Get in the best shape of your life over the course of the next 12 weeks by using the best full body workout routine for women! Read on and learn more!
Workout Summary
  • Main Goal
    Lose Fat
  • Workout Type
    Full Body
  • Training Level
    Beginner
  • Program Duration10 weeks
  • Days Per Week
    4
  • Time Per Workout60-90 minutes
  • Equipment Required
    Bands, Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells, EZ Bar, Exercise Ball, Machines
  • Target Gender Female
  • Recommended Supps
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Workout Description

When it comes to women’s specific weight training, full body workouts make a lot of sense.

For one, women seem to have an accelerated recovery rate when compared to their male counterparts. Some of which can be explained by their relative intensity levels, natural muscle distribution, favorable mobility, and hormone profile.

All that, and let’s be real for second, women are tougher than men.

Reason number two, and as a result of reason number one, the increased training frequency leads to better muscle tone, strength, and leaner physiques.

So, if that sounds like something you’re personally interested in keep reading.

Outlined below is the best full body workout program for most (healthy) women.

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Full Body Workouts for Women

Outlined below are 4 full body workouts perfect for women looking to build lean muscle, lose fat, and increase strength.

As written, the program can be performed in an every other day fashion where you rotate the workouts each day you go to the gym.

Alternatively, you can perform the workouts on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (or in a 2 days on/1 day off fashion).

Each workout is broken up into a primary workout. These are the exercises that are necessary to perform on that training day. For your rest periods, you’ll want to rest anywhere between 45-90 seconds. For larger lifts, such as squats, you may want to take the full 90 seconds.

After the primary workout on each day is an additional optional workout you can perform immediately after your primary full body workout. These additional workouts isolate the glutes, core, and arms. For your rest periods with these exercises, limit them to 30 seconds.

The reason for the two glute isolation workouts is due to the common goal among women to grow their glutes. This is best achieved through training the glutes at least 4 times per week, with two of the glute workouts being isolated-focus with higher repetitions.

Any of these additional bonus workouts can be altered in any way that best fits your own individual goals.

Women’s Full Body Workout 1

Exercise Sets Reps
Squat 4 6-8
Leg Press 3 10-15
Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat 3 8-12 Each
Overhead Press 4 8
One Arm Dumbbell Row 4 6-8
Lat Pull Down 3 8-12
Optional Additional Exercises 1
Exercise Sets Reps
Hyperextension 3 15-20
Single Leg Glute Bridge 3 10-15 Each
Mini Band Hip Thruster 3 15

Women’s Full Body Workout 2

Exercise Sets Reps
Goblet Squat 3 12-15
Dumbbell Stiff Legged Deadlift 3 10-12
Lateral Lunge 3 12 Each
Dumbbell Bench Press 3 8-10
(Assisted) Pull Up 3 Max
Inverted Row 3 Max
Optional Additional Exercises 2
Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Curl 3 12
Rope Pressdown 3 12
EZ Bar Curl 3 12
EZ Bar Overhead Extension 3 12

Women’s Full Body Workout 3

Exercise Sets Reps
Sumo Deadlift 4 6-8
Hip Thrust 4 6-8
Barbell Row 4 6-8
Seated Dumbbell Press 3 8-12
Lateral Raise 3 10-12
Push Up 3 Max
Optional Additional Exercises 3
Exercise Sets Reps
Plank 3 Max Time
Exercise Ball Crunch 3 20
Hanging Leg Raise 3 12-15

Women’s Full Body Workout 4

Exercise Sets Reps
Plie Squat 3 12-15
Dumbbell Rear Lunge 3 12-15
Landmine Romanian Deadlift 3 12-15
T-Bar Row 4 8-12
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press 3 12-15
Cable Face Pull 3 15-20
Optional Additional Exercises 4
Exercise Sets Reps
Frog Pumps 3 20-25
Glute Kick Back 3 15 Each
Adduction Machine (or Banded) 3 12
Abduction Machine (or Banded) 3 12

Conclusion

The above workout is a great full body workout for women that can be used regardless of your goal.

The set up of the program allows you to maximize your results in the gym - whether you are looking to build lean muscle, burn fat, increase your strength, or a combination of all of those goals.

The workout can be altered in any way necessary to fit your goals and the availability of equipment you have at your gym.

If you have any additional questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

157 Comments
Magdalena
Posted on: Thu, 09/29/2022 - 03:58

Hi! Thank you for the workout! I have some questions.
Is there a deload planned during that program? Or is it enough to take a week of after completing 10 weeks?
How do you increase the intensity so that the workout keeps being challenging? Increase weight?

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Roger
Posted on: Thu, 09/29/2022 - 07:01

Hello and thanks for the questions.

You can simply take a week off or you can do 50% of the volume for a deload. That is up to you.

Increase the intensity by adding weight, slowing the reps down, or cutting your rest time between sets. I actually like slowing the reps down myself so I can focus more on flexing the muscle. Up to you, though. Thanks for reading M&S!

Alexis Warden
Posted on: Thu, 09/08/2022 - 21:34

Hi,
Love this workout. I'm just getting started. What are Frog Pumps? I noticed there's no link on how to do this exercise.
Thanks.

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Roger
Posted on: Sun, 09/18/2022 - 10:38

Here are some instructions, Alexis. I can't share external links here, but a simple Google search should bring up a video.

Get into a glute bridge position.
Flatten out lumbar spine.
Tuck neck into chest.
Dig elbows into ground and make fists.
Put bottoms of feet together and scoot heels as close to butt as possible.
Bridge into the air while maintaining position, repeat for desired # of reps.

teachermrw
Posted on: Mon, 08/22/2022 - 15:38

Thank you for this resource. Is there an intermediate version?

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Roger
Posted on: Tue, 08/23/2022 - 08:40

Not as of now, but there may be one in the near future. In the meantime, you can add sets or pair exercises up as supersets to make them more challenging.

Jeanne
Posted on: Fri, 06/10/2022 - 16:13

This program is for beginners, what or which exercises could change in this program to be intermediate or advanced?

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 06/13/2022 - 09:18

Find challenges that you find to be challenging and switch them with easier exercises in the program.

Tina
Posted on: Mon, 05/23/2022 - 12:13

Do you recommend doing all sets on one exercise before going onto the next? And you rest 45-90s between sets ?

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Roger
Posted on: Thu, 05/26/2022 - 21:09

Correct on both, Tina. Start with 90 seconds rest, and decrease by 5-10 seconds when you feel you're capable to.

Marrium
Posted on: Wed, 04/06/2022 - 09:34

Thank you for the awesome workouts and references on you site. After I have completed this 10week program, what do I do next?
thank you

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 04/25/2022 - 20:18

Hello, Marrium. What are your main goals? I want to point you in the right direction.

Tricia Hughes
Posted on: Wed, 03/02/2022 - 13:52

I am about finished with the 10 weeks. What should you do when the 10 weeks are up? Should you do totally new workouts?
Thanks!

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Roger
Posted on: Thu, 03/10/2022 - 19:18

Hi, Tricia. After you take a week off (you deserve it), figure out what your next goals are, and then pick a workout accordingly. If you don't mind sharing what you would like to do after this program, I can help you choose one that would suit your future goals.

Amber
Posted on: Tue, 01/25/2022 - 01:17

Hi Roger, is 4 times a week ideal? I thought you should keep 1 day of rest before targeting a muscle again. But if you workout 4 times that’s not possible. What days would you recommend to workout?

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Roger
Posted on: Wed, 01/26/2022 - 19:51

Hi, Amber. Since each muscle isn't doing a lot of work, then following a workout like this would be okay. Training two days in a row with one day off in between would work. So a sample workout split may look like this.

Day 1 - Workout 1
Day 2 - Workout 2
Day 3 - Off
Day 4 - Workout 3
Day 5 - Workout 4
Day 6 - Off
Day 7 - Either take this day off too or start over with Workout 1.

Suzanne
Posted on: Sat, 01/01/2022 - 21:18

Hi! I don’t have a barbell at home, but I have a bench, lg. varying range of dumbbells, kettlebells, and various other equipment. Can I still do this workout or do you feel I should choose one which doesn’t require a barbell? I could purchase one with weight plates, but don’t trust it without a spotter. I can get someone to spot me if I do this at my gym but need to get more familiar with lifting first. Thank you!!!

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 01/03/2022 - 20:23

Hi, Suzanne! Dumbbells and kettlebells would work. Once you feel more comfortable, add the barbell and plates to the home gym. In the meantime, the alternative versions will be fine to do.

Tara Nichole
Posted on: Wed, 12/29/2021 - 13:54

Would you suggest adding any cardio into these? I absolutely hate cardio, but would you suggest doing it on a different day or adding it in during the workout?

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Roger
Posted on: Thu, 12/30/2021 - 21:46

Hi, Tara! You could add 20 minutes of cardio first thing in the morning or post-workout if you like. Also, I suggest signing up for the fat loss course at the top of the article. That info can benefit you as well.

Andria
Posted on: Sun, 12/05/2021 - 01:28

So is this a 10 or a 12 week program?? The text of the article states 12 weeks and the workout summary states 10 weeks

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 12/06/2021 - 17:57

Hi, Andria. Honestly, you can do it for ten or 12, but I believe the original plan was for this to be a 10 week program.

Caroline
Posted on: Mon, 11/15/2021 - 01:24

I’m a 43 year old female, been lifting heavy for 20 years, I want to build muscle, what rep/set range should be used in a 3/4 day programme and as you build strength do you aim for same rep range but with heavier weights? Thanks so much.

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 11/15/2021 - 18:55

Hi, Caroline! For upper body, the rep range should be 8-12. For legs, go with a rep scheme of 12-15. Once you can get max reps with certain weight, then yes, go up. Hope this helps!

LaurelC
Posted on: Sun, 10/31/2021 - 18:32

I am getting back into strength training after some time off. In workout 1, is any squat variation sufficient? The link takes me to the barbell back squat and I don't feel ready for it at this point. Thank you!

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 11/01/2021 - 19:28

Hello and great question. If you're not comfortable with the barbell squat, use a machine version or do goblet squats with a dumbbell or kettlebell if you like. Hope this helps!

MikeV
Posted on: Fri, 10/29/2021 - 11:59

Can these exercises be altered for someone who has MS. So stability is an issue with some of these exercises. Thanks.

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Roger
Posted on: Fri, 10/29/2021 - 19:52

Hi, Mike. Replace any movement that is difficult with a machine or cable version. There are plenty of choices to consider in the Exercises section for you to consider. I also suggest talking to a physical therapist to get some expert advice specifically for MS.

Gaby
Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2021 - 08:02

Hello, do you do the same routine for 10 weeks ? Or do u need to sign up to receive updated routine schedule every few weeks ?

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Roger
Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2021 - 16:20

Same routine for all ten weeks, Gaby!

Christina S
Posted on: Sun, 09/26/2021 - 18:17

Hey!

I have been looking at starting either this work out or the split one. I have experience in the gym with lifting but have fallen off of a while so building strength again. Of course wanting to build strength and lower body but also lose fat for sure as currently overweight (knowing this stems from nutrition mostly). But Which do you think would be most ideal? I am used to split training but I can see why this would be good too so I’m torn.

Thank you

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Roger
Posted on: Thu, 10/07/2021 - 11:53

Hi, Christina. Go with this one until you feel like you're ready to jump back onto a split program. You will be pleased with the results if you're not used to full-body sessions.

Cheryl
Posted on: Sun, 09/26/2021 - 04:38

Recommendations to adapt a full body routine to 2 days a week?

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Roger
Posted on: Thu, 10/07/2021 - 11:51

Hi, Cheryl. Do Workout 1 and 2 during one week, and 3 and 4 the next week.

Gene
Posted on: Mon, 08/30/2021 - 06:58

Hello,
I’m interested in starting this workout next month as it looks great.
My goal is to build muscle and not lose fat. Should I follow the same workout but just eat more or increase reps or weight and eat more?
Also I was wondering if I want to build back muscles, on which days could I add some lat/trap/delt exercises please?

Thanks a lot for posting the workout

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Roger
Posted on: Mon, 09/13/2021 - 20:17

Hi there. There are actually back exercises in this program already. If you want to add one to each workout, go to the Exercises section and click on the Upper Back section. You can find one that will work for you based on the equipment you have access to.

Lisa
Posted on: Sat, 07/31/2021 - 02:05

I have been using this for the past couple weeks and I already see a lot of improvement thank you for putting this out there for new people that haven’t ever lifted weights before this program u got here is amazing thank you!

Lisa
Posted on: Sat, 07/31/2021 - 02:05

I have been using this for the past couple weeks and I already see a lot of improvement thank you for putting this out there for new people that haven’t ever lifted weights before this program u got here is amazing thank you!

Cristina
Posted on: Tue, 07/13/2021 - 08:23

I forgot to ask, how do i increase the weight that i will be lifting? Do i depend on my own strength? Or do i start low even if i can lift heavier? I used to lift 2.5kgs barbell, then up to 5kgs then now i can do 7.5kgs. With free weights. With machines for example the leg press, before i used to do 9kgs but now i jumped to 18kgs. Is that safe? Or am i straining my muscle to much? Thanks again! This content is amazing.

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Abigail
Posted on: Tue, 07/13/2021 - 09:40

Hey Cristina - the weight you use should be something you can move safely with proper form for the given number of reps. After each set, you should have 1-2 reps left in the tank.

Cristina
Posted on: Tue, 07/13/2021 - 08:02

Hello, I’m 29 years old with BMI of 32. I was browsing, going through every workout specified to target certain muscle groups using different equipments to try to formulate my own workout routine, and it’s hard, because it’s a lot to learn and choose from, but finding your readily formulated workout routine is like finding gold! I’m so excited to try this routine! I’m going combine it with calorie deficit, IF and i’ll watch my macros too. Make sure to eat protein with balanced fiber, also, lots and lots and lots of water! Thank you so much!

Jess
Posted on: Fri, 05/28/2021 - 02:20

I like the look of this programme but I’m a beginner. Do I do all three sets of the same exercise before I move to the next exercise on the list.

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Abigail
Posted on: Fri, 05/28/2021 - 10:28

Hey Jess - yes, you'll do all sets of one exercise before moving on to the next.

Daniela Sanchez
Posted on: Tue, 05/18/2021 - 12:34

Hi! If m’y goal it is to reduce my lower body not to grow, should I workout lifting heavy or more reps ? Or should I focus more on my upper body ?? I wanna reduce my legs so bad

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Abigail
Posted on: Wed, 05/19/2021 - 10:06

Hey Daniela - losing weight is heavily impacted by your diet and being in a caloric deficit.

Kaysheegibs
Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2021 - 02:49

Liking the program so far! Does it matter what sequence I do the workouts in? For example, on day 1 can I switch it to lower body (squat) then upper body (overhead press) then lower body (leg press), etc? Sometimes equipment is not available and I make do with what’s available in the moment. also gives me a rest since lower body focus is intense.

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Abigail
Posted on: Tue, 05/11/2021 - 09:25

Hey Kaysheegibs - ideally you'll follow the program in the order it's written, but yes, you can switch up the movements if needed.

Lynn
Posted on: Tue, 04/13/2021 - 19:18

I've been following this workout for about 3 weeks. I normally warm up on the treadmill for 15 min before lifting is that ok?? Also I have thick thighs and want to slim them down big time. I have been tracking macros to get body fat down. I'm 5'4, 135lbs with 23% body fat. Are these workouts going to make my thighs appear larger than they already are? I'm also 50 years old

Giovanna Torres
Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2021 - 13:24

Can I do cardio before or after these workout sessions or would that be too much cardio? How would you incorporate cardio with this routine to promote fat loss but preserve muscle

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Abigail
Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2021 - 09:32

Hey Giovanna - you can add in cardio after your workout routine. Remember that diet plays the largest role in losing weight.