Workout Routines and Building Mass

by Ervin
(Richmond, VA)

Question: Is it better to workout one muscle group a day, once a week, or twice a week?

I've been lifting for about 6 months now, trying to find out a good mass building routine.

I've tried the routine where you workout upper then lower twice a week, I've tried the routine where you do like chest/tris, back/bis, etc.

I've talked to guys that say to only workout one muscle group a day (chest only one day, arms only the next etc.), but my question is which routine do you think is better to build mass? Can you workout too much?

Answer: It's common to get mixed responses when it comes to what works the best, because every persons body responds differently.

And, of course, each person has their own body type, experience level, fast or slow metabolism, and then of course every person you talk to may have a slightly different goal...

With all that in mind, it makes sense that you'll get mixed responses. And please note, you really do have to allow more time to see really noticeable results. 6 months is not a lot of time when it comes to mass building.

So the best way for me to answer this is to tell you what I do.

"Is it better to workout one muscle group a day, once a week, or twice a week?"

A combination of many approaches. Mix it up. That's the key. Doing any routine as a single solution yields minimal results.

"Which routine do you think is better to build mass?"

To build mass do a combination of workouts. Low reps and high reps.

Try these workouts:

Mass Building Weight Training System

Bodybuilding Workouts For Mass

"Can you workout too much?"

Yes, you can definitely workout too much. Working out with weights or doing any kind of strength training with the objective of building mass, longer than 60 minutes, can be counterproductive.

This doesn't mean that you will lose muscle though. Some train longer than this. But those people are also doing cardio and take long rests between workout sets. If you do cardio with weights, obviously your workouts may last longer.

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