Workout Advice - Took a break from the Gym

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    Apr 07, 2011 10:27 AM GMT

    Hey all,


    I've been working out reasonably consistently for the last 10 years, I probably always struggled with getting massive growth due to not being able to get to the gym more than 2 days a week.

    Just wondering, I'm back from an extended holiday and took some time off from the gym, through one thing or another I've been away from it for nearly 8 weeks.

    I know it's an age old question, but what are people opinions on total body vs. split workouts? I've always done slit variations, but considering I KNOW I will end up missing days etc., should I go with a well thought out all over workout?

    Thanks in advance

    Richard
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    Apr 08, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    Total body routine is fine for general fitness and toning up. But if your goal is to gain noticeable muscle mass, then you'll want to implement a split routine. This will ensure that each of your muscle groups gets proper exercise/nutrition/recovery.
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    Apr 08, 2011 10:01 AM GMT
    Yeah this is my general thinking of it. But in an ideal world.

    I suppose I thought that if I got in two (and sometimes three) well planned full body work outs a week, would this be a more practical solution.

    I think what wille ventually happen is that I'll migrate back to the splits again, but I really wanted to see how this worked out.

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    Apr 08, 2011 10:17 AM GMT
    If you anticipate only being able to get in two or three workouts a week and assuming those does aren't consecutive, I think you should experiment with total body routines based around compound movements. That is, if your goal is to put on size. It'll be a change of pace for you if you've always done splits. If, after a few weeks, you're not happy with the results, youncan always go back to the splits.
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    Apr 09, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    At the very minimum, if you can set aside 3 days, you'll be able to implement a decent split routine.
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    Apr 09, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    xrichx saidAt the very minimum, if you can set aside 3 days, you'll be able to implement a decent split routine.


    Split routine or not, do not go everyday as I have for the last four months. A day or so of rest is a good thing
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    Apr 09, 2011 8:38 AM GMT
    sashaman saidIf you anticipate only being able to get in two or three workouts a week and assuming those does aren't consecutive, I think you should experiment with total body routines based around compound movements. That is, if your goal is to put on size. It'll be a change of pace for you if you've always done splits. If, after a few weeks, you're not happy with the results, youncan always go back to the splits.


    This. If you are training 2/3 times a week whole body is a GREAT way to go.
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    Apr 09, 2011 10:28 AM GMT

    Thanks everyone, I think I'm going to give the whole body a try for 8 weeks or so and see how it goes, it's pretty grueling, but as I said If I'm only getting there twice a week, that's giving me 2/3 days to recover between workouts.

    Fingers crossed.