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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Full Body vs Split Routine: Which One Is Better?

Should I do full body or split routine? The almighty question for many gym goers with subjective answers all across the web. Well in as few words as I can spew out, I will defend the full body routine and why I think it is the best route to go.

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As with all things in life, what is best for one person may not be best for all. There is no single workout that will necessarily work for everyone. It’s about what works for you.

For those who know or have met me before, I am in pretty good shape (Just kidding, I’m swole).

I myself am currently in a training state of maintenance. Meaning, I am not looking to bulk up nor am I looking to slim down. Making full body perfect and the best option for me.

BUT! Full body may not be the best for you.

Depending on your personal goals, you must be the judge on whether you want to split your routines of either full body or split body.  And most importantly, whether your schedule can accommodate the routine you have chosen.

Full body

Full body is obviously my go to. I especially like to start clients off with full body who want to kick their body into overdrive. The full body is for the beginner-intermediate lifter, the fat burner, and the maintainer.

Why choose Full body:

Time With full body workouts, you can spend less time in the gym. Freeing up more time accomplish other life goals. That do not include watching TV or pigging out.
Caloric expenditure is maximized You are working out your entire body. Sending signals to your brain for more energy (calories). It’s all Synergy. The bigger your muscles become the more calories your body will continue its need to burn thus calories. Providing energy so that you continue lifting and also help you recover.
Also full body workouts have been scientifically proven to burn more calories even after you are done working out than split body.
Just makes sure to stay in the 2-3 days a week range in order to prevent over training and injury.

Split body 

Split body can mean lower body day, upper body day, or split body part days. As you get stronger, it becomes very difficult to maintain enough energy to do extraneous lifts all on the same day. Such as the bench press, squats, deadlifts, shoulder cleans, etc. You’ve become strong enough that your body can’t handle a full body day of high intensity training, so you must now split if you want to continue seeing gains.

The Split body routine is for the advanced lifter, the body builder, and the physique competitor. The major purpose of splitting your workout is for getting the right aesthetic look that you desire. 

Why Choose Split body

It’s Easier Avid split body lifters, please don’t kill me. No lifting should be easier. Easier in a sense that splitting your body workouts won’t put a strain on your body. Allowing you to focus on the body parts that you want.
You’re into body shaping As I mentioned before, if you’re looking to go into body building and physique competitions then split is the way to go. It lets you focus on your weak spots and continually shape those traps are calves the way you like.
You’re recovering from surgery/ Coming back from an injury Going through surgery can put you out of the gym for weeks. But if other limbs of your body aren't out of commission then you’re going to have to do split. This one is a no-brainer.
Also coming back from an injury. You’re going to have to change your whole routine just to accommodate the rebuilding process. So more isolated and focused approached is what you’re going to have to do until you are back to 100%.

I am Pro-Full body and have been this way for years. I like to lift heavy and keep it moving. But to each its own. Full body may not be for everyone.

And at the end of the day, you’re going to be in the gym or your basement on your own. And you will be the one lifting the weights or doing your routine. You got to be confident that whatever choice you make will be the right one.

And remember Lift heavy, lift often, repeat” - #theFittest

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