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  • any thoughts on split training or whatever it's called??

    i was thinking Monday: sprints, Tuesday: back/ biceps, Wednesday: legs, Thursday: more sprints, Friday: chest/ triceps. and saturday: core/ abs. sunday i'd rest. is it better to do full body workouts 2-3 times per week? i like the idea of split training because i can really focus on a certain muscle group and feel like i'm getting a better workout too.

  • #2
    Your body doesn't function as individual muscle groups, why would you want to work out that way?

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    • #3
      I've done splits, whole body, you name it for years and years, and I've found that I can have very good results with just lifting heavy whole-body 3x per week. I've seen no appreciable difference than when I was doing a 6-day split routine. On my off days I do whatever random--go for a hike or sprints or play a sport. Saves a lot of time, too; I'm only in a weight room 3-4 hours a week now and am as strong(er) as ever.

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      • #4
        Short story the only people who should be doing isolation splits are advanced bodybuilders making pretty muscles. Not a IFBB Pro? Get your butt in a squat rack with heavy weights.

        "Feel" doesn't matter, numbers on the bar does.
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        • #5
          thanks guys, i guess i'll just stick to my normal routine of full body workouts w/ calisthenics, three times a week then.

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          • #6
            I found if i hit ruts with whole body routines, I would switch to splits or add some splits after my normal routine and it helped me #1. pass a plateau and #2 look sexier.

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            • #7
              Breetbree-
              Seriously, pick a program and stick with it for the next few months- at least three.

              Whatever you can do consistently will help you get ready for basic training. Getting ready for basic training really isn't necessary, because
              1. many people will enter the military with no training whatsoever.
              2.. the training is designed to take you from zero to passing in 9 weeks.

              Jumping programs constantly, looking for new ways to do things- these are unnecessary, waste time, and slow you down. Pick a program and stick with it.

              Whole-body lifting or calisthenics will be far more effective for your preparations than any kind of split.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
                Jumping programs constantly, looking for new ways to do things- these are unnecessary, waste time, and slow you down. Pick a program and stick with it.
                That pretty much defines "Fuckarounditis."
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                • #9
                  I've recently got back to split training because I like the way it feels and also find its the best way for me to really sculpt the body. Also I can put a lot of intensity into the workouts as they tend to be shorter. Here's my 4 day schedule:

                  Day 1 - Weights - Back, Chest, Legs, Abs
                  Day 2 - Sprints - 10X100 meters - Then weights - Shoulders and Arms
                  Day 3 - 3 to 5 mile run or hike
                  Day 4 - Rest Day

                  Works great for me, but I like to change up my approach every couple of months so I don't get stale. I should mention I also do High Power Yoga and have recently added meditation into my routine three times a week.
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                  • #10
                    Split training isn't necessarily a bad thing but body-part training is just plain weird if your primary goal is strength or improved movement function. If you must break things up by category why not something like push/pull?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by canuck416 View Post
                      I've recently got back to split training because I like the way it feels and also find its the best way for me to really sculpt the body.
                      Here is the problem with that, this may not apply to you, but people just learning to get strong (Novice) try to do this. I know a gym who has been going to the gym 4x week for 3 years.......looks exactly the same, maybe a little bit stronger. People go in trying to do the latest Muscle & Fitness routine when they can't even press half their body weight.

                      No one should be doing splits or isolation until they are functionally "strong", I consider that as squatting 1.5x your body weight [5RM]. Granted that's somewhat arbitrary.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by breetbree View Post
                        feel like i'm getting a better workout too.
                        Pull 315 lbs of the ground and let me know how you feel.
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