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IS YOUR WORKOUT SPLIT LIT?

If you're wondering what your workout schedule is supposed to look like... stop there. How many days a week should I train each muscle? What order should I train each muscle? Should I incorporate full body days or stick to one muscle group per day? The answer is this: It is completely and entirely up to you. It depends on what you as an individual prefer, what your goals are and how you feel when you're in the gym. It's easy to look at social media and see your favorite inspo doing it one way, but that way isn't necessarily going to yield the same results for yourself. It took me a long time, a lot of trial and error, and playing around with different splits to figure out what actually was going to get me to where I wanted to be. Do I train chest, do I not train chest? If you want to grow your chest, train it. If you don't, then don't make it a priority. If you want to grow your glutes, incorporate more glute days. If you don't, then again, don't make them a priority. Your weekly split should completely revolve around where you want to be as an athlete. Of course, in order to have a well-rounded and balanced physique, it does make sense to train your muscles consistently. If you're trying to figure out which split is best for you, sit down and think about what exactly your goals are and how many times a week you can get into the gym. It isn't necessary to only work one muscle group each day. It's fine to combine muscles and even do full body workouts. My advice, however, is if you're combining muscle groups, try to think about which go well together, avoiding training two large muscle groups together. For example, trying to train legs and back on the same day might be quite taxing for your body since they both incorporate such large movements. However, training something like arms and shoulders together might be more efficient since you're already incorporating some arm movements when you train your shoulders. If there is a specific muscle group you are trying to build, focus on that more than once a week. You can even combine it into days when you're focusing on other muscles. For example, if you want to grow your glutes, dedicate one or two days a week to strictly working your glutes but then also incorporate them on a smaller scale to one or two other days a week on days you're training something else. Some people are able to train the same muscle group every other day, while others might still be sore from the previous workout. I myself have been trying to incorporate more lower body days but am struggling because I usually go into my next leg session with sore legs from the previous session! So, it's all about you and what your body needs. Whatever you do chose, don't simply take it from your favorite fitspo thinking that because that's what she/he is doing, that's what will work for you! Play around with it to figure out what routine works best for you!

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