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Greg Nuckols Beginner Program
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Build muscle and strength with full-gym equipment including barbells, dumbbells, and machines.
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Program Description

This free 12-week program by Greg Nuckols is designed for the beginner looking to make significant gains in whole body muscle or strength using barbells, dumbbells, and machines. This program is great for beginners and those who have worked out in the past but without making much progress.

This program requires barbells and dumbbells, but has alternatives if you do not have these equipment. The exercises are fully customizable for users to achieve their goals of either hypertrophy (muscle) or strength.

Progression Instructions

Within each rep range, you’ll stick with the same weight and aim to perform more reps each week until you’ve mastered the weight. For example, if you’re training in the 5-8 rep range, you’ll use the same weight until you can perform 9 reps. In the next workout, the weight will be heavier, but you should be confident that you can still lift it for at least 5 reps. You’ll stick with the new weight until you can perform at least 9 reps again, at which point the weights will increase again.

For more details and FAQs on this program, please see the Detailed Program Guide.

Program Overview
Level
Beginner
Goal
Muscle & Sculpting, Bodybuilding, Powerbuilding
Equipment
Full Gym
Program Length
12 weeks
Days Per Week
3 days
Time Per Workout
60 minutes
Variation
Variation 1
Variation 2
Strength
Program Length
12 weeks
Days Per Week
3 days
Recommended Days
Mon, Wed, Fri
Variation Description
  • Focus on getting stronger, but you'll gain muscle too
  • Higher weights and lower reps
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Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Bent Over Row (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Squat (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Bicep Curl (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Extension (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Overhead Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Pull-Up (Assisted)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Good Morning
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Goblet Squat
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Hanging Leg Raise
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Seated Row (Machine)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Leg Press
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Hammer Curl
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Lat Pulldown
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Deadlift (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Lunge (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Russian Twist (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Bent Over Row (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Squat (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Bicep Curl (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Extension (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Overhead Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Pull-Up (Assisted)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Good Morning
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Goblet Squat
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Hanging Leg Raise
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Seated Row (Machine)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Leg Press
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Hammer Curl
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Lat Pulldown
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Deadlift (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Lunge (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Russian Twist (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Bent Over Row (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Squat (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Bicep Curl (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Extension (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Overhead Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Pull-Up (Assisted)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Good Morning
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Goblet Squat
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Hanging Leg Raise
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Seated Row (Machine)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Leg Press
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Hammer Curl
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Lat Pulldown
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Deadlift (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Lunge (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Russian Twist (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Lat Pulldown
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Deadlift (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Lunge (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Russian Twist (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Bent Over Row (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Squat (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Bicep Curl (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Extension (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Overhead Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Pull-Up (Assisted)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Good Morning
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Goblet Squat
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Hanging Leg Raise
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Seated Row (Machine)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Leg Press
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Hammer Curl
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Lat Pulldown
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Deadlift (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Lunge (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Russian Twist (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Bent Over Row (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Squat (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Bicep Curl (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Extension (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Overhead Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Pull-Up (Assisted)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Good Morning
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Goblet Squat
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Hanging Leg Raise
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Seated Row (Machine)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Leg Press
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Hammer Curl
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Lat Pulldown
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Deadlift (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Lunge (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Russian Twist (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Bent Over Row (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Squat (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Bicep Curl (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Extension (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Overhead Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Pull-Up (Assisted)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Good Morning
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Goblet Squat
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Hanging Leg Raise
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Seated Row (Machine)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Leg Press
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Hammer Curl
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Seated Row (Machine)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Leg Press
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Hammer Curl
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Lat Pulldown
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Deadlift (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Lunge (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Russian Twist (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Bent Over Row (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Squat (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Bicep Curl (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Extension (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Overhead Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Pull-Up (Assisted)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Good Morning
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Goblet Squat
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Hanging Leg Raise
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Seated Row (Machine)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Leg Press
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Hammer Curl
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Lat Pulldown
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Deadlift (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Lunge (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Russian Twist (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Bent Over Row (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Squat (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Bicep Curl (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Extension (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Overhead Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Pull-Up (Assisted)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Good Morning
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Goblet Squat
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Hanging Leg Raise
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Seated Row (Machine)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Leg Press
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Hammer Curl
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Pushdown (Cable)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Seated Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Lat Pulldown
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Deadlift (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Lunge (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Russian Twist (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Bench Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Bent Over Row (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Squat (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Bicep Curl (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Tricep Extension (Dumbbell)
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Overhead Press (Barbell)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
2
Pull-Up (Assisted)
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
3
Good Morning
1
1
1
3-5 Reps
5-8 Reps
8-10 Reps
4
Goblet Squat
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
5
Hanging Leg Raise
1
1
1
8-10 Reps
10-12 Reps
12-15 Reps
What People Are Saying(845 ratings)
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4.32/ 5
Dave C.Man
an hour ago
3 weeks complete
2 years of prior experience
As expected strength gains
As expected muscle gains
Marginal modifications
Great program to get me back in the game
LuluWoman
11 days ago
11 weeks complete
5 years of prior experience
As expected strength gains
As expected muscle gains
Marginal modifications
I liked this program for its simplicity. It doesn’t feel overwhelming and I was able to do most exercises. Highly recommend for women