For the RFESS, stick within the 3-5 reps per set range for each leg. This is what I did to get in shape to get into police training and now there will be a lot of fitness in the class so I want to cut it back especially with the weights. See my article on the full body fat burning workout routine for more information. You could take a look at my article entitled "Best Full-Body Fat-Burning Workout Routine" for more info on this if you wish. So most of the time your training should consist of around 3-4 sets of 5-8 reps (after a couple of warm-up sets) per exercise. @Bas Kahn – I think taking down the cardio would definitely help you eat more calories than you burn, which is a prerequisite for gaining muscle. Also, your level of effort should be cycled anyway, starting off more moderately and progressing each week until you are going close to failure. Carmen, Stick to lifting weights 3-4 times per week and perform 1-2 cardiovascular sessions as well depending upon your schedule. After that the three day program may be more appropriate, and you can certainly add an exercise to each of these. i think splits are better. Obviously, you can't use a neutral grip with a barbell though; it would have to be dumbbells or machines. David (author) from Birmingham, UK on May 11, 2019: If you were a complete beginner, I would suggest you stick with the dips, but as you've been training a while now, and built up some strength, it's a perfectly reasonable thing to do. i know. You are right, deadlifts put an enormous strain on the body and CNS, but they are an excellent exercise if used properly. My goal was strictly for strength and not for mass gain. Best of luck. A 75% (ish) warmup is needed really. just want to be normal! @Ian – Thanks for your questions. I can't describe them all here of course, but I may write an article on it soon. For most people 4 days per week would be the most I would recommend. If you want to be a fitness model or have a weakness then we can split up the workout. In addition, doing this same full body workout 3x per week would lead to pretty serious over-training. Just pick one or two and do them for a few weeks. Interestingly enough, the workout split you are describing is exactly what I’ve been doing the past month. For example, if your doing 10 sets of each exercise, that would be a lot of volume. Workout 2 - front squat, incline bench, inverted row, dumbbell overhead press (or lateral raise), pulldowns. @reedrickr – Sounds like a smart plan. The set up of the program allows you to maximize your results in the gym - whether you are looking to build lean muscle, burn fat, increase your strength, or a combination of all of those goals. My thinking is that if you apply your energy more strategically with a lower volume program that is more effective and combine that with solid nutrition, you will attain the goals you seek.. Mark, can you please help me out? I think low intensity cardio is great for maintenance and for staying active. David (author) from Birmingham, UK on July 17, 2019: Yes, doing some post-workout stretching is definitely a good idea, and will hopefully help your joints feel better. Thanks! But it's not much different than how men should train really. Thanks your feedback David. In the first example, the pull-ups act as a primary muscle exercise (back), while the biceps curls act as an assisting muscle exercise. 6 sets 6 reps. Calf raises 286lbs. If you still don't grow, eat more. Myk – I think lifting 4x per week with a split routine is fine, adding an extra full body workout doesn’t seem to me like it would help bring you over the hump. Stay up to date. I don't know what equipment you have got, but if you have got squat stands and an incline bench, you could do: Workout 1 - squat, bench, row, overhead press, pull-ups. Then contine this until you stall, at which point you should reduce the weights and start building up again. Superset – 4 sets of bench press and pull-ups ( or lat pull-down) 4-8 reps, rest 1 minute. Again, I may not be reading that correctly, but if I am, I think the volume is far too high. As Marc says, regardless of the theory, there is always the “what works best for you” factor to keep in mind. With that said, I think you can build muscle with either full body, or a body part split. any help on this will be greatly appreciated. Am thinking of splitting it now... 2 days of Deadlifts, 2 days of glute/ham, 2 days quads, chest and back. My initial weight was 155lb, my best body weight was 242lb., I slacked off a bit going to reach 300lb real soon. When it gets too easy to do them on both feet, do them on just one foot at a time. Better to use the three day full body routine, where you deadlift once per week, and do just one work set of 5 reps, leaving a rep or so in the tank when you finish your set. Thanks again!!! But all you really need is to get yourself moderately out of breath and maintain that for 20 - 30 minutes. The long head of the triceps sits right in that troublesome posterior part of the upper arm. I want to substitute my squats now. I’d like to definitely put on some muscle and look good, but am unsure if i can achieve the muscle mass i want while doing the cardio and slightly less muscle intensity which comes with a full body workout. In fair shape, but starting from scratch again because I was not satisfied with my trainer at fitness 19. I preform bench warmups then 1 heavy then working sets. Rest as long as you need to be fully recovered for the next set, but usually around 2 - 3 minutes, or maybe a little more for the bigger exercises. I dont sweat much with it, or find myself out of breath which to me is a sign of a solid workout. But you'll need to allow for at least two or three de-loads (backing off and then building back up again) before you decide you are no longer progressing on any particular plan. 5) Nutrition – unprocessed, nutrient dense foods should be your focus. I would seriously reconsider your workout program by cutting the sets/exercises in half and paying close attention to how your body feels. And you may have to adopt a slightly different position as compared to a shorter person. @Jake – I would do either an upper body/lower body split, or two full body workouts per week. If during your split routine you are not emphasizing the basics (i.e. So I need something in 30 minutes I can do 3 days a week based on aesthetic and strength. And on Friday you'd do incline dummbell press, pull-up, lateral raise and lying triceps extension. With that said, I do think full body workouts is the way to go for most people to help you develop the most lean, strong, and well balanced body possible. And going down to 2 or 3 reps for a while will help build more strength. Full body supersets are the way to go if you want to maximize your strength training workout. I don’t know how I happened to turn out to be the “skinny guy” me and a younger brother. Commit to performing this workout 3-4 days per week. Also, is your BuiltLean program appropriate for women as well? Listen to your body. Hello David, hope you’re well. I want to be able to cycle at least 30 miles a week at 10-15 miles, which is easy for me. I did this because shifting from basic full body workout to full body workouts that are more targeted allows for a great progression, changes up the workouts, and I wanted you to try both styles to see which one you like more so you can sustain the workouts for the long haul. -Seated half barbell curls. I found an article online talking about full body splits that recommended having either a squat/push/pull as a strength focused move and then superset the other two that you didn't perform first and then superset some assistance exercises after if you like. I do an upper/lower body split, so let’s say Monday is upper, Wednesday is lower, than on Friday is kind of miscellaneous. When will be hard again, maybe I will try to decrease volume or just switch one day for deadlift with only one work set. This full-body workout program for women promises to deliver results in just six weeks, so you can feel stronger, stat. However, after you have been training for a while and have built up a decent level of strength, you will probably find you'll improve better if you do an upper/lower split, training three or four days per week. Also, make sure you are not pushing them excessively hard as well. now im doing push-pull- leg/abs splits . Question: "And going down to 2 or 3 reps for a while will help build more strength." Does this seem like a good approach? And is there a specific approach to working out that I should change (I do full body 3x weekly, plus running and metabolic) for simply wanting to get stronger, other than general weight progression? Though you may want to reduce the volume a little, at least initially. You said that you can add a few arm exercises to your workout if you wish. males and females. However, the principle of "muscle confusion," which states you should be changing your exercises on a regular basis, is a myth. Above 20 reps and it’s tougher to get the significant strength training benefits you probably want. i got soft muscles doing them. The dumbbell only home or gym full body workout focuses on the use of heavy compound lifts, and allows you to maximize muscle gains with minimal equipment. May 22, 2019 by Tamara Pridgett. So whilst body part splits can have their role to play for more advanced trainees, if you want to pack on as much muscle size to your frame as quickly as possible, do a full body workout routine in the way described here. I took myofusion daily and post-workout.. I’ve been practicing moderate high-protein diet.. good result on posture now, my biceps hardened, but hardly gaining weight.. but that doesnt demotivate me.. I’m progressing from 5lb to 8lb dumbbell.. lately I only do 2times workout at home (bought home gym set), day 1 chest /shoulder /lower body/abdomen, day 2 biceps/triceps/lower body/abdomen.. 3days apart workout.. i simply enjoyed sweating.. need your opinion, what suited me best.. Folks in my family are pretty big, or should I say obese! The one thing I would consider changing is the number of repetitions lower. My only complaint is using a picture of Robby Robinson. You don’t have to follow a fitness model workout routine to look like a fitness model – See 7 Reasons NOT To Use A Fitness Model Workout Routine. An example of a three-day full body workout program might look like this: Increase the weight when you can do 8 reps on all 3 sets. Later on though, you will need some higher rep work if you want to optimize size development. If you want to stay healthy you need to eat healthy most of the time. so i used to combine three different workout programs (p90x, insanity and p90x+) sorry it mention this program i just want to share my experience. If you really want to do full body workouts 3 or more times per week, you need to change up the movement patterns, lift lighter weights and do circuits, and/or take down the number of sets per muscle group. Those are some impressive strength increases so kudos to you for putting in the hard work. For most people, training biceps directly three times per week is fine and gives good results. Benefits Of A Full-Body Workout Saves Time David (author) from Birmingham, UK on February 23, 2019: Yes, there is already an arm exercise at the end of each of the workouts, but you can expand this to do both biceps and triceps each time if you wish. David (author) from Birmingham, UK on September 10, 2020: It's a decent routine, but you are doing quite a bit of work for your back, and very little for your chest or shoulders (which are only being trained once per week). Glad you liked the article though. David (author) from Birmingham, UK on December 09, 2018: Full body workouts are the best way to train for beginners and early intermediates, but they can also work well for more advanced lifters, especially if your recovery is quite good. The workout covers every single body part, hitting them each twice throughout the week. All you really need is a squat, lunge or deadlift variation, an upper-body push, and an upper-body pull. Is this a good way of setting up a full body routine whilst travelling long term, just alternating between A and B whether I go 2 or 3 times in any given week? Even though I am an advanced lifter I just want a simple template to follow and modify from here on out. But you can choose your own exercises of course, and make the workouts a bit longer if your recovery is good. Working legs is absolutely essential as Drew rightly points out. After read the comments I’ve realized that I must be an alien! Certainly it is down to the law of diminishing returns when you perform more working sets, and it may be better to increase your volume either by using work up sets before you reach your working set weight, or doing additional exercises for the same body part, rather than more sets. That was approx 3 hours of combined weights and cardio everyday. Perform exercises “A” and “B” one after another. Once you get reasonably strong on them, reduce to two sets, and maybe later to just one set. The exercises I’ve been doing for months now are normal, and feet elevated push-ups, pull-ups, inverted rows and bodyweight squats with a 50-pound weighted vest on me. So if you are benching 155lb for 10 reps, you should be working up to 175lb for 10 reps. Just takes time, but need to force your body to grow. However squats and deadlifts are not necessarily bad for taller people as long as you have decent mobility in the hips and ankles. Just continue with this as long as you are making good progress. In short though, yes one set, after a warmup set or two, and stopping just short of actual failre can give good results. I'm afraid it will be so heavy.. David (author) from Birmingham, UK on June 26, 2019: Yes, that looks very good. This 3 – day split workout is done using “supersets,” meaning that you will do two different exercise series in a row and then have a 60-second rest. David (author) from Birmingham, UK on May 06, 2019: You can certainly do some abdominal exercises if you wish, but it's unlikely to make your abs look much better, unless you have very underdeveloped abdominal muscles, which I doubt. I’ve tried so many different routines for years and want something to actually stick with. This is because compound exercises enable you to train more total muscle tissue in less time, so you can work your whole body quickly and efficiently. What should i do and how many reps and such? But even if you have been training a while, workouts of this sort will allow for better recovery and therefore better long term progress for most people. As for the curls (and dips), I do say in the article that I prefer higher reps for these - usually about 8 - 10. The following will teach you about the pros and cons of full body workouts and split routines so you can decide which type of routine is right for you. @Novan – That routine sounds reasonable. Answer: Just rest long enough for your muscles to fully recover, so that you can put the maximum amount of force into each set (but stop a little short of failure). I’m going to give you the ultra light version of the article: There are two ways to get stronger (1) neuromuscular adaptation and (2) increasing the size of your muscle. If you do 8 on your first set, you should be able to do it on all of them, as you should be stopping your first set a rep or two short of failure. Great article regarding full body training. Do this consistently for at least 6 months, and then consider changing to the 3-day. Don’t think the extra cardio in the morning will make too much of a difference, but it’s up to you. been doing a 3-day split for a month now. yea its crazy i know not the avarage work week. I’m quite an advanced lifter but really like full body splits. But everyone keeps trying to tell me that full body workouts are the way to go. The reasoning for the intervals is that they’ve really helped with jiu-jitsu. I must agree with you Marc. @Ian – I hope some people will chime in. David (author) from Birmingham, UK on August 03, 2019: You could take a look at the one on the bodyrecomposition website (sorry I can't put links in here). As for dips, I see what you are getting at, but these are included because they work both the chest and the triceps hard. It’s really simple when there is AAS in the system. contains some random words for machine learning natural language processing It resembles yours, but has more exercises. @Luc – I think this article should answer your question: https://www.builtlean.com/2011/08/04/can-you-lose-fat-and-build-muscle-at-the-same-time/. I am happy to hear though that you are back on track. Going through the routines for six months then progressing sounds good. And you don't actually have any isolation exercises there (apart from abs). Train three times per week, but don't do exactly the same workout every time, as this will soon lead to recovery issues. I recommend either meeting your caloric maintenance needs, or eating a slight excess of calories (about 100-250 per day) in order to maintain your weight or even build lean muscle. At a later date, you can switch to 3 sets of 10-12 reps for a month or two. Although, when you establish the best rep range for you for each of the lifts, you should stick with that rep range at least 70% of the time. Stopping just short of failure (i.e. A 3 hour full body workout is too much, yet, I have no problems doing so. Firstly, your recovery will not be quite as good when cutting, due to being in calorie deficit, so you may want to cut back a little on volume and/or level of effort. I like strength training in comparison to traditional cardio. You can add in some additional arm work at the end if you wish, but that’s about it. Strength training or resistance training involves the performance of physical exercises which are designed to improve strength and endurance. at my age I’m not wanting too look like like Arnie, but would like to retain my original fitness. I messed with split workouts for years, I’m doing Stronglifts 5×5 right now and it’s great. last year to 134. So you could program them in a bit more frequently, or just be aware of how your body feels and do them as required. 12; Yes; Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ... Full-Body. Whether if I am in the gym or at home, this is the workout I tend to do a lot: 1. strength is sacrifised. You also need much more carbs than an endomorph would. Hi, David. But can you define ‘strength gain’ for me? Answer: Yes, this is perfectly ok for women and will work well. That is, don't push close to failure all the time. i’d love your feedback on my situation, as i’m a little lost of what would be the best way to start up and maximize my gains. Your body needs time to recover. Great article :). Thanks for all the great help, this article really helped my training! The 2x full body strength training workouts and 2-3x cardio sounds excellent. The muscles only grow during recovery. I do plan on writing a length article on how to build muscle soon, so stay tuned! Given you don’t want to change your weight, you should focus on increasing neuromuscular adaptation, which is basically the connection between your brain and muscles. I already weigh 215lbs. im trying to get some serious functional strength but want to bulk and lose some excess hip fat while im at it , im 17 at the moment so no real experience of training but ive put together a fully body workout to try to stimulate growth hormone and but fat , would you mind telling me if i need to improve it or im going the right way about it becuase im getting improvments but no real size , strength or fat loss. @Thurnsten – If I’m reading your workout routine correctly, you are doing 45 sets in one workout? Great article. Straight to the point. and i would still like to do cardio such as swimming with paddles, or circuit workouts to look cut and lean, but if it compromises my muscle gains then i really don’t mind cutting the fat after a few months of gains as i have protien and creatine supplements. well i seem to be stuck where i am, ive been going gym for past 2 years and before that never done excersice. But yet they train every one of their clients with full body workouts! Personally I don't like those. Do 3-4 sets of 5-8 reps. As an example, a simple, but highly effective routine might look something like this: If you are a complete beginner, stick with alternating between the two workouts above for at least a few months. But for most people a 1:1 ratio is fine. But there was a time when the standing overhead press was regarded as the most important upper body lift. The 45 minute or 1 hour full body workout will not work for me. As currently for each workout I warm up using whatever mode of exercise I will be doing, warm up sets for weights, walking for running etc. There are quite a bit of other muscle groups that are being neglected when one only concentrates on doing full body workouts that only comprise of large muscle group exercises. I always feel good when working out in fact my days off I look forward to working out again cause I feel better when I am working out. Train in cycles, where you start the cycle fairly easy and increase each week until you are pushing close to failure. Fantastic article! Thank you in advance. Question: Is a full-body workout good for a sixty-year-old male? This really helps increase that neuromuscular adaptation. of blubber! The Full Body Superset Workout. @jeff – what are your fitness goals? Your workouts seems to be perfect for my aims and schedule. I would try to separate your leg workout from your 3rd workout by 3-4 days if possible. That’s 3 sets at 10 reps for every exercise. My routine is 3 hours long because I usually do 2-3 exercises for each muscle group instead of one exercise. As such a rest of 24 hours would suffice. So I would suggest you do something like a warmup at 50% and 75% for the bigger exercises, and just one with 75% for the smaller exercises. Will that lead to overtraining again? Should I do some abs exercises too at the end of my workouts, just so I can maybe make them look better while im still dirty bulking? The Best Full Body Workout Routine (Part 1/2) So to sum the video up, here’s what your full body workout A could look like: Barbell Bench Press: 3-4 sets of 6-10 reps. Barbell Back Squat: 3-4 sets of 6-10 reps. Pull-Ups: 3-4 sets of 6-10 reps. How does that look for a workout? David (author) from Birmingham, UK on August 23, 2019: You can train abs and calves at the end of any of the workouts, two or even three times per week, although personally I would not train abs more than twice per week. Things have been getting really crazy! Notes: Keep the workout as is. I also train in JKD. The reason we have parallel bar dips on Wednesday is to give the chest some additional work, as well as the triceps. Question: How much rest should you have between full-body workout sets? You also need to make sure you are eating plenty of calories, protein, and you are increasing the amount of weight you are lifting over time. I'm thinking this then: Alternate sets: BB Curl and Ab rollout 2x10-12, Alternate sets: Tricep Pushdown and calf raise 2x10-12, Alternate sets: Hammer curls and hanging leg raises 2x10-12. Thanks in advance! Oh, I forgot to mention, when I do the squats they are half squats since I can't go down all the way for a full squat, cause it hurts my knees too much. More advanced people will need additional exercises of course, in order to get complete and balanced development. Finish all 3 supersets to complete your workout. Continue this until you stall, and then reduce again (changing exercises if you wish). then I do barbell row sets then head over to bow flex work back. I have train both over the years. You need at least 75%. Not necessarily looking to get smaller anymore, just to maintain and maybe get stronger (I still have to work to eek out 10-12 push ups). And try to keep stress to a minimum. And that makes you want it all: strong abs, less body fat, … Glad you’re enjoying our articles. You need to rest long enough to be recovered, so you can perform optimally on all your sets. However, I always got my best results from working up to one top weight set. RRWM (Own work), CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Best of luck. Hi Marc I do Split Routine 4 x per week, I wanted to start doing full body is well!? Still I’m discovering my body and now I know deadlift is super hard for my CNS. -Kristin, BuiltLean Coach & Managing Editor. Increase when hit upper rep goal on all sets with good form. Will full body workout work or do I still have to do a split workout? Full-body workouts are the best way to build muscle because they allow you to train all your major muscle groups more often. I found a trainer who tried to get me to understand that I was hurting myself and she has since given me a new routine. Ive tried these 12 weeks programmes and no major changes and now doing all muscle workout 2 and sometimes 3 times aweek if i have time. WED- Bench press 146lbs. As in: Squat and deadlift are new to me so I am starting very light to work on form. My cardio day is going to be a spin day like I now. Which exercises and rep ranges do you recommend? I wonder what would result by rotating a full body work out for two weeks and then going to a split routine for two weeks? Is this telling me that 2 is too much or is it that I just need to get used to it? Finally, and possibly most importantly, enjoy the fitness journey! Generally speaking though, you would not want to be doing more pushing exercises than pulling. See my article on training for older guys for more info on this. I would do the same on the other days but with ajusted wait so i can handle te reps. 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