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5 Day Minimal Equipment Home Workout

This is a great workout for someone who wants to build muscle at home with minimal equipment.

There are 2 pieces of equipment I would suggest purchasing:

Adjustable Dumbbells: A set of adjustable dumbbells is the most important piece of equipment to buy. Buying something like these and buying plates for them will be the most economical. Being able to add a lot of weight to your dumbbells is important; you can’t do a lot with 40 pounds after a few weeks of training.

Gold's Adjustable Dumbbells

An Adjustable Bench: An ideal bench would be one you could adjust from flat up to 90 degrees. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy at all.

Adjustable Bench

** Be sure to check your local Craigslist for good finds on used equipment!

Here is a sample schedule:

  • Monday – Chest
  • Tuesday – Back
  • Wednesday – Shoulders
  • Thursday – Arms and Core
  • Friday – Legs
  • Saturday – Off
  • Sunday – Off


Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Flat Bench 3 12
Dumbbell Floor Press 3 12
Dumbbell Incline Flyes 3 12
Push Ups 3 AMAP


Exercise Sets Reps
1 Arm Dumbbell Row 5 12
Dumbbell Pullover 3 12
Dumbbell Deadlift 3 12
Back Flyes 3 15


Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Shrugs 3 15
1 Arm Overhead Press 3 12
Side Lateral Raise 3 12
Single Arm Dumbbell Snatch 3 12


Arms and Core
Exercise Sets Reps
Side Bends 3 20
Chrunched Twists 3 20
Weighted Situps 3 20
Concentration Curls 3 15
Hammer Curls 3 15
Tricep Kickback 3 15
Skull Crushers 3 12


Exercise Sets Reps
Goblet Squats 3 12
Seated Calf Raises 3 15
Reverse Lunges 3 12
1 Leg Straight Leg Deadlift 3 12
Overhead Squat 3 12


Workout Tips:

Push Ups: 3 sets of as many as you can possibly do. This is basically your burnout set so churn out some good push ups.


Questions or comments below!

18 thoughts on “5 Day Minimal Equipment Home Workout

    1. You could use the same rep ranges, maybe add in another set so like 4 sets of 12 instead or you could do 5×5… whatever you like best.


  1. Hey Cutty I would like to know if I can increase these workouts to twice a week such as doing Chest/Back one workout and shoulders/legs another workout keeping arms and core where it’s at since its already a combo. If its possible would you recommend a different combo split of the chest back shoulders legs. My training schedule would be 1.chest/back, 2.Shoulders/legs, 3.arms/core, 4. rest 5. Chest/back 6. Shoulders/legs 7. Off then repeat.

  2. Hey Cutty did the routine I mentioned for 3 weeks when suddenly the water main in our gym broke. I ended up being without a gym for about a month so I created my own bodyweight program to still stay active (my hobby is obstacle course races/mud runs) I am getting back into your plan and would like to know where to add in pullups and/or chin ups. I am doing your normal schedule not the combined as I previously mentioned. I will however be changing pushups to plank up shoulder taps. For fun here was the bodyweight plan I had followed going 3 rounds each exercise to failure with a day of rest after each. The exercises with slashes means I did one during a workout and the other the next workout.
    Plankup shoulder taps
    Tuck Jumps
    Side plank dips (for obliques)
    mountain climbers

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