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Weeks One to Three Exercises

This is for all of the beginners out there who want to get started in bodybuilding or just want to start getting in shape. Recently, I have been getting an extensive number of messages with questions about what to exercise in gym, what to do in the gym, how much do exercises etc.

If you are a beginner and have not read any of my past articles about nutrition or working certain body parts, I highly recommend that you do so. That way, you will at least have some background knowledge before reading any further in this article. Here, I will include a workout plan and a diet to follow. I’m not going to include supplements because I feel that the majority of beginners do not need to concern themselves too much with supplements. It is more important that you work on maintaining a consistent diet and workout plan.
Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps
Quads/Glutes Leg Press 1 15
Hamstrings Lying Leg Curl 1 15
Upper Back Seated Cable Row 1 15
Chest Flat Bench Press 1 15
Shoulders Dumbbell press 1 15
Traps Dumbbell shrug 1 15
Triceps Pushdown 1 15
Biceps Barbell curl 1 15
Lower Back Back extension 1 15
Calves Standing calf raise 1 15
Forearms Barbell wrist curl 1 15
Abdominals Crunches 1 15

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12 Week Beginners Training Routine

Everyone has to start somewhere. If you have never trained with weights before, you need a routine to get your muscles prepared for more serious training. It’s essential that you complete a full body routine (like the one in this article) for 12 weeks before starting a split routine.

If you’re new to the gym and working out, head over to our forum and get some advice to make sure you’re on the right path and don’t waste your gym time!

Weeks One to Six: Total Body Circuit Workout

  • Complete the following on two non-consecutive days per week.
  • During the first three weeks, do each exercise for one set of 15 reps: during the last three weeks, do two sets of 12 reps for body parts indicated (using a slightly heavier weight on all sets)

Before Start the Exercise

Warm up for 3-5 minutes by either jumping rope, doing jumping jacks,  using a rower machine or riding a stationary bike

  • 3 sets of dips                                   15, 20, 25
  • 3 sets of Chin Ups or Pull Up            8, 10, 12

WEEKS One to Three Exercises:

Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps
Quads/Glutes Leg Press 1 15
Hamstrings Lying Leg Curl 1 15
Upper Back Seated Cable Row 1 15
Chest Flat Bench Press 1 15
Shoulders Dumbbell press 1 15
Traps Dumbbell shrug 1 15
Triceps Pushdown 1 15
Biceps Barbell curl 1 15
Lower Back Back extension 1 15
Calves Standing calf raise 1 15
Forearms Barbell wrist curl 1 15
Abdominals Crunches 1 15

WEEKS Four to Six Exercises :

Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps
Quads/Glutes Leg Press 2 12
Hamstrings Lying Leg Curl 2 12
Upper Back Seated Cable Row 2 12
Chest Flat Bench Press 2 12
Shoulders Dumbbell press 2 12
Traps Dumbbell shrug 2 12
Triceps Pushdown 2 12
Biceps Barbell curl 2 12
Lower Back Back extension 2 12
Calves Standing calf raise 2 12
Forearms Barbell wrist curl 2 12
Abdominals Crunches 2 12

Weeks Seven to Twelve: Split Workout with Increased Intensity.

  • Divide your body into two parts (upper and lower), increasing weight training days to three non consecutive days per week (i.e., Monday, Wednesday, Friday).
  • Alternate between the two exercise routines. In the first week, you’ll end up doing Workout 1 twice, while in the second week you’ll do workout 2 twice etc.
  • Do sets and reps as indicated.
  • Rest 60-90 seconds between the sets.
  • Choose exercise alternates on occasion to work the muscles a little differently

Workout One: Upper Body

Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps
Chest Flat Dumbbell Press
Pec Dec Fly
2
1
10-12
10-12
Upper Back 1 arm dumbbell row
Seated Cable Row
2
1
10-12
10-12
Shoulders Seated dumbbell press
Dumbbell lateral raise
2
1
10-12
10-12
Traps Dumbbell shrug 2 10-15
Triceps Pushdown 2 10-12
Biceps Barbell curl 2 10-12
Forearms Barbell wrist curl 2 10-12

Workout Two: Lower Body

Bodypart Exercise Sets Reps
Quads/Glutes Smith machine squats 1 8-12
Quads Leg extension 1 10-12
Hamstrings Lying leg curl 1 10-12
Lower Back Back extension 1 20-30
Calves Standing calf raise 1 12-15
Abdominals Crunches
Reverse crunch
2
2
15-40
15-30
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