I thought I’d pop in here and put my two cents in for the full body side of things.
With all do respect I really don’t think it matters what training split you use as in comparison with how hard you work in the gym. If you push yourself past the threshold day in and day out I think that is going to be the big contributer to success.
All that said, I train my whole body three to four times a week. I love training full body, it makes sense to me because I see my body as one thing, as a whole. I see great results in body composition and especially strength. (I will say I am not a giant, for reference I am 178lbs, 5’10", 9% body fat [30in waist, 44in chest, 15in arm, 24in thigh, etc etc] I squat 345, bench 265, deadlift 415, so as you can see I am not damn expert on the topic but I’m throwing in my thoughts for what they’re worth, training age 3 years).
I read Chris Shugart say once about full body routines that “if I know I have just one chest movement for the day, I damn sure know I am going to make it count and push it as hard as I can”, well that is really the feeling I get as well. I like being able to bench, squat, chin, overhead press, row, pull off the floor, all that two to three times in one week on seperate fresh days. I think it makes a difference with me and my performance.
One thing I will say about training the whole body in one session is that it’s pretty god damn demanding on the body. Whenever you’re training low rep mainly and trying to cover the majority of your body it takes a little extra time, like my average session is about 25-30 sets and takes about an hour and a half. I’m downing energy drinks the whole way also, it makes a world of difference.
So I think it’s really to each his/her own. [/quote]
Yup, I fully understand where you’re coming from and I agree.
I don’t think either one is better in general, but one can be better for an individual depending on what he/she has done in the past.
I can say that I’ll definitely go back to a Westside-inspired routine, and will possibly/probably go back to a full-body routine, eventually.