In regards to general workout templates, I think the majority share a basic commonality of progression and emphasis on a base of the “Big 3” being squats, deadlifts, and bench presses.
Sure, progressive focus on these exercises will lead to increased strength and muscle mass, but if implemented in a generic scheme can also lead to eventual and unfortunate muscular imbalances that can lead to pain or even injury.
I am living proof, as I developed a very bad imbalance in my lower body push/pull muscles and also the same in my upper body to a lesser degree. (For example I had an unfortunate obsession with bottom position squats in the power rack that revealed some major muscle imbalances in my lower body that led to injury all sorts of knee-swelling and pain that I fought with for years.)
As I mentioned last time I developed these imbalances through focus and increased effort on what was naturally not only in my immediate view in a visual sense, but also from tradition a “how much can you bench?” mentality, along with the fact that a good portion of trainees (self included) could stand to include proportionally quite a bit more pulling work than they do pulling.
In a bio-mechanical sense as humans we tend to generally find pushing easier than pulling.
The triceps (pushing) make up 3/4ths of the upper-arm as opposed to biceps (pulling) for example.
From my own experimentation and trials, I think it may be advisable to include as much as a 2:1 ratio when implementing pull/push exercises, especially when starting out as a new trainee.
An example of a classic 5×5 workout would be as follows:
* (following each set of bench presses complete a moderate set of pull-ups, chin-ups or pull-downs of some variety. As the weeks progress, increase the intensity in the form of either more repetitions or by increasing the load. Likewise between your sets of squats perform a leg curl variation also increasing the reps and/or load.)