An age old question people who workout have, is should I do split routines or full body routines? A split routine is where you work on certain muscle groups on certain days, splitting the muscles you work on over a week. For example, on Sunday you would do shoulders and arms, Tuesday would be chest and back, and Thursday would be abs and legs. A full body routine is where you work on every muscle in your body in the same workout and you work them cohesively and include compound movements to work your body as a unit. I myself do a full body routine, but the answer to the question people have really depends on what they want. So in this post I’m going to highlight the pros and cons of each, making your decision as to which path you desire to take easier and more beneficial in the long run.
- Full body routines allow you to build a body like an athlete. One that works better together and looks symmetrical.
- Missing a workout one day won’t seem like as much of a bummer because you already worked all your muscles the previous day.
- In full body routines, you’re constantly moving and and your heart rate stays high (MINIMIZE BREAKS!).
- It’s hard to focus on a muscle group that is lagging or needs more work than others.
- Working out every muscle every day of the week can lead to over training if not done properly.
- Beginners might not be able to handle HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), which raises your heart-rate and adds a cardio component to weight lifting
- Easier to develop muscle groups that you need more work on and more control over your targeted physique.
- More manageable to work on less muscles and less intense.
- Weekly schedule is easier to change and more flexible.
- You burn much less calories and won’t burn as much fat.
- You see those guys at the gym with the chicken legs and muscular upper bodies? That’s a con of split routines and can lead to muscle imbalances (asymmetry).
- In split routines, you would hit a muscle group once a week and missing a workout can be problematic when trying to fit the workout in somewhere else or it can lead to muscle imbalances.