Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Not Follow Split Routine
A split routine is designed by bodybuilders who are on drugs. So following are top 6 reasons why you should not follow split routine.
Hey everybody, I hope is following their new year’s resolution to being new you.
However, if you have fallen off the wagon then you should again get back on and continue to pursue it.
Now today’s topic is a controversial one as it takes your training routine into account.
The topic is “do split routine work for you in a long run?”
Yes, you might have heard everyone doing 5-day split routine.
Wednesday: shoulder and abs
Thursday: biceps and triceps
Friday: legs and abs
This is the typical split routine that people do.
This is actually a wrong approach if you want to have the strength and aesthetics at the same time.
I’ll explain why!
See, split routines were designed by the drug lifers.
This is because they could recover fast as the protein synthesis rates get elevated and they build more mass.
If you are a drug-free lifter and if you are a newbie you could make gains for about 8-12 months.
So here are 6 reasons that split routines don’t work for drug-free lifters:
Your recovery is screwed:
Training daily even one muscle group with 6 -7 exercises takes a major toll on your nervous system!
As a drug-free lifter, you won’t be able to progress once you reach the intermediate stage.
And training daily involves a lot of muscle groups that you might think that don’t work when you train a single muscle group.
For example, if you only train chest and if you perform exercises correctly then you also work your back muscles, a bit of lower body, forearms, and triceps!
So as you can see that training daily on even a single muscle group can cause fatigue.
You always feel DOMS:
Training every day can cause delayed onset muscle soreness.
This DOMS can hinder your strength gains.
For example, if you trained your back on one day and the next day you train your shoulders, this will hinder the amount of weight that you can lift.
This is because you are sore in the back area and leg area already.
And DOMS can also cause you to injure yourself in the workouts.
This occurs because you already have lactic acid formation from the previous day workout which reduces your performance.
And if you try to increase the intensity of the lift your muscles may give up quickly and can cause injury if you push more and more.
Your body develops muscle imbalances:
Yes, that’s true!
Haven’t you experienced that you cannot stand straight with correct posture or your hands turn inward due to high chest tightness?
These are the kind of muscle imbalances that develop in your body if you follow a split routine.
Muscle imbalances can increase the risk to injuries.
For example, if you train legs one day and on a back day, you try to perform deadlifts or rows your lower back does not support it.
And you end up in the snap city as you cannot take the deadlift position due to strong abs but weak lower back.
You are wasting your precious time in the gym:
If you want the best gains even after you become advanced lifter than your split routine won’t work.
A number of gains that you can have with full body workouts thrice a week rather than going 5-6 days a week are same.
And in long run, full body workouts are the best than the split routine as you will be very functional by following full body workouts.
You save time as these full body workouts on last about 90 minutes each.
While split routines take at least 70-90 minutes and in a week you are spending about 4-5 hours extra.
And this doesn’t give you extra functional and muscle gains.
Your gains are long lost:
Yes if a drug-free lifter and if you want to build more muscle than the frequency is the most important.
If you train in split routine than the frequency is not more than full body routine!
And due to it, you don’t gain the amount of muscle that you could build in 12 months as a newbie as well as advance.
Your work capacity increases:
If you follow split routine you only develop smaller work capacity.
However, if you do full body routine then you develop full body work capacity.
If you want to test it you can take a person that follows split routine and does all the compound movements and other person does full body routine.
If you tell the person that follows a split routine to max out on each compound lifts in one single workout than he won’t be able to handle it.
While on another end a full body working athlete will do it easily.
So as you can see from above examples that doing split routine is not the best way to train.
Full body workouts are the answer to your great body.
You can see the gains that both the athletes have acquired from full body workouts.
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