Welcome to WeightTraining.guide
This website contains everything you need to create a great body, and it’s all free.
How to use this website to transform your body
The way you use this website will depend on your fitness goals.
Physical fitness can be broken down into five key components:
- Muscular fitness (the size, strength, power, and endurance of your muscles)
- Functional fitness (your skills as regarding agility, balance, coordination, and gait)
- Cardiorespiratory fitness (the strength and efficiency of your heart, blood vessels, and lungs)
- Body composition (the amount of fat mass you have compared with fat-free mass)
This website can help you to improve all five key components of fitness, as well as completely transform your body’s appearance.
Want to build muscle/get toned?
If you want to develop a muscular and strong physique or a curvaceous and toned figure, read the Weight Training Guide and then start a weight training program. The weight training program, together with the dynamic stretching before workouts and the static stretching after workouts, will help to improve your muscular fitness, functional fitness, flexibility, and body composition.
Want to improve your endurance?
If you want to develop cardiorespiratory fitness and endurance, read the Cardio Training Guide and then start a cardio training program. The cardio training program will also help to improve your body composition and, if you use the circuit training workouts, muscular fitness and functional fitness.
Want to improve all components of fitness?
If you want to develop all key components of physical fitness, read both the Weight Training Guide and the Cardio Training Guide before starting both a weight training program and a cardio training program. The time-saver weight training program, with its short workouts, together with just two cardio workouts per week should be enough to completely transform your body.
Though this isn’t necessary, occasionally, you can swap a weight training or cardio workout for a power or plyometric workout. You’ll need to read the very short Power/Plyometric Training Guide first. Together with the dynamic stretching before workouts and the static stretching after workouts, the power/plyometric workouts are great for improving your functional fitness, flexibility, body composition, and especially the power and plyometric properties of your muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Can’t make it to the gym?
If you can’t make it to the gym one day for some reason, or if you go on vacation and don’t have access to any training equipment, read the very short Bodyweight Training Guide and use the bodyweight training workout. Together with the dynamic stretching before the workout and the static stretching after the workout, the bodyweight training workout will help you to preserve or maybe even improve your muscular fitness, functional fitness, flexibility, and body composition. I’ve also provided instructions on how to design your own bodyweight workouts.
Like weight training, bodyweight training is a type of strength training. You should therefore also read the Weight Training Guide to get a deeper understanding of strength training concepts and principles.
Want to lose weight?
If your primary goal is to lose weight, read the Weight Loss Guide. It will equip you with everything you need to know in order to lose weight and keep it off permanently. This includes how to count kilocalories and how to reduce the risk of losing muscle/shape as you lose weight.
What about nutrition?
Good nutrition is essential for health and fitness and for improving your body composition. Whatever your goal is, you should read the Nutrition Guide.
Please take action
A functionally stronger, healthier, fitter, and more attractive body is within your grasp. It could be just months away. Everything you need for your transformation is available for free on this website, so you have no excuses. Whether you want to build an impressive physique, develop jaw-dropping curves, maximize your strength, boost your power, increase your endurance, lose weight, or improve your diet, this website can help you to achieve your goal. All you have to do is take action.
Want to know more about the guides and programs?
If you’d like to know more about the training guides and training programs on this website, I explain them in a little more detail below. I also explain some other features of the website, such as the Muscle Activation Guide and the Exercise Database.
Weight Training Guide
The Weight Training Guide introduces you to weight training, explains how muscles work and grow, describes the different types of exercise, and reveals the basic and advanced methods of weight training. It also offers guidance on how to get started with weight training, find a gym, set up a home gym, warm up before a workout, stretch after a workout, track your progress, keep motivated, and ultimately succeed in achieving your weight training goal.
Weight Training Programs
In the Weight Training Programs section, you will find eight professionally designed weight training programs for men and eight professionally designed weight training programs for women. The programs for men are designed for maximum muscle and strength, whereas the programs for women are designed for maximum curves/shape and functional fitness. For both men and women, there’s a beginner program, a ‘time-saver’ program for busy individuals, five increasingly difficult programs that cater for different levels of experience, and a ‘plateau buster’ program.
You can complete the training programs at any gym or at home using basic gym equipment and alternative exercises that I have provided for each program. Apart from the beginner program, all of the programs have been meticulously balanced so that you can repeat them over and over again for many years with reduced risk of developing muscular strength imbalances.
Cardio Training Guide
The Cardio Training Guide begins by explaining the basics of aerobic and anaerobic endurance training, before going over everything you need to know to do cardio training effectively, such as how to calculate your cardio training zones and monitor your heart rate while exercising. It then presents the advantages, disadvantages, and applications of three types of cardio: steady-state training, interval training, and circuit training. The Cardio Training Guide concludes with instructions on how to design your own circuit training workouts.
Cardio Training Programs
In the Cardio Training Programs section, you will find three programs: one steady-state training program with three workouts, one interval training program with three workouts (two of which are high-intensity [or HIIT] workouts), and one circuit training program with two workouts. All workouts can be repeated as many times as you want to. The workouts are also interchangeable, which means that on one day you can do steady-state training, on another day you can do high-intensity interval training, and on yet another day you can do circuit training. One of the high-intensity interval training workouts follows the original Tabata protocol, which is extremely intense and intended only for experienced individuals.
Bodyweight Training Guide and Workouts
The Bodyweight Training Guide is very short. It explains the fundamentals of bodyweight training and presents two bodyweight workouts, one for men and one for women. It also gives you the tools necessary to design your own bodyweight workouts.
Power / Plyometric Training Guide and Workouts
Like the Bodyweight Training Guide, the Power / Plyometric Training Guide is very short. It reveals the fundamentals of power and plyometric training before presenting two power workouts (one for the upper body and one for the lower body) and one plyometric workout (for the whole body).
The Exercise Database is a continuously growing database of strength training exercises, mostly focusing on weight training and bodyweight training exercises. For each exercise, I provide instructions and video demonstrations illustrating how to perform the exercise safely and with optimal form.
Muscle Activation Guide
The Muscle Activation Guide is very original. It’s quite complicated, though, so it may not be an easy read. The guide begins with a description of joint articulations and the three planes of motion, after which it provides a general overview of the main muscles that are activated by different types of exercise, such as horizontal pulling exercises and vertical pushing exercises.
The Nutrition Guide covers all of the important elements of good nutrition, dietary management, and strategic eating. After beginning with a detailed look at all macronutrients and micronutrients, it explores kilocalorie requirements, bulking and cutting, dietary tracking, supplementation, and nutrient timing. The guide ends with advice on how to save money on healthy foods.
Weight Loss Guide
The Weight Loss Guide is short but very useful for anyone whose primary goal is to lose weight. It presents three steps to permanent weight loss, along with a wide range of tips and tricks that can make losing weight, and keeping it off, much easier.
The Fitness Glossary includes many key terms, concepts, and principles related to muscle science, weight training, cardio, general fitness, and nutrition. You can use it as a reference or a revision tool.