5 Most Important Benefits of a Total Body Workout

Most Bodybuilders do a total body workout in their beginner stage and as they become stronger, they substitute it with a more “advanced” split routine. The total body workout has its place in bodybuilding and not only beginners should use it.

You may ask: “Why would I do full body workout when there are advanced split routines?” Here are the benefits of a total body workout:

1.Muscle balance

Total body workout is efficient because it places an emphasis on working the entire body in one session. This kind of training allows all the body parts to develop at the same rate and is beneficial in increasing strength and the muscle mass.

2.Low volume

At one exercise per muscle group you reduce the chances of overtraining. Yes, it is still possible to overtrain on this kind of workout. When compared to a regular split routine, where you do multiple exercises for a single muscle group in one training session, super sets, drop sets, rest pause sets etc. the chances of overtraining are smaller.

3.Compound exercises

The exercises that are done in a total body workout are mainly heavy compound movements for obvious reasons. Movements that activate more muscle mass are included, because you are not doing 3,4 or more exercises for a muscle group.

4.Greater Glycogen depletion and faster fat loss

When it comes to burning fat and depleting the glycogen levels, you can’t compare split routines and full body routines. With a total body workout you expend greater amount of energy than training only one or two muscle groups. Training your whole body in one session means that a lot microtrauma has occurred and more muscle repairing hormones are released to repair the damaged muscles. With this you created a perfect hormonal environment for building muscle.

5.Greater frequency of stimulus

With a regular split routine every muscle group gets worked 4 times a month. With a full body routine every muscle group gets trained 12 times a month. If the volume is not very high and the diet is in check, you are sending a signal to your muscles to grow 12 times in a month. This means a faster progress than with the regular split routine.

A Workout example

Workout A

Bench Press 3 sets, 8-12 reps
Behind the Neck Press 2 sets, 8-12 reps
Barbell Rows/Chin Ups 3 sets, 8-12 reps
Squats 3-4 sets, 8-12 reps
Curls 2 sets, 8-12 reps
Triceps Extensions 2 sets, 8-12 reps
Calf Raise 3 sets, 15-20 reps
Crunches 3 sets, 15  reps

Workout A

Incline Bench Press 3 sets, 8-12 reps
Lateral raises 2 sets, 8-12 reps
Leg Press 3 sets, 8-12 reps
Deadlifts 3-4 sets, 8-12 reps
Curls 2 sets, 8-12 reps
Triceps Extensions 2 sets, 8-12 reps
Calf Raise 3 sets, 15-20 reps
Crunches 3 sets, 15  reps
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