Got a goal to build crazy muscle?
Look no further than the Muscle Mania workout program.
The workout on this page is for those seeking to build pure muscle gainz.
Strength may come as a by-product, but the main goal of this workout is to build as much muscle as possible.
To do that, we’re optimizing workout frequency, exercise selection and volume.
Read on to learn more about the program and get started on your muscle building journey today.
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Muscle Mania Workout Overview
When it comes to building muscle mass, workout frequency and volume are very important.
Your body’s natural reaction to accumulating volume is to grow in muscle size. This is known as hypertrophy aka gainz.
It’s also important to train muscles frequently if your goal is optimizing growth. But, to train with higher frequencies means you have to adjust volume (which is done here by spreading them across multiple workout days) and intensity.
Intensity is essentially the amount of effort you give during each lift. For this workout, you’ll want to give an intensity that ranges from a 7 RPE (rate of perceived exertion) to a 9 RPE. You want to finish your earlier sets of each exercise feeling as though you have 2-3 reps left in the tank and your latter sets feeling like you have 1-2 reps left in the tank.
Now, let’s dive into the split. The Muscle Mania workout is split up into 6 workout days and in an upper/lower fashion. This means you’ll hit each muscle group directly 3 times throughout the week and possibly indirectly even more than that.
The exercise selection was made in a way that allows you to perform both compound lifts and isolation lifts that target each muscle group. Doing so will help you accumulate volume without over-stressing your central nervous system.
All that said, the program is best viewed as a template. It’s not optimized for any one individual and thus might require some tweaking to better fit your needs. As a program overall though, it’s a good starting point for any intermediate-advanced lifter looking to maximize his lean muscle gains.
For rest periods, on all of the major compound lifts, rest for about 60 seconds. On your isolation lifts, keep rest shorter at about 45 seconds in between sets.
And lastly, for rep tempo – I’m not too worried about the tempo you use. Just ensure that you’ve got full control of the weight at all times and really connecting with the target muscle during each lift.
Workout 1: Upper Workout
|Bent Over Row||4||6-8|
|Barbell Bench Press||4||6-8|
|Lat Pull Down||3||8-12|
|Seated Side Lateral Raise||3||8-12|
Workout 2: Lower Workout
|Barbell Back Squat||4||6-8|
|Dumbbell Rear Lunge||3||8-12|
|Seated Calf Raise||4||15-20|
Workout 3: Upper Workout
|Dumbbell Incline Bench Press||4||8-12|
|Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press||3||8-12|
|Machine Preacher Curl||3||12-15|
Workout 4: Lower Workout
|Barbell Glute Bridge||4||8-12|
|Seated Leg Curl||3||12-15|
|Standing Calf Raise||4||8-12|
Workout 5: Upper Workout
|Machine Pec Dec||4||12-15|
|Machine Lateral Raise||3||12-15|
|Machine Reverse Fly||3||12-15|
Workout 6: Lower Workout
|Machine Hack Squat||4||12-15|
|Leg Press Calf Press||4||10-15|
The only other factors I’ll note that you’ll want to optimize with this program – as I tend to mention in all of my workout routines – is you’ll want to do your best to maximize your sleep and nutrition.
When it comes to nutrition, you’ll want to eat in a slight calorie surplus when performing this routine. A good goal surplus to start out with would be about 300 calories over maintenance. Every 2-4 weeks, you’ll want to increase that by 50-100 calories depending on your individual needs and progress.
Aim to get an optimal amount of protein to fuel recovery (~0.7g of protein per lb of bodyweight) and utilize whatever macro ratio is the most practical and works the best for you individually.
And when it comes to sleep, try your best to get 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Do this by getting some sun-exposure during the day (or supplement early with vitamin D), cut off electronics or wear blue blockers 1-2 hours before bed, and practice some relaxing hobbies prior to sleeping (reading or meditation).
Do all of those things while performing the Muscle Mania workout and you’ll be well on your way to getting some serious gainz.