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Volume Overload Muscle and Power Workout

By M&S Writers

Experience
Intermediate (2-3 years)
Time
66 minutes/day | 4 days/week
Good for
Bodybuilding, Build Muscle
Equipment
2 x Dumbbell, Barbell, Crossover Cable Machine, Machine, Other, Pull up bar
Statistics
Average Cardio Intensity
30%
Average Exertion
60%
Description

This 4 day workout relies on volume to break through plateaus in muscle and strength growth. In this workout, compound lifts will utilize the max volume protocol, which breaks down as follows:


Set 1: 5 reps

Set 2: 5 reps

Set 3: 5 reps

Set 4: 10 reps

Set 5: 10 reps

Set 6: 10 reps

Set 7: AMRAP (Goal: 20+ reps)


Use a weight that allows you to complete all sets (minumum 10 on set 7), and once you hit over 20 reps on the last set, increase the weight. Your heavy compound lifts likely haven't seen this type of volume before, so this workout is guaranteed to help you progress in power and muscle mass (provided proper nutrition). Intermediates looking to double down on volume should give this workout a try.

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Monday - Chest & Triceps Focus

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Barbell Bench Press demonstrationPlay Barbell Bench Press demonstration
7 sets, 5, 5, 5, 10, 10, 10, 20 reps, (rest 60s)
Max volume protocol
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Incline Dumbbell Press demonstrationPlay Incline Dumbbell Press demonstration
3 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Hammer Strength Bench Press demonstrationPlay Hammer Strength Bench Press demonstration
3 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Pec Dec demonstrationPlay Pec Dec demonstration
3 sets, 10 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Barbell Lying Triceps Extension (Skullcrusher) demonstrationPlay Barbell Lying Triceps Extension (Skullcrusher) demonstration
3 - 4 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Rope Tricep Extension demonstrationPlay Rope Tricep Extension demonstration
3 - 4 sets, 10 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Tuesday - Back & Biceps Focus

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Barbell Deadlift demonstrationPlay Barbell Deadlift demonstration
7 sets, 5, 5, 5, 10, 10, 10, 20 reps, (rest 60s)
Max volume protocol
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Pull-up demonstrationPlay Pull-up demonstration
3 sets, AMAP reps, (rest 60s)
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Machine Row demonstrationPlay Machine Row demonstration
3 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Lying T-Bar Row demonstrationPlay Lying T-Bar Row demonstration
3 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Standing Dumbbell Biceps Curl demonstrationPlay Standing Dumbbell Biceps Curl demonstration
3 - 4 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Rope Cable Curl demonstrationPlay Rope Cable Curl demonstration
3 - 4 sets, 10 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Thursday - Shoulders & Traps Focus

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Standing Barbell Military Press (AKA Overhead Press)
7 sets, 5, 5, 5, 10, 10, 10, 20 reps, (rest 60s)
Max volume protocol
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Seated Dumbbell Arnold Press
3 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Dumbbell Lateral Raise
3 sets, 10 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Rear Delt Raise
3 sets, 10 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Barbell Shrug demonstrationPlay Barbell Shrug demonstration
3 - 4 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Machine Shrug demonstrationPlay Machine Shrug demonstration
3 - 4 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Friday - Quads, Hamstrings & Calves Focus

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Barbell Squat demonstrationPlay Barbell Squat demonstration
7 sets, 5, 5, 5, 10, 10, 10, 20 reps, (rest 60s)
Max volume protocol
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Barbell Hack Squat demonstrationPlay Barbell Hack Squat demonstration
3 sets, 8 - 12 reps, (rest 60s)
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Leg Extensions demonstrationPlay Leg Extensions demonstration
3 sets, 10 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Stiff-Legged Dumbbell Deadlift demonstrationPlay Stiff-Legged Dumbbell Deadlift demonstration
3 sets, 8 - 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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Seated Calf Raise Machine
3 - 4 sets, 10 - 15 reps, (rest 60s)
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Date Created: 6/3/2018, UTC


Last Updated: 6/5/2021, UTC

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