3 Day Workout For Beginners

Beginners workout routine
New to weight training? This workout is for you. Designed to hit each muscle group with the big compound exercises once per week. Each workout day has 3-5 exercises.

Workout Summary

Build Muscle
Split
Beginner
3
Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells, Machines
Male & Female

Workout Description

New to weight training? This workout is for you. Designed to hit each muscle group with the big compound exercises once per week. Each workout day has 3-5 exercises.

With this workout you focus should be on your technique not the weight you're lifting. Get the technique right in this workout then move on to a more advanced workout (Like this 4 day split) after 8-10 weeks.

The workout hits your chest/triceps on Monday, back/biceps on Wednesday and legs/shoulders on Friday. Abs and lower back should be worked after each workout with 2 exercises (see ab exercises).

Daily Workout Schedule:

Monday - Chest and Triceps
Chest
Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Bench Press 4 12,10,10,10
Incline Bench Press 2 10
Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Tricep Dip 3 Failure
Lying Tricep Extension 3 10
Notes
  • Have a 10min warmup before you begin your workout.
  • Have your bench at a 30 degree angle for incline bench press.
  • Make sure you lean forward to focus the work on your lower chest. Use assisted dip machine if you cannot do bodyweight.
  • Light weights only for skullcrushers, focus on form.

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday - Back and Biceps
Back
Exercise Sets Reps
Wide Grip Pull Up 4 10
Seated Row 3 12
One Arm Dumbbell Row 3 10
Biceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Standing Barbell Curl 3 8-10
Notes
  • Have a 10min warmup before you begin your workout.
  • Focus on form.
  • Use lat pull downs if you can not do pull ups.
  • Can use EZ bar for barbell curls.

Thursday: Rest Day

Friday - Legs and Shoulders
Legs
Exercise Sets Reps
45 Degree Leg Press 4 12,10,10,10
Leg Extension 3 12
Leg Curl 3 12
Shoulders
Exercise Sets Reps
Military Press 4 8-10
Dumbbell Lateral Raise 3 10
Notes
  • Have a 10min warmup before you begin your workout.
  • 45 deg leg press, start with 75% of your max and add weight on each set.
  • Lateral raises - focus on form using light weights

Saturday and Sunday: Rest Days

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Posted Sat, 06/27/2015 - 23:20
Papgame

How about abs please?

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Posted Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:58
Trevor Williams

This seems like a great workout. My question is about the legs portion. How could I substitute squats, deadlifts and or lunges in place of the isolation leg movements? Thanks

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Posted Fri, 05/29/2015 - 09:28
MikeWines

Hey Trevor,
Throw in some front or back squats instead of leg press on the leg day and also include lunges instead of leg extensions. You could also add deadlifts before the pullups on back day and that would definitely be some solid additions.

If you're looking for a few other options besides just back squats, conventional deadlifts, and walking lunges, check out this article: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/train-like-an-athlete-look-li...

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Posted Mon, 05/25/2015 - 03:36
Alidolatyar

Hi I'm a 15 year old boy I've have worked out for 6 months last year but because of the fucking school I haven't worked out in the past 9 months now that it's over I want to workout hard I wanted to now if it has any side effects if I work 6 days in the week ??

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Posted Mon, 05/25/2015 - 08:01
The Lifter

You don't need to work out 6 days per week. Less is more. Hit the gym hard for about an hour 3-4 times per week. Lift heavy with good form. Then eat more calories than your body is burning with a good amount of protein and you'll see some gains.

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Posted Sun, 05/24/2015 - 08:53
Payam

Hi. I'm beginner. I'm 29 years old and 190 cm height and 70 kg weight.
I have a question. begin with a full body workout or split one?

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Posted Sun, 05/24/2015 - 20:29
Nathan

A lot of absolute beginners start with a full body circuit program for about 3 weeks or so to get the body ready for heavier split weight training. You could look at a workout like this one:

https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/beginner-fullbody-workout.html

Then move onto the one on this page.

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Posted Tue, 03/24/2015 - 03:05
Matt

I am 43 and am hitting the gym again. I had stopped in Oct. of 2013. At that time, I was benching 350 lbs. for my max and was feeling good. I went in the gym on the first day last week...and of course, 135 felt pretty heavy! Is this a pretty good beginning workout? Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Posted Wed, 03/18/2015 - 23:22
Angel

I have a question. I'm 20 about 5'7 215. I just got cleared from an injury a couple months ago trying to get back in shape. My mid section is big but I want to cut down and get cut a little. What foods an routine should i do to start working on my figure?

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Posted Thu, 02/05/2015 - 14:27
Steve Riggs

How many reps and how sets of the ab excersises should be done with this workout?

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Posted Sun, 01/04/2015 - 19:44
cliff

I am 5"6 138 I will be doing the beginners workout three days a week and running on tread mill the other three days. I am just wanting to tone up. Is this the right way to do my workouts. Also any suggestions on what and how I should be eating.

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Posted Thu, 01/01/2015 - 13:56
Jacque

I am currently at 158pounds and I want to be around 130 pounds. I also want to build my butt, legs and chest muscles. Can I do both at the same time or should I concentrate on weight loss first? What should my diet consist of. Meaning if I do both weight lose and muscle building, how should I eat?

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Posted Sun, 12/28/2014 - 02:53
nestor

thanks for the tips and video base for me as a biginner.......really aprc8.......good for 1 month this steps den after wat is the next steps,,,thanks alot

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Posted Sun, 12/14/2014 - 18:53
The Great One

Can you give me an alternative to the Tricep Dip which includes weights?

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Posted Sat, 11/29/2014 - 14:35
mehran

hi
this workout is just for men?

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Posted Wed, 09/10/2014 - 22:26
S.PRAKASH

SIMPLY SUPERB

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Posted Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:16
alvin

Can i do this exercises all the time no changing..just add some weight every months?

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Posted Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:15
alvin

Can i do this exercises all the time..i mean im not gonna change the routine at all..just add weight? Will it work?

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Posted Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:32
Mukhtar

Hi,

I am new and I really don't know my weight. Although, I am skinny and I want to gain weight. Also, I want to start gym soon. Can you suggest the beginners work out course with a good meal plan for me.

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Posted Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:12
Randy

I'm male, 52, 6'2",197lbs. never lifted before. Need to get into shape and have man boobs. Would the 3 Day Workout For Beginners be good for me? I just joined a gym and want to do it right. Please direct me in the right direction. There is so much info it's kinda overwhelming. Guess i need to change my diet to.

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Posted Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:25
itamar 27

I am 15 starts training can do this program?

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Posted Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:59
John Mccleskey

Am going to be 52 this year have worked out be four but has been a long time is it too late to get back into it?

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Posted Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:54
mike

What's involved in the 10 minute warm up on each of the days?
What's an assisted dip machine?
What is a skullcrusher?
what is an EZ bar?
How do I determine what weights to start out with?
Where can I find tips for extremely sweaty hands as a result of shyness, stress, and overall anxiety while visiting a gym?
Should I focus on getting my diet in order before attempting a workout routine?
Should I consult a doctor about my exercise induced migraines before attempting this workout?
Where can I find tips for overcoming emotional and motivational barriers to establishing a healthy diet?
Should I even be posting these questions on this page?

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Posted Wed, 07/09/2014 - 21:07
Jimbowl

Would it be detrimental to perform this as a 2-day? Chest-Triceps-Bicaps on Day A then Back-Shoulders-Legs Day B but keep the same reps/sets?

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Posted Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:07
Azhar

What is the recommended time for rest between sets ?

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Posted Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:11
Matt

1-2 minutes.

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Posted Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:17
MaxPayne

should i add more weight on each rep or do i have to do each rep using my %100 strength

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Posted Mon, 05/19/2014 - 08:46
Sven

Hi,

I just joined the gym and frankly don't really have anyIdea where to start.
I am 24, I am about 5'11" and weigh around 180 pounds. I have been gaining some fat around my stomach, so my aim is to lose it and to gain more muscles on my arms and chest. have couple of questions in that respects.
Would this workout be a good start for me, and if so how long should I stay with it? Do i need to combine this with cardio? What should be my usual calories&protein intake per day including rest days? And any advise on supplements that could help to lose abdominal fat and gain arm & chest muscles?

thank you

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Posted Mon, 04/28/2014 - 14:17
Sarpe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG3B8Z411iU Can you please tell me if we are doing it good or wrong and if wrong what should we change? thanks!

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Posted Thu, 03/20/2014 - 13:15
vickky....

will my height increase after the age if 21 ....pls prescribe me exercises to do so..my height is 5'7" and my age is 21
pls help me guyzzzzzzzzzzz !!!!!!!

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Posted Sat, 03/01/2014 - 04:16
Arvind Rajendran

Hi, I'd like to know if there is an alternative that I can do for Leg Curls and Military Press. My gym doesnt have the leg curl machine.
Thank you.

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Posted Fri, 01/31/2014 - 07:43
Jordan

Starting this on monday! Im 6"4 and currently only 160 lbs
I only started gym this week call me stupid but what would a 10 min warm up consist of?

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Posted Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:13
saqib

im 6'2
age 18
how can i bulk my body ?
i hate my height

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Posted Thu, 01/30/2014 - 17:22
Jordan

This might sound silly but im new to all this
What would I do for a 10 min warm up?

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Posted Sat, 01/25/2014 - 15:23
Christian

Hey guys, the gym I have access to has only these machines:

Bicerp Curl
Tricep Extension
Abdominal
Lat Pull
Seated Row
Seated Chest
Leg Extension
Horizontal Leg Curl
Chin/Dip

Can I do this workout with just these machines?

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Posted Sun, 01/12/2014 - 00:48
Jin

I am 5feet 6 inches and weigh about 56 Kg. could you please advise the best training so that i can gain a little more weight and gradually build a fit body

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Posted Sun, 01/05/2014 - 14:19
Orion

what is the recommended rest interval between sets?

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Posted Sun, 01/05/2014 - 01:15
Johnny Zakharia

I think this is workout is a BIG MISTAKE and UNPROFESSIONAL.

How the hell can I get a beginner to do Tricep Dip ?

As a personal trainer I would be fired or sued or go out of business trying to get a 300 pound client (a beginner) to do a Tricep Dip

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Posted Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:33
Aaron

Hello can anyone tell me if this diet is alright I am going to start this training program tomorrow for a month then switch to 4 day split is this alright thanks in advance

7:00AM
Lean Mass meal replacement

10:00AM
Tuna Wrap

1:00PM
Chicken Lettuce Mayo Wrap

5:00-5:30PM (Pre Workout)
Chicken Stir-fry

8:00PM (Post Workout)
Tuna Rice And Broccoli

10:00PM
Lean Mass Meal Replacement

Macros
Cal : 2500
Protein : 241g
Carbs : 319g
Fat : 53g

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Posted Fri, 12/13/2013 - 18:11
nick

I've been lifting for about 15 years I've done all the trail and errors, ups and downs. No matter how big I or strong I got I always went back to the basics, and when I'd hit a plateau going back to the fundamentals always got me gains and back on track. I've been out of the iron game fro awhile and was looking for somewhere to start off again and this is exactly what I was looking for.

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Posted Thu, 11/21/2013 - 12:53
Michael

What kind of rest period am I looking at between sets?

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Posted Mon, 11/11/2013 - 08:40
Brandon

How long should I rest between the each set and between each exercise?

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Posted Sun, 10/20/2013 - 20:33
Daniel

I work over night shifts...so getting proper sleep is hard for me. Will this work out still work fine for me. What do you guys recommend for supplements if any. Right now I have a full muscle and weight gainer powder. Anything that I can/should add to shakes. I'm just starting so I will more than likely be going to the gym directly after work.

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Posted Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:47
nateR

I realize this thread is pretty old but if any one checks it, I was wondering what kind of weight per set you should be doing? I.e. 70% of max for 1st set, 80% 2nd set etc. Thanks.

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Posted Wed, 09/18/2013 - 09:17
Shivam Khanna

What about once I'm done doing this workout for 4-6 weeks. What do I do after this?!

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Posted Fri, 09/06/2013 - 21:19
Mohsin

I am going first time for excersice so can i follow this program?

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Posted Wed, 09/04/2013 - 01:05
John

I do not have any access to the machines for the leg exercises I am going to do squats instead what else should I add as I only have free weights?

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Posted Tue, 09/03/2013 - 21:14
Vince

How do all of these comments have so many thumbs down? Do meat-heads really have nothing better to do?

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Posted Mon, 09/02/2013 - 02:15
Andreas Jansson

Could i use this workout as a push and pull split?

Monday:chest, shoulders and triceps

Wensday: Back and biceps

Friday: Legs

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Posted Sat, 08/31/2013 - 19:35
Omar Ibrahim

what kind of weights should i be using in this workout? I've been working out with 10 KG for almost 2 months now. Im 15 btw so should i increase the weight by alot or what?