8 Week Full Body Workout Routine for Women

This 8 week full body womens workout routine was designed to help you build lean muscle tone and burn fat. It's perfect for anyone, beginners to advanced.

Workout Summary

Build Muscle
Full Body
Beginner
8 weeks
3
45-70 minutes
Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells
Female
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Workout Description

Full body workout routines are perfect for women who are looking to build strength and burn fat.

The reasoning behind why full body routines are so successful is because they involve multiple compound exercises.

These compound exercise work more muscle groups than isolation exercises, which will allow you to lift heavier weights.

This not only burns more calories, but is also the perfect formula for building the lean muscle tone necessary to increase your metabolic rate.

This equates to more calories burned over time.

The end result is a leaner, stronger you!

8 Week Full Body Workout Routine for Women Overview

Below you will find a weekly breakdown of the exercises you will perform for the next 8 weeks.

Each day is a complete full body workout. Perform the exercises on the day they are prescribed and don’t worry about adding more exercises to this workout. It will be plenty to challenge you.

Rest periods should be limited while performing this full body routine. Try to keep rest periods between 30-60 seconds after each set and in between exercises.

Weight progression will be highly individualized. Your goal, however, should be to move up in weight on at least one set of each exercise you perform each week. This weight increase doesn’t have to be much, even 1lb increases over time will add up.

Monday

Exercise Sets Reps
1. Goblet Squat 3 10, 10, 12
2. Dumbbell Bench Press 3 10, 10, 12
3. Cable Row 3 10, 10, 12
4. Dumbbell Stiff Leg Deadlift 3 10, 10, 12
5. Hip Thrust 3 10, 10, 12

Wednesday

Exercise Sets Reps
1. Trap Bar Deadlift 3 10, 10, 12
2. Dips* 3 10, 10, 12
3. Pull Ups* 3 10, 10, 12
4. Landmine Squat 3 10, 10, 12
5. Plank 3 20 Secs

*If you cannot perform bodyweight dips or pull ups start off by performing eccentric only dips and eccentric only pull ups, as well as band assisted dips and band assisted pull ups, until you build the strength necessary to perform them with your bodyweight.

Friday

Exercise Sets Reps
1. Dumbbell Shoulder Press 3 10, 10, 12
2. Lat Pull Down 3 10, 10, 12
3. Push Up 3 10, 10, 12
4. Barbell Lunge 3 10, 10, 12
5. Hyperextension 3 10, 10, 12

FAQs

Q. I’m a beginner, can I perform this 8 week full body workout routine?

This workout was written with the beginner in mind. The answer is absolutely.

Some beginners may find some of these movements difficult to perform. However, there is always an alternate variation that a beginner can perform. If you need a recommendation, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below.

That’s not to say intermediate and advanced lifters can’t see results with this program either. Full body workouts can work for any and every one. Simply modify the template to fit your individual needs and make the program more challenging.

This could include varying the rep tempo, shortening rest periods, increasing weight used, altering the rep/set ranges, and even progressing to slightly more advanced variations of the exercises listed within the workout.

Q. How should I eat while performing this workout program?

Calorie intake and dietary recommendations are always going to vary from person to person. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to recommend a specific diet plan or way of eating.

With that said it is important that you know your maintenance level calories. Use our bmr calculator to find out your daily calorie needs.

Then, if your goal is to lose fat, simply subtract 250 calories from that number and make that your daily calorie goal while performing this program.

If your goal is to gain weight, add 250 calories to that number and make that your daily calorie goal while performing this program.

Q. What should I do after the 8 weeks is up?

After you’ve completed 8 weeks of this program you should take a week to deload and map out your future goals.

Reflect and determine if this program will continue to help you get to those goals. If it does, continue performing it until it doesn’t.

If it doesn’t, we have several other womens specific workout programs that might be exactly what you are looking for.

Q. Can I substitute an exercise?

Absolutely! However, there are a few stipulations.

  1. It has to work the same target muscle group as the exercise you are subbing out.
  2. It has to be a compound exercise.

Q. How can I incorporate cardio into this workout program?

Cardio is a great addition to any workout routine! My recommendation would be to start out performing something low intensity on your rest days. This could range from walking, to cycling, to playing with your kids.

Once you’ve built up a solid cardio base, you can add in a couple of HIIT cardio sessions after your workout days.

Q. I’m short on time, can I perform this as a circuit?

Sure!

And if your goal is strictly fat loss, it might actually be a solid adaptation to this workout program as the circuit will add in a cardiorespiratory factor into the equation and increase the potential for further calorie expenditure via EPOC.

Final Words

This 8 week full body workout routine for women is perfect for those with limited time to make it to the gym, but still want a complete workout each time they are able to make it.

Try it out for yourself and let us know your results in the comments section below!

And, if you have any questions not addressed in this article, feel free to ask them below!

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Posted Sun, 02/17/2019 - 07:57
Meyshna Nair

I understand that it is mentioned if my goal is to gain weight, I should add calories to my intake. However, just wanna clarify and re-ensure if this plan is good for me who’s skinny and looking to gain some lean mass and muscle. I don’t want to be losing more weight instead. Thank you

Meyshna

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Posted Mon, 02/18/2019 - 10:09
JoshEngland

Hi Meyshna,

Yes, this program is great for those looking to gain lean mass.

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Posted Wed, 02/13/2019 - 23:29
Dianne Lawless

confused with process of lifts to get the best from the program - do each exercise by required 4 sets then move on to the next exercise listed or do you move thru each exercise to the last before commencing the second set.

if you have programs that super set do you mark them as 1a & 1b, do the required 4 sets then move to the next superset?

Di

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Posted Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:21
JoshEngland

Hi Di,

As written, and to get the most out of this particular program, I'd recommend performing all of the sets of an exercise before moving on to the next exercise.

Yes, programs on this website that utilize supersets are indicated with letters. Either 1a. 1b. or A1. A2.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Mon, 02/11/2019 - 02:09
Terrie

I will be starting the 8 week full body workout for women, but have two questions:

There isn't a trap bar at my gym. What is a good substitute? - Plus, barbells at my gym (that are not part of Smith machine) have fixed weight and heaviest is 60 pounds. If a substitute is squats, I can already do more than 60, so the fixed weight bars are too light.

Land mine squats - again , barbels are all fixed weight (correct description?), so I can't add weight to the barbells (can only add weight to barbells that are part of Smith). What is the best substitute for land mine squats?

Thanks for the help!

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Posted Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:27
JoshEngland

Hi Terrie,

You might find this workout better suited for the equipment you have access to: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/3-day-full-body-planet-fitnes...

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Posted Sun, 02/10/2019 - 22:40
am

Is it ok if I change the order of the exercises in each day or does it has to be in the order described ?

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Posted Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:29
JoshEngland

Hi am,

You can change up the order of the exercises. That is not an issue.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Fri, 02/08/2019 - 05:10
MT

How would I change the workout to perform it as a circuit? Thank you

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Posted Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:54
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Posted Thu, 02/07/2019 - 18:37
AJ

After the 8 weeks, what should I do...keep going or start an intermediate program? If so, which one is best?

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Posted Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:55
JoshEngland

Hi AJ,

You can continue on with this program if you still feel it is helping. There'll be a more advanced full body workout for women uploaded to the website later this month (2/18). I think you might like that one.

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Posted Mon, 02/18/2019 - 13:32
AJ

Was the intermediate program released? I don’t see it on the site.

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Posted Mon, 02/18/2019 - 13:34
JoshEngland

Hi AJ,

Here is the link: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/best-full-body-workout-routin...

Says beginner, but it's suitable for intermediates.

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Posted Fri, 01/25/2019 - 16:44
AS

Is it okay to add a day of only focusing on my glutes? So 4 days in total!

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Posted Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:59
JoshEngland

Hi AS,

Yes, you can add additional glute work to this program. Feel free to add in a glute day, or perform glute isolation work on any of the training days you wish.

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Posted Sat, 01/19/2019 - 10:42
RM

I was struggling to maintain a regular fitness routine so started this workout as a way to get myself back on track. I had my doubts because each day included only five exercises but I am thrilled with the results so far. Not only am I stronger but the five exercises per session keeps me from aggravating old injuries. I can’t wait to try another program at the end of the 8 weeks.

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Posted Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:21
JoshEngland

Hi RM,

That is AWESOME! Congratulations on your success so far and thank you for sharing!

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Posted Sat, 01/12/2019 - 12:02
AJ

What weight amount do I start out with or use...am I going to failure or a medium weight during the lifts?

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Posted Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:01
JoshEngland

Hi AJ,

It'll be different for everyone. I'd recommend picking a weight you think you can use for the prescribed reps. If too heavy, move down. If too light, move up. You should finish each set feeling as though you have 1-2 reps left in the tank. A good rule of thumb is 75-85% of your working max for the prescribed rep ranges.

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Posted Fri, 01/18/2019 - 19:16
AJ

Thanks so much!

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Posted Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:21
JoshEngland

You're welcome!

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Posted Thu, 01/10/2019 - 13:46
Jana kamal

Hi
I’m afraid this workout will make me look like a man,some woman like that but I don’t. I’m 68kilos 167.5cm.will this workout plan reshape my body”give me storng amrs and chest,lean legs and a round butt”.
P.s. this is the first time for me to do a workout with machines or weights and I’m doing it alone without a trainer so please respond
Thank you.

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Posted Thu, 01/10/2019 - 16:34
JoshEngland

Hi Jana,

That's a common fear for a lot of women. However, it's honestly rare. Most women who lift weights actually look slenderer than they did prior to starting weight lifting. Men and women have completely different hormone profiles. So, it's not likely you would look like a man from lifting weights.

Based on the goals you have mentioned, this would be an excellent program to get started with.

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Posted Fri, 12/21/2018 - 11:28
Meriem

can i do cardio 40min after 1 hour of the workout !! so its maybe 2hours im at gym ???

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Posted Fri, 12/21/2018 - 12:47
JoshEngland

Hi Meriem,

Sure you can do an additional 40 minutes of cardio post workout if you're looking for some additional cardiovascular benefits.

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Posted Sat, 11/17/2018 - 14:17
Kayla

Do you think it is possible for me to gain 10 pounds in a month using this workout and eating extra?

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Posted Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:38
JoshEngland

Hi Kayla,

Tough to say. It is possible to gain 10lbs in a month, but a better approach is a slow approach equating to .5-1lb per week. This sort of weight gain would be lean muscle mass.

A 10lb in 1 month approach would be (depending on your current state) a lot of water weight if you're currently depleted, undigested food, and potentially some fat mass gain.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Fri, 10/19/2018 - 19:21
Katie

I started this routine today and found it only took me a half hour. I'd like to add in a few more exercises to create some supersets so that it takes me an hour. Any suggestions? Or are there other routines more appropriate for my purposes?

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Posted Tue, 10/23/2018 - 10:04
JoshEngland

Hi Katie,

Depends on your goal and which body parts you'd like to focus on. Since these are full body programs, you can't really go wrong - just picking out exercises that focus on whatever you'd like to improve upon.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Tue, 10/02/2018 - 02:44
Adela

Hey! :D im new and i will start this 8 weeks full body today!

I just have a quick question... i do really like doing some cardio during my workout.... but do you recommend to do cardio on the days that i do not lift? or is it fine to lift and do cardio in the same workout?

Thanks!!

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Posted Tue, 10/02/2018 - 09:12
JoshEngland

Hi Adela,

You can do cardio whenever best fits your schedule and as frequently as you like really - depending on the intensity. You could do HIIT after your workouts and light cardio (such as walking) on your rest days.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sun, 09/16/2018 - 12:29
Chris

Have just started this program can you tell me with the barbell lunge is it 10/12 on each leg or a total of 10/12 and is it acceptable to use Dumbbells instead of a bar which I find uncomfortable on my neck. Thanks Chris

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Posted Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:07
JoshEngland

Hi Chris,

It is each leg and yes you can use dumbbells.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Mon, 09/10/2018 - 19:43
Megan

Im starting the 8 week full body work out but I find pull ups an imposibility...
Is there something I can replace this exercise with??

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Posted Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:04
JoshEngland

Hi Megan,

I'd recommend either inverted rows, low bar personally assisted pull ups (similar bar position to the inverted row), assisted pull ups, or eccentric only pull ups. Or a combination of them all.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Mon, 09/03/2018 - 18:28
Mkay

Hello.

Can I perform this routine like Tuesday, Friday and Saturday? I can't pick other days.

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Posted Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:50
JoshEngland

Hi Mkay,

I'd recommend performing Tuesday & Friday and alternating the workouts by cycling them each workout.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Wed, 08/29/2018 - 18:51
Laurelle

If I want to lose weight, is it better to do this as a circuit rather than 3 complete sets for each exercise? Also if I’m a little short on time, would that be the best option? Thank you.

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Posted Thu, 08/30/2018 - 09:24
JoshEngland

Hi Laurelle,

It depends how you look at it.

You'd likely be able to perform each exercise with more weight if done as straight sets. This will build more lean muscle which will burn more calories over time.

Or you could get the cardio benefits by performing it as a circuit, likely burning more calories during the individual session.

You can do either. Which ever helps you out the most based on your schedule and goals.

I hope this helps!

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Posted Thu, 08/23/2018 - 17:44
Mallory Ritchie

I’m a little confused at how this takes 45-70min? I stared this programme today and I think maybe I’m doing it wrong. What counts as a a set? Does 10 reps count had a set or does the total 10-10-12 rep sequence count as a set?
Please help!

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Posted Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:29
JoshEngland

Hi Mallory,

10 reps would count as a set. The duration is simply a guestimate - people will finish in different times depending on warm up length, cool down length, rest periods, etc.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Sat, 08/25/2018 - 08:17
Mallory Ritchie

Ah I see! Thanks so much!

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Posted Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:31
Ashley Arthur

This may be stupid question, but I do the same thing each week for 8 weeks?

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Posted Wed, 08/22/2018 - 08:46
JoshEngland

Hi Ashley,

Not a stupid question at all. Other platforms have promoted the need to change your workouts frequently to promote "muscle confusion" as a form of progression - however, it is not necessary, and in my experience can be counterproductive.

Yes, perform these same workouts for the next 8 weeks. As you perform them, track your workouts - weight used, energy level, and make notes on how each lift feels at the weight you perform them at. As the 8 weeks go by, try to increase the total amount of weight you use during your workouts.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:36
yaimee

Can I do this routine as a circuit? So three rotations?

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Posted Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:42
JoshEngland

Hi Yaimee,

Sure, that should be fine.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:09
Rawan

Hi, how can I apply this guide at home because I can't afford the gym fees? And is there any guides that I can apply at home for beginners? I want a kind of a guide that will change my whole body into a whole new body.
Ps: my goal is to loss fat and build muscles at the same time

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Posted Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:11
JoshEngland

Hi Rawan,

We have several home based workouts you can check out here: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/home

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Posted Mon, 07/09/2018 - 11:14
Anna

I was wondering if an assisted dip/pull up machine would be an okay place to start for those exercises? It's the only equipment I have available.