Here's what you need to know...

  1. Coach Thibaudeau is always physically impressive, but he was at his all-time most muscular condition using strength circuits.
  2. Strength circuits provide the perfect balance of heavy loads, rep volume, and work density to produce the very best gain in strength, size, and leanness.
  3. The plan consists of 5 sets of 5 big lifts, performed 5 days per week as a circuit, using a progressive-intensity 5/4/3/2/1 rep scheme.

Using this program, I ended up weighing 232 pounds with veins on my abs. At five-foot eight, that's not bad. And it's definitely the biggest and most muscular I've ever been. The gains came so fast and consistently that every week, even every workout, I could feel myself growing and getting stronger.

I attribute a large amount of the gains I made from this program to Plazma.™ There's simply no way on earth that I could ever perform heavy whole-body workouts 5 days a week and recover without it. But beyond recovery, you still have to grow, and Plazma™ delivers gains like nothing I've ever experienced.

The Methods

The most important loading zone for building strength is sets of 1-3 reps using 88-100 percent of your max. The problem is, training in that zone lacks the rep volume required for making optimal size gains — but not by much. To achieve the added effect of maximum muscle growth, without limiting strength gains, simply add two sets of 4-5 reps using 80-82.5 percent of 1RM.

Performing strength circuits using a 5/4/3/2/1 rep scheme — each round decreasing the reps and increasing the weights on all exercises — provide the perfect mix of load, density, and volume for maximizing strength and hypertrophy, as well as shredding up.

With these strength circuits, you're going to finish strong every workout, which will lead to the greatest workout-to-workout progression. Your metabolic rate, insulin sensitivity, and recovery capacities will all be sky-high, while minimizing inflammation. This will put slabs of muscle on you while at the same time allowing you to perform at a high level on a daily basis.

Expect circuit number three (3 reps) to be the hardest. Get tough and power through it, because after that is when the magic happens. The last two sets will actually feel easier, so much so that you'll wonder if you forgot to add weight.

The set of 3 reps is where the activation of the nervous system surpasses the muscle fatigue. During the sets of 3, 2 and 1 there is partial muscle recovery occurring at the same time as neural activation. The result? At the end of the workout you are stronger than when you started.

Always chase performance, not fatigue.

Program Notes

1. This is a 6 week program designed to help you create maximal muscularity: a combination of size, strength and leanness.
2. You will train 5 days per week, Monday through Friday.
3. Each workout consists of 5 full-body strength circuits, using a 5/4/3/2/1 rep schedule, performed with minimal rest between sets and circuits.
4. A circuit consists of 5 exercises where you move through the circuit by performing one set of each exercise.
5. If your workout lasts over 40 to 45 minutes, you aren't trying hard enough.
6. Every week you will add weight to each exercise or die trying.
7. Move to another program after 6 weeks or when you stop progressing, whichever comes first.

The Program

Dead Squat

Warm-up:  Perform 3 sets of 3 reps on every movement, gradually increasing the weight on each set.

Monday / Wednesday / Friday
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
Dead-Squat
Bench Press
High Pull
Military Press
Lat Pulldown
Circuit 1:
Circuit 2:
Circuit 3:
Circuit 4:
Circuit 5:
5 reps x 85%
4 reps x 87.5%
3 reps x 90%
2 reps x 95%
1 rep x 100%
Perform 1 set of each exercise per circuit.
Rest 30 to 60 seconds between exercises.
Change weights between circuits in 2 minutes.
Add 5 lb to exercises each new week.
Tuesday / Thursday
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
Dead-Squat
Bench Press
High Pull
Military Press
Lat Pulldown
Circuit 1:
Circuit 2:
Circuit 3:
Circuit 4:
Circuit 5:
5 reps x 80%
4 reps x 82.5%
3 reps x 85%
2 reps x 90%
1 rep x 95%
Perform 1 set of each exercise per circuit.
Rest 30 to 60 seconds between exercises.
Change weights between circuits in 2 minutes.
Add 5 lb to exercises each new week.

My Workout Supplementation

Christian Thibaudeau

I was on this program at the time Biotest started testing various Plazma™ protocols. Since I was training the whole body at every session, I sometimes went as high as 5 doses of Plazma™ in my peri-workout period! This was critical, and to this day I use the same recipe every time I want to bring up my lean body mass — and I always have shocking results.

Here's the exact protocol I used most often:

Workout Supplement Protocol
Pre-Workout Finibar™ - 1 bar
Indigo-3G® - 6 capsules
Plazma™ - 1 dose (65 g / 500 ml)
30 min. prior to warmup
30 min. prior to warmup
15 min. prior to warmup
Warmup Practice sets 2-3 sets of each exercise
Workout Plazma™ - 1 dose (65 g / 500 ml)
Strength Circuit 1
Strength Circuit 2

Plazma™ - 1 dose (65 g / 500 ml)
Strength Circuit 3
Strength Circuit 4
Strength Circuit 5
Prior to starting Circuit 1
5 x 5 reps
5 x 4 reps
Prior to starting Circuit 3
5 x 3 reps
5 x 2 reps
5 x 1 rep
Post-Workout Mag-10® - 1 pulse (35 g)
Mag-10® - 1 pulse (35 g)
Immediately post-workout
30 min. post-workout

Simple But Effective

Christian Thibaudeau

That's all there was to it. The same simple workout done five days in a row. It lasted roughly 40-45 minutes, sometimes a bit less if I increased the pace, but far from training 3 hours a day. Despite the simplicity and duration of the program, it got me to the largest, most muscular physique I've ever had.

Imagine what it might do for you?