Full Body vs Split
There are two main formats of workouts you can do when you go to the gym – a full body workout or a body part split. Some people swear by one form, and some swear by the other. But, what is best for you to reach your goal?
Most beginners opt for a full body workout. You can structure your workout like a circuit and hit all your muscle groups in one workout. This is also good if you can only be at the gym 1-3 times per week.
You can use compound exercises like squats, bench presses and deadlifts to hit multiple muscle groups at a time and make the most effective use of the time you have available.
On the other hand, more advanced weightlifters usually use body part splits. If you can be in the gym up to 5 or 6 days a week, you can work out arms on one day, legs on another, core the next and so on.
This way, you can get maximum stimulation from working out and give a muscle group 4 days to a week to recover before you hit them hard again. If you don’t have a lot of time to be in the gym per week though, you might not have the luxury of doing this.
Are full body workouts or splits better for you to achieve your goals? Well really this question depends on a few factors.
It will depend on how much time you can spend in the gym per week and at what level of development you are currently at and how your diet supports your exercise routine.
The most important thing is that you are working out all your muscle groups hard. Unless you are already built from solid muscle and have been working out for years, both styles of routines will help you progress to your goals.