Dumbbell & Barbell Mass Workout

Dumbbell & Barbell Muscle Building Workout
Looking to add muscle mass? Using only dumbbells and barbells, this workout hits each muscle group hard once a week over a 5 day schedule.

Workout Summary

Build Muscle
Split
Intermediate
5
Barbell, Bodyweight, Dumbbells
Male & Female

Workout Description

Looking to add muscle mass? Maybe this is the right workout for you. Using only dumbbells and barbells, this workout hits each muscle group hard once a week over a 5 day schedule. This workout is intense, so you will get the best results if you supplement with creatine and protein. Remember to get plenty of rest and minimize cardio while you're trying to bulk up. If you need help using the workout visit our forum and ask. Good luck.

Monday - Shoulders
Shoulders
Exercise Sets Reps
Military Press 4 10-14
Seated Dumbbell Press 4 8
Dumbbell Front Raise 3 8-10
Dumbbell Lateral Raise 5 12, 10, 8, 8, 6
Dumbbell Reverse Fly 3 10
Notes
None.
Tuesday - Back
Back
Exercise Sets Reps
Wide Grip Pull Up 7 12 down to 6
Bent Over Barbell Row 4 12
One Arm Dumbbell Row 3 10
Deadlifts 4 10
Dumbbell Shrugs 4 8-12
Notes
None.
Wednesday - Chest, Triceps and Abs
Chest
Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Bench Press 4 8
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press 4 10
Decline Dumbbell Bench Press 3 8
Dumbbell Flys 4 12
Chest Dip 4 MAX (weighted)
Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Close Grip Bench Press 5 5
Tricep Kickback 3 12-15 light
One Arm Dumbbell Extension 3 8-10
Lying Tricep Extension 4 12 strict
Abs
Decline Sit Ups 4 MAX
Notes
 
Thursday - Biceps
Biceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Standing Barbell Curl 4 8
Preacher Curl 4 8
Standing Hammer Curl 4 10
Concentration Curl 3 12
Reverse Barbell Curl 3 7-8
Notes
None.
Friday - Legs
Legs
Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Lunge 4 5 each leg
Squat 6 10
Stiff Leg Deadlifts 4 10
Standing Calf Raise 8 15-20
Notes
None.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY - REST DAYS

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Posted Sat, 07/30/2016 - 14:43
eddie

hi guys great workout!! one question, I really like starting my workout week with chest. can I flip flop shoulders and chest days?

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Posted Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:16
Blake

Does your gym not have "international bench press day?"

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Posted Mon, 06/27/2016 - 15:42
Jim

Is it okay to switch up the order?

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Posted Sat, 05/14/2016 - 23:37
Daniel

With the exercises that had increasing or decreasing reps, should I add more or less weight or leave it?

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Posted Mon, 04/11/2016 - 20:48
HASSAN AKHTAR

The only problem I have with this workout is that chest and triceps day takes over an hour. So at the end, I can barely perform Skull Crushers!
I rest 70 seconds between each set and my results are great.

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Posted Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:05
Mark "Silverback"

I'm in need of dropping weight (5ft5 and 15 stone)

Can this routine be used to help cut fat, whilst maintaining/building some lean muscle mass?

I've recently changed my diet to help with losing weight (increased veg and protein and now have complex carbs rather than refined. I use a certain well known food tracker to ensure i stay within my calorific deficit to lose 0.5-1lb a week.

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Posted Fri, 03/25/2016 - 04:04
Milton Whitaker

I am seeing phenomenal results from this routine. Great increases in muscle size and strength. Each day I also include 4 sets of warmup and burnout, lower weights and high reps.

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Posted Wed, 02/24/2016 - 19:49
aamir ali

quick question. what do you mean by the "max" in the abs workout on wed? 4
sets of max?

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Posted Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:11
MikeWines

Aamir,
I'm not the author but typically a max denotes to muscular failure, meaning as many as possible for 4 sets.

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Posted Thu, 02/25/2016 - 13:57
aamir ali

okay thanks alot

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Posted Sat, 08/27/2016 - 16:49
Will. k

Work your abs till you reach muscle failure. Then rest, and go again

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Posted Sun, 12/06/2015 - 17:54
Josh

Rest time between sets, exercises?

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Posted Thu, 01/07/2016 - 16:27
Bryon

Since it is muscle building hypertrophy you would want to rest 30seconds to 60seconds max. On the ones asking for only 8 reps you want a little heavy weight. 10 to 12 reps you want lighter weight but less rest time and more time under tension.

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Posted Mon, 11/09/2015 - 11:22
Julian

Is this suitable for a beginner that's cutting?

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Posted Sat, 10/31/2015 - 04:51
Abdou

I stopped working out for a while after I noticed a huge drop in my weight.
Back to workout I found this great article. Started today as Friday . My damn legs are so painful lol

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Posted Mon, 04/11/2016 - 20:45
HASSAN AKHTAR

Yup...that's how it should feel

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Posted Wed, 10/28/2015 - 15:19
Julian

How many weeks can I do this before my body gets used to it and it doesn't make any difference? A friend told me that your body can grow accustomed to a certain workout and it will stop working

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Posted Wed, 10/28/2015 - 15:59
MikeWines

Julian,
If you're using the concept of progressive overload then you won't get accustomed to your workouts. "Muscle confusion" is a broscience myth.

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Posted Wed, 10/28/2015 - 16:10
Julian

Awesome! Thanks for the reply!
Also, I hate to ask this, but what is "progressive overload?"

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Posted Thu, 10/29/2015 - 09:44
MikeWines

Julian,

Progressive overload refers to the principle used in weight lifting of accomplishing more work in a certain period of time. Now this can be accomplished in a variety of different ways but two of the most common are adding more weight to the bar or completing more sets and/or reps.

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Posted Mon, 10/05/2015 - 07:00
kevin

How many sets and reps should i follow in this
program

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Posted Mon, 10/05/2015 - 07:00
kevin

How many sets and reps should i follow in this
program

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Posted Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:30
Scott

I'm taking about 1hr or less for most days with this, except Wednesday which takes 2 hrs! Is there a recommended way to split Wednesday up over a few days? Might have to do it in a morning / evening session otherwise.

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Posted Thu, 07/30/2015 - 09:24
MikeWines

Scott,
Just cut down on the lift to make it look like this:

BB Bench
Incline OR Decline Bench (Your Choice)
Close Grip Bench
Dips
Lying Tricep Extension
Decline Situp

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Posted Wed, 07/22/2015 - 02:43
Danny

For the wide grip pull up reps, i don't really understand it, i would start counting from 12 to 6 for 7 sets? sorry

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Posted Wed, 07/22/2015 - 09:35
MikeWines

Danny,
You are doing 7 sets with the following reps:
Set 1: 12 reps
Set 2: 11 reps
Set 3: 10 reps
Set 4: 9 reps
Set 5: 8 reps
Set 6: 7 reps
Set 7: 6 reps

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Posted Sat, 10/03/2015 - 11:31
Alex

That reps on every exercise right?
Or only this one?

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Posted Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:44
Danny

So I might do this program next week, I'm gonna transition from Stronglifts and I'm wondering if i can go in a calorie deficit while doing this program?

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Posted Tue, 07/21/2015 - 09:10
MikeWines

Danny,
You can certainly try. It's alot of volume to handle in a caloric deficit so I certainly wouldn't recommend it.

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Posted Fri, 07/17/2015 - 20:20
John

Thanks for putting up this workout. I've been doing it for the past 9 weeks and am making some great gains. Much appreciated.

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Posted Sat, 06/13/2015 - 09:58
patrik

Helo
I’m 6.4 with 160 lbs. So i need to get weight :) wil this program get me some abs 2 ? how much can i rest beetwen the sets ? can u send me some meal programs ? will some mass gainers help me ? can u please tell me which exercises can i switch barbell because i haven't got it. ty

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Posted Wed, 06/03/2015 - 18:23
Danny

Hi, is there a way you can split the workout into 4 days? i would be fine doing Mon,Tue,Thur and Friday.

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Posted Thu, 06/04/2015 - 09:04
MikeWines

Danny,
Just cycle the workouts.
Monday - A
Tuesday - B
Thursday - C
Friday - D
Monday - E
Tuesday - A
Thursday - B
Friday - C

Tracking with me?

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Posted Sat, 05/23/2015 - 13:12
Bas

The workout i'm doing now is that on tuesday and thursday i train the biceps, triceps and chest.
I want to do the workout here on the website but with this workout you are doing the tricep, bicep etc one's a week. Is that better for results?

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Posted Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:29
Matt

Can I swap chest and shoulders days since it works better with my work schedule?

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Posted Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:42
terry

Hi i've been training on and of for the last year and am about 2 start this workout program on here,my question is what is a good warm up?

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Posted Tue, 12/23/2014 - 15:51
liam

I am looking at a 3 day split and i like the looks of these exercises so would it be possible to do back and biceps monday shoilders legs wednesday and then chest and triceps on friday?

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Posted Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:48
mylo

Should i lift my max weight for each set or start of lighter and gradually increase the weight each set lifting my heaviest weight during my last set ?

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Posted Mon, 03/16/2015 - 20:56
Lillee

Keep it the same and lift your max weight, a weight you can do for the required sets. For example 4 by 10 reps. Once you can do all 40 reps with a certain weight, increase the weight. Don't increase until you can do all 40 with the new weight and so on.

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Posted Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:12
Devansh

Nice split. But I have a question - Isn't the bicep day too much? I mean it looks like I will over-train my biceps that day. Also, can I workout triceps and biceps the same day?

Thanks in Advance

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Posted Sun, 09/28/2014 - 19:02
Abdullah

I loved this workout. but what if I want also to cut fat? what should I do? thnx

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Posted Sat, 09/13/2014 - 12:29
Jessey

can anyone help me with the french curl. It feels as though something is being restricted in my clavical, and its not activating the tricep on my left arm because of this. any Suggestions?

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Posted Sat, 08/09/2014 - 03:38
Robert

Would it be alright to move abs to leg day or do I need to leave it on chest and tricep day.

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Posted Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:41
Sean Rezal

Hey, just wanna clarify something. How long do I run this workout?

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Posted Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:27
Andi

I've been using this workout for three weeks now but everytime I feel that my left side is more sore than my right everytime. Is that normal? In addition, I feel that my left bicep is getting bigger than my left. Is there something wrong like maybe I have good form on my left bu not on my right?

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Posted Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:55
Zygasas

Hello. So I am on my first day, I just did shoulders and I really like this workout.. I feel so pumped up now. I have a question though. I don't have a decline bench, is there another good exercise method whitout using a decline bench for abs?

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Posted Sun, 06/08/2014 - 15:34
Kam

Hey. Is there an efficient way to split this into four days without losing any of the affect and allowing yourself time to recover?

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Posted Wed, 05/28/2014 - 05:26
Fenna

What kind of squat do you recommend: full (ass to grass) or parallel?

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Posted Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:54
tobes

would this be suitable for someone starting out lifting?

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Posted Sat, 10/11/2014 - 21:53
Charles

It is an intermediate workout aimed at intermediate lifters. Any workout will be beneficial in my opinion. Unless you are benching 25 lbs for 10 reps and calling it a day kind of thing. But will it be OPTIMAL for beginners? Probably not. But don't take my word for it, you can only learn what works for your body by trying different things. Try it for a few weeks, see how you feel.