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

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. Good luck.

Workout Schedule

  • Monday - Shoulders
  • Tuesday - Back
  • Wednesday - Chest, Triceps, and Abs
  • Thursday - Biceps
  • Friday - Legs
  • Saturday - Rest
  • Sunday - Rest

Dumbbell & Barbell Mass Workout

Monday - 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

Tuesday - 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

Wednesday - Chest, Triceps and Abs

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)
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
Decline Sit Ups 4 MAX

Thursday - 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

Friday - Legs

Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Lunge 4 5 each leg
Squat 6 10
Stiff Leg Deadlifts 4 10
Standing Calf Raise 8 15-20


Anthony pace
Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2024 - 10:08

Hi , i ve been doing this work out and love it since.. just a question.. what do you think if i start doing a couple of exercises from each day in one session?

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Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2024 - 08:44

Hi Anthony, thanks for reading M&S!

If you're looking to do a full-body workout and have no issues with recovery, I think this would be a great idea! Mind sharing what you're thinking for the exercises in that session?

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2024 - 23:53

Hi starting my workout journey im a big guy 6’4 304 is is ok do do this as a permanent workout and not just 8 weeks and just increase weight? Thanks I am new to lifting . Looking to gain muscle and lose weight with diet as well.

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Posted on: Thu, 01/04/2024 - 19:51

Hey Joe, welcome to M&S! You can certainly do it for longer than eight weeks, but keep in mind that you may eventually need a change of routine to keep the results coming. So, don't close the door on doing anything different down the line, but for now, enjoy this one and run it as long as you feel the changes are coming. Best of luck!

Posted on: Thu, 01/04/2024 - 20:07

Thanks so much for the response I will def keep that in mind in the future !

Kulvinder Narang
Posted on: Sun, 12/03/2023 - 03:11

Hi, I work in night shift and mainly working out at late night at home. I have dumbbells, barbell, weight plates, bench of incline, decline with leg curl/extension. Could you suggest me some workout plan i can follow to build muscle and reduce few weight. I’m currently 30 yrs old, 5ft4inch and have weight of 85kg. I’ve done workouts prior covid for 3 years.

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Posted on: Mon, 12/18/2023 - 18:14

If this one isn't working for you, then we have plenty of other options to consider here.


Posted on: Sun, 11/26/2023 - 16:38

Hi, is there a version of this workout for the cutting phase?

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Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2023 - 21:02

I don't believe so, but I would suggest upping reps on all the exercises and cutting the rest time down between sets. As long as you're following a sound nutrition plan, doing cardio, and making the most of recovery, this could also serve as a fat loss workout plan.

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Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2023 - 08:08

Could I add Biceps to Back? Cheers.

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Posted on: Tue, 07/18/2023 - 07:59

You can if you like, Jeff.

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2023 - 14:43

I can't do pull ups (yet). What are some good alternatives?

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Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2023 - 06:45

Go with dumbbell pullovers. The chest will be working as well, but they are great for the lats.

Posted on: Wed, 07/05/2023 - 07:09

Hi I saw in the program that it said to minimise cardio, if I was to incorporate 30 min runs on my off day would that be too much. Also would you recommend working sets and drop sets for instance - leaving reps in the tank for the first set and increasing weight while decreasing reps more into the exercise



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Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2023 - 06:45

30 minutes once a week would be fine, Dee. Leaving reps is also not a bad idea. Thanks for reading M&S!

Posted on: Thu, 06/08/2023 - 10:38

30 days in and great results so far. From second month I'm repeating the workout twice and doing extra rounds of biceps, triceps and shoulders exercises.

I'm also following another workout for abs.

I'm exhausted by the end of the day and sleep like a baby.

Supplements I'm using:
- Whey Protien (Mass Gainer)
- Creatine
- Omega 3, 6 and 9
- Multivitamins

Thank you Muscle and Strength Team and I wish everyone best of luck in their fitness journey.

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Posted on: Fri, 06/09/2023 - 06:33

Nav, we're very happy you're a part of the community and appreciate you sharing the results. Congrats on the process, we look forward to seeing more, and thanks for reading M&S!

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2023 - 20:49

It seems like that’s a lot for bicep isn’t it? I’ve been training 5 days a week 4 months now and always end up losing all my strength by my 3rd bicep exercise, I’ve also seen some places say max 9 sets for bicep anyway.. can you comment on that? Is this workout maybe not meant for me with 4 months of regular working out? I’m quite fit

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Posted on: Thu, 06/01/2023 - 08:39

Hi, Matt. I didn't write this workout, but I agree that is a little bicep heavy. My suggestion would be to take one set off of each exercise. If that is still too much, take out the concentration curls. Hope this helps!

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2023 - 00:14

Can i make it 1 rest day?

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Posted on: Fri, 03/24/2023 - 21:12

Two days of recovery would actually serve you best. You can do it with one day, but results may not be the same as they would be if you take both days off.

Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2023 - 12:48

This workout is great and absolutely
Best as a home workout! I just came to
The end To complete this program. So can
You please suggest me the next workout
Or what should be taken after this.

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Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2023 - 13:11

This should help you choose your next program, Lakshay. Thanks for reading M&S, and I hope you enjoy the workouts.


Posted on: Wed, 08/03/2022 - 07:24

I feel dumb asking, but I am unclear on whether these workouts are meant to be done as a circuit or if I’m supposed to do all sets for one exercise back to back before moving on to the next. Could you clarify this for me?

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Posted on: Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:07

Exercise 1:
Set 1, Rest, Set 2, Rest, Set 3, Rest, Set 4(if there is a set 4), rest. Then you move on to exercise 2.

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Posted on: Sun, 10/09/2022 - 15:44

Hey Vincent, if that is working for you, then keep going. It's great to burn calories and finish the workout faster. If you're more focused on building muscle & strength (see what I did there?), then you would be better off doing straight sets and resting between each.

Good luck!

Posted on: Thu, 10/06/2022 - 16:21

I really enjoy this workout and have already seen great results. I have been doing exercise 1 then 2 etc and then repeating for set 2. . Should I change to the recommended above. What difference will it make? Thanks!!

Posted on: Fri, 07/22/2022 - 20:36

Just a quick question. What do you mean on an exercise that says strict?

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Posted on: Tue, 07/26/2022 - 19:45

Don't allow cheating to assist and the form should be perfect.

One example would be on a standing shoulder press, some people use their legs to help. On a strict press, you would only use the shoulders.

Posted on: Sat, 07/09/2022 - 09:02

Why is the chest day so packed compared to the other days?
Like double the amount of exercises.

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Posted on: Mon, 07/18/2022 - 08:28

I counted five for shoulders, back, chest, biceps, and four for triceps and legs. I do feel more leg work would be a plus here. If the chest work is a concern, cut out either dips or decline press and the flye. That will bring it down to three. Close grip is meant for triceps.

Posted on: Mon, 07/18/2022 - 09:34

Yeah, I was thinking more about the number of exercises that day, not specifically chest exercises

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Posted on: Tue, 07/26/2022 - 19:43

That is because of the ab exercises. Do those separately if you like.

Mariah Swarts
Posted on: Fri, 07/01/2022 - 14:02

I was wondering if you guys have a more advanced workout with dumbells and a barbell, I've been doing this plan for a couple weeks now and was wanting a more advanced plan.

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Posted on: Fri, 07/08/2022 - 09:14
Posted on: Mon, 04/11/2022 - 19:51

hello trainer can you suggest me a workout plan which train each muscle two times a week.

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Posted on: Thu, 04/28/2022 - 09:49

How long have you been training, Asad? If you're relatively new to the iron game, training each muscle group twice a week with a lot of volume isn't the best idea. Now, if you're talking about full-body type workouts, we have several of those to choose from.

Posted on: Wed, 03/23/2022 - 09:03

Hi, What rest period do you advise between sets?

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Posted on: Tue, 03/29/2022 - 20:03

60-90 seconds between sets, DJ.

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Posted on: Mon, 03/14/2022 - 22:49

I love this workout program. At 48yrs-old I want to see how much mass I can put on while increasing my strength. (I have always been a hard gainer)

This program is easy to follow and after a week I'm confident that I will be able to add more weight soon. Thank you for this.

Posted on: Mon, 09/13/2021 - 00:35

Hi is there a way to make this a PPL routine for a 6 day split?

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Posted on: Thu, 09/23/2021 - 18:52

Hi, Jaryd. Have you considered splitting up chest and triceps? You can also focus on training abs on their own day if you prefer.

Vanja Kåsereff
Posted on: Tue, 08/17/2021 - 12:52

Hi! I'm doing the leg workout right now and everytime it's killing my legs. Im just wondering what you mean with the lunges. Is it 5 on each leg (10 in total) or is it something different? Using weights in both hands

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Posted on: Thu, 09/02/2021 - 18:15

Hello, Vanja. Yes, it is five reps for each leg (10 total). You can use weights in both hands. If you have trouble with that, start with your bodyweight only, and add weight to the hands as you get stronger.

Lance Lasker
Posted on: Sun, 08/15/2021 - 15:45


I only have dumbbells and barbells, no bench or any other equipment. Are there any alternatives to the following workouts using only dumbbells and barbells?

- Wide grip pull up

- Incline barbell bench press
- Decline dumbbell bench press
- Dumbbell flys
- Chest dip
- Close grip bench press
- Lying tricep extension
- Decline sit-ups

- Preacher curl

- Squat
- Standing calf raise

Thank you

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Posted on: Thu, 09/02/2021 - 12:47

Lance, thanks for the comment. This workout has several options for you to swap in for the exercises you listed. https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/dumbbar-supersets

You can also check out the Exercise Video section here at M&S to find movements with the equipment that you do have access to.

Finally, you can use the floor instead of a bench for pressing movements. It would be hard to do anything incline, but floor presses are great for chest development as well. Hope this helps.

Posted on: Fri, 08/13/2021 - 10:58

what dose the terms "light and "strict' mean on this program?

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Posted on: Fri, 08/13/2021 - 11:10

Rene - "light" refers to lighter weight. "Strict" is just another way to reiterate that you want proper form on all reps.