When you start on a weight training routine you may very well want to split it up the muscle groups into 2 or 3 separate workouts. If you do a 2 day split weight training routine you’ll want to train half the muscles during one workout and the other half during another workout. You’ll again want to keep the amount of sets and exercises you do during every workout relatively low and take a day off between every workout or do 2 days on and 1 day off.
Once you’ve learned proper lifting form on the major compound exercises and built some muscle you should try a weight training routine split up 3 ways. This will allow you to get more work done for each muscle group without letting your workouts last too long. It’ll also allow you to get more rest and recovery, which you’ll need when you do more sets and exercises for every muscle. You can stay on a 3 way split weight training routine for a while and continue to make size and strength gains.
There are 2 great ways to split up a 3 way weight training routine. The first is known as a push pull routine and calls for you to train the upper body muscles that lift by pushing weights (chest, shoulders, and triceps) during one workout, the upper body muscles that lift by pulling weights (upper back and biceps) during another workout, and training the legs (quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves) during the third workout. Doing this weight training routine will allow you plenty of recovery since the small muscles that assist the larger muscle groups will be trained with them. The other way to split a 3 way weight training routine is to do chest and back one day, arms (shoulders, biceps, and triceps) another day, and legs on the last day. This routine will also allow you to get enough recovery as long as you don’t do your arm day before your chest and back day. With either of these 3 way split routines you’ll need to do some abdominal work every other workout.
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