Empower Fitness Blog

RSS -- Grab Empower Fitness RSS Feed

Share Your Moment of Truth Here

Newsletter Signup

Make your move! Become an Empower insider today to receive expert advice on fitness and nutrition, tips, and tricks; as well as exclusive workouts, discounts, and more!

Captcha Image

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.


Recent Posts


step platform womens fitness wellness crockpot meals pilates empower fitness reduced fat exercise body posture fitness post-workout meal adjust weight Empower 3-in-1 Kettlebell post-workkout drinks motivation dedicated workout time dumbbells Swing Yourself Sexy hiking best and most fun exercise targetting exercising on a regular basis steamed vegetables dividing muscle groups core workout group exercise professional female boxer not falling asleep snacking cruising streets Fatigue core training natural tanning walking on treadmill cardio sessions empowering routine fitness levels stretches sleep using muscles workout routine feeling empowered Liposuction cardiovascular fitness morning exercisers oxygen tips to reduce stress fitness fun kettlebell workout with DVD strength training muscles improve sleep EmpowerYourself mindfulness post-workout recovery shake biochemical stress body-sculpting workouts Active, Healthy, and Strong tanning healthy meals for family heather hawk indoor exercise targeting stretch strength empowering yourself health and fitness chest and biceps stretch intense strength training symptoms of stress condiments workout schedule with parter general cardio enthusiast routine exercise Waist Trimmer Belt measure weight loss whole grain bread fitness training women mindless snacking plankaday cut calories reducing stress Increase energy for workouts walking exercise refuel Empower de-stress exercise regimen getting rid of cellulite most effective upper body strength best foods after strength training being empowered Walking Vest another word body fat staying motivated long term snack post-exercise fitness path burn off vegetables Yoga make your move climbing mountains calorie content physio ball snacks increased muscle Boxing Boot Camp fitness equipment how do I lose weight yoga for mothers Cardio Core Hoop carbs exercise routine positive life Empty stomach exercise 30-minute workout holiday workout guide body shape fruits boxing workout weight exercises optimism push-ups push-up intense exercise rest and recover workout regularly body building relaxation techniques quick workout stretching after exercise dial it down for a day Professional boxer Jaime Clampitt Cardio Core and More Fitness Hoop S.M.A.R.T. cardio working from home calories late mornings eating right burn-off calories EMPOWERED cardiovascular exercise #makeyourmove challenge developing muscle 3-in-1 Kettle bell body rest training equipment step and strength classes healthy family dinners weighted speed rope toning 7 dimensions of wellness workout session healthier body body workout workout fresh air posture hamstring stretch exercising elleptical personal trainer weight loss healthy eating healthy options motivate yourself fitness regime Striking Beauties Boxing Gym for Women Summer core losing fat build muscle turbo tone nutrients flexibility exercises women boxing body training sessions fitness experts Christmas dinner early afternoons cardio exercise family fitness total body Swing Yourself Slender effective workout Adjustable Weighted Bar improving quality of sleep boxing training cookout moderate intensity cardio Low glycemic foods pre-workout jump ropes fit what it means to be EMPOWERED healthy weight toddler energy cardio training regular exercise workout regime exercises cut 100 calories Empower's Boxing Boot Camp with 12 Rounds Workout DVD working out total body routine exercise equipment stretch before exercising cardio workouts cold or illness workout regimen bench weight training exercise outdoors workout indoor ad ball breathing techniques labor day weekend skim milk fitness instructor gym cardio workout Tai Chi quad stretch treadmill workouts fitness motivation quality of sleep makeup food warm-up rachel howe stertching boxing tasty meals fitness goals great seat good sleep cool down power lifting monitor weight loss protein diet tone down great workouts positive attitude meal staying consistent burn off calories Metabolism climbing interval based training biochemical process strength exercises fall and winter receipes lunge burning off calories burn ab ball training dips 2-in-1 Combination Weighted Speed Rope rest your body exercise outside body workouts lose weight Portable Pilates Studio endurance aerobics maintain workout schedule healthy lifestyle lifting weights long walk nutrition mid-day workout burn calories workout motivation best time to workout drink water low-fat chocolate milk how to reduce stress Empower products Swing Yourself Strong cardio session swimming Empower Workout fitness buff ab low-caroie option working up a sweat noshing fitess know-how healthy option Cardio Core Fitness Hoop motivational tools and triggers positive energy sleep difficulties running health educators relaxation cardio exercises Bag Boxing graduated sized dumbbells dry bun Boxing Workout DVD women empowerment circuits combine activities staying in shape stress tips lift weights plank empowerment muscle and strength growth tips on how to sleep better holiday workouts losing muscle jump rope weights slow jog stress formal exercise Scented Stress Balls take time to stretch weight training stretching back stretch jumping rope salads post-workout recovery eating habits Ultimate Core Trainer calorie count burning calories calorie Burn Off Thanksgiving Day Calories cardio stepping health resistance bands drop extra pounds healthy body losing weight tempting foods good body posture save up to 100 calories gin miller seasoned fitness professionals walking carbohydrates Sleeping work out resistance cords extra workout time light cardio proper diet Mountain bikes Pilates Weighted Body Toner training exercises falling asleep kathy stevens