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Old 09-02-2012, 05:31 AM   #1
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so I had this personal trainer telling me today that fullbody workouts are no good because you cant start of working your lower body with compound exercises and than have enough energy left over to work your upperbody efficiently .

obviously this is not correct but does this have any truth to it ?

he said the best way to go is an upper/lower split

structured like this

upper 2 times per week
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lower 2 times per week
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:28 AM   #2
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I've heard full body workouts are a great way for beginners to start lifting..

Upper/lower is a good structure too..

Similarly push/pull/legs would be a useful strength builder
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:52 AM   #3
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No idea. I started with a 3 day a week 5X5. *shrug*
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No idea. I started with a 3 day a week 5X5. *shrug*
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This is basically a game of trial and error. Try full body. Try a 3 day split. Try upper/ lower. Try it all and see what works for you... but give anything you try a fighting chance. Run it for a month at least and see if you're making progress. Thats the key in all of this- progress. If you're getting bigger or stronger or leaner, or whatever your goal is, then stick to what you're doing. I squat 6 days a week and eat once a day. Its what works for me. I've tried about everything out there and found what works best for me and i'm sticking to it unless it stops working, then i'll probably just tweak it a little instead of completely changing things.
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What if you alternate?

Session 1
Lower/Upper

Session 2
Upper/Lower

Session 3
Lower/Upper

Session 4
Upper/Lower

I honestly think the P.T. is full of baloney and wasted a weekend getting certified.
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obviously this is not correct but does this have any truth to it ?
The same logic could be said for any split. A better way of looking at things is to limit a session to 2-3 big lifts per workout. I've never had issues making progress using this standard.

In my opinion the only way you're going to be too fatigued during a full body is if you try to pack too much into it each day, which is a common beginner mistake. People try to either turn fullbody workouts into split-style workouts, or they try to pack too much into them.

Fullbody workouts are generally more intense, but your body will become conditioned. At the end of the day, all workout approaches come down to wise programming. Limit big lifts to 2-3 per session.
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The same logic could be said for any split. A better way of looking at things is to limit a session to 2-3 big lifts per workout. I've never had issues making progress using this standard.

In my opinion the only way you're going to be too fatigued during a full body is if you try to pack too much into it each day, which is a common beginner mistake. People try to either turn fullbody workouts into split-style workouts, or they try to pack too much into them.

Fullbody workouts are generally more intense, but your body will become conditioned. At the end of the day, all workout approaches come down to wise programming. Limit big lifts to 2-3 per session.
most people at my gym dont seem to understand that you can build muscle without isolating every muscle from multiple angels.This trainer uses a split workout with 25 sets for the chest.The amount of chest work going at my gym is just way over the top .
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I understand that wokouts should be focused more so on movements but lets just look at a workout through the lens of bodyparts .

can a muscle be worked harder as a secondary muscle in a compound lift than it does as primary/target muscle in an isolation lift ?

what about even as a stabalizer muscle ?
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i have always done a fullbody feels more natural to work the body as a unit
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