10 Week Mass Building Program

10 Week Mass Building Program For Hardgainers
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
4
Barbell, Bodyweight, Dumbbells, Machines
Male & Female

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.

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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
Chin Up 2 8
One Arm Dumbbell Row 3 8
Seated Row 2 8
Bent Over Barbell Row 2 8
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 Thu, 03/31/2016 - 09:24
Ali

About the weight,
should i increase the weight after each set ??
I'm asking for ( descending pyramid reps ) and also ( fixed reps ). Thanks.

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Posted Sat, 03/26/2016 - 04:41
Sandeep Ganesh

Hi I'm 16 years old. My height is 5'7 and weight is 58kg. I trained in my home and playground for around 1 year. I was then 70 kg. My problem is that my belly and obliques and back fat is remaining. I'm like a skinny-fat guy. Should I follow your 10week compound exercise only and some else to reduce abdominal and chest fat. Thanks.

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Posted Fri, 03/25/2016 - 15:44
Justin

How much weight would you recommend adding each week? Also, is it okay to stick with the same workouts throughout a ten week period? I would think to change up the chest day to using dumbbells after like 5 weeks. Please let me know how I should follow this program. Currently 6'0 175lbs and around 12.5% BF. I would like to put on 5-10 more pounds of muscle/mass. Thanks!!

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Posted Thu, 03/24/2016 - 11:07
ralph

I see that it is a 10 week workout but the same workouts through the whole program, won't my body get used to it after a month or so and should change up the workouts?

thanks

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Posted Thu, 03/24/2016 - 14:27
MikeWines

Ralph,
No. A 135lb back squat is entirely different than a 185lb back squat. Adaptation can occur through more than just changes to exercise selection. "Muscle confusion" is entirely pseudoscience at best and a terrible misrepresentation of actual science at worst. Get stronger every session and only worry about changing exercise selection every 3 or 4 months (if even that).

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Posted Wed, 03/30/2016 - 13:46
ralph

thank you for the response, is there a recommended weight increase per week? or whatever you can handle to reach the amount of reps?

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Posted Wed, 03/30/2016 - 14:09
MikeWines

Ralph,
If you're fairly new to training, you might be able to increase the weight fairly linearly at 5lb/week for a number of weeks but intermediates might only get a 5lb jump every 2-3 weeks and advanced athletes will likely need more advanced forms of periodization and thus they won't be making weekly jumps, it will likely be undulating or conjugate training.

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Posted Thu, 03/17/2016 - 08:47
Marcus Gran

Can I add hanging knee/leg raises at the end of every day? Or will this impede?

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Posted Thu, 03/17/2016 - 10:55
MikeWines

Every day? Your core does much more than just spinal flexion. If you're looking for ideas on what to add for your core training, start here: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/understanding-core-training

Then go here: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/ground-based-training-for-a-s...

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Posted Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:17
Marcus Gran

Hey,

I'm 18, 130lbs and 5ft 10. I have worked out before, but I don't think I know how to follow a meal plan. How many calories per day would i need to consume in order not to lose weight, but gain weight (healthy)

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Posted Thu, 03/17/2016 - 10:53
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Posted Thu, 03/17/2016 - 19:48
Vinny

I had the same problem, I was 5'8 152 lbs..... I tried to do a clean bulk, which is extremely difficult. I was eating close to 6,000 cal a day Clean. Then a bodybuilder told me do a dirty bulk, I didn't want to do this naturally thinking I would get fat and not big. But I did a dirty bulk for 3 months all the while upping my cardio to 5 days a week doing HITT on the Treadmill and Bike. I was taking in almost 15,000 cal a day....But I didn't gain Fat,because I was training 6 days a week with 5 days of cardio. I went from 152 lbs to 179.4 lbs my muscle mass and strength it amazing. After that 3 month bulk I have only ate clean and continue to do so. I have managed to cut my body and keep the weight.......

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Posted Wed, 03/16/2016 - 18:50
Connor

Hi Mike
Is the weight used on most exercises the same for all sets? I was looking through and only one tricep exercise mentioned adding more weight, so I just wanted to make sure before I start the program. Also, what are the recommended rest times like for most of the exercises? I ususually rest more on the heavy compound movements, like 3+ minutes, but know that shorter rest intervals are usually considered better for hypertrophy-type training.
Thank you for helping me out!

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Posted Thu, 03/17/2016 - 10:50
MikeWines

Connor,
For the exercises which use a descending pyramid (10,8,8,6,4, etc.), you would increase weight as you decrease reps.

For rest times, I would keep them pretty consistent with 2-3 minutes for the compound movements and 45-75 seconds for accessory work.

Sometimes I think it's counter intuitive to keep track of minute things such as rest periods. As you progress in your training, you should be able to accurately gauge when you're ready for the next set based upon your breathing cadence and heart rate.

Again, some may disagree but I think it's more important to listen to your body rather than go by some arbitrary number on a stop watch.

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Posted Fri, 03/11/2016 - 19:28
Austin

Hi Mike
So basically I've decided to get active and improve my lifestyle and get physically active .
I'm 20 years old, I'm about 1.6m tall, weighing roughly 60kgs.
I have started gyming, doing cardio daily in order to get fit and improve my stamina .
I have an eating plan adopted from this site.
I would like to take a supplement because I have a fast metabolism however I live in South Africa and there's not a variety of brands . The more frequently available brands are USN, EVOX, Nutritech and Muscle Pharm (And some other brands).
So for a beginner what would you suggest?
I'm looking for a shake to consume while I'm at work, I work in a call centre so I'm sitting down most of the time and seldom have time to consume all of my daily meals.
Please help

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Posted Tue, 03/15/2016 - 10:19
MikeWines

Austin,
Supplements aren't necessary. They are exactly what their name implies: "something that completes or enhances something else when added to it." Supplements are progress enhancers, not progress starters.

Start here: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/expert-guides/muscle-building

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Posted Fri, 03/11/2016 - 16:06
Ehsan

Hey dude. I,d like to start this routine. But no abdominal exercise .can i add those exercises to your program? Tnx for ur answer

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Posted Tue, 03/15/2016 - 09:59
MikeWines

Ehsan,
You can provided it doesn't drastically impede your recovery or take priority over other more important elements of the program.

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Posted Wed, 03/23/2016 - 09:22
Rob

Hey Mike! I was once told by a previous trainer/bodybuilder that abs should be last (after size is achieved) He told me your routine and increase will reduce your waistline and tighten your stomach automatically (especially if you achieve the V ), b'cos tightening the abs to soon will reduce blood flow to the rest of your body muscles and slow your gain. So after size is achieved, then stay with your routine, but Now, add your abs routine.

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Posted Wed, 03/23/2016 - 09:59
MikeWines

Rob,
That might be some of the most ridiculous broscience I've ever heard. That is not even close to being remotely true.

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Posted Mon, 03/07/2016 - 18:44
Alpha38

Loving this routine, I'm in week 6. Also hitting biceps and triceps with 1-2 excersises on leg day. Get fit or die tryin'!

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Posted Tue, 03/01/2016 - 22:00
mike

I've Seen a few people asking about a Pdf version of this work out. If you would like a copy that I threw together, send me an email. I will send you a Pdf and an editable excel file. mb(gr)aphics 4 4 @gmail. c om (take out spaces and parentheses)

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Posted Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:37
jonathan

would love a copy

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Posted Wed, 04/20/2016 - 22:07
John

I would love a PDF as well, thank tou!

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Posted Tue, 07/12/2016 - 16:23
Mike mcloughlin

Really like sound of this routine could you please send pdf file for this routine

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Posted Tue, 07/12/2016 - 16:36
Mike mcloughlin

Really like sound of this routine could you please send pdf file for this routine

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Posted Tue, 07/12/2016 - 16:56
Mike mcloughlin

Cold u please send me pdf file to mcloughlin142@hotmail.com

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Posted Fri, 02/26/2016 - 11:30
Ibe

I was using routines from another page and was irritated by their set up. Every day on an entirely different page. Waiting for it to load and all that is an unnecessary nuisance and I remembered how I would have screen grabs of routines f I'm this site. I came back to this page to find that you seem to be doing something similar with the "swipe right to see more info". Stuff... Why is this? Trying to get moreover page hits? Just want to force users to visit the site every time? Is this a deliberate attempt to stop users from using screenshots? Or is that convenience loss a byproduct of some other motive?

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Posted Sat, 02/27/2016 - 17:32
james

Rotate your device to view it in landscape mode, idiot.

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Posted Thu, 03/03/2016 - 11:10
ibe

oh Im the idiot huh? sure...

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Posted Thu, 03/03/2016 - 14:44
MikeWines

Ibe,
I've brought up this issue to our UX development team and they're working hard to correct it. This was not a deliberate attempt to stop screenshots as we want the user interaction to be as enjoyable as possible. Mobile compatibility is tricky with certain articles that are older which possess different formatting. We'll try to resolve this issue as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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Posted Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:17
ibe

Thanks for the reply, I appreciate it and I am glad to hear that the issue is inadvertent. It is understandable dealing with tech and making it work the way you want it to. I hope you guys get it figured out, the ability to screenshot a routine is so helpful and convenient and again is part of what brought me back to this site, the other thing being the focus on no nonsense strength and GAINS! hahaa

happy trainig!

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Posted Wed, 08/03/2016 - 03:18
Ibe

No progress on the UX?

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Posted Wed, 02/24/2016 - 01:39
ahmed

hi.. i used to train 6 days a week; and now i'm doing this program starting from this week .. but i'm feeling a lot of pains in muscles !! is that normal thing at first week after changing my workout routine ??

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Posted Tue, 02/23/2016 - 13:47
Jose Colon

Hi, I'm 52 and i want to begin doing bodybuliding how could i start. Thank you

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Posted Tue, 03/01/2016 - 08:38
Mark

By picking a plan and going to the gym! Start by lifting light and letting your body become accustomed to each new exercise.

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Posted Sun, 02/21/2016 - 14:05
Dhaval

I want a odf file for this routine. And will u pls guide me that every week how much weight i will add... i am starting with 8 kg for chest .tricep.biceps.shoulder...pls guide me...

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Posted Tue, 02/16/2016 - 08:16
Ethan

Hi there! Thank you for putting up such an amazing workout routine!

Due to some limitation to the equipments to the gym that I am going to, are there any good replacement to 'One-Arm Dumbbell Rows' and 'Decline Bench Press'?

Also, I am wondering why some of the exercises have only 2 sets to them (instead of the usual 3-4 sets). Is it due to the fact that the total volume could be too high if I do 3-4 sets on the exercises that is intended for only 2 sets?

Hope to hear from you guys soon!

Cheers,
Ethan

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Posted Fri, 02/12/2016 - 16:17
Andrew

Hi. I am on a strict diet due to being a fatty but am also starting doing this workout with the intention of putting on some muscle over a six month period. I am doing cycling etc but much enjoy weights. Is it possible to put on muscle and lose fat?

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Posted Mon, 02/15/2016 - 11:11
MikeWines

Andrew,
The vast majority of lifters won't be able to accomplish both simultaneously. New lifters, those using anabolic substances, and lifters returning from a long layoff period can all experience a growth in lean body mass while simultaneously decreasing fat mass.

There is a growing body of evidence showing it might be possible in novice and intermediate lifters but training and nutrition must work synergistically.

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Posted Fri, 01/29/2016 - 18:42
Chris

Please will this help me gain weight? Im 6'1" and skinny. I play soccer and my coach told me to put on some weight, well this help me get results better than the "Jason Blaha's Ice Cream Fitness 5x5 Novice Program"??

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Posted Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:21
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Posted Sun, 01/24/2016 - 19:56
Brett

I have bulked up using this workout. I now want to go into a cutting phase. Can I continue this workout, lower the weight, and up the reps to cut or do you know of a good cutting phase workout?

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Posted Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:22
MikeWines

Brett,
Any program CAN work for a cut, just depends on how you modify it. You will likely have to reduce volume as you won't have as much energy (i.e. calories) to recover and your strength may suffer. That's not a guarantee as some can get stronger in a deficit but don't drop the weight simply because you're going into a cut. The goal is to maintain muscle mass, not just lose weight.

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Posted Mon, 01/18/2016 - 02:36
Jc

Have been doing this workout for around 15 weeks and have had some good progress with growth but now seems to have hit a plateau.
Wondering whats a good workout to switch to now to keep bulking??

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Posted Tue, 01/19/2016 - 22:52
AD

Hey JC, from personal experience and speaking to to a lot of committed bodybuilders, you dont necessarily have to swap in another workout. You can stick to what you know but try to "shock" your muscles. 15 weeks is a pretty solid period for your body to get used to the routine - your sets, your weekly combos, etc - and it will hit a wall. You could try to switch out the days, maybe start with legs first on monday (which i like to do nowadays since it gives you more of a pump for the rest of the week because legs are your biggest muscle group), and then back instead of chest/tri and then back/bicep the next day. Another thing you could do is topload the first few sets (so changing up your weight loads within the daily workouts themselves). For example, if you are used to starting 135 on the bench and working your way up to 185 or 225, you could start at 185 right off the back (make sure you get a good warmup) and then doing a dropset right after. This will overload the muscle group you are training and shock it. Both of these "shocking" techniques have worked for me and people I lift with..it's a good way to experiment with breaking those tough plateaus. Hope this helps. Cheers mate!

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Posted Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:20
Santos

Please how do I start doing d body build cos I really need to build up in 2months

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Posted Sat, 01/09/2016 - 11:54
Vinny

You cant just Build up in 2 months. It takes at lest 6-12 months to see good results if you stick to a good workout program with nutrition plan.

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Posted Mon, 11/23/2015 - 07:55
Mahesh

Im 23, 5'7 tall, 56 kg i want to gain weight, is this workout best for me? If not then what workout would you prefer?
And what diet would you suggest me to take from day 1 to 7 to gain mass?

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Posted Sat, 01/09/2016 - 15:24
Dan

Hi mahesh, Im the same height and was about the same weight and as you when I first started lifting. I started lifting when I was about 25 and although I haven't always had the time to concentrate on the gym, when I was able to work out solidly for 6months+ I was able to put on 2stone+. The main things ya need is food, sleep and to train hard. This plan isn't bad but there are many different workout plans out there, it just depends what works best for you, the only way to find this out is by trial and error. Always mix it up and change your workout after say 6 weeks to keep your muscles shocked and to help prevent platoing (don't know how its spelt sorry). Eat loads and take protein shakes one after work out and have a shake before bed to feed ya muscles whilst ya asleep, (that worked best for me) try to get atleast 8hours sleep a night and train train train!! Have a couple of days rest a week or atleast a day to allow your muscles to recover and grow. But as for the workout plan just keep trying new things till you find one that suits you. Hope iv helped