This thread might have died a bit, but it inspired me to learn about lifting in general, so I want to contribute.
As I have flung dumbells about for years, but now have learned some basic sense. How about this routine for a beginner/novice?
A squat of some sort (back, front, jefferson, whatever)
A power move (cleans, snatches)
A horizontal press (bench, DB bench)
A vertical press (OH, BNP, etc. )
A horizontal pull (BB rows, T ROws, etc.)
A vertical pull (pullups, chinups, etc.)
A deadlift (stiff, snatch grip, rounded back, etc.)
A few finishers as needed
A squat is back, front, goblet, whatever
A power move is a clean or a snatch of some sort, or a piece of said move.
A horizontal press is a bench or incline, etc.
A vertical press is an OH lift of some sort
A horizontal pull is a row of some kind
A vertical pull is some form of chinup
A deadlift is just that.
Finishers: Dips, Pushups, Inverted rows, Stiff Deads, etc.
3x week and thank you very much. Eat gobs of protein, and when you are Mr. Universe, make the check out to Mike Martin.