Mass Building Workout
When it comes to building muscle mass I like to keep things simple. It’s easy to get caught up in all the hype of the hottest new workout routines and exercises that promise to be the next best thing in bodybuilding and fitness.
Don’t get me wrong it’s always a good thing to progress, innovate, and develop new ways to improve your muscle growth and performance but its also critical to stick with what works time and time again.
In this post I am going to get back to the number one mass building workout exercise you should be doing as a bodybuilder.
This exercise is the grass roots of bodybuilding exercises and is essential to have in any serious bodybuilding routine.
You might find it hard to believe, but with this exercise alone you can pack on a serious amount of muscle mass. I refer to this exercise as the “core” to any good bodybuilding program.
So what is the best mass building workout exercise?
It’s the barbell squat.
The barbell squat is the best exercise for packing on serious poundage to your frame. There’s no argument about it. The squat is primarily a leg building exercise but it literally is a total body workout that strengthens your core.
You start this mass building workout exercise with a barbell resting across your shoulders standing straight up. Then bending at the knees and hips you lower the barbell down until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor. And then push the barbell back to the starting position.
For a full range of motion and to really hit the hamstrings you should squat deep. Squatting deep is better for not only building muscle, but also for the health of your muscles, joints and ligaments involved.
Watch this video of IFBB Pro Brandon Curry, show you how to properly squat deep.
The main muscle groups pulled into action for the squat are your quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes. Secondary muscle groups include the lower back, abductors and to a certain extent your shoulder muscles.
As you can see many muscle groups are recruited for this movement making it the best mass building workout exercise.
Like all the core muscle building exercises, you should make the squat the first exercise you do on your leg training day. Because it’s the biggest exercise you want your legs to be fresh and ready. If adding muscle mass is your goal, aim for about 8-12 reps on the squat.
Because you’ll be lifting heavy weights, a good warm up is vital. Squatting is very stressful for the lower body, especially the knees, so 5-10 minutes on the treadmill or several sets of leg extensions and some light squats are recommended.
Like I mentioned previously in this post, the barbell squat is the best muscle building exercise and also the most taxing on your body so they must be done at the beginning of your workout to get the maximum benefits.
I recommend that you do 5+ sets and vary the way you perform this exercise each week. For example, the first week you do pyramid up sets, the second week you pyramid down and the third week you do straight sets. This keeps your muscles from getting accustomed to your routine.
When it comes to the best mass building workout exercise, the barbell squat is the big daddy of them all.
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Marco Carbajo is a bodybuilder, entrepreneur, writer, author, speaker, trainer, and founder of Bodybuildingblogger.com, the premier online source for bodybuilders all over the world providing top level workouts, supplements, nutrition, news, resources, and motivation.