The best muscle building workouts for beginners are centered around basic, compound weightlifting movements that work multiple muscle groups at the same time. If you are new to lifting, the best thing you can do is to familiarize yourself with the full barbell squat, the deadlift and the military press.
The barbell squat builds up your quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves and even stresses your core muscles. Performing three sets of deep squats, going all the way down to below parallel, will get you big and massive all over. Remember to always focus on perfect form; use only as much weight as you can handle without cheating and sacrificing technique. As your strength improves, gradually add weight to the bar. Perform mainly sets of eight to twelve reps, but occasionally perform lower rep sets to really boost your strength and power.
Deadlifts are another fantastic exercise for overall body mass and power. Along with targeting your legs and glutes, deadlifts will help to pack on tons of muscle mass to your back.
Military presses with barbells or dumbbells target your shoulders and triceps and, if performed regularly, will give your upper body a powerful appearance.
If you are a beginner, stay away from machines and focus on the compound exercises discussed in this article. It's the fastest way to get big and buff.