Whether you’re a complete beginner to the iron game and are looking to gain muscle or you’re returning to the iron kingdom after a long hiatus, you will need to start slow and with a proper program.
Many new lifters make the mistake of following rigorous excessive routines inspired by their favorite athletes and bodybuilders because they want to look like those people so obviously training like them will be the best way to achieve that, right? Wrong!
You need to build a solid foundation of strength when you first begin to lift weights. You need to master your form until it becomes second nature and your chance of injury is at it’s lowest. You need to focus on major COMPOUND MOVEMENTS that utilize a myriad of muscle groups.
These are some of my favorite programs to recommend to anyone who wants to begin lifting. They will help you gain muscle, strength, and look great.
The Best Beginner Lifting Routines
ICF 5×5 Novice Program – 3 days a week full body workouts. Strong emphasis on compound lifts and gaining strength.
Push Pull Legs – If you want to dive right into a 6 days a week routine this is a killer. Great if you’re getting back into the gym after a long break.
Lyle Mcdonald Generic Bulking Routine – A very simple upper / lower routine that will help you pack on size.
Honestly as far as beginner routines go, any of these should be completely fine for you.
Just STICK WITH IT and don’t PROGRAM HOP. Try to put at least a minimal of 6-8 weeks into a routine before moving onto something else.