Muscle Building Workouts

Our workouts database has hundreds of free workout plans designed for building muscle. The workouts are created by fitness experts and come with a free downloadable PDF you can reference when training. Use the filters below to find the best workout for your goal, training experience and equipment access.

All Muscle Building Workouts

Muscular man doing front squat in the gym
Shock your muscle into growth by rotating this workout with your current routine. This workout hits each major muscle group twice per week.
1.1M Reads 361 Comments
Wild 20 Powerbuilding Workout: Get Crazy, Get Big & Strong
Bust out of your training rut and blast through muscle and strength building plateaus using a unique combination of 5, 10 and 20 rep sets. This program delivers results.
472.4K Reads 153 Comments
Ryan Reynolds Inspired Workout: Train Like Deadpool
Build the tight glutes needed to fill out the one and only red onesie by performing this Ryan Reynolds Deadpool inspired workout program! Check it out!
172.4K Reads 26 Comments
Muscle Size, Shape & Definition Workout
This advanced workout routine is a 5-day split - Two Days On, 1 Day Off, Two Days On, 1 Day Off. It is aimed at muscle size, definition and tone.
398.1K Reads 183 Comments
8 Week Big And Bold Workout
So simple, so brutal, so effective. This bodybuilding workout packs a punch and is a great alternative to programs that revolve around 5 rep or low rep sets. Sample meal plan included.
506.4K Reads 69 Comments
The Warrior Elite Workout Program
Build muscle like an elite warrior with this program inspired by the training of some of our active duty military men and women! Read on to learn more!
173.9K Reads 24 Comments
Compound Exercises Only Workout
This workout uses only compound exercises. Compound exercises are movements that require more than 1 joint and more than 1 muscle group.
1.5M Reads 277 Comments
VTS - The Complete Venom Training System Program
Unleash your inner beast and reach your bodybuilding goals with this unique and comprehensive five day muscle building split workout from Maurice Bright.
174.7K Reads 26 Comments
Paul Rudd Inspired Workout: Over 40 & Ripped Like Ant-Man
Paul Rudd had to get shredded for his first superhero shirtless scene back in 2015 at the age of 46. Follow this inspired workout to get shredded yourself!
72.7K Reads 10 Comments
Dave's Upper/ Lower Split (DULS)
This upper/lower body split is designed for growth while avoiding overtraining. If you're an intermediate to advanced lifter, give this workout a shot!
401.7K Reads 85 Comments
 “No Juice” Bodybuilding Advanced Workout Routine
Avoid plateauing with the "No Juice" routine, which manipulates intensity, frequency, and volume to help you continue progressing in the gym.
300.3K Reads 38 Comments
5 Day Push, Pull, Legs Workout Program Cycle
Ditch the set 7 day weekly split and start cycling your workouts during the week with this workout. You'll train each muscle more frequently & gain more mass.
320K Reads 17 Comments
Shaun's 3 Day Muscle Building Split Workout
Shaun's 3 day split workout is a solid routine for those who are looking to pack on some pounds! It features a chest & biceps day as well as a legs & shoulders day.
2.1M Reads 1.3K Comments
Kettlebell Exercises That Burn Fat And Build Muscle
If you're looking to switch up your traditional training, but would still like to burn fat and gain muscle, maybe it's time to consider kettlebell training.
109.3K Reads 4 Comments
30 Day Military Athlete Workout Program
This 30 day military athlete workout was designed to give you the grit and athleticism of our service men and women, along with the size of a bodybuilder.
191.8K Reads 42 Comments
Troy's 3 Day Maintenance Workout
A variation on the classic push, pull, legs split, working shoulders and back on the same day, and biceps with legs. This workout was designed by Troy (tadolfi).
81.7K Reads 47 Comments
Jai Courtney Workout: How Jai Got Swole for Terminator: Genisys
Are you ripped enough to fight for humanity? Follow this 6 week program based on Jai Courtney's training principles to get shredded like Kyle Reese!
118.5K Reads 7 Comments
The AMRAP Bodybuilding Workout for Muscle Mass
Forget fixed rep & set counts, and challenge yourself with this new workout program. It's you vs the clock, and your goal is to do as many reps as possible.
212.9K Reads 24 Comments
4 Day Bodybuilding Split by Shaun
A higher volume 4 day split workout plan for those who want to gain muscle mass and/or gain weight. Workout was developed by Shaun from Muscle and Strength.
119.3K Reads 84 Comments
Jason Momoa's Workout: Accelerated Results 7 (AR-7) Training Program
Learn how the AR-7 program helped Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa put on the major muscle needed to portray the great Khal Drogo.
637.3K Reads 72 Comments
M-F Workout Routine: 5 Day Body Part Split Workout
Build muscle and lose fat with this Monday-Friday workout routine. Crush the gym throughout the work week & enjoy your weekends off with this workout split.
1.5M Reads 158 Comments
Doug's Mass Building Routine for Ectomorphs
Although this routine is designed for a person whose body type is described as Ectomorph; it can be also be used by all body types as a change from their current workout.
1.6M Reads 783 Comments
Cut Like Cutler Trainer - Cycle 2
Follow the workout logs for Cycle 2 of the Cut Like Cutler trainer. Week 3 is Heavy training and Week 4 is more Moderate.
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5 Day Dumbbell Only Workout
This 5 day dumbbell only workout program only requires dumbbells and is perfect for those looking to build lean muscle mass at home or on the go!
5.3M Reads 1.1K Comments
Build Muscle At Home With Only Dumbbells
A dumbbell only workout for home or the gym that will pack on muscle mass. This routine was designed by Frankoman from team Muscle & Strength.
3.6M Reads 1.3K Comments
Cut Like Cutler Trainer - Cycle 4
Follow the workout logs for Cycle 4 of the Cut Like Cutler trainer. Week 7 is Heavy training and Week 8 is more Moderate.
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6 Day Push/Pull/Legs Planet Fitness Workout
In this edition of a series of Planet Fitness appropriate workouts, we provide a Push/Pull/Legs workout one could do with the equipment at Planet Fitness.
249.4K Reads 44 Comments
Fit man doing dumbbell curl in the gym
Arnold Schwarzenegger idolized bodybuilding legend Reg Park. This workout, provided by Kaya Park (Reg Park's grandson) was used by Arnold and yielded great results.
484.3K Reads 197 Comments
Cut Like Cutler Trainer - Cycle 6
Follow the workout logs for Cycle 6 of the Cut Like Cutler trainer. Week 11 is Heavy training and Week 12 is more Moderate.
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Modified Strength Hypertrophy Upper Lower (S.H.U.L) Workout
Build both size and strength in this 4 day split that incorporates both strength training and hypertrophy training. It's truly the best of both worlds.
288.6K Reads 57 Comments
intense muscular man and woman doing barbell presses
This building workout is designed to maximize progression and muscle gains by hitting each muscle group with power sets, muscle sets and burn sets.
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Best Morning Workout For Building Muscle Mass
Most workout routines are designed for the evening lifter. If you're an early riser, we've got the perfect morning workout routine and advice for you!
268.6K Reads 55 Comments
Push/Pull/Legs (PPL) Workout Routine for Tall Guys
Finding an appropriate workout program can be hard for taller lifters. So, we created a push/pull/legs workout split that's designed for the tall crowd.
77.6K Reads 12 Comments
Scrutiny's 4 Day Muscle Building Split
This 4 day split by Scrutiny from Muscle & Strength is an effective muscle building workout that features an arm day sure to provide results.
488.7K Reads 672 Comments
Muscle man doing dumbbell bicep curl in the gym
Hoping to be crowned MVP of your intramural team? Gain the edge during the course of the week and become a true weekend warrior with this workout!
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Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) Prep Workout
The Army Combat Fitness Test is a new fitness test for Army personnel that will be implemented in October 2020. Do this program to pass it with flying colors.
278.3K Reads 42 Comments
Pyramid Volume Training
Are you stuck in a plateau? Do you want to increase your strength, size, and muscular definition? Use these exercises to design your own routine, and send your body into an anabolic state.
353K Reads 704 Comments
Training for the Older Athlete: Making Gains After 40
They say Father Time is undefeated, but that doesn't mean you can't make gains all of your life. Check out these training strategies for older athletes.
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Steve Kuclo Mass Building Inspired Workout Split
Take your mass gaining to a whole new level with this workout split inspired by several individual workout videos we've published featuring Steve Kuclo!
117.6K Reads 34 Comments
Bill Starr 5x5  Linear Version For Intermediate Lifters
This highly effective strength and muscle building 5x5 workout by Bill Starr illustrates the importance of making systematic progression to drive gains.
405.9K Reads 96 Comments
Max Adaptation Upper Lower (MAUL) Training
This workout combines the main mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy to help you build some serious muscle. Try this split to put on quality summer mass!
195.5K Reads 36 Comments
The Best Muscle Building Workout for Natural Bodybuilders
Don't fall victim to workouts that have way too much unnecessary training volume. This workout program was written with natural bodybuilders in mind.
193.1K Reads 78 Comments
PHD 4 - RJ Perkin's Power Hyper Deload Training
Pro bodybuilder RJ Perkins combines aspects of Layne Norton's PHAT, Wendler's 5/3/1 and Westside training into a muscle building system that packs a punch.
101.9K Reads 141 Comments
How to Develop a Dramatic V Taper: Tips, Tricks, and Results
This article outlines everything you need to know to help you build a coveted V-tapered physique. Check out all of the tips & tricks you need to know!
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8x8 Workout: Lean Muscle Gainz Workout
Ramp up your muscle growth phase with a high volume approach. This 4 day split incorporates an 8x8 volume training approach to help you build muscle!
279K Reads 104 Comments
Scrutiny's Low Volume High Intensity Workout For Mass And Strength
An intense workout system focusing on training to failure, offering an alternative to the various high volume muscle building workout routines.
236.4K Reads 135 Comments
The Optimized Volume Workout (O.V.W) Plan
Are you training with optimal training volume? Check out this workout plan to ensure you're putting the right amount of stress on your muscles for gains!
179.9K Reads 26 Comments
Batman Workout Routine: 14 Week Superhero Workout
Build a physique like the Dark Knight with this 14 week Batman Workout Routine inspired by some of the former and future actors who've played Batman.
173.1K Reads 16 Comments
Gordon LaVelle's Short And Intense Bodybuilding Training System
Gordon LaVelle's method of training is a highly effective and efficient system for building muscle that focuses of a limited number of sets performed to muscle failure.
156.8K Reads 278 Comments
The Total Package: A Full Body Strength & Hypertrophy Workout
Can't seem to train for hypertrophy without sacrificing strength or vice versa? Check out this 3 day full body workout that helps you train for both!
1.6M Reads 839 Comments

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