Raider

(162 reviews)
Upper/Lower Bodybuilding Program
Program Description

Program Goals

  1. Allow a everyone from a lighter beginner, to a more advanced trainee to put on slabs of muslce and build work capacity.

  2. Focus on robust exercise selection to get you jacked.

  3. Build end range mobility and stability in key areas that typically get injured

  4. Prepare you for a strength based program (if desired)

Read below for full program guide on Raider.

Program Overview
CoachBald Omni-Manverified coach
LevelNovice, Intermediate
GoalBodybuilding
EquipmentFull Gym
Time Per Workout60 minutes
Days Per Week4 days
Program Length12 weeks
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Week 1
Day 1
ExerciseSetsReps
Bench Press (Barbell)1
12
3
12
Rear Delt Fly (Dumbbell)3
10-15
Bicep Curl3
8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)3
AMRAP
Push Up Variation2
15-20
Day 2
ExerciseSetsReps
Deadlift (Barbell)1
9
2
9
Pull-Up3
12-15
Inverted Row3
12-15
Hamstring Curl3
8-12
Single Leg Extension2
8-12
Day 3
ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Press (Barbell)1
12
3
12
Rear Delt Fly (Machine)3
10-15
Hammer Curl3
8-12
Tricep Dip3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Cable)3
AMRAP
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)2
15-20
Day 4
ExerciseSetsReps
Squat (Barbell)1
9
2
9
Chest Supported Row (Machine)3
12-15
Leg Press3
6-12
Hip Thrust (Barbell)3
6-10
Week 2
Day 1
ExerciseSetsReps
Bench Press (Barbell)1
12
3
12
Rear Delt Fly (Dumbbell)3
10-15
Bicep Curl3
8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)3
AMRAP
Push Up Variation2
15-20
Day 2
ExerciseSetsReps
Deadlift (Barbell)1
9
2
9
Pull-Up3
12-15
Inverted Row3
12-15
Hamstring Curl3
8-12
Single Leg Extension2
8-12
Day 3
ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Press (Barbell)1
12
3
12
Rear Delt Fly (Machine)3
10-15
Hammer Curl3
8-12
Tricep Dip3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Cable)3
AMRAP
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)2
15-20
Day 4
ExerciseSetsReps
Squat (Barbell)1
9
2
9
Chest Supported Row (Machine)3
12-15
Leg Press3
6-12
Hip Thrust (Barbell)3
6-10
Week 3
Day 1
ExerciseSetsReps
Bench Press (Barbell)1
12
3
12
Rear Delt Fly (Dumbbell)3
10-15
Bicep Curl3
8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)3
AMRAP
Push Up Variation2
15-20
Day 2
ExerciseSetsReps
Deadlift (Barbell)1
9
2
9
Pull-Up3
12-15
Inverted Row3
12-15
Hamstring Curl3
8-12
Single Leg Extension2
8-12
Day 3
ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Press (Barbell)1
12
3
12
Rear Delt Fly (Machine)3
10-15
Hammer Curl3
8-12
Tricep Dip3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Cable)3
AMRAP
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)2
15-20
Day 4
ExerciseSetsReps
Squat (Barbell)1
9
2
9
Chest Supported Row (Machine)3
12-15
Leg Press3
6-12
Hip Thrust (Barbell)3
6-10
Week 4
Day 1
ExerciseSetsReps
Bench Press (Barbell)1
10
3
10
Rear Delt Fly (Dumbbell)3
10-15
Bicep Curl3
8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)3
AMRAP
Push Up Variation2
15-20
Day 2
ExerciseSetsReps
Deadlift (Barbell)1
7
2
7
Pull-Up3
12-15
Inverted Row3
12-15
Hamstring Curl3
8-12
Single Leg Extension2
8-12
Day 3
ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Press (Barbell)1
10
3
10
Rear Delt Fly (Machine)3
10-15
Hammer Curl3
8-12
Tricep Dip3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Cable)3
AMRAP
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)2
15-20
Day 4
ExerciseSetsReps
Squat (Barbell)1
7
2
7
Chest Supported Row (Machine)3
12-15
Leg Press3
6-12
Hip Thrust (Barbell)3
6-10
Week 5
Day 1
ExerciseSetsReps
Bench Press (Barbell)1
10
3
10
Rear Delt Fly (Dumbbell)3
10-15
Bicep Curl3
8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)3
AMRAP
Push Up Variation2
15-20
Day 2
ExerciseSetsReps
Deadlift (Barbell)1
7
2
7
Pull-Up3
12-15
Inverted Row3
12-15
Hamstring Curl3
8-12
Single Leg Extension2
8-12
Day 3
ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Press (Barbell)1
10
3
10
Rear Delt Fly (Machine)3
10-15
Hammer Curl3
8-12
Tricep Dip3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Cable)3
AMRAP
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)2
15-20
Day 4
ExerciseSetsReps
Squat (Barbell)1
7
2
7
Chest Supported Row (Machine)3
12-15
Leg Press3
6-12
Hip Thrust (Barbell)3
6-10
Week 6
Day 1
ExerciseSetsReps
Bench Press (Barbell)1
10
3
10
Rear Delt Fly (Dumbbell)3
10-15
Bicep Curl3
8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)3
AMRAP
Push Up Variation2
15-20
Day 2
ExerciseSetsReps
Deadlift (Barbell)1
7
2
7
Pull-Up3
12-15
Inverted Row3
12-15
Hamstring Curl3
8-12
Single Leg Extension2
8-12
Day 3
ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Press (Barbell)1
10
3
10
Rear Delt Fly (Machine)3
10-15
Hammer Curl3
8-12
Tricep Dip3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Cable)3
AMRAP
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)2
15-20
Day 4
ExerciseSetsReps
Squat (Barbell)1
7
2
7
Chest Supported Row (Machine)3
12-15
Leg Press3
6-12
Hip Thrust (Barbell)3
6-10
Week 7
Day 1
ExerciseSetsReps
Bench Press (Barbell)1
8
3
10
Rear Delt Fly (Dumbbell)3
10-15
Bicep Curl3
8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)3
AMRAP
Push Up Variation2
15-20
Day 2
ExerciseSetsReps
Deadlift (Barbell)1
7
2
7
Pull-Up3
12-15
Inverted Row3
12-15
Hamstring Curl3
8-12
Single Leg Extension2
8-12
Day 3
ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Press (Barbell)1
8
3
10
Rear Delt Fly (Machine)3
10-15
Hammer Curl3
8-12
Tricep Dip3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Cable)3
AMRAP
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)2
15-20
Day 4
ExerciseSetsReps
Squat (Barbell)1
7
2
7
Chest Supported Row (Machine)3
12-15
Leg Press3
6-12
Hip Thrust (Barbell)3
6-10
Week 8
Day 1
ExerciseSetsReps
Bench Press (Barbell)1
8
3
10
Rear Delt Fly (Dumbbell)3
10-15
Bicep Curl3
8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)3
AMRAP
Push Up Variation2
15-20
Day 2
ExerciseSetsReps
Deadlift (Barbell)1
5
2
5
Pull-Up3
12-15
Inverted Row3
12-15
Hamstring Curl3
8-12
Single Leg Extension2
8-12
Day 3
ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Press (Barbell)1
8
3
10
Rear Delt Fly (Machine)3
10-15
Hammer Curl3
8-12
Tricep Dip3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Cable)3
AMRAP
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)2
15-20
Day 4
ExerciseSetsReps
Squat (Barbell)1
5
2
5
Chest Supported Row (Machine)3
12-15
Leg Press3
6-12
Hip Thrust (Barbell)3
6-10
Week 9
Day 1
ExerciseSetsReps
Bench Press (Barbell)1
8
3
10
Rear Delt Fly (Dumbbell)3
10-15
Bicep Curl3
8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)3
AMRAP
Push Up Variation2
15-20
Day 2
ExerciseSetsReps
Deadlift (Barbell)1
5
2
5
Pull-Up3
12-15
Inverted Row3
12-15
Hamstring Curl3
8-12
Single Leg Extension2
8-12
Day 3
ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Press (Barbell)1
8
3
10
Rear Delt Fly (Machine)3
10-15
Hammer Curl3
8-12
Tricep Dip3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Cable)3
AMRAP
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)2
15-20
Day 4
ExerciseSetsReps
Squat (Barbell)1
5
2
5
Chest Supported Row (Machine)3
12-15
Leg Press3
6-12
Hip Thrust (Barbell)3
6-10
Week 10
Day 1
ExerciseSetsReps
Bench Press (Barbell)1
5
3
7
Rear Delt Fly (Dumbbell)3
10-15
Bicep Curl3
8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)3
AMRAP
Push Up Variation2
15-20
Day 2
ExerciseSetsReps
Deadlift (Barbell)1
5
2
5
Pull-Up3
12-15
Inverted Row3
12-15
Hamstring Curl3
8-12
Single Leg Extension2
8-12
Day 3
ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Press (Barbell)1
5
3
7
Rear Delt Fly (Machine)3
10-15
Hammer Curl3
8-12
Tricep Dip3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Cable)3
AMRAP
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)2
15-20
Day 4
ExerciseSetsReps
Squat (Barbell)1
5
2
5
Chest Supported Row (Machine)3
12-15
Leg Press3
6-12
Hip Thrust (Barbell)3
6-10
Week 11
Day 1
ExerciseSetsReps
Bench Press (Barbell)1
5
3
5
Rear Delt Fly (Dumbbell)3
10-15
Bicep Curl3
8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)3
AMRAP
Push Up Variation2
15-20
Day 2
ExerciseSetsReps
Deadlift (Barbell)1
5
2
5
Pull-Up3
12-15
Inverted Row3
12-15
Hamstring Curl3
8-12
Single Leg Extension2
8-12
Day 3
ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Press (Barbell)1
5
3
5
Rear Delt Fly (Machine)3
10-15
Hammer Curl3
8-12
Tricep Dip3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Cable)3
AMRAP
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)2
15-20
Day 4
ExerciseSetsReps
Squat (Barbell)1
5
2
5
Chest Supported Row (Machine)3
12-15
Leg Press3
6-12
Hip Thrust (Barbell)3
6-10
Week 12
Day 1
ExerciseSetsReps
Bench Press (Barbell)1
5
3
5
Rear Delt Fly (Dumbbell)3
10-15
Bicep Curl3
8-12
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)3
AMRAP
Push Up Variation2
15-20
Day 2
ExerciseSetsReps
Deadlift (Barbell)1
5
2
5
Pull-Up3
12-15
Inverted Row3
12-15
Hamstring Curl3
8-12
Single Leg Extension2
8-12
Day 3
ExerciseSetsReps
Overhead Press (Barbell)1
5
3
5
Rear Delt Fly (Machine)3
10-15
Hammer Curl3
8-12
Tricep Dip3
AMRAP
Lateral Raise (Cable)3
AMRAP
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)2
15-20
Day 4
ExerciseSetsReps
Squat (Barbell)1
5
2
5
Chest Supported Row (Machine)3
12-15
Leg Press3
6-12
Hip Thrust (Barbell)3
6-10
What People Are Saying
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Program Instructions

Progress for Bodybuilding Exercises

Dynamic Double Progression (click link to watch video if you're not familiar) is to be used on all bodybuilding exercises. Effort is the name of the name of the game here. When you reach the top end of the sets and reps, add weight and repeat in the same rep range. The volume that you get here is a huge driver of progress for your program, so put your best foot forward. (Follow the progressions otherwise detailed in the program)

How to Select Movements

The Basics

There is almost no wrong answer. Effort, consistency, calories, sleep. These are all things you need to worry about a lot more than the specific exercise you're picking. If the target muscles are being worked, you picked the right exercise.

Video

How to Bias Specific Muscles

Once you understand the basics, you may want to bias certain muscles to bring up your physique or to improve your strengtth. Watch the applicable video in my Final Answer Playlist to assist with that.

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Program FAQ

What is RPE?

It's Giga brain for "leave some reps in the tank" RPE 7 means you left 3 reps in the tank, RPE 8 means you left 2 reps , RPE 9 is 1 rep in the tank, and RPE 10 is zero reps left in the tank

  • RPE 10 = Concentric Failure, you physically cannot do another rep after trying

  • RPE 9 = Could have grinded out another rep

  • RPE 8 = Hard, but could have done two more reps

  • RPE 7 = Fairly challenging, could have done 3 more reps

  • RPE 6 = Feels like a warm up set, could have done 4 more reps, great for deloads

I Over/Undershot My RPE. HELP

If you overshoot, that's cool. Just make your back off sets a little bit easier than what is calculated for you. If you undershoot, make your back offs a little harder, OR just bump up weight and go for another top set.

Can I add more volume in general?

If you want to add volume to the program, add it to the bodybuilding portion AS NEEDED (not as WANTED). Before adding volume, ensure that the reps you are doing are of HIGH quality first.

What is Myorep match?

Myorep match is a Giga brain way of saying "use rest pauses on your second and third sets so that they can match your first set's Rep count" Use the same exercise for your Myorep match sets.

How do I pick my top set weights?

Do warm up sets of however many reps you have prescribed for the day, adding chunks of weight each time until you get to about 80-90% of whatever number you have in mind for the day. If your last warm up feels and looks junky, go conservative, if it feels and looks good, go for that number you had in mind.

How often do I swap movements?

Once you can no longer beat the books (add weight, reps, sets) and follow a double progression - IF AND ONLY IF you're eating enough, sleeping enough, hydrating, and getting your electrolytes in. If you are failing to do any of these to the best of your ability, you need to fix those first. If you're doing everything you need to do outside of the gym to support your training, you'll find that you need to swap hypertrophy movements every 6-8 weeks.

What are my rest days?

It's a standard Upper, Lower, rest, upper, lower, rest x2. You can add more rest as needed