How to Build Lean & Strong Muscles: 8-Week Intermediate Muscle-Building Workout Plan

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How to Build Lean & Strong Muscles: 8-Week Intermediate Muscle-Building Workout Plan

You all must have heard the unlimited benefits of cardiovascular workouts and how they are great for your health and help you burn calories etc., but strength training and building muscles are equally important; for both men and women.

When we talk about building muscles, we are not suggesting becoming bulky and hulk-like. You can look lean yet have strong muscles if you’re performing a combination of cardio workouts, strength training, and staying in a calorie deficit. 

But do you know what building muscles can do for you? Having strong muscles means lesser injuries, improved body balance, better gains from other workouts, increased bone density, reduced chances of osteoporosis, and many more.

To help you build stronger muscles, we have designed the ultimate 8-week intermediate muscle-building workout plan that will help you get stronger and enable you to break through any muscle growth plateaus by shocking the muscles now and then.

Workout Description 

Main Goal

Build Muscle

Workout Type

Split

Training Level

Intermediate

Program Duration

8 Weeks

Days Per Week

5

Time Per Workout

60 Minutes

Equipment Required

Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells, EZ Bar, Machines

Target Gender

Male & Female

Recommended Supps

Protein Powder

Creatine

Pre-Workout

Our 8-week muscle building plan is an intermediate-level workout guide that will require you to invest 60 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Since our guide is an intermediate fitness level plan, you must be aware of the exercise positions and the gym gear to be used to avoid straining or spraining your joints.

You will need gears like barbells, body weights, cables, dumbbells, EZ bar, and some other machines that will allow you to target your full body muscles over the weeks. We will increase and decrease the reps and sets with various workouts because we want to shock your muscles. 

When you incorporate your regular gym routine with our workout plans, the muscles will go through a shock phase, which will enable them to break through the muscle growth plateaus

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The Target for 8-Weeks Intermediate Muscle Building Workout

The most important thing about achieving a dream is to set small, realistic goals. Accomplishing these small goals will boost your motivation and help you track your progress.

Similarly, for our 8-week intermediate muscle building workout program, we have designed the workouts to spread over 5 days of the week. For 5 days, you will be exercising for 1 hour, and the remaining 2 days will be taken as active rest days.

Active rest days are when you will be performing bare minimum workouts; like walking, running, stretching, etc. Having active rest days allows your body to keep up the exercising momentum while giving them the chance to recover.

Every day of the workout challenge will help target specific muscles so that only selected muscles are entirely focused, and the others are given their due rest to recover.

This workout program has been carefully designed to target your muscles in a combination that will help you shape and tone your body, so your muscles are built beautifully, and you don’t end up looking disproportionate.

Workout Program 

Monday: Chest, Triceps and Shoulders

Tuesday: Back and Biceps

Wednesday: Legs

Thursday: Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps

Friday: Back and Biceps

Saturday: Active Rest Day

Sunday: Active Rest Day

Even though the workouts are highly effective, we suggest using the following supplements to enhance the result and help you reach far beyond your goals.

Protein Powder

Available in multiple flavours, the Whey Protein Powder by DMoose is the best available supplement. It contains various essential amino acids that act as building blocks for your muscles. 

Moreover, the whey protein gives you added energy to survive through intense workout sessions, boosts fat burning rate, and helps in uplifting your moods.

Creatine Powder 

Creatine powder has been famous amongst the bodybuilders and weightlifter community because of its benefits.

Consuming creatine powder boosts muscle mass and overall strength, aids the muscle recovery process, enhances your ability to perform high-intensity workouts, and increases your energy and speed, so you can efficiently survive your workout routines.

Pre-Workout Powder

No matter the general opinion on the pre-workout powder, they do bring a scoop load of advantages.

They boost up the energy levels before you start the exercise, allowing you to survive the toughest of days, boost blood circulation, and enable nutrients to flood your muscles, which increases your mind’s ability to focus on workouts better.

Moreover, using Pre-workout Powder helps you fight off mental fatigue, so you don’t give up between workouts.

Monday: Chest, Triceps, and Shoulders

Since the chest, triceps, and shoulders are located close to eachother and training them together is the most excellent deal. These muscles require push exercises, except for the chest dips. 

The dips are particularly combined with the front shoulder and triceps workout because they help you target the lower chest muscles, while the other pulling workouts target your upper chest muscles.

You will be performing 3 sets for your chest and shoulder workouts while 4 sets for the shoulders. The reps will start from 10 and gradually decrease because you will be increasing the intensity by adding heavier weights for every set.

Chest

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Dumbbell Bench Press

3

10, 10, 8 (Adding Weight)

Seated Dumbbell Press

3

10

Chest Dip

3

Max

Triceps

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Lying Tricep Extension

3

8-10

Dumbbell Tricep Kickback

3

10

Tricep Overhead Extension

3

10

Shoulders

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Barbell Front Raise

4

12

Incline Dumbbell Side Lateral Raise

4

15, 12, 8, 8 (adding weight)

Tuesday: Back and Biceps

On Tuesdays for the next 8-weeks, you will be targeting your back and biceps muscles together. 

This efficient splitting of muscles will help you save time without compromising your muscles. Since they are located close by, the workouts performed usually incorporate both the muscles simultaneously. 

To train your back and bicep muscles efficiently and maximize your gym time, you will perform 3 sets of each workout, with reps between 8-10. Make sure you only take a few-second break in between to keep your muscles warm and worked up and aligned with your body’s tempo.

Back

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Wide Grip Pull Up

3

MAX

Lat Pulldown

3

10

Bent-Over Barbell Row

3

10

Machine Reverse Fly

3

10

Wide Grip Cable Upright Row Guide

3

8-10

Biceps

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Barbell Curl

3

8-10

Preacher Curl

3

10

Incline Dumbbell Curl

3

10

Wednesday: Legs

Brilliantly, you have made it through the first two days of our workout plan and are now headed to the third day of workout. Since our primary goal is to build an asymmetric muscular body, we will train each muscle with complete focus and energy.

Secondly, because we have targeted the front body and back muscles and the full chest, we will be targeting our legs on Wednesday along with the quads, glutes, hamstrings, and calves.

You will be performing 4 sets, 3 sets, and 5 sets for the various exercises with different numbers of reps for every workout, but one thing is for sure that by the end of Wednesday’s session, your legs will feel like jelly.

Quads, Glutes and Hamstrings

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Barbell Squat

4

10,10,8,8

Dumbbell Lunge

3

8 on each leg

Leg Press

3

12

Seated Leg Curl

3

15

Leg Extension

3

15

Calves

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Standing Calf Raise

5

10,8,8,8,6 (heavy)

Seated Calf Raise

5

15 (light)

Thursday: Chest, Triceps, and Shoulders

We are returning to exercising our Chest, Triceps, and Shoulders for Thursday since they have gotten rest over the two days and are now ready to work again.

Since this is the second time we are targeting them, you will be performing different exercises this time, so you don’t get bored over the 8-week routine.

Chest 

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Incline Barbell Bench Press

4

10, 10, 8, 6

Dumbbell Flys

3

10

Incline Pushups

3

10

Triceps

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Close Grip Bench Press

4

10, 10, 8, 6

Tricep Overhead Extension

3

10

Tricep Kickback

3

10

Shoulder 

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Seated Dumbbell Press

4

10, 10, 8, 8

One Arm Cable Lateral Raise

3

12

Friday: Back and Biceps

Friday will be your last working day of the week. On this day, you will be again training your back and biceps with different workouts, performing 3-4 sets of each exercise and 8-10 reps per set.

Back

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Seated Cable Row

4

10

Bent-Over Barbell Row

3

10

Bent-Over Dumbbell Row

3

12

Wide Grip Upright Row

3

8-10

Biceps

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Cable Curl

4

8-10

Hammer Curl

3

10

Barbell Curl

3

10

Conclusion 

Training your body in separate parts and targeting the complimentary muscles is the key to building an asymmetric and beautifully sculpted body. Whether you’re a man or woman, training the muscles is crucial for all of us as it helps you avoid any injuries, improve your body postures, and perform your everyday tasks more efficiently.

Following a proper schedule consistently and patiently will help you achieve your goals. Still, this process will be boosted, and the results will be enhanced if you add this new routine and your cardio workouts and take active rest days instead of leaving out your muscles to dry out cold.

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