I Have been working out for about two years, more or less. I started out very slow, but soon I really got into it after about the first 3 months and have been taking it very seriously. But I have got to a point where I feel like its time for a drastic change as in style of my work out so I’m just looking for some advice for a new schedule to get on.
Currently I am doing a basic 5 day a week 2 a day workout.
Monday: AM Legs
Tuesday:AM Back/Bis or chest/Tris
Wendsday: AM Cardio/Abs
Thursday: AM Opposite of thursdays work out alternating
Friday: AM shoulders
In the PM each day I go back and ride the stationary bike for about an hour with a set of abs every 20 mins, so three sets of abs.
I want to completely change it up now rather then just continue tweaking the exercises like I have.
I am thinking of switching to a full body workout 5 days a week. I am looking for some suggestions or even planned workouts, to experiment with myself.
Starting weight/current weight?
Full body 5 days a week might be a great way to go, or it might be counterproductive, it really depends on what you’re trying to get out of it.
If the goal is mass, then I would not suggest doing 5 full body workouts a week. Remember that your body doesn’t grow in the gym, it grows out of the gym. The gym is just where you stimulate the growth. You then have to give the body the time and nutrients it needs to recover and improve itself.
Now, I know that some people argue that the “dual factor” theory is a superior way of going about things, and perhaps for performance oriented individuals that may be the case, or for people with truly limited time periods in which to gain mass. But, I’m still not convinced that it’s the best way to go for a bodybuilder/someone who’s primary goal is building muscle.
3 full body workouts a week would honestly be the highest that I would suggest anyone go, and even then I’d really only suggest that to beginners. Sure, you could do a conjugated approach where Monday was heavy (say 8x3), Wednesday was medium (say 2x12), and Thursday was light (say 1x24) and that can work ok.
But personally I’m a big believer in the “stimulate, rest, repair, super compensate” model. It’s worked for countless bodybuilders over literally decades of time now. If you wish to experiment with newer models of training then feel free, after all it’s your time. I’m just telling you what I’ve experienced works and what I’ve seen many other individuals use that also produced results in them.
In the end it’s your decision. But you wanted an opinion, so there is mine.