Thoughts on full body workout vs. split?

Discussion in 'Dieting / Supplement Discussion' started by Senzo Tanaka, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Senzo Tanaka

    Senzo Tanaka Silver Belt

    Dec 21, 2010
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    I like to change up my routine a bit and thought I would get some opinions on what is more effective.

    My current routine has been a been:

    Monday - Chest and Triceps
    Tuesday - Abs and Cardio
    Wednesday - Back and Biceps
    Thursday - Abs and Cardio
    Friday - Legs and Shoulders

    Each each would consist of 3-4 different exercises per muscle.

    What would suck is just due to life in general, if you missed a day, it would kind of screw up the entire routine. I also started to question if going a whole week before hitting the muscles was too long and if it was slowing down results.

    I switched to a M-W-F full body workout recent for a change of change. The positives is if you miss a day, you can just make it up the next. The downside is it takes longer and it seems the results aren't as good.

    I would think that doing full body would have better results since it's done more often but having lesser exercises might negate it.

    What do you guys think is better? Split or full body? Is waiting a full week to do something like Back/Biceps again too long or does the secondary muscles getting hit make up for it?

    Feel free to post your routines.
  2. PUO3

    PUO3 You are a can. Staff Member Senior Moderator

    Jul 26, 2012
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    are you going for looks, endurance, strength etc?
  3. csroster

    csroster Silver Belt

    Feb 8, 2010
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    Harrisburg, PA
    I do a Push/Pull routine with a mix of iso and compound exercises, which I mix up every now and then. I feel it gets me a good portion of the full body and split methods. An example would be:

    A: Push day - Bench, squat, tri ext, abs, cardio
    B: Pull day - Rows, deads, curl, abs, cardio

    I do this routine in the MWF format of:

  4. Loomy

    Loomy Purple Belt

    Feb 2, 2006
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    Split workouts like senzo listed are for body builders who live in the gym. And not only is this not the lifting sub forum, sherdog isn't a bodybuilding site.

    Pro tip: muscle growth is a consequence of blood chemicals. You don't move many chemicals doing curls. There is good reason for everybody to be talking about squats all the time
  5. Pathogenic

    Pathogenic Wo Cao Ni Ma

    Feb 1, 2008
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    The Swell Dungeon
    Depends on your goals. Splits are the preferred method for hypertrophy but full body, or something close to it, is usually preferred for strength. There are exceptions, such as Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 run on a 4 day split, which is great for both strength and hypertrophy.

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