- Main GoalBuild Muscle
- Workout TypeFull Body
- Training LevelBeginner
- Program Duration8 weeks
- Days Per Week2
- Time Per Workout30-45 minutes
- Equipment RequiredBarbell, Bodyweight, Dumbbells
- Target Gender Male & Female
- Workout PDF Download Workout
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|
|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|
|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|
Hi I would like to know if I can do this program for longer than 8 weeks. Until I max out on most of my lifts. Thanks.
Sure. Continue as long as you're still seeing improvements you like. Thanks for reading M&S!
Hi, is it okay to do these workouts on Saturday & Sunday every week as I am busy from Monday to Friday? Also, how long should I rest in-between sets and moves? Thank you so much
If that is the only way you can do it, then go for it. Rest for 60-90 seconds between both sets and exercises.
can i workout on 2 consecutive days, let's say Saturday and Sunday.
As long as you take a day off after, yes.
Can I workout on a day other than Monday and Thursday? For example I was busy on Monday so I workout Tuesday and Friday instead.
You sure can, Serick. The days listed are examples. Make this work for your schedule as needed.
Hello Steve, I’m just completed the 12 week Power Hypertrophy Upper Lower workout & it was great! I am going to do the Upper/Lower Kettlebell workout now…however, I still want continue doing Bench Press, Squats & deadlift. Would you suggest this program while doing the kettlebell program? Thank you for your advice.
Hey CL. You can do both. Let us know how they work for you. Others may benefit from your experience.
Can this workout be done three times a week by intermediate lifters ?
It can be. But remember you want at least 1x day of rest between full-body workout days.
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
Hey Andrew - it's best to have at least one day of rest between workouts to allow your body to recover.
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!.
If I struggle with a shoulder mobility issue, could I sub out behind the neck shoulder press with a conventional shoulder press?
What’s recommended rest between sets?
60ish seconds should do the trick.
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?
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.
has anybody followed this program...kindly let us know your results
i am newly
Behind the neck presses for beginners? I'd substitute that with front presses, less risk of shoulder injury
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??
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or continue through this forum.
Only if you cut cals.
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
Seated Barbell Press Behind Neck
i do not have a rack or squat stand ..
can i change this by other exerises ?
yes ,,dumbell press..barbell front press or handstand push ups
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?
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.
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?
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?
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
can I do this workout: A Monday and thrusday and B tuesda and Friday?
Hi steve, im wondering how should i drink my protein supplement during my non workout days, thanks!
Im wondering how should I drink my protein supplement during my non workout days, thanks in advance
Hey Steve I've been training bout 13 years and hit a plaque would dis help me to gain again
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?
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.
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?
just do.. squat s/ bench press / barbell rowing and barbell press as prescribed..and add few other exercises if u have energy...
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 :/
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?
trh some hill runs or.. 10 X 100 meters or 8 X 200 meters..
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.
Will this be enough to add mass on shoulders?
I have an other question if I am a 15 years old teenager how much should the barbells or dumbbells weight ???
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?
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