Lifting Workouts for Men

Lifting Workouts for Men

Weightlifting is the order of the day among men to gain huge and well-toned miscles. This article provides some useful workouts for the same.
Weightlifting is a rage nowadays, and why not? It is in fact the best and most reliable way to gain muscle mass and also to shape up your muscles. Men have always been fond of and fascinated by weightlifting. In the conquest of quick muscle gain, many men make a mistake of beginning weightlifting without proper guidance or properly planned workouts. In such cases, they do nothing but waste a lot of time and sometimes also injure themselves! Remember that weightlifting is effective and useful only when you have a properly planned workout that targets the development of each and every muscle group under a qualified physical trainer. The workouts given below for men target each and every muscle group and stimulate optimal muscle building in men.

Weightlifting Workouts #1

The workout given below is an everyday routine and should be started with a warm-up session, including running/jogging and stretching exercises. For all the exercises, 3-4 sets with 8 - 10 repetitions are enough. At the end of the workout, one can perform abdominal exercises and wrist curls.

Day 1: Chest Workout
Some of the best chest exercises are:
  • Bench press
  • Dumbbell bench press
  • Peck deck flies
  • Incline bench or dumbbell press
Day 2: Shoulder Workout
The following exercises can be included in the workout for shoulders:
  • Shoulder press
  • Seated dumbbell press
  • Side lateral raises
  • Front lateral raises.
Day 3: Bicep Workout
To have larger and well-toned biceps, you can perform the following exercises:
  • Bicep curls
  • Dumbbell curls
  • Hammer curls
  • Preacher curls
  • Bicep concentration curls
Day 4: Triceps Workout
Triceps shape up your arms, therefore you can include the following exercises in your workout:
  • Triceps Press
  • Lying Barbell Extensions
  • Triceps dumbbell extensions
  • Triceps dumbbell kick backs.
Day 5: Leg Workout
Leg muscle development should not be forgotten in the course of developing arms and other muscles. The following exercises are useful for shaping and strengthening leg muscles:
  • Hack squats
  • Calf raises
  • Sit ups
Day 6: Back Workout
Back should also form an important part of your workout, therefore the following exercises are effective for back strengthening and development:
  • Pull ups
  • Deadlifts
  • 1 Arm dumbbell row
  • Seated pulley rows
Weightlifting Workouts #2

Unlike the workout discussed above, this is a three day plan intends to target two muscle groups on a single day. Each workout should start with a good warm-up session and stretching exercises. 2-3 sets with 10-12 repetitions are enough when you target two muscle groups on a single day. You can even perform the above mentioned exercises for this workout. However, being a 3 day routine, you need to plan it in this way:
  • Monday: Begin the week with chest and shoulder workout exercises.
  • Wednesday: Amidst the week, subject your body to some back and leg exercises.
  • Friday: On the last day of your workout, concentrate on arm muscle development by performing bicep, triceps, and wrist exercises.

I have always emphasized on remembering and implementing the following tips, as doing so would stimulate proper muscle development and would also avoid any muscle injury.
  • A good warm up session is important before every workout. Warm up exercises such as cycling, jump rope, running, and jogging get your muscles ready for the heavy workouts to come and prevent injury.
  • See that you do not lift weights beyond your capacity, as doing so would cause an imbalance and serious muscle injury.
  • Always insist on having your trainer beside you for support and guidance while doing the exercises.
  • Learn the right techniques before starting the actual workout. This would help you in completing the exercise comfortably. You can learn the right technique by trying the exercises with empty weights or barbells.
  • While doing exercises with free weights, see to it that you balance both sides properly.
  • Always perform intense and slow repetitions. These help in increasing your muscle strength and size.
  • Plan the time of your workout properly. Give enough time to rest in between the sets and exercises.
You can come up with some more exercise patterns after discussing it with your physical trainer. Elderly people if interested in weightlifting can contact a gymnasium in their vicinity and get a lifting workout for older men that will suit their body type and needs. Remember that punctuality, obedience, proper workout, balanced diet, and sufficient rest are some additional tips to gain a well-developed physique.

Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only. Always consult a physician before starting any physical fitness program in order to reduce the risk of injury.