Hey, Men’s Health MVP. We know that one of the most difficult parts of hitting your stride in the gym can be having the right plan. Understanding how the exercises and workout structure will match up to your training goals can be difficult at the outset, especially if you’re not the type of person who typically sticks to a set schedule.
Your current workout might be unfocused, for example, without a clear intention beyond pumping up your mirror muscles—think chest, biceps, and abs. But when it comes to truly transforming your body, you need to hammer your lower half too. The biggest muscles in your body, after all, are beneath the belt—think quads, glutes, and hamstrings. Put them all together, and you’re much more likely to be doing compound exercises, which should be the cornerstone of any workout plan worth your time, effort, and sweat.
Shifting over from vanity-driven muscle group splits for a more balanced, full-body approach will give your training more focus. “Working your lower-body muscles can boost your metabolism and spike your testosterone levels, helping you burn more fat and build more muscle all over,” says Jason Ferruggia, the CEO of Renegade Strength and Conditioning.
Use his 28-day training plan to gain strength, obliterate calories, and sculpt your body from head to toe. You’ll look better in almost no time—and you’ll move better and be stronger, too.