Full body workout routines are perfect for women who are looking to build strength and burn fat.
The reasoning behind why full body routines are so successful is because they involve multiple compound exercises.
These compound exercise work more muscle groups than isolation exercises, which will allow you to lift heavier weights.
This not only burns more calories, but is also the perfect formula for building the lean muscle tone necessary to increase your metabolic rate.
This equates to more calories burned over time.
The end result is a leaner, stronger you!
8 Week Full Body Workout Routine for Women Overview
Below you will find a weekly breakdown of the exercises you will perform for the next 8 weeks.
Each day is a complete full body workout. Perform the exercises on the day they are prescribed and don’t worry about adding more exercises to this workout. It will be plenty to challenge you.
Rest periods should be limited while performing this full body routine. Try to keep rest periods between 30-60 seconds after each set and in between exercises.
Weight progression will be highly individualized. Your goal, however, should be to move up in weight on at least one set of each exercise you perform each week. This weight increase doesn’t have to be much, even 1lb increases over time will add up.
|1. Goblet Squat||3||10, 10, 12|
|2. Dumbbell Bench Press||3||10, 10, 12|
|3. Cable Row||3||10, 10, 12|
|4. Dumbbell Stiff Leg Deadlift||3||10, 10, 12|
|5. Hip Thrust||3||10, 10, 12|
|1. Trap Bar Deadlift||3||10, 10, 12|
|2. Dips*||3||10, 10, 12|
|3. Pull Ups*||3||10, 10, 12|
|4. Landmine Squat||3||10, 10, 12|
|5. Plank||3||20 Secs|
*If you cannot perform bodyweight dips or pull ups start off by performing eccentric only dips and eccentric only pull ups, as well as band assisted dips and band assisted pull ups, until you build the strength necessary to perform them with your bodyweight.
|1. Dumbbell Shoulder Press||3||10, 10, 12|
|2. Lat Pull Down||3||10, 10, 12|
|3. Push Up||3||10, 10, 12|
|4. Barbell Lunge||3||10, 10, 12|
|5. Hyperextension||3||10, 10, 12|
Q. I’m a beginner, can I perform this 8 week full body workout routine?
This workout was written with the beginner in mind. The answer is absolutely.
Some beginners may find some of these movements difficult to perform. However, there is always an alternate variation that a beginner can perform. If you need a recommendation, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below.
That’s not to say intermediate and advanced lifters can’t see results with this program either. Full body workouts can work for any and every one. Simply modify the template to fit your individual needs and make the program more challenging.
This could include varying the rep tempo, shortening rest periods, increasing weight used, altering the rep/set ranges, and even progressing to slightly more advanced variations of the exercises listed within the workout.
Q. How should I eat while performing this workout program?
Calorie intake and dietary recommendations are always going to vary from person to person. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to recommend a specific diet plan or way of eating.
With that said it is important that you know your maintenance level calories. Use our bmr calculator to find out your daily calorie needs.
Then, if your goal is to lose fat, simply subtract 250 calories from that number and make that your daily calorie goal while performing this program.
If your goal is to gain weight, add 250 calories to that number and make that your daily calorie goal while performing this program.
Q. What should I do after the 8 weeks is up?
After you’ve completed 8 weeks of this program you should take a week to deload and map out your future goals.
Reflect and determine if this program will continue to help you get to those goals. If it does, continue performing it until it doesn’t.
If it doesn’t, we have several other womens specific workout programs that might be exactly what you are looking for.
Q. Can I substitute an exercise?
Absolutely! However, there are a few stipulations.
- It has to work the same target muscle group as the exercise you are subbing out.
- It has to be a compound exercise.
Q. How can I incorporate cardio into this workout program?
Cardio is a great addition to any workout routine! My recommendation would be to start out performing something low intensity on your rest days. This could range from walking, to cycling, to playing with your kids.
Once you’ve built up a solid cardio base, you can add in a couple of HIIT cardio sessions after your workout days.
Q. I’m short on time, can I perform this as a circuit?
And if your goal is strictly fat loss, it might actually be a solid adaptation to this workout program as the circuit will add in a cardiorespiratory factor into the equation and increase the potential for further calorie expenditure via EPOC.
This 8 week full body workout routine for women is perfect for those with limited time to make it to the gym, but still want a complete workout each time they are able to make it.
Try it out for yourself and let us know your results in the comments section below!
And, if you have any questions not addressed in this article, feel free to ask them below!