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Is increasing resistance the only possibility to build more muscle mass?

So, I'm 23 male, running 3km 1-2 times a week, and lifting weights 2-3 times a week. I'm 175cm tall and weigh 80kg. Ive been doing this for 7 months, and I have not seen any results at all. I had my measurements taken at the begining and again 3 days ago. I have seen a slight stamina increase but no visible growth. I need some HELP! I am willing to change my workouts to whatever! Can someone hit me up with a good workout or let me know where to find one to build upper body mass incorporating some abs and back. I have access to a full gym, and my diet can be changed.

  • Have at it, hope you like to read.
    – DFG4
    Aug 16 '11 at 3:15

Example for Strength

Say a musclehead is doing a starting strength program 3x5 for all his exercises three times a week and makes decent strength gains for a while. He progressively loads all exercises with 5 pounds for every upper body workout and 10 pounds for every lower body workout.

On the umpteenth day, he stalls. What should he do? First he should lighten his loads by 10%, lowering his lower body progressive load to 5 pounds per workout. He should keep going until he stalls again.

After he stalls for the second time, the musclehead's muscles will have finished supercompensating with this amount of volume and intensity per workout. Basically he plateaus from lack of stimuli. Logically we should up intensity or volume and increase recovery time so musclehead moves on to the Texas Method:

5x5 at 85% intensity on Monday
3x5 at 62.5% intensity on Wednesday
1x5 personal best on Friday, 5 pounds heavier than Monday's workout

On Monday he will receive enough volume and intensity to make his muscles break homeostasis. Wednesday adds to the recovery process while Friday tests our super compensation without disrupting recovery. When Monday comes again, the musclehead adds 5 pounds to his 5x5 lifts and continues the process. The Texas Method will carry the musclehead's strength gains for some time.

Example for Building Mass

Say the musclehead is doing 3x8-12 on all his exercises working a body part twice a week and stalls. What should the musclehead do? Hee looks at his frequency twice a week for each body part. It is enough, but did he plateau?

Muscles adapt quickly within 6 workouts we can start seeing diminishing results. To change things up, lets's start with the frequency. Each body part needs to be hit three times a week with enough intensity. The repetition scheme also has to change ever two weeks or six workouts to prevent adaptation while building mass. Lastly, in order to eat all this frequency we need to lower the volume. So what does musclehead do now?

1x15 for each exercise for two weeks
2x10 for each exercise for two weeks
3x5 for each exercises for two week
One week of unloading, only light weight and rest

So the musclehead does all his exercises every workout three times a week: Monday Wednesday, and Friday; or Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This will work for some time if you progressively load 5 pounds for all exercises every workout. For the naysayers, 1x15 and 2x10 will work. They are enough volume if performed three times a week for each exercise.

While a 10-15 repetition range is best for building mass, the lower repetition range needs to be hit for strength. Muscles mass can be stalled with a lack of strength and vice versa.

Calorie consumption - muscles need more calories than you think!!!

If lifting is yang, enough calories would be yin. - muscle proverb

Muscle catabolism

If you fail to ingest enough protein, your body will break down its own muscle tissue to get the protein it needs for survival. This mechanism is convenient when you face starvation, but highly detrimental to building mass and strength.

I suggest eating every 2.5-3 hours to get your metabolism spiked and keep it there, you will never go catabolic when you do this and use the proper amount of proteins about 35 to 40 grams per meal, you should eat even at bedtime.

Basic strength program

This is basically a starting strength program from Mark Rippetoe, it is a great program to build all your base strength. you will do 3 sets of 5 repetitions for each exercise except on the hyperextentions 3 sets and 8 repetitions. Here are the exercises.


bench press
dumbbell bent over row


overhead press
chin up


dumbbell bent over row

Calorie Intake 18 x your body weight= total calories a day. 50% should be protein 40% carbs and 10% fat. Stay away from wheat, potatoes, beer, sugar and fried foods. reduce calories to 2,500 when not exercising that week or only going once.

Progressively Load your exercises every workout adding 5 pounds to every exercise every workout.

Rest Between Sets- 4-5 minutes between sets, rest this long or your hurting strength gains.

OR a HST program more for mass

1x15 for two weeks

2x10 for two weeks

3x5 for two weeks

deload with light weights for one week

Pick 5-8 exercises and do them 3x a week mon,wed,fri or tues,thurs,sat

A few select exercises

  • Squat
  • Bench press
  • Dead lift
  • Lateral raise
  • Barbell curl
  • Pullover/skull crusher
  • Hip thrust
  • Bent over lateral raise
  • calf raise
  • chin ups
  • dumbbell bent over row
  • ab wheel
  • hanging leg raise
  • well this might be to long oh well
    – DFG4
    Aug 16 '11 at 3:14

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