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Training and Workout Splits: What are they, Which to choose, and Why?


What's your training split?

One of the more common questions asked in the gym, and amongst gym-goers, "What's your training split?"

If you step foot in the gym on a regular, or even semi-occasional basis, chances are you follow some sort of training, or workout split. Right!? I hope so *fingers crossed*

Training splits breaks up your workout so that each day you are training a different group of muscles. There are probably a million different training splits or routines to choose from. How are you supposed decide which one is best for you?

 

Your training split should match your training goals.

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Different people have different abilities, strengths, weaknesses, body types, and most importantly goals.

Common training splits are based on a weekly schedule divided into anywhere from 2 to 5 or 6 days. From there days are divided either by body parts, exercises, or movements. For example, a 2 day split may just simply divided into Day 1: Upper Body, Day 2: Upper Body, where as a 5 day split may be as detailed as Day 1: Chest, Day 2: Back, Day 3: Legs, Day 4: Shoulders, Day 5: Arms.  The possibilities are endless.

As a general rule of thumb, I would not recommend some celebrity trainers, or a professional athletes just because it looks cool, or you read about it some magazine.

Before choosing your training split, ask yourself these questions:

What Fitness Mind State am I in? Where do I want to be? Why am I working out? How much training frequency can I handle? How much time can I spend in the gym? Is it even possible for me to go 5-6 days a week? Or is 2-3 more likely?

Need more information about training splits? Still can't decide which is best for you? Leave a comment below or contact a Fitness Experts!

 

Always Keep Moving!


 
 

 
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Don't Skip Leg Day | Fitness Town Health and Wellness Blog
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at 3:22PM
[…] month I wrote a blog about training splits and it sparked a conversation amongst my friends because I forced them to read it. We talked about […]
Alison
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 10:44AM
Thanks for the great article teaching about splits in my workout.
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