Build your Own Full Body Workout

Updated: Aug 23, 2021


A complete full body workout should include exercises that incorporate each of of the main movement patterns. These include push, pull, squat, hip hinge, lunge, and carry movements.

Movement is not a series of isolated joint actions, but a complex system of joints, muscles, and fascia all working together. Training and exercise should mimic the way the body moves to have real life strength and functionality.

Following a movement-based exercise program, focused on these patterns, means training the body for how it is designed to move. If you think about your daily activities in terms of these movements, you'll see how often you use them, and how important it is to keep them strong and stable.

Push

Pushing development starts in the shoulder complex. Like the hips, the shoulder is a ball and socket joint and should first be trained with stability in mind. Learning to push with correct shoulder blade positioning, along with core activation to keep the spine and hips in the correct position, is essential to eliminate back and shoulder pain.


Horizontal Pushing:

  • Hands Elevated Push-Up

  • Push-Up

  • Dumbbell Bench Press

  • Barbell Bench Press

  • Single-arm Variations

Vertical Pushing:

  • Single-Arm Dumbbell Overhead Press

  • Dumbbell Overhead Press

  • Barbell Overhead Press


Pull

The back and shoulders act as stabilizers in most pushing movements, and so need to be trained to avoid injury. Learning to pull with a stable core, hip complex, and shoulder complex, will ensure the back and shoulders can support functional movement patterns as simple as opening a car door.


Horizontal Pulling:

  • Chest Supported Row

  • Inverted Row

  • Single Arm Dumbbell Row

  • Barbell Bent Over Row

Vertical Pulling:

  • Lat Pulldown

  • Assisted Pull-Up

  • Pull-Up

Squat

Squatting is important to train stability from the trunk through the hips and down to the knees, ankles, and feet. Do you stand up and sit down daily? Then you need to master the squat movement.



  • Bodyweight Squat

  • Goblet Squat

  • Barbell Front Squat

  • Barbell Back Squat


Hip Hinge

The hip hinge is important in protecting the low back from injury. Most people bend through the spine to pick something up rather than hinging at the hips, resulting in an epidemic of low back pain. Learning to activate the glutes and core while bending over can eliminate back pain and prevent future injury.


  • Bodyweight Romanian Deadlift

  • Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift

  • Barbell Romanian Deadlift

  • Dumbbell Deadlift

  • Trap Bar Deadlift

  • Barbell Deadlift




Lunge

Single-leg exercises translate directly into walking, jogging, and running. Loading each side of the body asymmetrically can eliminate weak points and movement dysfunctions.


  • Split Squat

  • Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat

  • Front Foot Elevated Split Squat