No matter how long you’ve been in fitness, it’s easy to get comfortable with a short list of exercises for each body part and a few routines that you know off the top of your head. Unfortunately, a limited exercise “repertoire” won’t help you out in the long term if your goal is to change the structure of your muscles (i.e., get stronger, increase muscle mass, etc.). Luckily, there are amazing resources on the Internet that provide hundreds of exercises to add into your workout routines! Below are the top 5 websites to check out for different exercises to add to your existing workouts or complete D.I.Y. workouts (“do it yourself”) and programs to follow.
As the website would suggest, the information is geared towards the person serious about the sport of bodybuilding. This website has one of the largest exercise libraries available online. With over 870 exercises to choose from this is one site that will provide more than enough options for a lifetime of workouts! The main “Exercise Guides” page provides easy-to-use access to strength and conditioning exercises for the whole body. You can easily filter through the complete library based on:
- Main muscle targeted (i.e., chest, back, legs, abdominals)
- Exercise type (i.e., cardio, strength, plyometrics, stretching)
- Equipment type (i.e., dumbbells, barbells, machines, kettlebells)
- Mechanics type (i.e., compound, isolation)
- Force type (i.e., push, pull, static)
- Level (beginner, intermediate, expert)
Each exercise includes simple instructions, images, and video. The exercises are also rated by real users, which can give you an idea of the effectiveness of each exercise by people just like you. To access the complete library of exercises, click here.
The website also includes a complete library of workout programs geared towards muscle strength and development. To access the complete workouts available on the site, click here.
This is the main website for the American Council on Exercise, a nonprofit organization committed to enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. This website provides information for both fitness professionals and people who are just interested in fitness. Individual exercises include information on the muscles used, equipment required, and level of difficulty. To access the complete library of exercises, click here.
This website has over 240 exercises and many workouts in 14 categories, including:
- 30-minute workouts
- At-home workouts
- Core workouts
- Kick start workouts
- Stability ball workouts
- TRX Suspension Training workouts
- Workouts for two
All exercises and workouts include instructions and images (some video is available). To access the complete library of workouts available at this site, click here.
This website is a central “hub” for fitness, nutrition, and supplements. With a vast amount of information this website provides all the tools to help someone get results. The library of articles, motivations tips, and diet advice focuses on improving general fitness and nutrition for both men and women. To keep it simple, they also include a library of over 1000 workouts in 17 categories, including:
- Fat Loss
- For Women
- Home Based
- Increase Strength
- Muscle Building
- Sports Specific
This workout library provides something for people of all fitness levels and knowledge (from the fitness “newbie” to the advanced personal trainer). Each workout includes exercise descriptions, images, and recommended supplements. In addition, workouts are rated by readers to provide valuable feedback to help you choose the right workout. To access the complete library of workouts, click here.
Based on the popular magazine found on newsstands across the country, this website features everything about muscle development, training, nutrition, and supplements. This website, unlike the others, does not provide an exercise library but filters the information into over 800 articles featuring “exercises, tips, and routines” in six categories, including:
- Abs Exercises
- Arm Exercises
- Chest Exercises
- Back Exercises
- Shoulder Exercises
- Legs Exercises
There is also a dedicated section highlighting over 270 workout routines. To access the workout routine library, click here.
In addition to providing a great deal of information, this website also includes their new “Workout Trainer” program offering. This paid monthly subscription includes workout manuals, online calendar, and the ability to customize workouts for as long as you subscribe to the service. This service offering is a good option for the intermediate or advanced trainer who is familiar with a workout program and is comfortable designing an effective program using the tools provided. This program offers a 7-day free trial to test out the program. To access the Workout Trainer program, click here.
Unlike the other website on this list, WorkoutBOX is a website that offers both free (sample) and paid exercises and programs. The primary paid program offering contains a suite of comprehensive 26 week programs (includes workouts, online diet plans, training logs, and access to knowledgeable personal trainers). The library of sample workout programs are separated into ten categories, including:
- Muscle building workouts
- Fat burning workouts
- Home workouts
- Women’s workouts
- Muscle group workouts (i.e., abs, arms, back, chest, legs, shoulders)
These workouts can be accessed at no cost and can be found here.
The paid 26 week programs are available for a low monthly subscription and are designed to suit a wide variety of fitness levels and personal goals. Whether you are male or female, train at home or the gym, or want to lose weight or gain muscle, a program has been developed for your needs. These programs are developed from a library of over 290 exercises with simple-to-understand instructions, images, and video. You also receive complete nutrition programs and grocery lists tailored to your needs. To learn more about the program, click here.
This website is also unique to all other sites in that it offers personal trainers with sales and marketing tools to generate more revenue for their own business. As a WorkoutBOX qualified trainer, they can generate additional revenue by creating programs (using the WorkoutBOX Trainer interface) and market them through their social networks or on their own website. It’s a proprietary sales and marketing tool that makes “do-it-yourself” programs easier and more profitable for trainers. For more information on the WorkoutBOX Trainer program, click here.
Final Thoughts …
The Internet provides a wide variety of tools to help you reach your fitness goals. Regardless of which website you gravitate to, or what exercises and/or programs you choose, be cautious and use good judgement when exercising on your own.