Effective 2 day per week fullbody routine that is perfect for building muscle and strength. If you don't have time to live in the gym this is the routine for you.
Workout Summary
  • Main Goal
    Build Muscle
  • Workout Type
    Full Body
  • Training Level
    Beginner
  • Program Duration8 weeks
  • Days Per Week
    2
  • Time Per Workout30-45 minutes
  • Equipment Required
    Barbell, Bodyweight, Dumbbells
  • Target Gender Male & Female
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Workout Description

This is a 2 day per week fullbody routine, designed by Steve and should be used by those looking to build muscle, gain strength and/or gain weight.

This workout can also be performed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, alternating between A and B workouts.

Your goal is to do as many reps as possible without training to failure on each set. Try for more reps on every set of every workout. When you can perform 25 total reps for all three sets on exercises that require 3 sets of 6-10 reps, add weight.

Additional exercises can be added on each day, but do not train longer then 60 minutes on any given day.

Daily Workout Schedule:

Monday - Workout A
Full Body
Exercise Sets Reps
Squat 3 6-10
Barbell Bench Press 3 6-10
Bent Over Row 3 6-10
Stiff Leg Deadlift 2 10-15
Ab Exercise (Pick your favorite) 3 10-25
Thursday - Workout B
Full Body
Exercise Sets Reps
Deadlift 3 6-10
Seated Barbell Press Behind Neck 3 6-10
Close Grip Bench Press 3 6-10
Standing Barbell Curl (or Standing Dumbbell Curl) 3 6-10
Seated Calf Raise 2 10-25
354 Comments
Monica
Posted on: Fri, 07/30/2021 - 12:53

Great.
Can this workout be done three times a week by intermediate lifters ?

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Marina
Posted on: Wed, 08/04/2021 - 15:09

Monica -

It can be. But remember you want at least 1x day of rest between full-body workout days.

Andrew Lawe
Posted on: Thu, 11/19/2020 - 17:25

Can I do this workout Thursday, Friday back to back after my 15 min jog....I usually job about 1 - 2 miles 4 days a week..Also Can i gain a little size and shape in the biceps, triceps and pecs, not too big but just so the ladies will notice....and i only have two days per week and i will be extremely consistent. I just have 30 - 45 min

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Abigail
Posted on: Fri, 11/20/2020 - 09:28

Hey Andrew - it's best to have at least one day of rest between workouts to allow your body to recover.

Larry Chmiel
Posted on: Mon, 08/19/2019 - 21:45

Steve,
I have been sedentary for the past six months due to a foot problem, no walking for distances, no weight training. I am 76 years old and no couch potato. I mixed and poured 144 bags of concrete for the foundations of a deck that I am building.. I also, dug the holes. I rested when tired and did not push myself as I would if I were 40.
I lost 30 pounds through dieting only during the last six months. My daughter said that I look weak and scrawny
Would this be a good routing for me to build some strength and some muscle in order to finish building my deck and look physically better.
Thanks for your advice!.

Trevor Williams
Posted on: Wed, 06/19/2019 - 13:49

If I struggle with a shoulder mobility issue, could I sub out behind the neck shoulder press with a conventional shoulder press?

Justin
Posted on: Sun, 08/26/2018 - 16:37

What’s recommended rest between sets?

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JoshEngland
Posted on: Mon, 08/27/2018 - 08:49

Hi Justin,

60ish seconds should do the trick.

Randy
Posted on: Tue, 06/26/2018 - 19:01

What are your thoughts on doing 100 push-ups everyday on your off days just to stay fresh and maybe prolong protein synthesis. I don't think that would be overdoing it right?

Francis
Posted on: Sun, 02/11/2018 - 17:40

Steve I wanted to ask you why you believe that this is a beginners program, I have analysed this program and it can be used for intermediate and advanced trainers as well, the reason I say this is because at some point in anyone’s lifting career they may need to reduce their time in the gym or they come across a sticking point this is at excellent routine at any level. Anyone that thinks that this is too easy especially 2 days a week let them train between 80 to 85% of their 1 rep max on all exercises and let me know how they get on.

janaka
Posted on: Tue, 09/13/2016 - 00:01

has anybody followed this program...kindly let us know your results

Jay
Posted on: Mon, 06/15/2015 - 19:19

Behind the neck presses for beginners? I'd substitute that with front presses, less risk of shoulder injury

mina
Posted on: Fri, 04/17/2015 - 21:30

if i stick to this routine with walking daily for one hour and low carb diet .. Is this suitable for losing weight with increasing strength??
Thank you

Gregory Enzor
Posted on: Sun, 12/11/2016 - 07:44

Low carb diets are a myth for losing weight. My wife uses an 80-10-10 Carb, Protein, Fat nutritional plan and she has lost weight while maintaining her energy levels, fitness, and strength. The types of carbs you consume and the time of day you consume them in relation to your workout routine are the keys. Research the plant based community on diet and nutrition, Rip Essylstein and the Engine 2 diet, and compare the myths to the reality.
Walking for a length of time is good, but shorter, more intense (still low impact) aerobic activity will boost your metabolism. Again, timing is key with this as well.
Any workout routine, just as a diet, are simply routine until you make them meet your needs. Gaining strength comes from all of these put together in the right package and done the right way for your body, lifestyle, and nutritional habits.
E-mail me if you want more specifics at gregenzor@gmail.com or continue through this forum.

hharry
Posted on: Thu, 04/11/2019 - 17:07

Only if you cut cals.

clark
Posted on: Sun, 03/29/2015 - 21:58

im trying to get keep so im hoping this is the right way to start? what kind of diet and cals do i need to take in. do i eat the same on days im not working out. is it ok to do cardo. on days im not lifing? thanks

bestill
Posted on: Mon, 03/23/2015 - 04:47

Seated Barbell Press Behind Neck
i do not have a rack or squat stand ..
can i change this by other exerises ?

janaka
Posted on: Tue, 01/26/2016 - 13:08

yes ,,dumbell press..barbell front press or handstand push ups

Angus
Posted on: Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:53

Hi there steve i was wondering if is it ok to preform this routine 3 days a week instead of two on monday wednsday and friday?

Alexis
Posted on: Mon, 12/01/2014 - 21:56

Hey I'm a female with a high body fat. However I would like to build strength. Do you recommend this routine? I'm doing cardio 3 Times a week currently.

Genesis
Posted on: Sat, 10/18/2014 - 23:43

Hey, so I've been working out now for five months so I was wondering, can I still use this program? I mean I am still considered as a beginner right?

Tom
Posted on: Wed, 10/15/2014 - 23:03

Hi there,

This has been a great work-out while I've had to prioritize my studies, yet still hit the gym a few times a week. I've managed to make steady progress for everything, with the exception of my arms which have seemingly plateau'd. Should I consider alternative exercises (I've been doing Hammer Curls and Close-Grip Bench Press for Bi's and Tri's respectively), or just force myself to move onto higher weights after a certain amount of time?

Thanks :)

janaka
Posted on: Wed, 02/15/2017 - 21:33

You can add 3 sets for biceps and 3 sets for triceps after each workout 8-10 rep range....
do more pull ups and dips..whenever possible

josue
Posted on: Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:18

can I do this workout: A Monday and thrusday and B tuesda and Friday?

Mitchele
Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2014 - 21:25

Hi steve, im wondering how should i drink my protein supplement during my non workout days, thanks!

Mitchele
Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2014 - 21:20

Hi Steve

Im wondering how should I drink my protein supplement during my non workout days, thanks in advance

kieran
Posted on: Sat, 09/20/2014 - 04:52

Hey Steve I've been training bout 13 years and hit a plaque would dis help me to gain again

ron
Posted on: Fri, 09/19/2014 - 18:43

Hi Steve, I am working out 4-5 days workout in a week with one mussel every day., I want to change a program for next 4 weeks, I want to loose belly fat, I'm 31 172cmhight 78kg weight, what do you suggest?
Thanks
ron

Luís Sousa
Posted on: Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:42

hi Streve,
Know i'm married and i used to workout from monday to friday, and she doesnt agree so much because she's working on shifts (one week morning shift, another week night shift) i wondering if i do your workout plan on her morning shifts like monday and thursday and when she's in night i'll workout from monday to friday. what you think about?
thanks in advance.

aze
Posted on: Sat, 08/30/2014 - 03:27

Hi Steve. Can I squeeze all this to one day work out? Due to work schedule. I can only train on Saturdays. Or any recommendations? Suggestions?

janaka
Posted on: Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:01

just do.. squat s/ bench press / barbell rowing and barbell press as prescribed..and add few other exercises if u have energy...

Robin
Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:00

Hi (: i want to ask if i habe to do squats.. i cant do them anymore ._. my left knee is fucked.. i cant twist it anymore.. deadlifting is totaly fine.. can i skip squats and only do deadlift twice a week?
please reply :/

Tommy
Posted on: Mon, 06/02/2014 - 18:51

Hi Steve,

I came across your 3 day (m, w, f) dumbbell workout and plan to do that but I thought "What can I be doing on Tuesday and Wednesday? I came across this but I know it would not be a good idea to work this in with the 3 day workout. What do you recommend doing to stay active on the days off. I plan to do cardio and abs Mon-Fri regardless. Should Tuesday and Thursday be days I stay away from lifting and focus on cardio/abs and muscle rest?

janaka
Posted on: Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:05

trh some hill runs or.. 10 X 100 meters or 8 X 200 meters..

janaka
Posted on: Mon, 05/05/2014 - 20:48

Hi, Steve, Thank you very much for this routine..I used it with great succsess..I am 43 and still could pack on some impressive muscles..and my strength levels went up..thanx again...I am happy to see this post is stii alive .
could somebody whlo followed this programme update js with their results please.

Enrico
Posted on: Thu, 04/24/2014 - 13:56

Will this be enough to add mass on shoulders?
Thanks

Ali
Posted on: Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:19

Hi
I have an other question if I am a 15 years old teenager how much should the barbells or dumbbells weight ???

Ali
Posted on: Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:07

Hey thanks for the program it's good but I have a problem with all of the programs I have seen and the problem is that I only can go to the gym on Friday or Thursday and I want to now that is there any problem on that or not ?
I can't go on any other day on till the summer comes.
And does this program have any problem for a teenagers growth?

Dion
Posted on: Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:52

Hey Steve,

I got to hand it to you, your website is absolutely a great source of information.
I really liked the 2 day full body workout routine from you. but I miss certain equipment to follow the exercises mentioned. I use dumbbells, (body weight) Push ups, Pull ups. Is there a possibility you could describe me variaties of the exercises mentioned which I cant do myself?

Thank you very much

Regards Dion

Matt
Posted on: Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:04

I would like to try this routine out, but I feel that my incline BP is a particular weak area of mine. Would it be alright to add it in before regular BP? Thanks

Anthony
Posted on: Thu, 03/20/2014 - 06:40

Awsm stuff..... just wanted know how long should anyone do this for??? eg: 3 weeks, 4 weeks etc.. and also hope u could upload a little advance work-out after completing this....

peter
Posted on: Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:25

Hey, thanks for this. I have been lifting for many years off and on. I just started a boot camp style routine 1 hour a day 3x a week. You think this is enough on my off days or should I add to it? or should I not lift at all on my off days?

Qassem
Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2014 - 03:52

Hi Steve I'm new on working out I'm 20 and weigh 190 lbs, My height is 5'8, I have a bit of a belly, and want to lose some fat. As well as being fit. Should I do this schedule with cardio or this alone could help me be fit. Thanks

Terry Kilgore
Posted on: Sat, 02/08/2014 - 10:54

Any recommended workout for a trucker. Always in truck. When I do go home its only for 2 days in A row. Any advice would be appreciated.

wvengineer
Posted on: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 16:36

What should be done as far as warm up sets?

Andrew
Posted on: Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:22

Hi Steve,

I'm doing Cross-fit twice a week, and MMA twice as well. Would you recommend adding this routine too? I need to put on some muscle, but I'm worried that I may over-train. My schedule would be like this:
Monday: Cross-fit
Tuesday: MMA
Wednesday: Cross-fit
Thursday: Workout A
Friday: MMA
Saturday: Workout B
Sunday: Free
The MMA sessions don't really put much strain on my muscles, at least that's how I feel.
Thanks

Nil
Posted on: Mon, 12/02/2013 - 17:53

Can the squat be replaced with the 75 degree leg press and what can i replace the deadliest with ?
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Endo/Ecto guy
Posted on: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 11:11

Hi Steve,
I found my answer about the resting period on page 3-4.
sorry for not backreading.

Dan Higgins
Posted on: Thu, 11/21/2013 - 21:52

hey, what will be a good substitution be for "Seated Barbell Press Behind Neck" I have done these before and I do them very awkwardly, thanks

gyneco-man
Posted on: Wed, 11/20/2013 - 09:48

Hello Steve,

I have gynecomastia. but my man boobs is not that big really..
will working out help me cover my man boobs?
or in other words, will this workout work for my man boobs?

Thanks

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