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Should Your Strength Training Always Be a Total Body Workout?

- Tuesday, January 03, 2012
 Answered by: Heather Hawk

There seems to be the belief that a total body routine is the best solution for a hectic schedule.

I used to feel that a total body workout would ensure l hit every muscle group even if I was only able to strength train twice that week. It’s true I was touching on every area but I wasn’t feeling like I worked each muscle well enough.

So I decided to try splitting my body parts. Yes, this does mean that during hectic weeks each area may only be trained once however, I find the training is more effective and more intense.

If you’re feeling like you simply aren’t achieving the intensity you want with your total body routine then try dividing the muscle groups into different days. You can break up the body parts in several ways. One option is legs and back one day, chest and shoulders the next, and biceps and triceps on the third. Or you can try legs on their own day, back and chest a second day, and shoulders and arms the third day. To boost the intensity and the results, try to divide and conquer when it comes to your strength training.

 


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