Workouts for Beginners | 1st Phorm

by Collin Stark November 02, 2021 6 min read

I remember my first workouts at my local gym. Just walking in the door was the hardest part back then. On top of that, trying to navigate “what to actually do” made things even more overwhelming.

To be honest, I spent hours and days on a treadmill before I even made it over to the weights.

See, doing something is definitely better than doing nothing. Heck, I still prioritize daily movement, which sometimes involves simply walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike. However, there are a few simple things that can help you earn results and maintain that progress even better.

Eventually I learned about the importance of resistance training and made the leap. Looking back, my only regret is not realizing earlier how important lifting was for my results.

In addition, since my original goal was fat loss, I learned that the more muscle I could build/preserve, the more calories I could burn on a daily basis. With that, more calories burned means more fat loss, if we are doing the right things with our nutrition.

This left me with a lot of questions, like “what’s a good workout for beginners?” and “how much should a beginner work out?” In this blog, I am going to explain some things that helped me, and also give you some simple and effective workouts to get you started.

Getting Started

One thing that I’ve seen in my years of helping others with their fitness goals is that they come out of the gate too hot, which can cause them to get burned out and fall off track quickly.

More specifically, someone who wasn’t working out at all will start going to the gym six or seven days per week. Let me be clear, I have absolutely no issue with that at all ... but my goal is to create sustainable change that someone can stick to consistently. Hitting it hard for 3 to 4 weeks and then falling off does no one any good.

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For someone who is a beginner, 3 to 4 days of resistance training per week is a phenomenal place to start! But that doesn’t just mean you sit around and do nothing on the "rest days" each week.

Like I mentioned earlier, I still incorporate additional daily movement each and every day. I realize that, as a society, we are more sedentary now than ever before. So, if we can increase our daily movement by getting some additional steps, that can help us progress toward our goals.

“Rest days” don't have to just be days that you go for a walk by yourself or with the family. Sometimes that may be a good day to go for a hike or a light bike ride. Remember, we are trying to instill healthy habits on a daily basis.

Typically, I recommend that my clients either do this by going on a 30 to 45 minute walk each day, or splitting that 45 minutes into smaller walks. For example, going on three 15 minute walks after each meal or on a break at work, or taking a phone call while getting some steps in can be great options.

Resistance Training

Before I get into the workouts, I want to explain a few of the major benefits of resistance training. The goal is to work out the muscles ... and in doing so, you will create microscopic tears in the muscle cell. With proper nutrition and recovery, your body can repair this damage, and ultimately develop them to be the bigger, leaner, and more toned muscles we're looking for!

Now for the ladies, this doesn’t mean you will get bulky. You will still be able to hold your feminine look while gaining lean muscle. The way I like to put it is that you will look more “fit”!

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Additional benefits include:
· Improved Insulin Sensitivity
· Cardiovascular Health
· Increase in calories burned from the repair of muscle

So, these are the main reasons to incorporate resistance training into your plan. Now it's time to get into the workouts!

Push, Pull, Legs

This is a very popular “training split” because it allows you to use complimentary muscles during the same workout, and only requires 3 days per week of training. Then, once you become more advanced, you can repeat each workout once every week with one rest day on the 7th day.

"Push" refers to all the muscles you use to push things; triceps, chest, front and side delt (shoulder)

"Pull" refers to all the muscles you pull with; back, biceps, traps, and rear delt (shoulder)

"Legs" is fairly self-explanatory, but refers to your leg muscles; quads, hamstrings, calves

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Example Split
Monday – Push
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday – Pull
Thursday – Rest
Friday - Legs
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - Rest

Note: When looking at each exercise, there will be a series of numbers and letters displayed after the exercise name. (ex: Cable fly, 3 x 15). This refers to how many sets and reps to perform each movement. In this example, you would perform 3 sets of 15 reps of the cable fly.

So, for the first set, you would cable fly 15 times in a row before resting between sets. In addition to that, you should look to rest between 45-90 seconds between each set.

With this pattern in mind, your first exercise of the workout will proceed like this: 15 reps ... pause for 45-90 seconds ... 15 reps ... pause for 45-90 seconds ... 15 reps ... switch to the next exercise.

PUSH DAY

Cable Fly (Warmup)
3 x 15
Incline Dumbbell Press
3 x 8-10
Chest Press Machine
3 x 10-12
Flat Dumbbell Fly
3 x 10-12
Push Up
3 x 15
Dumbbell Front Raise
3 x 10-12
EZ Bar Upright Row
3 x 10-12
Cable Tricep Extensions
3 x 10-12
Dumbbell Kickbacks
3 x 10-12

Pull Day

Deadlift
3 x 6-8
Lat Pulldown
3 x 8-10
Seated Cable Row
3 x 8-10
Reverse Fly
3 x 10-12
Dumbbell Bicep Curl
3 x 10-12
Hammer Curls
3 x 10-12
Smith Machine Shrugs
3 x 10-12

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Leg Day

Leg Extension (Warm-Up)
3 x 15
Leg Press
3 x 10-12
Alternating Front Lunges
3 x 12 (each leg)
Goblet Squats
3 x 12
Leg Curls
3 x 10
Standing Calf Raise
3 x 12

Upper, Lower Split

Combining all upper body and all lower body into separate workouts is a great way to keep things simple and effective.

Basically, you will alternate doing an upper body workout one day, and lower body workout the next. You could incorporate rest days and active rest days throughout the week as needed.

To start, I typically have someone do two days of upper body and two days of lower body per week. In the future, whenever you are more advanced, you could add in a third upper body day and a third lower body day, if you wanted.

Example Split
Monday – Upper
Tuesday - Lower
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Upper
Friday - Lower
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - Rest

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Upper (Day 1)

Bench Press
3 x 8-12
Barbell Row
3 x 8-12
Seated Overhead Dumbbell Press
3 x 8-12
Cable Flyes
2 x 10-12
Wide-Grip Lat Pull-Down
2 x 10-12
Side Lateral Raise
2 x 10-12
Cable Tricep Pushdown
3 x 10-12
EZ Bar Curl
3 x 10-12

Lower (Day 1)

Squats
3 x 8-12
Romanian Deadlifts
3 x 8-12
Walking Lunges
2 x 10-12
Leg Curls
2 x 10-12
Leg Extensions
2 x 10-12
Standing Calf Raises
3 x 10-15
Planks
3 - 30 second holds

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Upper (Day 2)

Incline Dumbbell Bench
3 x 8-12
One Arm Dumbbell Row
3 x 8-12
Military Press
3 x 8-12
Incline Machine Press
2 x 10-12
Cable Rows
2 x 10-12
Upright Row
2 x 10-12
Dumbbell Curls
3 x 10-12
Skull Crushers
3 x 10-12

Lower (Day 2)

Hack Squat
3 x 8-12
Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift
3 x 8-12
Leg Press
3 x 8-12
Alternating Reverse Lunge
2 x 10-12
Seated leg Curl
2 x 10-12
Seated Calf Raise
2 x 10-12
Cable Crunches
3 x 10-15

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Conclusion

We have a saying here at 1st Phorm “We need you to meet us halfway”. Following any of these workouts with a well-balanced nutrition plan that fits your goals will definitely get you moving in the right direction.

One tool that I highly recommend for anyone who is trying to live a healthier lifestyle is the 1st Phorm App. If you download the Premium Version of the app, you will have access to seven different training programs, along with videos and explanations of each exercise and movement. Plus, you will have an advisor who will give you one-on-one coaching inside of the app.

Our goal is to make sure that you understand how to earn the results you want. If you have additional questions, please reach out to our customer service team full of NASM Certified Personal Trainers & Fitness Nutrition Specialists. They will be more than happy to help you navigate the best workout for you as well as a good foundation for nutrition ... for FREE!

If you provide the effort and we can provide the proper education, there is no reason that you cannot succeed!

Collin Stark
Collin Stark

NASM Certified Personal Trainer NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist NASM Certified Nutrition Coach