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If you are going to do isolation exercises it's tough to do a full body workout without spending hours in the gym at a time so splits is probably the right choice for you. I prefer to do only the big compound lifts which makes it a little easier to do a full body workout and still get out of the gym in less than an hour.
I love full body workouts as a rule and through the years I have stuck to them primarily. The only times I go to a split is during those periods of my life where I've picked up the intensity and volume a little bit.
I guess my rule is that if I can't work as hard on the last body part as I did on the first, it might be time to switch to a split. Life usually slows down my workout regiment eventually and I go back to full body. That way I know I'm hitting everything at least once or twice a week. Splits require more of a dedication to get into the gym on schedule.
has anyoneone noticed any differences in performance and strength gains between the two? I have always done full body but feel like i would benefit from more focused intense lifts and more recovery time as i have plateaued on my strength gains.
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for my strength training days, i tend to do "push" and "pull" workouts. my conditioning and HIT circuit work tends to be more of a full body thing. and my cardio is whatever i feel like that day. biking, boxing, running, etc.