Training Overview | Jim Stoppani's Shortcut to Strength

Don’t let strength be your weakness. Follow Jim Stoppani’s systematic guide to your best lifts ever—and earn the muscle to match!
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I’ve been relentlessly experimenting in the field of human performance for over 20 years. I’ve helped you add size. I’ve helped you shred. Now I’m going to help you build what is for many people the most elusive training quality: strength. Welcome to Shortcut to Strength.

At this point, you probably associate me more with muscle than with one-rep-max strength. But really, both are part of the same project. This six-week program is about building that strength that’s then going to allow you to build more muscle, lose more fat, increase your athleticism, be more explosive, and have a better quality of life.

If you’ve been lifting in the traditional muscle-growth rep ranges for years and have never committed to a pure strength phase, this is your chance. If you’re looking for something to cycle alongside my previous programs—Shortcut to Size and Shortcut to Shred—look no further. The three fit together perfectly.

You can come to this program with any kind of background or goals, but you’ll leave it with one result: strength.


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| Shortcut to Strength the Program |
Shortcut to Strength is a four-day-a-week program built around the three timeless big lifts of the bench press, squat, and deadlift. These are proven markers for strength, and you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck by pushing hard on them.

You’ll focus on each of the lifts for one workout a week, along with a select number of assistance exercises. Here’s how a week on the program looks:

Day 1: Squat, legs & calves
Day 2: Bench and push: Chest, shoulders, triceps
Day 3: Rest
Day 4: Deadlift and pull: Back, biceps, abs
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Power and dynamic movements
Day 7: Rest

The power day deserves a little further explanation. On that day, you’ll be doing explosive movements like jump squats and explosive push-ups. Some of the movements will be unweighted, while others will be lightly weighted, like 50 percent of your one-rep max or less.

It may seem counterintuitive to train so light when your goal is strength, but trust me: This works. You’ll be doing relatively low reps, but very quickly and explosively. This will build power and the ability to recruit muscle quickly and effectively. In turn, this will help you build more strength.

And don’t worry—you’ll be getting all the heavy, grinding strength work you could ever want over the course of Shortcut to Strength.

Even though this program is only six weeks long, you’ll perform three phases, each lasting two weeks. Each will also be based on a certain percentage in your one-rep max of the bench press, squat, and deadlift. Here’s how it will progress:

Phase 1: 80% 1RM, or a weight you can lift for 8 reps
Phase 2: 85% 1RM, or 5-6 reps
Phase 3: 95% 1RM, or 2-3 reps

The accessory movements will vary a bit in their rep ranges, but for the most part, they’ll match up with these rep ranges. If you’ve never rowed or curled heavy before, get ready to try it.


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