Back & Biceps one day, Chest & Tri's another?

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    May 22, 2008 2:45 AM GMT
    IS it best to focus on one muscle group for every workout? Ex.) one day to arms, another day do chest, and another day do shoulders and legs?

    OR is it best to do Back/Biceps one day, Chest/Triceps another day, and Legs/Abs/Shoulders another day?


    I am 6'1", 180, lean with some belly fat (Which I am trying to lose) and wanting to get more lean and build more muscle mass.

    Any suggestions?
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    May 22, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    You are lean and want to build more muscle mass, being in a similar situation I have been advised to workout 3 times a week as opposed to everyday in order to conserve calories. Eventually one must diversify and spice up their workout of course.

    During my first couple of months working out I followed the basic 3-day per week workout plan:

    bicep/back/shoulders
    chest/tricep
    lower body
    (abs done whenever)

    I am by no means an expert, however this is what I referred to: http://www.exrx.net/Workouts/Workout3PPL.html

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    May 22, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    but if you're trying to lose some of the stomach, don't you want to burn more calories. I have the same problem as ctdude, but I'm twice as old (and my pics show it, unlike his that look damn good). As a result I do a lot of cardio trying burn calories then when I do any muscle building, never sure what to pair up and for how long or how often.
  • Squarejaw

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    May 22, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    Your muscles need time to recover; for most of us, that means you shouldn't work them with heavy weights two days in a row.

    Any thorough chest workout will involve the front and middle deltoids (shoulders) and the triceps.

    Any thorough back workout will involve the rear deltoids and the biceps.

    And that's how I group my muscles for a day's workout.
  • GQjock

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    May 23, 2008 3:52 AM GMT
    Being the Adult ADD sufferer that I am
    I don't like to be in the gym for very long

    so I train 5-6 days a week
    to prevent overtraining and injuries
    I use the latter approach where I train back and bi's one day and chest and tri's another
    it's worked out well for me
    and it makes a lot of physiologic sense
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    May 23, 2008 3:57 AM GMT
    both approaches can be good...one body part per day vs. doubling them up. I try to go back and forth between the two by changing my workouts every 4-6 weeks. that way the body never gets too used to any exercise program.

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    May 23, 2008 4:12 AM GMT
    I do the same approach...I do Chest/Shoulders/Triceps/Upper Abs one day, then Back/Biceps/Obliques, then Lower Body/Lower Abs, then rinse and repeat. I take the seventh day off. Such as my trainer taught me, anyway...I'm also slim with belly fat, lol