Most everyone knows that to stay healthy you have to eat healthy. Diet is only half of the equation, however. Regular physical activity has marked health benefits. Besides reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even certain cancers, exercise builds a strong body that you can be proud of. Below we’ve compiled some information on workout routines for people of various skill levels and commitments. There’s something here for everyone, from a newbie trying to stay healthy to those wishing to start bodybuilding.
Beginner Bodyweight Training Routine
This is a routine designed for the complete beginner, and it can be adjusted and modified as you gain strength as you continue to push your body to new limits. Many people starting out training are filled with excuses. They don’t have the time, or maybe they don’t have access to any fancy equipment. The truth is, you can gain lean muscle and stay in tip-top-shape just using your body by itself.
You build muscle by tearing down and rebuilding muscle fibers, and this routine does just that by putting your body through various positions – without the need for weights!
If you can’t manage to do this entire routine, just do as much as you can and you’ll start building strength. Also, make sure you do some basic cardiovascular exercise to warm up so that you avoid injuring yourself during this workout routine.
● 20 body-weight squats
● 10 pushups
● 20 walking lunges
● 10 dumbbell rows (Just use something heavy, like a milk jug!)
● 15 second plank
● 30 jumping jacks
If you’re unfamiliar with how exactly to perform these movements, there are plenty of resources and videos online that show you the correct form for each exercise. Check out YouTube for detailed videos of each action.
Work through this routine 2-3 times a week, but never two days in a row. Your body needs time to rest – that’s when the muscle growth happens!
Weight Training Using Machines
If you’re intimidated by free weights or are worried about injury, you can look into doing the circuit on the weight machines featured in most gyms. Many machines nowadays give you directions on how exactly to use them for optimal results, so it’s as simple as paying attention to the instructions and working your way around the gym.
Machines are not the best option for those looking to build a big physique with balanced, practical strength. While it’s true that you build strength any way that puts stress on your muscle, the limited movement of the machine neglects the stabilizer muscles that support and enhance your newfound strength. Those serious about bodybuilding should opt for free weights, but weight machines are a reliable and safe option for those just looking to get in shape.
Free Weight Routine
For those wanting to maximize their muscle growth in a short amount of time and who have access to barbells, you can build a great physique with just a few different exercises. These exercises are called compound movements, and they engage many muscle groups at once. This is the most efficient way to build muscle, and takes the least amount of time out of your day.
Follow a program such as StartingStrength, which is great for beginners.
● Squats – 5 reps, 3 sets
● Bench Press – 5 reps, 3 sets
● Deadlift – 5 reps, 3 sets
And that’s it for phase one of the routine. The program changes things up a bit as you begin to gain strength, and you can view the full routine for free here. YouTube, again, is a great resource to learn proper form and avoid industry.
We hope that you’ve found what you’re looking for in one of these three routines. Any sort of strength training is better than nothing, so make the decision to improve your health and fitness with these new tools. Why not start tomorrow?