Bodybuilding is such a hugely diverse pursuit that there are practically limitless combinations of routines – and I dare say, all will work to some extent (particularly for the beginner.)
However, as a beginner, you are in a position in which the wrong routine will give you poor results. Who wants that kind of discouragement so early on? Beginners are in the enviable position of being able to pack on far more pounds (with the right routine) than intermediate and advanced bodybuilders will ever hope to again – the transformation to the beginner trainee’s body can be quick and pretty remarkable.
Rather than tell you what you should be doing, in this article I’ll tell you routines which I believe you should avoid.
1: Full Body Routines
Full body routines are where every muscle is worked in the body during the same session. Of course, the major disadvantage to this is, during most lifts, several muscle groups are working simultaneously, and if you are hitting all of these different muscle groups in the same day, you are going to be losing strength every time you try another lift which involves one or more of the same muscle groups.
2: High Volume Training
If you are a beginner, you should probably avoid methods of training which involve high-volumes of weights – such as German Volume Training (10 sets of 10 reps) and so forth. These methods of training do work, and work very well, but in my experience and others, they aren’t optimal – nor necessary – for beginners, and suit the intermediate and advanced trainees much better.
3: Professional Routines
You know what I’m talking about here… the routines you see in the glossy magazines, that Ronnie says has helped to add another 10lb to his already mythical-like body mass. But – these routines simply won’t work for you. Even advanced trainees will struggle to make a pro’s routine work for them, because of two reasons. A: Most trainees simply do not have the genetic capacity to make them work. B: Most people don’t have the access to cutting-edge steroids and HGH (which all pro’s use.)