I’m willing to bet my last dollar that your workout split divides your muscle groups over the span of 7 days and has maybe one rest day or two in between. Split style training has been a part of fitness since the first dumbbell was ever lifted and it does come with a host of benefits. However, there is another style of training that you can incorporate into your program every once in a while to shake things up and experience amazing results.
The principle I’m referring to is full body training, and it basically means that every muscle group is worked out during one training session, rather than splitting your body parts over the course of 7 days.
THERE ARE THREE MAIN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GIVE FULL BODY WORKOUTS A TRY
INCREASE IN FAT LOSS
When you train every muscle group in one workout new amp up your metabolic process and this results in your body burning more fat and calories throughout the entire day. In fact, studies have shown that full body training burns more fat more efficiently than split style training when the same amount of intensity is applied.
INCREASE IN STRENGTH
Whole body training has also been shown to increase strength slightly more than those who participate in split training. This may be because more testosterone is released and lower cortisol is produced during full body training.
When these two conditions are present in the body, you put yourself in a more anabolic state. This results in greater proteins synthesis and ultimately more muscle growth.
INCREASE IN METABOLIC FUNCTION
As we get older, our system tends to deteriorate and become less active. By training your muscle fibres every day, you keep your metabolism moving and this ultimately prevents many types of metallic metabolic dysfunction.
It’s important that you realise I’m not suggesting you do full body training every single day. Giving your muscles a chance to rest and recuperate it’s just as important as training them.
Therefore, I recommend that you incorporate a 2-week program of full body training once every 6 weeks, with the training split of one day on one day off meaning, you would typically train three to four times per week with a rest day in between each training day.