Dad-Approved Workouts for Every Fitness Level: Time to Power Up Your Routine
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Dad-Approved Workouts for Every Fitness Level: Time to Power Up Your Routine

Juggling work, family, and personal well-being can be a challenge, but prioritizing your health is crucial. We understand the importance of efficient and effective workouts that fit your busy schedule. 

This guide dives deep into three dad-approved workout routines designed for every fitness level – beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Whether you're a gym newbie or a seasoned fitness enthusiast, we've got a plan to help you reach your goals. 

The Power Trio: Power Rack, Smith Machine, and Dumbbells 

Major Fitness boasts a variety of equipment to help you achieve a well-rounded workout. This guide focuses on three versatile pieces that offer a multitude of exercise options.

  • Power Rack: This multi-functional powerhouse provides a secure platform for squats, bench presses, overhead presses, and pull-ups. The adjustable safety bars offer peace of mind, allowing you to push your limits safely. 
  • Smith Machine: The Smith machine offers a guided barbell movement, perfect for beginners who are still learning proper form or those seeking a more controlled workout. 
  • Dumbbells: These free weights offer incredible versatility, allowing you to target a wide range of muscle groups through various exercises. 
Begin with A Warm-Up  

Before diving into your workout, dedicate 5-10 minutes to a dynamic warm-up. This helps prepare your muscles for exercise and reduces the risk of injury. Light cardio like jumping jacks or jogging followed by dynamic stretches like arm circles and leg swings are a great way to get your blood flowing and your body ready to work. 

Dad-Approved Workouts 

Beginner: Building a Strong Foundation (30-45 minutes, 2-3 times a week) 

This beginner routine focuses on compound exercises that target major muscle groups and build a solid foundation for fitness. 

  • Squats (Smith Machine): 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions. Start with a weight that allows you to maintain proper form throughout the movement. 
  • Dumbbell Chest Press: 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions per side. Lie flat on a bench and press the dumbbells towards the ceiling. 
  • Dumbbell Rows: 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions per side. Hinge at the hips and keep your back straight as you row the dumbbells towards your chest. 
  • Dumbbell Lunges: 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions per leg. Step forward with one leg, lowering your body until both knees are bent at 90-degree angles. Push back up to the starting position and repeat with the other leg. 
  • Plank: 3 sets of 30-60 seconds hold. Start in a push-up position with forearms on the ground and core engaged. Hold for the desired time. 

Intermediate: Level Up Your Fitness (45-60 minutes, 3-4 times a week) 

This intermediate routine builds upon the foundation established in the beginner routine and introduces more challenging exercises. 

  • Barbell Squat (Power Rack): 3 sets of 6-10 repetitions. Utilize the safety bars for added security as you squat with a barbell on your shoulders. 
  • Smith Machine Bench Press: 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions. Increase the weight from your beginner routine and focus on maintaining proper form. 
  • Pull-Ups (Power Rack) or Assisted Pull-Ups: 3 sets of as many repetitions as possible (AMRAP). Utilize the assisted pull-up feature on the power rack if needed. Aim to progress to unassisted pull-ups as your strength improves. 
  • Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift: 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions. Stand with dumbbells in each hand and hinge at the hips, lowering the weights towards the ground while maintaining a flat back. 
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions per side. Press the dumbbells overhead until your arms are straight. 
  • Ab Wheel Rollout: 3 sets of as many repetitions as possible (AMRAP). Start on your knees with the ab wheel and roll out as far as possible while keeping your core engaged. 

Advanced: Pushing Your Limits (60+ minutes, 4-5 times a week) 

This advanced routine incorporates complex movements and higher intensity to challenge seasoned gym goers. 

  • Low Bar Squat (Power Rack): 3 sets of 5-8 repetitions. This squat variation targets your quads more intensely and requires proper form and core engagement. 
  • Power Clean (Power Rack): 3 sets of 3-5 repetitions. This explosive exercise requires practice and proper form. Start with 

Power Clean (Power Rack): 3 sets of 3-5 repetitions. This explosive exercise requires practice and proper form to avoid injury. Master the technique with lighter weights before attempting heavier loads. Here's a breakdown of the Power Clean: 

  1. Set Up: Stand with the barbell on the floor in front of you, shins about shoulder-width apart. Grip the bar slightly wider than shoulder-width with an overhand grip. Engage your core and keep your back straight. 
  1. First Pull: Squat down as if performing a regular squat, keeping the bar close to your shins. 
  1. Second Pull: As you approach the top of the squat, explosively extend your hips and knees while pulling the barbell up your body. 
  1. Catch: Quickly dip under the barbell and receive it in a full squat position with your elbows close to your body. 

Dumbbell Bench Press (Floor): 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions. This variation challenges your core stability more than the traditional bench press. Lie flat on the floor with dumbbells in each hand, palms facing forward. Press the dumbbells towards the ceiling, maintaining a controlled movement throughout. 

Barbell Overhead Press (Power Rack): 3 sets of 6-10 repetitions. Utilize the safety bars of the power rack for added security. Clean and press the barbell overhead until your arms are straight. 

Barbell Row (Power Rack): 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions. Set the barbell on the power rack at knee height. Hinge at the hips and keep your back straight as you row the barbell towards your chest. 

Weighted Dips (Dipping Bars): 3 sets of AMRAP (as many repetitions as possible). Add weight with a dip belt to increase the difficulty. Start with a weight that allows you to maintain proper form and gradually increase as you get stronger. 

Cool Down and Stretch

After your workout, dedicate 5-10 minutes to cool down and stretch. This helps your body recover and reduces muscle soreness. Perform light cardio like walking or jogging followed by static stretches that target the major muscle groups you worked during your workout. 

Pro-Tips

  • Listen to Your Body: Don't push yourself beyond your limits. Take rest days when needed and adjust the weight or repetitions if you experience any pain. 
  • Focus on Form: Proper form is crucial to prevent injury and maximize results. Don't be afraid to ask a trainer at Major Fitness for guidance. 
  • Make it Fun: Find exercises you enjoy and incorporate variety into your workouts to keep things interesting. 
  • Celebrate Your Progress: Track your workouts and celebrate your achievements, no matter how big or small. 

Take charge of your health and fitness. Major Fitness is here to support you on your journey to a stronger, healthier you! 


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