Here is a basic, effective weight lifting workout program which will get you rolling in the iron game while efficiently gaining muscle and getting stronger. The program is split three ways with a day of rest in between each. After the last workout we allow a full 2 days of rest, both for recuperative purposes as well as convenience and practicality.
Each exercise in the weight lifting workout program will consist of doing 2 warm up sets with light weight, and then 2 working sets with relatively heavy weight, unless otherwise noted. Repetitions will try to be around 6-8.
Monday- We start out the weight lifting workout program training our Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps. For your chest you will ideally want to perform the bench press. After you perform your 2 warmups and then your 2 working sets, we’ll move on to another chest exercise, the pectoral butterfly or “pec dec” machine, for another 2 warmups and 2 working sets. Shoulders are up next and we’ll want to start out with seated or standing barbell shoulder presses. Next up comes more of an isolation exercise such as shoulder dumbbell laterals to be performed for slightly higher reps, say 8-10. Triceps are next and we will perform tricep pressdowns on a cable station for 2 warmups and 2 working sets. Since triceps have already been worked through both bench press and shoulder press, we will only do 2 sets of triceps then bring them out of the oven and we are through for day one of this weight lifting workout program.
Wednesday – This days weight lifting workout program will consist of a Leg workout. If you can perform squats safely and properly then that is the recommended exercise. If you are not use to squats you should use the leg press machine. Again, 2 warmups, 2 working. Next up are Leg Extensions performed on the leg exstension machine. After that we will hit the back of the legs – the hamstrings. Hammy’s, like triceps, we are only going to work with one exercise and that is reverse leg extensions on a machine. This isolates the hams well and you’ll feel the burn in the back of your leg. Repetitions will fall slightly higher in the 10-12 range. Next we will move on to a calf machine and perform 2 sets with higher repetitions of 12-20, and that will complet Wednesdays weight lifting workout program.
Friday- For this weight lifting workout program day we are training back and biceps. For back we will peform either barbell rows, or if your gym has a good hammer machine row that is acceptable as well. Repetitions for our 2 working sets fall within the 6-8 range. Next for back we perform “Lat pulldowns” on the lat pulldown cable machine. Repetitions rise to the 8-10 range for lat pulldowns. Next up is Biceps and these can be trained with standing bicep dumbell curl exercise. Then we can do one set of seated concentration curls. Since the biceps will already have been worked from the back exercises, we need only do one concetration curl set (one set per arm), and we’ve wrapped up Fridays weight lifting workout program.
Saturday and Sunday we take off, and then Monday we hit it strong again with the chest, shoulder, tricep workout.
This essentially is an exercise outline for a basic and very effective weight lifting workout program. It allows one major lift to be performed, followed by a more minor isolation movement to be performed. The sets are low as to avoid overtraining while allowing the body to recover and hence muscle growth to occur. You can further tweak or tailor this weight lifting workout program to your own liking based on the effectiveness of the given exercises, as well as personal preference towards certain exercise you feel may feel more comfortable performing.