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Old 08-19-2011, 08:37 AM   #1
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Default Full body workout structure question

Curious how you would structure a full body workout system for a novice who wants to build muscle. I know you aren't gonna focus on bodyparts. How do you choose main lifts and accessory work?
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I am more of a fan of doing shorter workouts, so my basic structure looks like this:

Day 1:
Squat
Bench or Dips
Some type of Row
A few accessory lifts

Day 2:
Deadlift
Shoulder Press
Chin-ups or Pull-ups
A few accessory lifts.

So it's basically a lower, a push, and a pull, plus a few extras to round it out and create balance.
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Dan John's 5 Basic Human Movements is a good place to start.
Push, Pull, Squat, Hinge and Loaded Carry.

I like simplicity.
Have to squat!
Have to deadlift.
Rowing is good.
Push ups and Chins are a necessity.
Bench Press is good, though I'm not a fan.
No shortage of ways to carry weight

I would add to it an acceleration based movement, ie. Clean, Sandbag Shouldering, Snatch, Jump Squats, etc....

Sets & Reps schemes are numerous. No need to re-invent the wheel, with any of it really.
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Here's the structure i've based my workouts around the past couple of years.

Benching exercises: Bench, CGBP, Incline, Incline CGBP, Dips, Flyes

Pulling exercise: Chins, PullUps, Rows BB/DB, Shrugs

Overhead exercises: Presses seated/standing with BB/DB, Laterals, Upright Rows

Squatting exercises: Squatz High Bar/Low Bar, Leg Press, Leg Extensions

Deadlifting exercises: Deadlifts, RDLs, SLDLs, GMs, Hypers, Leg Curlz

Accessories: Curlz, Abs, Extensions, Calf Raises

(The list is by no means exhaustive, but it should give you an idea of what I think works)

You choose one exercise from each category. For a novice it's basically very simple, choose the bolded exercise. Later on when variety is needed (that is genuinely needed, not wanted) then exercises can be varied.

Sets/Reps: For a novice volume is required, so 3x10 is reasonable as is 5x5. Later on when a foundation has been built, a trainee can vary his sets/reps to suit his more specific goals.
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