I just got done reading ?Dawg School? Strength Training, Bodybuilding & Online Supplement Store - T NATION
And I really have to say that has been the most helpful article I have read to date.
But I have come up with a beginning starter program for myself and I was wondering if anyone could put in their input and expertise into it.
I still have a lot to learn, and your help would be much appreciated.
-Dumbbell Bench press
-Dumbbell Lying triceps extensions
-Dumbbell bent-over rows
-Dumbbell Preacher Curls
Thursday: Quads and Hamstrings
-Barbell Full Squats
-Barbell Straight-Back Straight leg dead lifts
-Dumbbell Shoulder Press
-Barbell Standing Leg Calf Raises
-Dumbbell Reverse Calf Raises
-Dumbbell Front Lateral Raise (Bad Shoulder)
-Dumbbell Lying Lateral Raises (Bad Shoulder)
So what do you think?
Good for a Beginner?
Congratulations Mike, you are starting down a long road of learning and self improvement. Your workout looks fine, as a beginner you want to keep it simple and just stick with it. Continue reading the wealth of excellent training articles (Start out reading EVERYTHING in the FAQ, and anytime you have a question about anything run a search on both the magazine and the forum search engines before posting it)on this kick-ass website. After I was told about this site by a friend I learned more about training and nutrition in the following 6 months than I had in the previous 6 years. The most important thing you need to worry about right now is your diet. Be sure to read MAssive Eating by John Berardi front to back numerous times, get your diet dialed in. The most common mistake most beginners make is to fail to keep a food journal and really pay attention to thier dietary needs. fitday.com is a good place to start logging your daily intake, it will tally up the calories and Macro’s for you. Good luck and let us know about your progress.
What is your set/rep scheme? What you have isn’t bad, but I’m curious why you’re not doing BB bench presses or full Deads? And is it your plan to pre-exhaust your quads - I’m wondering this on your plan of performing lunges before squats.
And if you ever plan on doing regular deads for your back day , maybe you should then substitute Good Mornings for your straight-leg deads.
to do as Forrester suggested, keep it simple. The first thing I saw when I was looking over your routine, was DB this and DB that. Maybe by adding a BB bench, full deads, you can drop a few exercises. You gotta remember this question when developing a routine: “what’s the purpose?” or “what do you want to accomplish?” (with this routine).
Another good article to read is Chris Shugart's "Hierarchy of Needs".
Patricia (and I hope this helps)