I always see these two setups posted, I’m looking to clarify what’s better/special about each of them.
As fas as I can tell,
Synergistic- heavy compounds hit both target muscles, so you can move on to isolate the muscle more quickly. Workouts can be shorter.
Antagonistic- heavy compounds for one muscle group (chest for example) lessen the natural resistance your chest muscles will give you on back exercises. You essentially get more training frequency, as synergistic muscles get their own day, and thus get hit by more compound lifts.
Synergistic- slightly less frequency for muscle training. Less emphasis on specific muscles during heavy compounds.
Antagonistic- workouts are a lot longer.
I know that there are much more important things in training, but i’d still be interested in hearing input. What have people done and what did they like/dislike about it? Has anyone tried both and gotten different results?
For example-I’ve always trained chest and triceps together, and back and biceps together. However, i’d be interested in hearing a case argued for chest/back and arms, as I’ve never tried it.
in before: do what works for you
I would rather read about a certain training method than try it (at least initially), I’m not going to go out and try something like Sheiko without researching it first, am I?
I’m trying to generate some good discussion here.