I’ve been trying to get into the ‘groove’ of some full body routines for a bit while I was working some crazy hours, figuring any workout was better than none. However, what turns me off on full body routines is warming up for them. Let me explain. Normally, if I’m going to be working legs (for example) I like to make sure that my legs and knees are really warmed up before I start hitting the squats.
So far so good, right? Well, when working back, chest, and shoulders, I like to make sure each of those areas are fully warmed up as well before hitting them hard since I’ve had a few shoulder injuries over the years. On full body workouts, it takes a fair amount of time to warm up each body part before hitting it.
Now I know that some folks say not to overdo your warm up, but I believe that it’s better to make sure you’re good and warmed up (physically and mentally) before diving into squats, deadlifts, bench presses, rows, etc. Like I said, I don’t want to re-injure my knees or shoulders at this point. I definitely don’t bounce back at 45 like I did when I was 25.
Therefore, I’ve gone back to my standard split which usually consists of chest/back, legs, shoulders/arms. This split allows me to make sure I’m fully warmed up before hitting the core movements for that workout.
Anyone else agree or have experiences similar? I hope I did an adequate job of explaining what I mean here.