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The Basic Workout

 

 This basic workout helps with most goals, including fat loss, increasing strength, and general fitness.  It focuses on your larger muscle groups (which burn the most fat), and the exercises are functional, so they'll keep you strong and injury free.

 General info: This is a full-body workout done every 2-3 days (2 or 3 times per week).  Follow the order listed, and do 2 sets of each exercise - a warm-up set, and a heavier set.  For the warm-up set, use a relatively light weight, and do about 10-15 repetitions ("reps").  For the heavy set, use a weight that is challenging, and do 8 to 12 repetitions.  If it doesn't feel challenging or heavy by the 7th rep, or you can do more than 16 reps, use heavier weight.
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 Train smart. If you have any medical issues, get a doctor's clearance before starting a strength training program.  If you're unsure of your form on your exercises, video yourself.  Even better, work with a good personal trainer

 

 

 > Goblet squat  Read the description here.

 

Cable Chest Press - 1 arm

  At home, use resistance tubing.  Or do pushups. If you can't do at least 6 pushups, do incline pushups (higher hand position = easier, lower = harder).  If you can do more than 15 floor pushups, put a weight on your back or wear a weighted backpack.

 

Two-arm Dumbbell Row 

 Stand up momentarily every 3 reps to reduce back fatigue.  A barbell may be used instead of dumbbells.

 If it hurts your lower back, do the 1-arm dumbbell row.

 

  That's it for day 1.  For your second workout, do all of the above, then add: 

 

Lunges  

 If you have knee pain, very weak legs, or you are very overweight, start with split squats

 

> 2-arm Cable Chest Press 

 AlternativesPushups, 1-arm Cable Chest Press, or Single-arm barbell press (Place hand right above plate, not at top of bar),

 

Standing Cable Row - (set the cable at elbow height)

 Variations = 2 arm row with 1 cable; or 2 arm row with 2 cables.  

  At home, use resistance tubing, or do chinups.

 

For your third workout, add: 

 

 

 > Romanian Deadlift - see form videos part 1 and part 2.  Use 2 dumbbells, a barbell, or anything heavy.  If it hurts your lower back, skip this exercise.

 

Bicep Curl with Shoulder Press

 

  For your fourth and later workouts, add:  

 

>  Wide-stance Squat

 Hold the dumbbell sideways, not vertical.  You can use 2 dumbbells instead of 1, or hold anything heavy.

 See the tips on squat form here and here.

 

> Ab wheel. If you don't have an ab wheel, put your hands on furniture sliders, paper plates, or towels, and do the same movement.

Alternatives: Cable Torso Rotations  (or resistance tubing rotations).

 

 

 

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 Updated December 2016