By this point in The Classic Iron Workout Program, you should be no stranger to squats and bench presses. To make sure you're getting the most out of this workout—especially now that you're in week two—you're going to up the intensity a bit and add a little more weight compared to day 3 of Classic Iron.

By increasing your weight and intensity, this workout will continue to push your muscles to their limits without the risk of overtraining.

Murder of Crows Barbell Club co-owner and head powerlifting coach Sean Collins, C.S.C.S., demonstrates the workout.


Complete all four exercises in sequence.

Make sure you increase the overall weight in the barbell back squat and the bench press by about 5–10% of what you did on day 3, ensuring that your muscles and central nervous system forge new strength. Make sure you don't cheat yourself on the rest periods, either—they're designed to be fairly long, so your body can attack each set at a high intensity.

For more classic workouts:

Check out the Timeless Workout Programthe old-school bodybuilder's chest and back workout, and the old-school muscle-building plan for mammoth gains.

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