10 Week Mass Building Program

This workout is designed to increase your muscle mass as much as possible in 10 weeks. Works each muscle group hard once per week using mostly heavy compound exercises.

Workout Summary

Build Muscle
Split
Advanced
10 weeks
4
50 minutes
Barbell, Bodyweight, Dumbbells, Machines
Male
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Workout Description

10 week mass building program. This workout is designed to increase your muscle mass as much as possible in 10 weeks. The program works each muscle group hard once per week using mostly heavy compound exercises. You will train on a 4 day split routine, resting on Wednesdays and the weekends. To get the most out of this program you need to be eating BIG. Big meals, at least 5 times a day.

Monday - Chest and Triceps
Chest
Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Bench Press 4 10, 8, 8, 6
Incline Bench Press 3 8, 8, 6
Decline Bench Press 3 8, 8, 6
Dumbbell Flys 2 10
Dumbbell Pullover 2 8
Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Tricep Extension 4 10, 8, 8, 6 adding weight
Tricep Dip 3 10
Tricep Bench Dip 3 8
Notes
None.
Tuesday - Back and Biceps
Back
Exercise Sets Reps
Deadlift 5 10, 8, 8, 6, 4
Chin Up 2 8
One Arm Dumbbell Row 3 8
Seated Row 2 8
Close Grip Lat Pull Down 3 10, 10, 8
Biceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Standing Barbell Curl 3 8, 8, 6
Close Grip Preacher Curl 3 8, 8, 6
Incline Dumbbell Curl 2 12-14
Concentration Curl 2 10
Notes
None.

WEDNESDAY - REST DAY/CARDIO

Thursday - Shoulders and Forearms
Shoulders
Exercise Sets Reps
Machine Shoulder Press 3 10
Dumbbell Reverse Fly 3 8-10
Military Press 4 10
Dumbbell Lateral Raise 2 10
Dumbbell Shrugs 2 10
Upright Row 2 10
Forearms
Exercise Sets Reps
Standing Wrist Curl 4 10
Barbell Wrist Curl 4 10
Notes
Dumbbell shrugs and upright row can be supersetted.
Friday - legs
Legs
Exercise Sets Reps
Squat 5 10, 8, 8, 6, 4
Leg Extension 3 12
Leg Curl 3 12
Calves
Exercise Sets Reps
Standing Calf Raise 4 12
Seated calf Raise 2 12
Notes
None.

WEEKEND - REST TIME

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Posted Mon, 07/16/2018 - 08:50
Nim

What will happen if I don't eat at a calorie surplus but eat at maintenance calories (or really close) and a high amount of protein to ensure my muscles can repair themselves, will I just lose weight or will I build some muscle too?

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Posted Sun, 07/15/2018 - 19:10
Eric Iustin Stănescu

Hello

I am 178 cm and 58 kilograms and I really want to gain muscle and body weight. Will this workout help me out?

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Posted Mon, 07/16/2018 - 09:40
JoshEngland

Hi Eric,

Yes, if paired with an appropriate diet and enough sleep each night.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Fri, 07/06/2018 - 06:34
Mike

For religious reasons, I fast from meat and dairy several times a year for an extended period of time (40 to 50 days). It's always a challenge finding things to eat that will contribute to muscle growth. Am I out of luck? Can you make any suggestions?

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Posted Fri, 07/13/2018 - 01:15
Ryan h

Beans, and other legumes have alot of protein, especially with the surge of vegan/vegetarian recipes I'm sure with a simple google search you can find a few different ways to prepare them. Or even other sources of the necessary nutrients. Good luck to you!

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Posted Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:13
Mukry

Hello
I am 177cm and 90Kg , I am going to the gym for muscle gain specially my arms.
can you help my ? what should I do ?

thanks

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Posted Mon, 07/02/2018 - 02:22
Aniket raina

Hello, i m 154cm and 61kg. I m doing workout in gym to loose my fat. And doing other exercises for growing up my muscle. Can this stops my growing height

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Posted Mon, 07/02/2018 - 09:07
JoshEngland

Hi Aniket,

No, lifting weights does not limit your growth potential. That is a myth that has been disproved.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sun, 07/01/2018 - 22:58
Jarrod

Hi
Doesn’t it matter what order I do this in?
For example, on tuesdays can I do the one arm dumbbell row for back and then concentration curl for biceps?
So do all the dumbbell workouts first and then the barbell.

Is this okay?
Thanks

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Posted Mon, 07/02/2018 - 09:09
JoshEngland

Hi Jarrod,

Yes, that is ok.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:22
Michael

Hello,
For my rest days, I usually work out my abs and do some cardio as well. Should I be doing this or should I actually stay out of the gym on rest days in order for this program to work?

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Posted Mon, 06/25/2018 - 09:00
JoshEngland

Hi Michael,

Yes, that is fine.

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Posted Mon, 06/18/2018 - 06:49
Rohan

Hi,
there is no abs workout mentioned in this program?

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Posted Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:42
JoshEngland

Hi Rohan,

Feel free to add some in if you feel it is needed.

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Posted Sun, 06/17/2018 - 07:17
Ahmad Hijazi

Hello, what is the rest time between each rep? Between each exercise?

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Posted Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:43
JoshEngland

Hi Ahmad,

30-60 Secs between each set and exercise.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sat, 06/16/2018 - 18:25
mucahit

hi josh.
I am 167 cm and 65 kg. My Body fat 18% arround.
I have been doing bodybuilding for about 2 years (40% body fat to 17%).
I want to reduce muscle fat by 12% and gain muscle. This program is suitable for me. I do not want to take too much calories and get fat. And how much calories I should buy (+250 or +0)
Thanks

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Posted Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:46
JoshEngland

Hi Mucahit,

I'd recommend an upper/lower, push/pull, or full body workout program if your goal is maximum fat loss. Reason being, you'll work more muscles and burn more fat by increasing the training frequency targeting each muscle group.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:07
con

Will changing the workout days and the workout program (e.g Monday instead of chest-triceps , back and biceps) affect it at all?

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Posted Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:50
JoshEngland

Hi Con,

No, that should be fine.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sat, 06/16/2018 - 01:41
RMF

Do you have dumbell/body weight home gym only workouts? It's been a while since I did a lot of muscle work and I got a bench and a set if adjustuble dumbells to work out at home. Thanks!

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Posted Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:54
JoshEngland

Hi RMF,

Sure do! Check these out:

https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/home

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Posted Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:32
Benjamin

Hey Josh

I was 75kg/165lbs when I was first started whis program and after 3.5 months with help of Mass Gainer I jump to 90kg/198lbs but some of that went to belly. Is there any way I can lose body fat without losing weight?

Sry for bad English

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Posted Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:32
JoshEngland

Hi Benjamin,

Woah! Great results my friend!

Some muscle loss is to be expected with a fat loss diet, but it's nothing to be concerned about (If you do it right, it won't be much or noticeable). Keep protein at about 1g per lb of body weight during your calorie deficit and you should be able to hang on to most of your hard earned mass :)

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sat, 06/09/2018 - 23:41
Shane

How much cardio do you recommend? How many times a week and for how many minutes? Thanks!

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Posted Mon, 06/11/2018 - 08:56
JoshEngland

Hi Shane,

It depends. Start with 10-15 mins of LISS or 5 Mins of HIIT and work your way up from there.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Tue, 06/05/2018 - 17:42
Omar

is it not this plan need to some upgrad?

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Posted Thu, 05/31/2018 - 12:34
Tommy

Hey, I am 19 yo, 183cm and 72kg. My body fat is around 15%. In the previous months I didn't really do much excercise, but a year ago I could bench 100kg. Would you recommend me this plan to build up muscle again? How much do you think I could build up in 10 weeks? :)

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Posted Wed, 05/30/2018 - 22:46
Pubudu Kalhara

Im working out over 1year now, do u recommend this workout sir?

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Posted Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:14
Kody

So for bench press it's reps of 10,8,8,6 I would add weight for each set right?

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Posted Tue, 05/29/2018 - 14:06
JoshEngland

Hi Kody,

Yes, as the reps decrease, you should increase the weight used.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Thu, 05/24/2018 - 08:43
Austin Straw

Should I follow this program doing this same routine the whole time? What if my body gets used to it, should I switch it up?
Thank you for your time

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Posted Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:43
JoshEngland

Hi Austin,

When your body gets used to the program with the weight you are using, add more weight.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sat, 05/19/2018 - 08:48
Steve

In the pyramid sets where 2 sets have the same reps ie 10, 8, 8, 6 do you keep the weight the same for the two 8’s?

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Posted Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:44
JoshEngland

Hi Steve,

Yes, I would.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Thu, 05/17/2018 - 17:00
Pablo

Hi I am just a bit confused about the frecuency. I have been following a 4 day weekly program for 10 weeks now and even though I can see some results they are not enough. I was wondering if maybe I could put legs and shoulder on the same day and then do the whole thing twice a week with a rest day in between.
Thanks dfor your answer

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Posted Wed, 05/16/2018 - 21:19
RB

Is it ok if I cut out Wednesday's rest day and make this a 4 day schedule with the only breaks being 2 days between the schedule?

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Posted Thu, 05/17/2018 - 08:48
JoshEngland

Hi RB,

That should be fine, however it might not be necessary if your sole purpose for doing that is to speed up your results. It's going to take time. Enjoy your rest days - there's more to life than lifting weights.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Tue, 05/15/2018 - 21:18
MickyMac

Hi Josh ready to start plan looks good. Would just like to know following this plan strictly would we be likely to see significant changes in only 10 weeks?? Also everyday alongside each workout would maybe a 15-20 HIIT be a benefit or maybe considered to taxing on the body and possibly just stick to the wednesday for cardio along with maybe 1 day of the weekend also for cardio?
Cheers

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Posted Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:08
JoshEngland

Hi Micky,

Yes, you should see results performing this program for 10 weeks provided your nutrition and sleep are on point as well.

You can add in cardio if you feel it will help you meet your individual goals. I personally don't enjoy performing HIIT, so my cardio is walking my dog a couple miles each day. But either is fine!

Hope this helps!

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Posted Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:30
MickeyMac

brilliant mate much appreciated cant wait to start, looking forward to seeing my results an how much i can push myself
Cheers again

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Posted Tue, 05/15/2018 - 20:50
GB

Will this help build core strength as well or even just increase definition in my core? I’m sorry if that sounds dumb but I haven’t been doing this long, only about 3 months.

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Posted Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:09
JoshEngland

Hi GB,

This particular program doesn't strengthen the core - it will indirectly work it, so if you're at an appropriate body fat percentage your abs will be visible.

If you want to strengthen your core, it might be worth adding in an additional core strength workout to the routine 2-3x per week.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Thu, 05/24/2018 - 08:40
Austin Straw

What core program would you recommend most that would compliment this program?

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Posted Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:44
JoshEngland

Hi Austin,

Any of these will work: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/abs

Hope this helps!

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Posted Thu, 05/10/2018 - 13:14
Waylon gilkeson

I have a question, since I only have free weights, what are the suggested replacements for the machine workouts?

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Posted Thu, 05/10/2018 - 13:42
JoshEngland

Hi Waylon,

Any free weight variation that targets the same muscle group in a similar plan of motion will do the trick.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Thu, 05/10/2018 - 06:49
Marco

Hi just started going to gym , I’m a beginner and would like to use this plan would it be detrimental to use this plan instead of the beginner programme ?

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Posted Thu, 05/10/2018 - 08:52
JoshEngland

Hi Marco,

I'd recommend starting with one of these: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/beginner

Hope this helps!

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Posted Thu, 05/10/2018 - 06:44
Rasheed

Hi bro,
Can i continue this workout in the month of fasting?