What are the best workouts to build upper body muscle mass?

I want to build upper body muscle mass. I know that the best workouts for building muscle mass are high weight/low rep type workouts, but what kind of weekly workout should I do?

Should I do one day of benching and curls with 3 sets of 5 reps, then the next day do something like triceps and squats with same amount of sets and reps and repeat these two processes throughout the week?

I do not have access to a gym, only a weight bench where I can bench and do arm/leg curls and squats. Not sure what other kind of excercises I can do with this setup.

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  2. use only the bar . no weights.

    lift the bar rapidly in one position until you feel like it is beginning to be painful.

    then , lift the bar as fast as you can as many reps as you can while your muscles are burning terribly .

    keep going until you feel like you are going to die if you do one more rep. burn—burn—burn!

    dont do anything the next day at all. repeat this
    3 days per week.

    burning is destruction of muscle tissue. the next day is needed for your body to rebuild the lost tissue —plus!

    work on each set of muscles on the same day.

    burn them out!!!! then let them rebuild.

  3. this article has some body building routines and also natural dietary needs for it that will help you out

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