The Upper/Lower training split has become one of the most popular routines for natural lifters because it utilizes a 2x per week training frequency and allows for at least 2 days of recovery between sessions. This will cause sufficient muscle stimulation to spark muscle protein synthesis and signal for hypertrophy more frequently than a body part “bro” split, while still allowing for sufficient recovery between workouts.
This is the only program of mine (and that I’ve ever seen) that includes adjustable bodypart weak point exercises so you can prioritize and develop your specific weak areas. I personally added additional volume for my biceps on the upper body days and additional volume for my calves on lower body days. Before starting the program, you will choose 2 or 3 bodyparts you want to focus on most, and be consistent with training them as your “weak points”. As an intermediate-advanced lifter, it is important to get more specific with your goals and give weak areas increased focus and attention.
This program uses rapid wave loading as the main progression scheme to drive size and strength gains forward. Because research suggests that you should train reasonably close to failure to maximize hypertrophy, it is important that we take sets adequately close to failure in this program. In fact, some exercises will have you pushing beyond the typical failure point through the use of specialized intensity techniques. Granted, because high effort training can take a toll on one’s ability to recover properly, it is important to manage effort appropriately from week to week. For this reason, we are “waving” effort in 3-week minicycles. Week 1 will function as an intro week and then intensity increases in Weeks 2 and 3 before returning to baseline in Week 4.
Because this program uses a rapid wave-loading strategy, Weeks 1, 4, and 7 function as “mini-deloads” to ensure adequate recovery in response to the increasing training intensity throughout the waves. The entire program builds in a systematic way to prevent both under-training and over-training.
“Science-based” has become a bit of a buzzword for training programs, but how many are actually built around research-driven and field-tested principles? This program dedicates more pages to explaining the theory and science behind the program than to the program itself. With 32 unique scientific references, you can rest assured that everything in your program is backed by both research and experience.
In case there are any exercises you’re not sure how to perform, I’ve included demo videos for every exercise
There are also technique cues from me within the program itself so you’ll know exactly how to tweak the form for best results during training
The program details the number of sets for the upper body and lower body for each workout. If you find the volume to be too high or too low for your specific abilities or goals, knowing the exact volume numbers you’re working with each workout is important. Most programs just give you sets and reps and tell you to do it. This program gives you extra information to make it easier to adjust the program to your individual needs, if needed.
This program is NOT just an eBook. In addition to everything above, you also get a full excel sheet that auto-populates the exact weights you need to use for each lift, including boxes for tracking weights on every exercise.
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“This program changed my life. After watching countless Jeff Nippard YouTube videos I decided to start one of the programs and I HAVEN’T looked back since. Progression in muscle growth and strength growth. I INCREASED my bench 1000% overall after doing the program twice.”
Made as much gains in visible size and strength in the last month compared to six months of mediocre training before, best program I’ve ever run
The program is the best ived tried ever, I had a back surgery before 2.5 years, and I've got the green light from my doctor and started my journey back with your program, and everything is going better than I expected.
Very good programm, maybe little bit hard on the begining, but i notice a big strenght growth now💪
It works really fine for me. After finishing the fundamentals program by Jeff i started the upper lower. Despite the fact that i am on a calorie deficit, there is progress. I am 44 years old and i was out of the gym for many years.I enjoy the 1rpm max approach for the basic lifts and the extra exercise for week part is a must. The only negative is that if you follow the guidelines about rest time between sets you will need more than 80minutes in the gym, which is something not easy for every session if you have a busy lifestyle. Overall it is a great program. Huge thumbs up Jeff