If you want results you have to work for them.
However, you probably already knew that being a loyal Muscle & Strength reader.
But obtaining an awesome physique shouldn’t cost you hours of your time a day and it shouldn’t take years to obtain.
In short, that type of time commitment just isn’t fair!
Especially since you’ve got school, work, and life taking up so much of your time.
Cutting down on time spent in the gym is exactly what the Fast Mass program does best.
It’s one of my favorite programs to do when I want to get in, get the work done, get out, and enjoy the benefits of my fitness lifestyle.
So, if you’re ready to start getting in pump-inducing and effective workouts in under 30 minutes a day, then read on!
The Fast Mass program is perfect for anyone whose looking for maximum results in minimal time. Lets face it, we are all busy. This program allows you to commit just 2 hrs to the gym on a 4 day split with 30 min workouts. -Brett Kahn, IFBB Pro
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Why Should I Perform The Fast Mass Program?
The Fast Mass program utilizes a common, but often misunderstood, intensity technique known as the superset. I’ll touch more on this in a bit, but for now just know that a superset combines two sets of exercises (that use opposing muscle groups) into one elongated set by performing them one after another without rest.
By utilizing the superset technique, we can do more work in a shorter amount of time. It also allows us to target multiple muscle groups within one weight lifting session at a high enough tempo to involve the cardio-respiratory system.
In another effort to make sure you get the best bang for your buck with this workout program, we hit each muscle group twice a week with a hypertrophy rep range so that you will gain quality lean muscle mass.
Before I move into describing the workout and providing the workout tables, I want to touch on the topic of what makes a superset a superset.
Why Are Supersets so Great?
As previously mentioned, supersetting is a great way to increase the amount of work you’re able to perform in a shorter amount of time.
A lot of lifters overgeneralize the term superset to make it include any set that is composed of two separate lifts. However, that’s not exactly the case.
True supersets involve opposing muscle groups, while compound sets involve the same muscle group. This workout is predominately made up of supersets. However, a compound set or two may have made its way into the program to ensure enough recovery time was given to each muscle group.
Often the only time I have to get a lift in is over an extended lunch break. Supersets are perfect for shocking and stimulating the muscle. I consistently implement the superset strategies found in the fast mass program throughout the year. -Brett Kahn, IFBB Pro
Personally, the only instances I will normally use compound sets is when training the larger muscles of the leg or during a shredding phase. Otherwise, they can be effective if you really want to keep a muscle under an insane amount of stress, but with the excessive time under tension, you’re bound to experience a breakdown in proper form on the second exercise performed.
However, with traditional supersets, you wont experience that as much as they use opposing muscle groups such as your back and chest. The only issue you may run into is a lack of cardiovascular conditioning, which building upon by using this workout will only help you with your long-term goals.
Describing The Fast Mass Workout
The Fast Mass program is a 4 day split composed entirely of supersets. To begin each superset, you will preform lift “a” before jumping right into lift “b” with no rest period in between.
After you finish your superset, you’ll want to take a rest period of between 45-90secs. For the larger, more complex lifts such as the squat, bench, and dumbbell press, I like to rest for the complete 90 seconds. As the workout progresses, you’ll be able to shorten that rest time closer to the 45-60sec mark while performing some of the accessory lifts.
All the lifts are also programed so that if you work out in a commercial gym, you wont have to hog a whole lot of equipment. Nothing is as disheartening as going to perform the second part of your superset only to see another lifter run off with the equipment you needed for the first part.
Day 1 of the program is a legs and shoulder workout (minus pressing). You will need to bring over a pair of dumbbells to the squat rack to perform lateral raises in a squat/lateral raise superset. After your first superset, you’ll move into dumbbell Romanian deadlifts paired with bent over rear delt raises.
Although bodybuilding is a large component of mens physique, I prefer to train in more of an athletic/functional manner, Supersetting feels like a continuous battle. You Vs. The Weights, minimal rest, start to finish. - Brett Kahn, IFBB Pro
The final superset hits the hamstrings and the quads by performing leg extension and leg curls together. Some gyms have a machine that has them both. If yours does, that's great. If not you can either superset on separate machines or perform one and then the other if you don’t have the opportunity to superset them for whatever reason (i.e. busy gym).
Day 2 features pretty much every other muscle group. You’ll start off on a bench doing dumbbell bench press and dumbbell pullovers to work the chest and lats. Once completed, move the bench up to a 30-45* incline for incline dumbbell presses and chest supported dumbbell rows. Finally, get a great arm pump by performing EZ bar curls with skullcrushers as a superset.
Day 4 is your second leg day of the week. Kick things off with goblet squats paired with goblet lunges in a great leg compound set. Then move over to the machines to hit the quads and hamstrings with another leg extension and leg curl superset.
For your second compound set, hit some calf work with seated calf raises and standing calf raises. For standing calf raises, these can be completed either with a machine, with weight, or with bodyweight depending on the gym flow during your workouts.
Day 5, and the final day of the lifting week, features a whole upper body day. Start off with standing dumbbell military presses followed up with a bent over dumbbell row. Next head over to the cables for a lat pulldown paired with one of the greatest bodyweight exercises of all time, the pushup.
End your workout and go into the weekend with a killer arm pump by performing alternating dumbbell hammer curls and overhead tricep extensions.
On the off days, you’ll want to walk for 20-40 minutes as an active recovery. Active recovery sessions are great for loosing up your tight muscles, and increase blood flow so that you can pump nutrients into your muscles to help them repair. I prefer walking, but I also live in an area where it doesn’t get cold very often. Do whatever light cardio works best for you.
You may also want to include some additional core workouts on your off days. Although, you certainly don’t have to. The amount of work done during you workouts should be plenty to shred fat and work the stabilizing muscles of your core.
|1b. Lateral Raise||4||8-12|
|2a. Dumbbell RDL||3||8-12|
|2b. Rear Delt Raises||3||8-12|
|3a. Leg Extension||3||8-12|
|3b. Leg Curls||3||8-12|
|1a. Dumbbell Bench Press||4||8-12|
|1b. Dumbbell Pullover||4||8-12|
|2a. Incline Dumbbell Bench||3||8-12|
|2b. Dumbbell Row on Incline Bench||3||8-12|
|3a. EZ Bar Curl||3||10-12|
off (light cardio 20-40 minutes of walking for active recovery)
|1a. Goblet Squat||4||12|
|1b. Goblet Lunge||4||12|
|2a. Leg Extension||4||10-12|
|2b. Leg Curl||4||10-12|
|3a. Standing Calf Raises||4||12-15|
|3b. Seated Calf Raises||4||12-15|
|1a. Standing Dumbbell Press||4||8-12|
|1b. Bent-Over Dumbbell Row||4||8-12|
|2a. Lat Pulldown||4||10-12|
|3a. Alternating Hammer Curl||3||10|
|3b. Overhead Tricep Extension||3||10|
Day 6 & 7
off (light cardio 20-40 minutes of walking for active recovery)
The Fast Mass Program is great, because it utilizes supersets, which allows you to perform a lot of exercises and train multiple muscle groups in a short amount of time.
It is perfect for the average person looking to put on muscle mass, but may not have the time to spend longer than 30 minutes in the gym.