Are you having trouble with all these technical bodybuilding workout terms? Read this quick guide for a basic overview on Bodybuilding Workout Routines…
For some of the experienced bodybuilders, this may be a quick refresher that’ll help you freshen up your knowledge on the basics. But for all the other beginning bodybuilders or just anyone starting to get into fitness, you’ll find this guide as a resourceful guide in helping you understand all the workouts there are out there.
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Most Workouts Are Categorized By The “Split”…
Confused? Don’t worry, all it means is how does the workout routine exercise each body part? Some workout routines involve full-body workouts which means you’ll be exercising all the major muscle groups in every workout you do at the gym.
On the other hand, split-routines might only exercise the upper body for Workout 1 and then when you come back to the gym a couple days later you might exercise the lower body for Workout 2 and so forth.
What’s the Point of Split Workout Routines?
When you first start weightlifting, you might do 3 sets of squats for your leg muscle group and then you’d move on to the next muscle group. However, as you get more experienced, your leg muscles will need more exercise and intensity for more muscle gains, so you might start doing 3 sets of squats, 3 sets of lunges, and 3 sets of leg press to finish it off.
As you can see, this is already a hefty portion of a workout, can you imagine doing that for four body parts in just one workout?! Unless you’re a fan of 2 hour workouts or you only do a few sets per body part (read: 1-2 exercises per bodypart) then it’s only logical to split your workout routine over a few days.
- Monday: Legs and Calves
- Tuesday: Rest
- Wednesday: Chest, Shoulders, and Arms
- Thursday: Rest
- Friday: Back and Abs
Just rinse and repeat. In this way, you won’t overwork your body parts, but you will get one great workout for each bodypart a week.
Lots of Combinations
As you can see, there’s lots of combinations of workouts you can choose from in a split workout routine, but in general I would recommend you start off a solid full body workout for about 3 months and then move onto a 2-day upper body, lower body split workout routine. After that, it’s really up to you, you might want to do a 3-day or even 4-day split workout routine or simply stick with a 2-day split if you’re still getting good results with it.
That brings me to my next point…
The Best Workout Routine.. Is the One That Gets Results!
It doesn’t matter if your best friend got huge and muscular on this workout or Arnold won the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contest with his advanced workout, the point is… whatever works for you! And by that, I mean get noticeable results such as…
- Increase in weight lifted
- Gaining muscle mass
- Improved muscle definition
And lots of other factors, but those three are probably the most common goals for most weight lifters. For all of those female fitness enthusiasts, let me say this: If you’re like 99 out of 100 women who do not want to gain lots of muscle or get bigger
, you will not get bigger from weightlifting!
Women simply don’t have the testosterone levels, and if you notice there’s many men who consistently weightlift day-in and day-out for years
only to get moderate muscle gains.