If you are looking to start some weight training, either to help build some muscle, improve core strength, lose weight or just to get fitter, then it is good to start simple. This two day per week split routine will start to work all the muscles, and will provide a good foundation for going on to more specific weight training later on.
Day 1: Chest, Triceps & Calves
Flat Barbell Bench Press: 2 sets – 10 reps Incline Dumbbell Bench Press: 2 sets – 10 reps Decline Barbell Bench Press: 2 sets – 10 reps
Dumbbell Kick-backs: 2 sets – 10 reps Cable Push-downs: 2 sets – 10 reps
Standing Machine Calf Raises: 2 sets – 10 reps Seated Calf Raises: 2 sets – 10 reps
Day 2: Legs, Shoulders & Traps
Squats: 2 sets – 10 reps Leg Press: 2 sets – 10 reps Leg Curls: 2 sets – 10 reps
Seated Dumbbell Press: 2 sets – 10 reps Standing Side Lateral Dumbbell Raises: 2 sets – 10 reps Seated Bent-over Rear Lateral Raises: 2 sets – 10 reps
Dumbbell Shrugs: 2 sets 10 reps When weight training for the first time, or getting back into bodybuilding after a long break, you will probably ache a lot afterward the first few training sessions. Do not worry, this is normal, and within a few weeks the aching will be less severe after each workout, and you will find that you recover quicker too. Do not go overboard to start with, start with light weights, then increase the mass you lift once you are confident with you own abilities.
Do not overtrain, as this is often counter-productive and also leads to injury. Keeping a training log is essential if you wish to progress well with weight training, as making small increases in weight lifted can have a great impact on how well you improve in strength and endurance.