The push-pull legs workout split is one of the most simple and effective ways to workout. Selecting a training style to suit your needs isn't always easy, but our 6-week push pull legs workout plan is sure to refresh your training or get you started on building some serious muscle. Find out more below.


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  1. About the Workout Plan
  2. The Push-Pull Legs Split
  3. The Workout Plan
  4. Exercises & Tips

About the Workout Plan

The push pull legs workout split comes from a common training mechanic, which makes the most of your time and your effort. It helps you to get the most out of what you are putting in, right across the board. The idea is to split your home workouts into three main sections: push, pull and legs.

When it comes to the push-pull legs workout, if you can fit in three workouts a week, that's ideal. You can also repeat the plan once you get to the end, as long as you keep upping the weight!

The Push-Pull Legs Split

The first workout is the push. Generally speaking, pushing movements are all related to using your chest, shoulders or triceps, pushing things away from your core. There's a lot of overlap across these muscles as you transverse through different movements, so training them together helps you out a lot.

The next part of the training pattern is to do pulling movements. These movements are much more reliant on the back of your body rather than your front, and will make sure that you’re hitting your rear delts, lats, mid back, traps and your lower back.

Finally, legs. Leg movements are very mixed, so there is no set movement pattern. All the muscles involved in your leg training are important, and take a lot of work for you to make real progress. The main players here are your glutes, your hamstrings, quadriceps and your calves. It’s a real mix, but you’ll use them all as supporting muscles or stabilisers as you move across the workout, so it’s a great workout every single time.

The Push-Pull Legs Workout Plan

Weeks 1, 3 & 5

Push

ExerciseReps x Sets
Push Up10x4
Barbell Bench5x5
Chest Press Machine10x4
Pec Fly Machine10x3
Shoulder Press Machine10x4
Lateral Raises10x3
  

Pull

ExerciseReps x Sets
Lat Pulldown Wide10x4
Lat Pulldown V10x3
Seated Row Machine10x4
Single Arm Row5x5
Superman10x3
Barbell Bicep Curl10x4
Preacher Curl5x5

Legs

ExerciseReps x Sets
Leg Press10x4
Cable Front Squats10x4
Leg Extensions10x3
Leg Curls10x4
Glute Bridges10x3
Reverse Lunges10x3
Calf Raises10x4

Weeks 2, 4 & 6

Push

ExerciseReps x Sets
Dumbbell Bench Press10x4
Incline Bench Press5x5
Cable Crossover10x4
Dumbbell Shoulder Press5x5
Lateral Raises10x3
Tricep Dips10x3
Tricep Kickbacks10x3

Pull

ExerciseReps x Sets
Lat Pulldown10x4
TRX Row5x5
Low Row10x4
Deadlift5x5
Hyperextension10x3
Chin Up5x5
Dumbbell Curl10x4

Legs

ExerciseReps x Sets
Barbell Back Squats10x4
Front Squats5x5
Kettlebell Swing12x4
Glute bridges10x3
Romanian Deadlift10x4
Lunges with a pass10x3
Calf Raises10x4
  

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Exercises & Tips

Get the most out of the push-pull legs workout plan and protect yourself from injury by following our exercises and tips below:

Push Exercises & Tips

Push Up

  • Hands shoulder width apart
  • All the way down face down

Barbell Bench Press

  • Shoulder width grip
  • Bar above abs

Chest Press Machine

  • Concentrate on breathing
  • Slow reps

Pec Fly Machine

  • Safer than pec flyes
  • Keep your back and shoulders on the seat

Shoulder Press Machine

  • Back on the seat
  • Use a stable weight and go slowly

Lateral Raises

  • Hold the top of the movement for a second for the best contractions
  • Dumbbells are better than machines

Push Downs

  • Pivoted elbows
  • Drop sets are a good idea here

Dumbbell Bench Press

  • Slow Reps
  • Stop when arms are 90 degrees

Incline Bench Press

  • Push out not up
  • Stop at 90 degrees

Cable Crossover

  • Switch forward foot out
  • Cross the cables, don’t meet in the middle

Dumbbell Shoulder Press

  • Standing engages your core
  • Stop at 90-degree angle

Lateral Raises

  • Don’t throw the weight
  • Try to slow down the downward movement

Tricep Dips

  • Don’t lean forward
  • Stop at 90-degree angle

Tricep Kickbacks

  • Place your knee on the bench carefully
  • You should be parallel with the bench
Man chest pressing dumbbells

Pull Exercises & Tips

Lat Pulldown Wide

  • Wide grip
  • Don’t sway

Lat Pulldown V

  • Bring in to chest
  • Elbows in

Seated Row Machine

  • Don’t sway
  • Elbows just behind shoulders

Single Arm Row

  • Horizontal back
  • Don’t throw the weight up

Superman

  • Hold for a second
  • Take time between reps

Barbell Bicep Curl

  • Pivot elbows
  • Don’t build momentum/sway

Preacher Curl

  • Focus on the biceps
  • Make sure contraction is full

Lat Pulldown

  • Wide Grip
  • Squeeze shoulders together

TRX Row

  • Change the angle to your needs
  • Don’t hang

Low Row

  • Squeeze blades together
  • Don’t sway

Deadlift

  • Straight back
  • Thrust from the hips

Hyperextension

  • Keep core engaged
  • Don't overextend

Chin Up

  • Chin to the bar
  • Full reps

Dumbbell Curl

  • Don’t sway
  • Pivot elbows
Man doing bicep curls

Legs Exercises & Tips

Leg Press

  • Don’t lock your knees!
  • Make sure your reps are full

Cable Front Squats

  • Hips lower than thighs
  • Feet flat

Leg Extensions

  • Don’t lock knees
  • Keep back against the seat

Leg Curls

  • Bum on seat
  • Hold handles if they’re available

Glute Bridges

  • Keep a straight back

Reverse Lunges

  • Knee in line with midfoot
  • Knee doesn’t touch the floor

Calf Raises

  • Hold the top of the contraction for a second or two
  • Seated calf raises are often better than standing

Barbell Back Squats

  • Hips below thighs
  • Feet flat to the floor

Front Squats

  • Hips below thighs
  • Feet flat to the floor

Kettlebell Swing

  • Single arm is best
  • Drive from the hips

Glute bridges

  • Barbell above groin
  • Drive from the hips

Romanian Deadlift

  • Back straight
  • Don’t reach the floor

Lunges with a pass

  • Kettlebells are the best equipment
  • Knee doesn’t go past the foot

Calf Raises

  • Hold contraction
  • Seated is best
Man leg pressing

The beauty of the push pull legs workout plan is that it has the potential to span as long as you need it to, with the option to repeat with higher weights. Follow the steps and our tips, and you'll feel the benefits in no time!


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