Workout Routines for Men: The Ultimate Guide

Medically Reviewed on 6/30/2022
Workout Routines for Men: The Ultimate Guide
When it comes to figuring out the best workout routine for you, it is important to consider factors such as your current fitness level and fitness goals

Developing a workout routine is easier said than done, and it can be difficult to know where to start. When it comes to figuring out the best workout routine for you, it is important to consider factors such as your:

What is your current fitness level?

If you are older than 35 years and trying to decide on a physical exercise regimen, it is best to get your heart and blood vessel health checked out. Talk to your doctor about whether you are within normal ranges for BMI, blood pressure, and respiration.

Your doctor may advise you to undergo a stress test, cholesterol check, spine exam, and joint mobility test before embarking on a fitness journey. If you have diabetes or kidney diseases or heart issues, certain types of fitness plans may be a strict no-no for you. If your liver or kidneys are not functioning optimally, certain protein supplements as pre- or post-workout snacks may cause more damage than good. 

If you have back problems or spinal cord issues, you may need to first start with spine and paraspinal muscle-strengthening exercises before you move to weights or intense high-intensity interval training.

What are your fitness goals?

When picking a workout routine, ask yourself whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, train for a race, or something else. Having clear goals can help you stay motivated and help your trainer create a customized fitness plan.

It is also important to think about the types of physical activities you enjoy most so that you can build a fitness program that you can sustain for the long term.

Which types of exercise should you include in your workout routine?

Cardio exercises

Cardio helps build your stamina, keeps your heart and blood vessels healthy, and boosts your mood. Examples of cardio exercises include any physical activity that uses large muscle groups and increases your heart rate such as walking, jogging, swimming, dancing, water aerobics, gardening, and vacuuming. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting at least the following every week:

  • 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity
  • 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity 

Vigorous activity makes you sweat or increases your heart rate within the target heart rate range. Target heart rate is the heart rate needed to improve cardiovascular health and is usually 50%-80% of your maximum heart rate.

If you are an advanced trainer, you can go for a high-intensity interval training that involves alternating short bursts of intense activity (about 30 seconds)—burpees, weights, and squats—with subsequent recovery periods (about 3-4 minutes) of lighter activity such as jogging or walking. 

Strength training

Strengthening your core is important, especially as you age. Core strength training can help improve balance, prevent age-related muscle and bone loss, and reduce the risk of falls.

Aim to include strength training to your fitness routine at least 2 times a week, with at least a 48-hour rest. Start small, use proper form, and don’t forget to do warm-ups and cool-down exercises to avoid injury. 

Most fitness centers offer various resistance machines, free weights, and other equipment for strength training. Examples of strength training exercises you can include in your workout routine include pushups, pull-ups, crunches, leg squats, bridges, planks, and sit-ups.


Stretching improves the range of motion of your joints and may promote better posture. Ideally, you should stretch before any exercise. You should also include exercises such as yoga and Pilates to promote flexibility.

The best approach to a workout routine is to vary the types of exercises you do in your schedule. For example, you can go jogging for a day and then do strength training the next day, making targets for different muscle groups each time.


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What is a good workout routine for beginners?

Here is a rough guide to help you start your journey in the world of muscle building. It is best to enlist the help of a professional trainer to make sure you start with the right equipment and use proper form to avoid joint and muscle damage.

Table: Example workout routine for men
Day 1 Chest workout Barbell bench press Target 3 to 4 sets of 8 reps
Legs workout Leg extensions Target 3 to 4 sets of 10 reps
Biceps workout Barbell bicep curls Target 2 to 3 sets of 10 reps
Triceps workout Triceps rope pushdowns Target 3 sets of 15 reps
Back workout Lat-pulldowns Target 3 to 4 sets of 10 reps
Shoulders workout Seated dumbbell press Target 3 to 4 sets of 10 reps
Day 2 Chest workout Machine chest press Target 2 to 4 sets of 10 reps
Back workout T-bar row Target 2 sets of 10 reps
Legs workout Leg press machine Target 2 to 4 sets of 8 reps
Triceps workout Overhead bar extensions Target 3 to 4 sets of 20 reps
Biceps workout EZ bar curls Target 2 to 4 sets of 10 reps
Day 3 Triceps workout Skull crushers Target 2 to 3 sets of 15 reps
Shoulders workout EZ bar upright rows Target 3 to 4 sets of 15 reps
Back workout Close-grip pulldowns Target 4 sets of 12 reps
Chest workout Cable fly Target 4 sets of 10 reps
Legs workout Lunges Target 3 sets of 10 reps per leg
Biceps workout Hammer curls Target 3 sets of 12 reps
Medically Reviewed on 6/30/2022
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