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3 Day Magic 8 Muscle Growth Workout

By Steve Shaw

Experience
Intermediate (2-3 years)
Time
73 minutes/day | 3 days/week
Good for
Build Muscle
Equipment
2 x Dumbbell, Ab Wheel, Barbell, Crossover Cable Machine, Dips (Parallel) Bar, EZ Bar, Loop Bands, Machine, Other, Pull up bar
Statistics
Average Cardio Intensity
30%
Average Exertion
70%
Description

This 3 day workout uses ramping sets of 8 to maximize volume and intensity for optimal muscle growth. Each workout begins with compound lifts utilizing the magic 8 protocol. For this protocol, begin with 8 reps at about 50% of your 1RM. After that set, increase the weight to about 60% and perform 8 reps. Continue increasing the weight by 10% until you can no longer perform 8 reps. From there, do two drop sets with a 10% decrease from your 1RM, aiming for 8 reps once more. So if you failed to reach 8 reps at 80% 1RM, do one more set at 70% and another at 60% to finish off the exercise. Do so once more to finish the exercise. Performing this style of workout 3 times a week will surely provide the intensity and volume for any intermediate lifter to make significant gains.

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Workout Overview


Monday - Workout A

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Barbell Bench Press demonstrationPlay Barbell Bench Press demonstration
4 - 7 sets, 8 reps, (rest 60s)
Magic 8 Protocol
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Barbell Bench Press demonstrationPlay Barbell Bench Press demonstration
2 sets, AMAP reps, (rest 60s)
Magic 8 Protocol Drop Sets (-10%)
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Circuit
Incline Dumbbell Press demonstrationPlay Incline Dumbbell Press demonstration
3 sets, 10 reps, (rest 60s)
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Stretch Push Up (On Risers) demonstrationPlay Stretch Push Up (On Risers) demonstration
3 sets, AMAP reps, (rest 60s)
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Cable Crossovers (upper chest)
3 sets, 12 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Circuit
Barbell Biceps Curl demonstrationPlay Barbell Biceps Curl demonstration
3 sets, 8 - 10 reps, (rest 60s)
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Cable One Arm Curl demonstrationPlay Cable One Arm Curl demonstration
3 sets, 10 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Alternate Hammer Curl demonstrationPlay Alternate Hammer Curl demonstration
3 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Seated Calf Raise Machine
5 sets, 12 - 20 reps, (rest 60s)
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Wednesday - Workout B

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Barbell Squat demonstrationPlay Barbell Squat demonstration
4 - 7 sets, 8 reps, (rest 60s)
Magic 8 Protocol
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Barbell Squat demonstrationPlay Barbell Squat demonstration
2 sets, AMAP reps, (rest 60s)
Magic 8 Protocol Drop Sets (-10%)
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Circuit
45 Degree Leg Press demonstrationPlay 45 Degree Leg Press demonstration
3 sets, 12 - 20 reps, (rest 60s)
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Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift demonstrationPlay Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift demonstration
3 sets, 6 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Lying Leg Curls demonstrationPlay Lying Leg Curls demonstration
3 sets, 10 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Circuit
Standing Barbell Military Press (AKA Overhead Press)
3 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press
3 sets, 10 reps, (rest 60s)
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Banded Bent Over Reverse Fly demonstrationPlay Banded Bent Over Reverse Fly demonstration
3 sets, 10 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Kneeling Ab Wheel demonstrationPlay Kneeling Ab Wheel demonstration
5 sets, 10 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Friday - Workout C

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Barbell Deadlift demonstrationPlay Barbell Deadlift demonstration
4 - 7 sets, 8 reps, (rest 60s)
Magic 8 Protocol
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Barbell Deadlift demonstrationPlay Barbell Deadlift demonstration
2 sets, 1 reps, (rest 60s)
Magic 8 Protocol Drop Sets (-10%)
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Circuit
Pull-up demonstrationPlay Pull-up demonstration
3 sets, AMAP reps, (rest 60s)
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One-Arm Bent-Over Dumbbell Row demonstrationPlay One-Arm Bent-Over Dumbbell Row demonstration
3 sets, 10 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Seated Cable Row
3 sets, 10 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Dumbbell Shrug demonstrationPlay Dumbbell Shrug demonstration
5 sets, 10 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Circuit
EZ-Bar Skullcrusher demonstrationPlay EZ-Bar Skullcrusher demonstration
3 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Rope Tricep Extension demonstrationPlay Rope Tricep Extension demonstration
3 sets, 10 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Weighted Triceps Dip demonstrationPlay Weighted Triceps Dip demonstration
3 sets, 10 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Date Created: 5/14/2018, UTC


Last Updated: 6/5/2021, UTC

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