Hey guys. Princess recently had a couple of threads going concerning workout splits. There was some excellent feedback, but I just had the feeling that the reccomendations MAY not neccesarily be geared toward the beginner. (As I stated a few weeks ago, I am starting to have a LOT of beginners ask me for advice, and with you guys help, I would like to get them started on the right track). PROVIDED WE HAVE FORM DOWN AND HAVE GONE THROUGH ABOUT A MONTH OF SIMPLY GETTING USED TO THE WEIGHTS, what are your thoughts on the following two splits:
1)FULL BODY, three times a week-Often reccomended for the beginner, but I don't really like it. I like to give a little more focus to bodyparts, but not to the degree of only one bodypart per week. (Do you guys feel, INDEPENDENT OF HIT PHILOSOPHY, that one bodypart per week is for the more "advanced"?) (By the way; I don't completely discount HIT. I will periodically use it during what I call an "active rest" phase).
2) I favor a 4 day split (1/2 of the body twice a week). Gives a little more bodypart focus; gives adequate rest and recuperation; favors hypertrophy, etc. CONS: a)Many feel that ANYTHING short of a full body workout is "inappropriate" for the beginner (I disagree).b)Of couse there is the one bodypart per week group that feels that the beginner will grow with just about ANY workout, so you may as well make it brief and intense.
So...FOR THE BEGINNER, what are your thoughts on the two splits, AND/OR what would you reccommend (and why!)?