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Thread: For size: upper body/lower body split better than specializing?

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    For size: upper body/lower body split better than specializing?

    I'm basically trying to gain mass, and right now I'm on a sorta specialized routine. It's a 3-day split with chest/triceps, back/biceps, and shoulders/legs. I do it on a 2-day on, 1-day off routine.

    However, I haven't been gaining much size. I don't know if it's my workout or whether i'm just not eating enough, but I'm wondering if it might be better to go on an upper body/lower body split that just concentrated on compound movements. So I'd do two basic upper body workouts per week, and two basic lower body workouts per week. Something like this maybe:

    Day 1: Flat BB bench press
    Incline DB press
    DB Shoulder press
    tricep pushdowns
    BB curls
    lat pulldowns

    Day 2: off

    Day 3: squats
    leg presses
    leg extensions
    leg curls
    calf raises

    Day 4: off

    Day 5: Incline BB bench press
    flat DB press
    seated rows
    Upright BB rows
    DB curls
    Close grip bench press
    overhead extensions

    Day 6: off

    Day 7: squats
    leg presses
    calf raises
    leg extensions

    I was just thinking that this would let me concentrate more on compound exercises that build mass, instead of donating like half of a day's workout to biceps or something like I'm doing with my current split.

    (I got this idea from Canadian Crippler's post a little ways down....)

    Would this be better than breaking up my split into specific body parts, or should I just eat more cals and stick with my current routine?

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    why so many chest/triceps/shoulders exercises...... with only a single back exercise?
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    My first guess is not eating enough. That's a guess since I have no idea how much you weigh, how much you want to gain, your age, current calorie intake...what size shoes you wear?
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    go ask around on the diet/nutrition forums.. they'll help you out more.
    Remember, gaining mass is more about your diet than the actual routines themselves.
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    As I Am Paul Stagg's Avatar
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    Simple is generally better than comlicated, especially if you are shooting to get bigger all over as fast as possible.

    Diet is crucial, though, so I owuld peruse that forum as well.

    Take a look at the 'Stuff i wrote' link in my sig, there are a couple of articles that might help you design a routine.

    Some guidelines to follow -
    Mostly compound lifts.
    More pulling than pushing
    Basic routine.
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