves, Quads and Hamstrings
  • Day 3 – Abs and Back
  • Day 4 – OFF
  • Day 5 – Abs, Shoulders and Traps
  • Day 6 – Calves, Triceps and Biceps
  • Day 7 – OFF

FST-7 for smaller bodyparts. Perform 7 sets of 8 to 10 reps, with only 30-45 seconds between sets.

FST-7 for large bodyparts. Perform 7 sets of 8 to 10 reps, with 45-60 seconds between sets.

Beginners & Intermediates: Perform no more than two FST-7 exercises per week.

Day 1 – Abs & Chest

  • Hanging Leg Raises – 4 sets x 30 reps
  • Exercise Ball Crunches – 4 sets x 30 reps
  • Crunches – 4 sets x 30 reps
  • Incline Dumbbell Presses –  4 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Flat Bench Dumbbell Presses – 4 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Hammer Strength Incline Presses – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Hammer Strength Flat Presses – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Cable Crossovers FST-7 – 7 sets x 8-10 reps

* If you perform abs after chest, you might be too tired and may skip it.

* Start with an incline movement, as the upper chest is a weak area for most.

Day 2 – Calves, Quads and Hamstrings

  • Standing Calf Raises – 4 sets x 20-30 reps
  • Leg Press Calf Raises – 4 sets x 20-30 reps
  • Seated Calf Raises FST-7 – 7 sets x 20-30 reps
  • Leg Extensions –  3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Squats – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Hack Squats – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Leg Presses FST-7 – 7 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Lying Leg Curls – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Stiff-Leg Deadlifts – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Seated Leg Curls FST-7 – 7 sets x 8-10 reps

* Alternate between front and back squats every other workout.

* Pre-exhaust your quads with leg extensions.

Day 3 – Abs and Back

  • Reverse Crunches – 4 sets x 30 reps
  • Roman Chair Crunches – 4 sets x 30 reps
  • Cable Rope Crunches – 4 sets x 30 reps
  • Wide Grip Pull Ups –  3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Reverse Grip Pull Downs – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • T-Bar Rows – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Reverse Grip Barbell Rows – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Deadlifts – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Straight Arm Pull Downs FST-7 – 7 sets x 8-10 reps

* Reverse grip work targets the lower lats, which are a weakness for most trainees.

* Deadlifts are performed late in the workout so they don’t tax you too much early on.

Day 5 – Abs, Shoulders and Traps

  • Hanging Leg Raises – 4 sets x 30 reps
  • Cable Rope Crunches – 4 sets x 30 reps
  • Reverse Crunches – 4 sets x 30 reps
  • Dumbbell Presses –  4 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Prone Incline Dumbbell Front Raises – 4 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Upright Rows – 4 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Dumbbell or Machine Lateral Raises FST-7 – 7 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Dumbbell Bent Over Lateral Raises – 4 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Barbell Shrugs – 4 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Dumbbell Shrugs – 4 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Reverse Pec Decks FST-7 – 7 sets x 8-10 reps

* The reverse pec deck are used to “double up” and hit rear delts, which normally are a problem weak area.

* Hany Rambod states that it is ok to alternate between different types of pressing movements (Dumbbell, Smith and Barbell)

Day 6 – Calves, Triceps and Biceps

  • Seated Calf Raises – 4 sets x 20-30 reps
  • Leg Press Calf Raises – 4 sets x 20-30 reps
  • Standing Calf Raises FST-7 – 7 sets x 20-30 reps
  • Rope Pressdowns FST-7 –  7 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Close Grip Bench Presses – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Dips – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Lying Extensions – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Straight Bar Cable Curls FST-7 –  7 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Hammer Curls – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • Preacher Curls – 3 sets x 8-10 reps
  • High Cable Curls – 3 sets x 8-10 reps

* Pressdowns and Cable Curls first as an FST-7 allow you to make a good mind muscle connection to start your workout.

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