Strength Training / Muscle Building

This page includes routines primarily aimed at building strength and muscle. Be aware that the differences in training for general strength and training for muscle growth (hypertrophy) are often vastly overstated. All of the programs on this page are effective at getting you both bigger and stronger, provided you eat to support it. A bigger muscle is a stronger muscle and vice versa.

As you make your choice, don’t forget the importance of having at least some cardio in your overall fitness plan, even if it’s not your primary focus. Read more about the benefits here: Why You Should Do Cardio

If you are a complete beginner, we strongly recommend getting your feet wet with one of the following, depending on your equipment access:

  • r/Fitness Basic Beginner Routine
  • r/Bodyweightfitness Recommended Routine
  • Dumbbell Stopgap or Dumbbell Stopgap PPL

We also recommend looking over the following entry in our FAQ to help clear up a common misconception: Why is r/Fitness so focused on “powerlifting” routines?


Barbell / Compound Lift Focused Routines

Dumbbell Focused Routines

Bodyweight / Home / Minimal Equipment Routines

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