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3 Ways to Boost Your Bulking Phase Before You Cut

Gain some hard-earned mass with time to spare with these methods.

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3 Ways to Build Muscle Fast

Does your workout last more than hour? If so, it could be detrimental as you try to build muscle and gain mass. You want to hit your muscles hard while keeping a high intensity in order to stimulate growth. This can be done by keeping these three elements in mind. 

Timing

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At the start of your workout your testosterone levels will naturally be high, but Eastern Bloc researchers have found that these levels diminished considerably after 45 minutes. After 60 minutes, your body will naturally start to produce cortisol for energy, which basically eats away at muscle tissue.

Resistance

resistance

Using a resistance level of approximately 85 percent of your 1RM will help increase testosterone levels. Look to hit 10 reps with a 60-second rest between sets. This amount of rest will allow enough recovery and growth.

Intensity

dumbbell bench press for chest

The more vigorous and intense your routine is, the more calories you will burn. This is true even if you increase intensity for just a few minutes at a time. The sample workout below should last no more than 60 minutes.

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Sample Workout

Chest Day

Exercise
Equipment
Sets
Reps
Rest
Equipment
Smith Machine
Sets
3
Reps
15
Rest
60 sec
Warm up with two sets of 15 reps.
Exercise 2 of 4

Dumbbell Bench Press

Equipment
Bench, Dumbbells
Sets
3
Reps
8-10
Rest
60 sec
Exercise 3 of 4

Dumbbell Flye

Equipment
Bench, Dumbbells
Sets
3
Reps
10
Rest
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Warm up with one set of 15 reps.
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