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Body Split Workouts vs Full Body Workouts

How often the question “which is better?” is asked throughout the fitness realms of the world. This question is often asked when it comes to fitness routines. Now, even though the “versus” abbreviation is in the title of this article, I digress. This is not going to be an article on which is better. In all honesty, it is impossible to say which is better because they both serve a different purpose and provide different kinds of results. This would be equivalent to ask who is a better baseball player, Mike Tyson or Joe Montana?


That was a horrible analogy, but I think you get the gist.


This article will simply lay out some basic take away of the two different routines or “approaches” to fitness, and from their it is a to each their own.


Body Split Workouts


Body split workouts have been around for quite some time and are maybe the most popular way to train amongst the gym culture of today. Having a “back day” or a “chest day” is usually the concept. Body split routines involve giving a certain body part its own focus in the gym. So, one might do a chest day on Monday (is that still the international day to do chest?), then on Tuesday that person will do a shoulder day. And every 3 weeks a leg day will get squeezed in (just throwing some shade). Pros to this approach with working out are:


  • Body Shaping -You have more control over the targeted development of your body. 
  • Easier to Manage -If you like lifting heavy, it’s more manageable if you are only focusing on 2-3 muscle groups at a time. Also, it is less metabolically demanding.
  • Easy to Switch Up Workouts -Switching up your workout routine can be pretty simple because you are changing your body part split, so you focus on different body parts on different days/training sessions.


Some notable cons for split body routines are limited calorie burn and muscular imbalances (18-inch arms but 10-inch calves).


Full Body Workouts


Full body workouts are making a comeback with the surge of metabolic training, HIIT, and CrossFit. Full body workouts are pretty self-explanatory in that you are working on your entire body during a single workout session. These workout routines offer a wide array of variety and are usually done in a group format, so if you seek comradery and working out with others, full body workouts might be your thing.

Pros to a full body workout routine are:


  • More Balance to Your Build -You will be able to build a well, better balanced body by hitting all muscle groups in one workout.
  • More Manageable Workout Schedule -If you normally workout 3x per week and you happen to miss a workout, you have already worked out all your muscle groups twice.
  • Burn a Lot of Calories -When someone has a lot of weight to lose, full body workouts take the ticket in burning calories. By the whole body being hit at once, the body eats up calories.


A few notable cons to full body workouts are the heightened risk of overtraining and inability to handle the intensity of the workout.


With all of this being said, the choice falls on you. At the end of the day if your moving, you are doing more than if you are doing nothing.


Pick a routine and get moving.


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