Currently I have been doing a split like so:
Mon- Arms, Shoulders, Chest & Traps
Wed- Forearms, Legs & Back
Fri- Repeat Mon
Following Mon- repeat Wed
& so on. My goal is to improve my fitness and strength as I train in martial arts which require me to be explosive and have great conditioning. I wondered, if you are training for sports should I be hitting the gym & targetting all my body or splitting up the way I hit my body?
I'm seeing pros & cons to full body training:
Hitting all my body like I would during my martial art classes/competitions. Able to mix up exercises that hit the same part of my body (e.g. One chest session, doing bench press etc, the following chest session, using a sit down push machine for the chest).
Feeling pretty weak at my classes which are Tues & Thurs (& sometimes Sat), I tend to feel weak at the moment during class in the area I worked on in the previous night. Another worry is the possibility of over training, I'm not in good shape so it would be positive, but I don't want to feel weak & hinder my effort during my sparring.
I do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) by the way, it is grappling based & requires endurance and even though I said explosive strength, I should be saying constant strength. I am currently lifting 4 sets of an exercise at a 6-8 rep range.
Either way will work fine.
Squats work better than supplements.
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ya either would work fine. i personally do the split, but also try and target areas everyday that need improvement. For me its shoulders, calves, forearms, and abs. not doing 3 sets of hard lifting but just some decent weight and how ever many sets i feel like. That seems to help me quite a bit. hope that helps
Last edited by lowry383; 06-04-2005 at 01:32 PM.
Height: 5' 11"
Starting Weight: 134, mid jan.
Current Weight: 154 (goal 180)
Max Bench: 175 (goal 225)
B/F: roughly 15%