If you’re similar to me, you’re constantly torn between your love of high volume workouts and the desire of functionality promoted by full body workout routines.
This workout program accomplishes both.
The first three days of the week are broken down into your traditional 3 day a week bro split.
And on Friday, we tackle a full body workout that combines both compound lifts for the lower body and bodyweight movements for the upper body.
We’ll deem this day, “Full Body Fun and Functional Friday”.
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4 Day Workout Program to Build Muscle
This workout program is designed to help you build lean muscle mass. It combines 3 days of high volume work via both compound movements and isolation exercises to target specific muscle groups and a full body day.
This muscle building workout is set up like this to give you the benefits of both high volume training and high frequency training. The full body day allows you to hit each muscle group for a second time during the course of the week, albeit at a much lower volume, to assist you in eliciting a muscle building signal multiple times a week.
Despite the amount of volume, these workouts are quick and to the point. You should be in the gym for no longer than 45 minutes at a time.
Perform each rep with a 2/0/2 tempo and rest for 45 seconds between each set and exercise.
Monday: Back, Biceps
|1. Chin Up||3||10, 8, 6|
|2. T-bar Machine Row||3||10|
|3. Close Grip Pull Down||3||10|
|4. One Arm Dumbbell Row||3||10|
|5. Barbell Curl||3||10|
|6. Hammer Curl||3||10|
|1. Seated Leg Curl (pre-exhaust)||4||10|
|2. Barbell Squat||3||10|
|3. Trap Bar Deadlift||3||10|
|4. Dumbbell Stiff Legged Deadlift||3||10|
|5. Leg Extension||3||10|
|6. Seated Calf Raise||2||20|
|7. Standing Machine Calf Raise||2||20|
Wednesday: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps
|1. Standing Military Press||3||10|
|2. Side Lateral Raise||3||10|
|3. Face Pull||3||10|
|4. Incline Bench Press||3||10|
|5. Dumbbell Bench Press||3||10|
|6. Incline Skullcrusher||3||10|
|7. Tricep Pushdown||3||10|
*Alternate between starting this workout with chest exercises and shoulder exercises every other week.
Friday: Full Body
|2. Front Squat||3||10|
|3. Barbell Hip Thrust||3||10|
|5. Inverted Row||3||10|
|6. Push Ups||3||10|
Notes for this 4 Day Workout to Build Muscle
This workout is intended to be performed for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks, take a week to deload. After you’ve finished your deload week, you can return to this program if you’re enjoying it or try something new for a mesocycle.
With the main goal for this workout being to build muscle, you’ll want to eat in a calorie surplus while performing it. Use a bmr calculator to figure out your calorie needs and add in an additional 300-500 calories to that number for a solid calorie surplus.
You’ll notice that this workout program takes the basic 3x10 approach for most of the lifts. To get the most out of this program, you will want to try to progress week to week. My recommendation would be to increase the weight you use for one set of each exercise each week.
For example: Let’s say you begin this workout program barbell squatting for 3 sets of 225, 225, 230. The next week you’ll want your sets to look like 225, 230, 230. And the following week, you’ll want to make it 230, 230, 230.
Obviously progress isn’t always linear, so don’t worry if you struggle to move up on any given week. So long as you are consistent with your workouts, you’ll see the results you want.
Weight selection is going to be highly individualized by your own strength levels. For this program, aim to use 75-85% of your working max for each set. You should finish each set feeling as though you have one rep left in the tank.
If you have any other questions regarding this workout program or try it out, please let us know in the comments section below!