Sure, there are days when you wonder how kickass it would be to be built like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. But most times it's best to leave bodybuilding to the bodybuilders.

Because here's the reality: While very few of us will get paid to be a musclebound barbarian on camera, almost everyone will face the daily battles against heavy objects—toting carry-on luggage into the overhead bin, hefting a bag of dog food into the truck, or helping your buddy carry that overstuffed recliner up three flights of stairs to his new apartment.

And for that, we like to focus on the one thing every guy needs: practical, all-around strength.


How to do it: This 3-day workout program is designed to build exactly that. Make sure to rest one day between workouts. Do 3 sets of each exercise. Use a weight that makes it challenging, but not impossible, to do about 10 reps of each move. Focus on maintaining good form above all else. Rest about a minute between sets, and about 2 to 3 minutes between each exercise.