More Gains, Half the Time (LIFT LIKE THIS!)

If you’re in a crazy rush or want to be efficient, can you get in a ridiculously quick workout with weights, and build the same amount of muscle as someone who’s taking their time? Can you build MORE muscle with a fast workout than someone training normally? Yes! I’m going to show you how you can build muscle fast at the gym with 4 unique training methods. I’m also going to show you HOW, with 3 of the 4 muscle building techniques (e.g. rest pause method), “rushing” through your workout might even help you build more muscle.

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Method 1 of the muscle building techniques- the 3/7 method. 1 round of the 3/7 method seems to be the equivalent to 4 sets of traditional training. Normally do 4 sets or less in an exercise? You can substitute that for 1 round of the 3/7 method. Let’s say with bench press you typically do 3 sets of 135 lbs for 10 reps. With the 3/7 method, using that weight, you would perform 3 reps, rest for 15 seconds, perform 4 reps, rest for 15 seconds, perform 5 reps, rest for 15 seconds, perform 6 reps, rest for 15 seconds, and then finally perform 7 reps. Excluding a proper warm up, if you perform each rep with a controlled 2 second eccentric and 1 second concentric, and take exactly 2 minutes rest between each set and exercise, you could expect this workout to take just under 45 minutes.

Example workout:

Bench Press 3 sets of 10 reps
Shoulder Press 3 sets of 10 reps
Triceps Push Down 3 sets of 10 reps
Barbell Row 3 sets of 10 reps
Lat Pulldown 3 sets of 10 reps
Biceps Curl 3 sets of 10 reps

With 1 round of the 3/7 method applied to each of these exercises, you’ll reduce the workout to just under 24 minutes!

Method 2 – rest-pause sets. With the rest pause method, let's say that your goal was to perform 3×10 bicep. What you could do instead is set a goal of 30 reps total ideally using the same weight. Do as many reps as you can on your first set. Then, instead of resting 1-2 minutes, rest for only 20-30 seconds and go again trying to do as many reps as possible. You simply repeat this process until all 30 repetitions are completed. Applying rest pause sets to every exercise in the sample workout can reduce the time taken down to 19 minutes!

Method 3 for a quick workout with weights – drop sets. With drop sets, you’d perform the first set the exact same way as you normally would. But after completing it, instead of resting, you decrease the weight by 10-20% and perform another set very close or all the way to failure. After that set, you decrease the weight again by 10-20% and do this once again. You repeat this process for a minimum of the number of sets that you would normally do. While still performing the same exercises you could take a workout that originally took 45 minutes and reduce it to around 19 minutes!

The last method that’ll help you build muscle fast at the gym – supersets. Supersets training opposing muscle groups, such as chest and back, is the way to go. Now, it does take a little bit of time to switch exercises, but for the best results research indicates you want to do this as fast as possible, in at least under 30 seconds. If you apply supersets to the example workout shown earlier by using opposing muscle groups and movement patterns like, then while still performing the same exercises, sets, and reps, you can cut your workout duration down to just over half at 25 minutes.

Play around with these 4 methods and see how you like them. Just be wary of their inclusion on big compound exercises where form breakdown can pose risks especially when you’re training to failure. But overall hopefully you were able to see that if you’re in a rush or just want to maximize your efficiency, then there are still many options available that’ll help you build muscle even with a fast workout. Just keep in mind that in order for these methods and your overall training to be effective, you need to pay attention to the little details as that’s what makes all the difference.

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58 thoughts on “More Gains, Half the Time (LIFT LIKE THIS!)

  1. Jeremy Ethier says:

    I’ve got my skinny twin brother working overtime on these thumbnails lately. Hope you enjoyed this one!! NOTE: I want to again emphasize to be cautious of implementing some of these methods on heavy, compound movements (e.g. squats, deadlifts) where form breakdown creates a higher risk for potential injury. These methods are best used for movements where stability is less of a concern and/or when you have a spotter. Additional caveats: The extend to which you implement these methods depends on your goals, true time availability, and exercise selection. If you want to maximize growth, would I use these methods to replace all of my workouts? No, unless I truly was pressed for time – but I would (and do) intersperse these as part of my overall program to create a new stimulus for growth. Would I use these methods if I wanted to maximize strength overtime? No, because it doesn’t lend itself well to progressive overload and accurate tracking. Would I use these methods if I was deep into a cut and very fatigued and low on energy? Probably not, as it would create a lot of excessive fatigue. HOWEVER, if I wanted to simply continue making gains, possibly even augment them, and cut down my workout time considerably, then these are great ways to do so if used wisely!

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  3. Timothy Lee, MS, OT, CPT says:

    The 3/7 method looks very interesting! I hadn’t thought of that before. I wonder if there are any negatives to it. I’d definitely recommend a spotter for things like bench and squats for safety reasons if you’re going to do 3/7. Increasing reps each set after short rest periods can be a little scary.

    The rest-pause method is one I’m familiar with. There’s a modified version called “myo reps” that I like to do.

    Supersets definitely save me time in my current workouts. I’ll have to incorporate 3/7 in my next training cycle!

    • ialciR says:

      3/7 method doesn’t fall in the same numbers of reps compare to traditional method of 3×10… 3/7 total reps is only 25

    • Alex Bùi says:

      @ialciR in the example, traditional method uses 8 sets x 6 reps = 48 reps
      the 3/7 method repeats one more time so it means 25 reps x2 = 50 reps

    • Dreonix says:

      Idk if it’s best to do with compound exercises. I think it’s better to use this video for isolated exercises etc instead except maybe the supersets

    • sadbravesfan says:

      I don’t like supersets because certain exercises like bench press just take so much out of you that going hard for an opposing exercise just seems counterintuitive. Also I’m doing a Push Pull Legs routine so I’d have to reconfigure my entire workouts so not trying to do that lol

  4. Zhartho says:

    Dropsets and Supersets have been game changers for me. Can’t wait to try to implement the 3/7 method and rest pauses.

  5. india says:

    i always worry that i havent worked hard enough during short sessions even if i feel more depleated than longer ones. Psychological i guess.

    • sadbravesfan says:

      @Lee Taylor eh with a short session I feel like I SHOULD add cardio because after the long ones I feel like I’ve been at the gym for too long lol

    • Utkarsh says:

      @Lee Taylor Because cardio isn’t strength training and strength training isn’t hypertrophy training. Not all workouts are built the same or for the same purpose.

    • Louis Philippe says:

      the 3/7 and Rest Pause are new for me and I’ll try them out. The one thing I find challenging with all 4 methods is tracking progressive overload (compared to traditional methods), especially with gyms closed (in Canada) I only have access to a few different weight increments.

    • skyejacques says:

      @Jozo Kulis Same. Gonna start from tomorrow. Will also experiment with 3/7 method. Don’t like doing supersets. Too much strain on my central nervous system

    • O k says:

      My Uncle has been doing the rrest pause one for the past 7 weeks and it is helping him gain more biceps, chest , leg gains
      I will also try it

  6. PowerToSpare says:

    Confused at 5:10. Words do not match graph for rest pause. Is it equal (words) or significantly different (graph)

  7. Lucas Dimoveo says:

    I just got a full-time summer internship. Between that and being a parent my available time to work out is really being squeezed. This is exactly what I needed! Thank you!

    • Steel Mongoose says:

      I’ve been doing a single set to absolute failure (except on squats and deadlifts, where it’s pretty much max effort mechanical failure) with a drop set. It’s a sort of Mike Mentzer/John Heart approach.

      It’s been good for increasing strength and some size. I’m north of 50 and only supplement with creatine.

    • shuttle skills says:

      you can also do a multi rep pause set from sean nalewanyji or whatever his last name is, the video title is build muscle with one set but he recommends it on exercises that is not a compound exercise

  8. dtn6000 says:

    This is really interesting. I feel like incorporating these might make 3-day full body routines much more practical from a time standpoint.

  9. CyberWolf38 says:

    tfw when you’ve been doing the second method the whole time without realizing it

  10. Frantz Lenin says:

    My workouts have become unsustainably long, I think I’m going to try and incorporate this into my isolation exercises (tri, bi, shoulders, quads, hamstrings, calves ect) while keeping my compound work traditional, see if I can cut a significant amount of time off my workouts. Thanks for the video.

  11. River Alvarez says:

    When I started working out, my two main mistakes were lack of sleep and not eating enough (not being in a caloric surplus). I always thought I was eating enough and was disappointed because my weight stagnated. Then I got my first diet plan created (I think it was from website called Dietarize). I realised that my previous food intake was way below my needs, although I thought I’m good. At the beginning it was hard to eat 3200 kcal in a day, but I got used to it. I started noticing real gains and it felt amazing. I wish I’d understood the importance of diet earlier.

    • Lee says:

      @Ice maybe but he’s not wrong. The same thing happened to me, you think you’re eating enough but when you track your calories you realize you’re in a caloric deficit rather than a surplus

    • Ice says:

      @Lee yeah i never said he was wrong lol, but i mean if you got a scale at home its kinda easy to get a basic idea if you are getting enough macros or not

    • DudeOfTheWeek says:

      @Lee Same here. I made more gains in 3 months of caloric surplus than 1 year of deficit

  12. Barbell music says:

    This is a phenomenal video.
    Many people love gym, but dont have time to workout as much as they would like. So they dont even try.
    This is a very benefical video. Less time for more gainz ? Hell yeah.

  13. Kris Evans says:

    This is fantastic for those still in “lockingdowns” as my home gym has a tv and I find a 90 min workout takes 180 (slacking) and when the gyms reopen here there is a 50 min booking blocks. My question is Jeremy, in regards to bench pressing how does the 3/7 method hold up to the study that showed a 3 min rest period had better muscle activation than 1 minute rest periods?

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