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Rather than just going to the gym and randomly selecting workouts to do, it's always best to go in with a plan.
That's why on this week's episode of the Open Sky Fitness Podcast, Devon and I are sharing the pros and cons of both split and full body workouts PLUS when one type of workout is better than the other.
Either is great and you will see benefits with both. However, if you are hitting a plateau and not seeing any new results, you might want to try something new.
At the end of this post, you'll also find Rob's Full Body MWF Workout to try on your own. You can also join in the conversation on the Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group to share updates, ask questions, and find an accountability partner to help you complete each workout.
When you do a split workout, it means that you're only working 1-2 muscle groups a day. For example, on Monday you would only work your chest and triceps so then on Tuesday you solely focus on your back and biceps and Wednesday is just legs and shoulders.
By following a split workout routine, you only work each area just once or twice a week.
This allows you to give certain body groups up to 48 hours of rest along with a complete resting weekend or doing a bit of active recovery on your off days. Active recovery can include walking, hiking, easy bike riding, different family activities etc.
It's believed that split training can be better for aesthetic results.
"Split training is better if you have to train multiple days in a row. If you only have Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday available to work out, you're not going to work your full body on those days because you'll be exhausted and not have any recovery time in between days." - Rob and Devon Dionne
Pros to completely weekly split workouts include:
On the other hand, cons of split workouts are:
"Split training might create endurance for an individual muscle, but full body workouts are so much more impactful for sports." - Rob Dionne
"When you're doing full body workouts over time, your soreness levels will significantly go down overtime." - Rob Dionne
Pros for completing full body workouts include:
Cons to doing full body workouts are:
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00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction
1:15 Opening comments with Rob and Devon
1:40 Recap on last week's episode with Arriane Alexander: 10 Ways Why Fitness is Just Like Your Business
2:15 The difference between split workout routines and full body workout routines plus which one is better
3:00 Last chance to enter in our review contest to win a free book by June 22!
5:00 Reach out to Devon and I for 1-on-1 Coaching
6:00 What's the difference between a full body workout and a split routine?
9:00 The pros of doing a split workout.
13:50 Cons of split training workouts
17:30 The pros to full body workouts
22:55 Cons to full body training
29:25 So, what's better? Split or full body workouts?
30:00 Rob's new personal challenge: Completing a full body workout 3 days a week
30:50 Rob's Full Body MWF Workout
44:50 Closing comments with Rob and Devon
45:50 Open Sky Fitness Closing
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