Originally Posted by BendtheBar
Many powerlifters use 4 day split variations (upper lower, Westside, Wendlers, etc.) and I would argue that these programs are just as taxing as fullbody workouts, if not more because of the relative weight being used.
This is what I was trying to get across in my reference to Squat or DL programs. My observations are that most powerlifting/olympic lifting type routines are far more intensive, overall, then the typical
BB split. Note, the operative word is typical
. I know a number of guys preparing for competitions who use a split but are doing work far more intensive then mine. However, the average
person, hitting the gym 4-5 times a week, IMHO, intentionally keeps the intensity levels in what they consider manageable. Thus, do not challenge the CNS sufficiently to need frequent rest days. Even with my most intense efforts, while on a split, I found I could go longer without a rest day then I can on my current full body plan. Then, that is just me.
Originally Posted by BTB
But keeping it focused on average lifters who aren't powerlifters or competitive bodybuilders, all things equal a 3 day fullbody workout is generally more taxing than a 4-5 day split.
That is what I was trying to express, just didn't do so as clearly as you have.