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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.


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!


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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 […]
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 10:44AM
Thanks for the great article teaching about splits in my workout.
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