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Are Full Body Workouts or Bro Split Training Routines better for muscle growth and fat loss? Find out exactly how often you should train each body part for faster results, and how many days per week you should workout in total based on your specific goals.

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What’s better training your entire body each session or training different body parts on separate days. Which style of training will help you burn more calories each session leading to greater fat loss? How about if you’re trying to build muscle, will have a separate chest day, back day, and a leg day allow you focus more on those specific muscles you’re trying to target ultimately helping you build more muscle and grow? Or can full-body training be just as effective for muscle growth? I’m going to answer all of these questions today and you may be a little surprised by some of these answers… So let’s begin with the pros and cons of each starting first with split training which is also referred to as “a bro split” and it’s usually the default type of training used by bodybuilders. With a very basic split training routine, you’ll be setting up your workout in a way where you’re focusing on only one muscle or one muscle group per day. So a typical basic split training routine might look something like this: Monday would be your chest day. Tuesday your back day. Wednesday would be your leg day. Then Thursday would be shoulders and abs, and then Friday would be biceps and triceps. Then Saturday and Sunday would be your two off days, and you would start the whole routine again on Monday by going back to chest. With full-body training, on the other hand, it’s pretty obvious that you’re going be working your entire body every single session. That means unlike the bro split training you’ll be working your chest, back, arms, legs, and abs all in one day. Usually, a typical full-body training routine will have you working out three times a week with one day off in between each session. So Monday, Wednesday, and Friday would be full-body workouts and then the rest of the week you would have off. So which one of these is better for building muscle? Well, if we want to build muscle and increase our lean body mass faster we want to focus on increasing the volume of our workouts and volume is measured by 4 factors. Intensity, which is the amount of weight you’re lifting, frequency, which essentially is how many days a week you’re working for a muscle group, and then there’s, of course, the total amount of sets, and reps that you’re performing. Increasing any of these 4 factors will help you build more muscle. Now immediately you may notice an advantage that full-body workouts provide over a basic split training routine. They require fewer days at the gym, only 3 instead of 5, and you’ll be targeting all the muscles in your body 3 times a week every week as opposed to split training where you’ll only be targeting each muscle once a week. That means that we’ll be increasing that frequency factor much higher with full-body training, and even if you do spend an entire workout session really beating up your chest with a split training routine, it shouldn’t take longer than a maximum of 3 to 4 days for your chest to recover, which means you’ll miss out on potential muscle gains, since you’ll be waiting 7 days to work your chest again instead of 4 days. So to make up for this lack of frequency other bro split routines have grown in popularity like push/pull routines, opposing body part routines, and upper/lower routines. A push/pull routine focuses on grouping your push muscles like your chest, shoulders, and triceps separately from your pull muscles like back and biceps. A typical routine may look like this: Day 1: Chest, shoulders, and triceps, Day 2: legs and abs, Day 3: Back and biceps, and Day 4 you would take off. Then you would repeat which would allow you to hit each muscle group twice a week. Now With an opposing body part routine, you would group two opposite muscle groups like your chest and back into one workout and each time you perform a set for your chest you would immediately perform another set with no break for your back. By super setting exercises like bench press and rows together you can still lift heavy for each exercise since each exercise works different muscles, and you can save time by pairing two sets together. An example routine would be Day 1: Chest and Back, Day 2: Would be a Leg day where you would be pairing quad and hamstring movements together and Day 3…

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