I’m a big fan of total body strength workouts as they can be very effective and come with some great benefits. They can work extremely well for the busy individual who doesn’t have much time to get to a gym. Most traditional workout splits that require more than 3 days can work well for some people but not for others.
Some great benefits you can get from a full body routine are listed below:
Burn more calories in less time.
Due to the metabolic effect of training the full body you will build muscle as well as burn fat at the same time.
You can increase your strength as well as maximize workout time efficiency. As you will be using multi-joint exercises like squats, deadlifts that work your entire body.
More flexibility, so you can take part in other activities outside the gym like swimming, biking, golf and yoga etc.
A total body strength session may look something like this:
You start with your main strength exercise of the day. Whether it be a squat, deadlift, bench press. Overhead press whatever it may be for you. Or an Olympic weightlifting move. Then you could follow that main exercise with two separate pairings of an accessory/supplemental multi joint/ compound upper and lower strength exercise. Then after that you have the option of adding in some core work or some single joint exercises for example lateral raises,bicep curls, tricep pushdowns etc. Or you could even add in some conditioning with a high intensity finisher.
If you don’t have much time to workout due to other commitments like family, work total body strength sessions 2-3 times a week can be very effective and a good option for you. If you are someone new to exercise and don’t know where to start. Or someone who gets into a habit of starting and stopping some workout you saw online or even in a magazine as you find them to difficult to keep up with as they require you to train more days than you realistically can. Contact me. Let me help you create an effective plan based on your personal lifestyle. So you can actually achieve your goals.