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Full Body Workouts

8 Simple Full Body Workouts

If you are looking to maximize your lean muscle and strength gains as efficiently as possible without making things more complicated than they need to be, using simple full body routines are a great way to train for most people.
 
With these suggested routines, you can cycle through them to prevent injuries and train anywhere from two to four days a week, altering volume and frequency to suit your needs and recovery abilities.
 
Hitting each muscle group several times a week is optimal for gains in lean body mass, while rotating exercises will lessen the likelihood of overuse injuries to the joints.
 
The exercise selections cover upper and lower pushing and pulling, as well as a squat and a hinge movement - the four main prerequisites for creating a balanced full body routine.
 
One can combine squatting and hinging movements quite effectively with movements like the Trap Bar Deadlift or Snatch-Grip Deadlift, as those two are examples of exercises that work your entire lower body and posterior chain.
 
This sort of training is particularly beneficial for those with fast metabolisms who have a hard time gaining muscle, as those individuals don't fare any better with longer or more complicated routines.
 
Kettlebell Swings
The number of sets and reps listed are actual work sets only, and do not include warm-up sets. It is advisable, as always, to include several light, progressive warmup sets as well as a short systemic warmup before beginning the routine.
 
As far as rest between sets goes, I would take anywhere from 1-3 minutes between sets, perhaps opting to closer to 2-3 minutes if you are lifting heavy. Time between workouts will depend on your recovery.
 

8 Simple Full Body Workouts

 
Workout 1
Trap Bar Deadlift 3x8 reps
Close Grip Bench 3x8-12 reps
Dumbbell Bulgarian Squat 3x10-12  reps
Dumbbell Pullovers 3x10-12 reps
 
Workout 2
Incline Press 3x6-8 reps
Front Squat 3x8-10 reps
Stiff-legged Deadlift 3x8-10 reps
Chin-ups or Pull-ups 3x fail reps
 
Workout 3
Snatch-Grip Deadlift 3x8-10 reps
Overhead Press 3x8 reps
One Arm Dumbbell Rows 3x10-12 reps
Push-ups 3x fail reps
 
Workout 4
Squat 3x10-12 reps
Weighted Dips 3x fail reps
Kettlebell Swings 3x15 reps
Dumbbell Pullovers 3x10-12 reps
 
Workout 5
Semi-Sumo Deadlift 3x6-8 reps
Dumbbell Floor Press 3x8-10 reps
One Arm Dumbbell Rows 3x8-10 reps
Dumbbell Jump Squats 3x fail reps
 
Workout 6
Low Handle Trap Bar Deadlift 3x10-12 reps
Incline Press 3x8-10 reps
Dumbbell Rows 3x10-12 reps
Leg Press 3x15 reps
 
Workout 7
Leg Press 3x15 reps
Close Grip Bench Press 3x8-10
Barbell Rows 3x10-12 reps
Kettlebell Swings 3x15 reps
 
Workout 8
Machine Hack Squats 3x12-15 reps
Barbell Incline Press 3x10-12 reps
Machine Rows 3x10-12 reps
Dumbbell Single Stiff-Leg Deadlift 3x10-12 reps
 

The Exercises

 
Below are some videos detailing the finer points of some of these exercises that some of you may or not be familiar. These are some of the very best movements one should include in any routine planning and programming.
 
Trap Bar Deadlift

Dumbbell Jump Squats

Dumbbell Single Stiff-Leg Deadlift

Semi-Sumo Deadlift

Kettlebell Swing

Snatch Grip Deadlift

Dumbbell Bulgarian Squat