Moving From Beginner to Intermediate Muscle Building Workout By TRAIN · February 8, 2018 Been grinding away and still getting those newbie gains from your beginner’s routine? Follow it up and keep registering the gains you’re accustomed to by smoothly transitioning to an intermediate workout. Here’s how. What workout you’ve been doing as a beginner The beginner’s routine. Doing a gym program using three sets of 8-12 reps, with weights that are 65-75 per cent of your one repetition maximum (1RM), for 12 weeks, is great for beginners to build muscle. You can handle plenty of lifting volume without taxing your nervous system too much. Even though your rep ranges are general, you can still manipulate the training volumes, intensity and rest to keep progressing without plateauing too early. What’s has this workout done for your body? Following a 12-week program, you’ll have gained plenty of fresh muscle, creating an excellent foundation to work from. Your general fitness will be improved meaning you’re now ready for new challenges. What weakness has the beginner’s workout created? Most franchise gyms have a set plan for you to follow, which is great – but what if you don’t need to work your calves or biceps? What if you don’t want to use every piece of cardio machine or every resistance machine? The ol’ “Welcome to the gym, but you must stay over here” treatment. Chances are that you will start to develop imbalances if you’re moving in one plane of movement so you need to craft a solid base of strength to build on. How to transition from a beginner to an intermediate workout Progress from machines into the free weight area to work on compound multi-jointed moves such as the squat, deadlift and bench. This will give you a good foundation of strength to build on. For cardio, pick something you enjoy. Treadmill, rower, cross trainer, battle ropes and skipping – see what keeps you motivated and don’t be afraid to try something new and keep it varied! Your intermediate workout principles These are the targets and ranges you’ll be working in over the next 12 weeks: EXERCISE 75%-80% of 1RM 10-12 reps 3-4 sets Cardio - 30 mins, 3x week Ab circuit - 3 x week Crunch - 4 x 15 reps V-sits - 4 x 15 reps Hanging leg raise - 4 x 15 reps Hanging knee raise - 4 x 15 reps Mountain climbers - 4 x 30 secs Plank - 4 x 30 secs Full body training periodization for the intermediate How your routine will be periodized over the next 12 weeks. You’ll have 3 training blocks with a simple exercise switch every 4 weeks. WEEKS 1 – 4 Deadlifts, squats, bench, seated row, seated shoulder press EXERCISE 75%-80% of 1RM 10-12 reps 3-4 sets Cardio - 30 mins, 3x week Ab circuit - 3 x week WEEKS 5 – 8 Deadlifts, squats, bench, lat pulldown, Arnold press EXERCISE 75%-80% of 1RM 10-12 reps 3-4 sets Cardio - 30 mins, 3x week Ab circuit - 3 x week WEEKS 9 – 12 Deadlifts, squats, bench, bent over row, overhead press EXERCISE 80% of 1RM 10-12 reps 4 sets Cardio - 30 mins, 3x week Ab circuit - 3 x week For more content including beginner to intermediate muscle building workouts, nutrition, and supplements, get TRAIN magazine direct into your inbox every month for free by signing up to our newsletter Written by TRAIN You may also like... Book Review: The Badass Life Lee Constantinou Body Transformation and Workout Comfort making you soft?