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New Upper Lower Split Program, the Most Effective Workout for Leg Day?

Learn what workout you could follow for an effective leg day.

The new Upper Lower Split program by Jeff Nippard from the series Science Applied has the most effective workout for leg day.

The way the new Upper Lower Split program works is by training 6 days a week, with alternating days between the full upper body and the entire lower body, for a total of 3 sessions per section per week. The overview of the new Upper Lower Split program looks as follows:

  • Day 1: Lower
  • Day 2: Upper
  • Day 3: Lower
  • Day 4: Upper
  • Day 5: Lower
  • Day 6: Upper
  • Day 7: Rest

New Upper Lower Split Program, Day 1

Below we break down Day 1 of the program. You can go to Nippard’s YouTube channel to watch the full series.

Day 1: Lower Body

Warm up:

Exercise 1: Back Squat

  • Week 1: 3 sets x 4 reps
  • Week 2: 3 sets x 5 reps
  • Week 3: 3 sets x 6 reps
  • Week 4: 3 sets x 4 reps + weight

Exercise 2: Eccentric Accentuated Romanian Deadlift

  • 3 sets x 10 reps

Read more: Try the Romanian Deadlift for Stronger and Bigger Glutes

deadlift variationsSource: Anastase Maragos

Exercise 3: Walking Lunge Dropset

  • 3 sets x 8/8 reps (each leg)

Exercise 4: Single Leg Eccentric Leg Extension

  • 3 sets x 10 reps

Exercise 5: Lying Leg Curl

  • A1: Slow eccentric lying leg curl for 2 sets x 8 reps
  • A2: Constant tension for 2 sets x 12 reps

Exercise 6: Straight Leg Calf Raise

  • 3 sets x 15 reps

Exercise 7: Cable Crunch

  • 3 sets x 15 reps

Read more: Rep Ranges Explained: Learn How to Boost Your Strength and Hypertrophy

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