Exercise at own risk
Beginner Functional Workout Programme / Program
Tabata Interval – Dumbbell Squats (or bodyweight squats)
Try and do jumping squats for the last 5 reps
Bench Press / Push Ups – 2 sets of 8-12 reps
Bench Press / Push Ups – 2 sets of explosive bench press, but with 40% of the weight used in the previous 2 sets.
Stability Ball Hip Extension and Leg Curl – 2 set of 15 reps
Stability Ball Pike (or Knee-raises) – 2 sets of 15 to 20 reps
Medicine Ball Wood Chops – 2 sets of 20 reps (10 on each side)
2 sets of 12 reps (6 on each leg)
Split Squats or Leg Press
2 sets of 12 repetitions with perfect technique – Do NOT hyper-extend the knee
Chin Ups (or lat pull down) – 2 sets of 10 reps
Medicine Ball Russian Twist – Perfect form with core engaged – 2 sets of 20 reps
Stability Ball Plank to Press ups (have someone spot you so you don’t fall!) – 2 sets of 12 reps
Tabata Interval on an Exercise Bike (or treadmill)
Stability Ball Crunches – 2 sets of max reps
Stability Ball Dorsal Raises / Back extensions (Do NOT hyper-extend the back or neck) – 2 sets of max reps
2 sets of 20 burpees – hold small 1kg or 2kg hand weights for progressive intensity
**I have not added plyometrics or Olympic Lifts as this is for a beginner – or someone who wishes to minimise the risk of injury for the sake of longevity.
See this page on my site for a complete training and conditioning programme from beginner to advanced.
You can Download this programme as a Word Doc – Functional Training Programme
FYI – it’s spelt exercise “programme” in the UK, and “program” in the US.
I only know that because of a massive [email protected] I got in university for using the American-English spelling…