Muscle Guide and Exercise Chart for Women

How awesome would it be to have a diagram of each muscle in your body along with an exercise you can do for each of those groups you want to work on? Well it actually exists!! There are so many different types of exercises you can do to build and target specific muscle groups, but I found this chart that I thought was awesome because while it doesn’t list full on workouts it does give you specific exercises you can do for each muscle group!

I always advise my private clients when creating their workouts or exercises to stick with supersets of opposing muscle groups. When looking at the chart below that would mean if you perform in exercise in the shoulder group such as a shoulder press you would immediately then perform an exercise with an opposing muscle group like a bicep curl or a squat so that you are resting the muscle group, but NOT slowing down the intensity of your workout. This results in burning more calories in a shorter amount of time because you are eliminating the rest time in between sets.  

Also, make sure that you do not work the same muscle group more than twice a week other than the butt. The butt is one of the only muscle groups you can work every day without ruining your progress. Your greatest results happen outside of the gym with your nutrition and rest time because that is when your muscles are repairing and recovering becoming stronger aka tighter.

If you are new to working out or strength training in general I would recommend following a 3 day split that can either follow 3 days of Total Body with a rest day in between each day OR alternating between upper body and lower body days. If you choose to perform the 3 Total Body days then be sure that you are doing a different workout all 3 days instead of performing the same total body workout 3x a week. By changing the workout, this ensures your muscles are being shocked and your body does not “get used” to the workout and stop burning as many calories to keep up. You want your body to keep guessing and keeping it unpredictable so you continue to see results. I usually also suggest hiring a personal trainer or getting a structured workout program when first starting out to help educate you on how to set up your workouts, your rest time, and your nutrition. Once you go through a few months of that, you will have a better understanding of how to create your own workout schedule.

You will always burn more calories performing weighted strength training workouts with supersets AND get faster results than you will just performing 30-45 minutes of cardio.

Cardio will help you drop a little bit of weight initially, but eventually you will get to a point where you are changing the shape and definition of your body you end up just being “skinny” without any firmness.

  • Take a look at the image below, the image on the left is of a female who does short strength circuits and “bursts” of power exercises whose body is firm, defined, and strong. The image on the left is a female runner who spends hours each day running who is also slim, but does not have the same firmness to her body as the female on the left.

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  1. Amber Potts says

    I absolutely Love this chart and would to use it in my middle school Personal Health and Fitness class. I would need to change some of the lists to fit the ones we use and are age appropriate. Is there any way you could email me it so that I would be able to make changes? I dont have the slightest idea how to make it myself and it is exactly what I am looking for to use with my students. Thank you so much!

    • adrummonds says

      Hi Amber, I am so glad that you love the chart and think it would be great for your middle school class! I do not have any way of emailing this chart. However, you can save the chart to your desktop and make the charts you would like to it by right clicking the picture and selecting “save”. I am so glad that the chart was helpful and you found this page!! Thank you so much, Amber!

  2. Sarah says

    Hello Ashley,

    That chart is amazing! But it’s pretty hard to see. I cannot save and enlarge it, because the image becomes distorted. Can you please make it bigger?


  3. MJS says

    Fabulous chart.. Great way to instruct children on what area of the body they are working when they are exercising .. So lovely that the image is of a girl too. Not often you find a chart that is informative in an easy manner colourful and female with out being a beefed up image.
    Great work
    Would even purchase this to pin on the wall in glossy fashion

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