Choosing a workout routine can be a daunting task.

You have to decide how many days to train, which muscle groups to work on which days, which exercises to do, how many sets and reps to perform, how to program in progressive overload, and on and on.

It’s no wonder that so many people find weightlifting overwhelming and confusing, and why they often choose the simplest option: full-body workouts.

Most entail just a handful of exercises, don’t take too much time, and hit every major muscle group in the body, and popular strength training programs like Starting Strength, StrongLifts 5×5, and The Texas Method have conclusively proven that they produce results.

Seems like a 360-degree win, right?

Not necessarily.

The long story short is you can build a great physique using full-body workouts, but you’re probably going to get faster and better results with a different approach.

This is especially true if you’ve already been lifting weights for a bit, and in this episode, you’re going to learn why.

By the end, you’re going to know what full-body workouts are, who they do and don’t work well for, and how to get the most out a full-body workout routine if you choose to follow one.

Let’s get started.


4:27 – What is a full-body workout?

5:43 – What are the problems with full-body workouts?

17:49 – What are the best exercises for full-body workouts?

What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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