Why I’m Focusing on Upper Body Training

I decided yesterday that I’m going to shift my training focus to primarily upper body. Yes, you read that right. A bro who doesn’t want to focus on leg training. 

not the writer, unfortunately

Here’s why I decided to make a change:

1. I keep getting hurt and I’m sick of it.

My lower back gets hurt every three months or so. Because of this, I haven’t really increased my core lifts in well over a year. Maybe longer. 

In all honesty, that’s embarrassing. Like, what’s the fucking point? I mean I look bigger and weigh more but I haven’t increased any of my lifts.

The way I see it, my way of training is broken. 

So for the time being, no more Deadlifts, Hip Thrusts, or anything else that irritates my back.

2. Summer

Because Gun Show. I want to put some size on my upper body and have wanted to for a while. Plus, I need to start doing some ab training. No time like the Spring to start.

3. I have a baby on the way

I know, I know, it sounds like an excuse. And it is. But here’s the thing, it’s totally realistic and healthy to acknowledge the fact that I might have a drop off when the baby comes. 

So, instead of being reactive or getting anxious about missing sessions, I’m being proactive.

The goal is to pack on some mass to my upper body while maintaining the size in my legs. I’ll still devote one day per week to leg and ab training.

The leg work will focus on aesthetics and calf training. Not trying to be a Quadzilla. We want the lean, mean, athletic look.


4. Less frequent training

Another thing that comes with having a baby is obviously the lack of time and sleep. The simple truth is that I won’t be able to train as much. I just won’t. 

Not to mention, when there is some free time in the Perry House, I’ll have to sacrifice my training time to my wife, so she can get back into it and blow off some steam. Team work makes the marriage work.

Plus, it’s so, so, so fucking important to prioritize time with my beautiful wife. I mean, she did devote ten months to making a human for us.

So, again, I’m being proactive. My programming going forward only calls for three sessions per week. I’ll also add a Yoga session when possible.

My schedule will look like this:

Day 1 – Upper (chest and back)

Day 2 – Lower (legs and abs)

Day 3 – Upper (heavy chest)

Note: there is some direct arm and shoulder work on the upper days. But for the most part, the focus will be on chest and back for the next eight weeks. Then the focus will shift to total-body-infant-development.

The Program

I decided to purchase the Kino Body Superhero Bulking Program for $28. It was 40% off through yesterday but if you hit up Greg, maybe he will honor the price. It’s worth a shot anyway.
Why am I doing this program? Just because.

Here’s the thing, and I’ve said it a million times: the program doesn’t matter. 

Any decent program can work as long as you are consistent and eat right. 

I picked this program because I like the dudes marketing, douche as it may be. It’s entertaining. And don’t get me wrong, the word Superhero got me. I mean who doesn’t want to be The Dark Knight. 

All kidding aside, it was mostly because he uses a three day split. That was important to me. I also like Wendler and Jay Ferruggia’s three day split programs but I was just ready to try something different.

It’s also important to note that I don’t expect to look like Greg O’Gallagher just because I’m doing this program. That’s a huge misconception. All you can hope for is to look like the best version of yourself.


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