It’s time for another contentious topic, my friends.

No, not volume, frequency, or intensity. Today, we’re talking about workout splits. Specifically, full-body training.

Full-body and higher-frequency training has become more popular lately. And if you’ve followed my work over the years, you know I haven’t been a big proponent of full-body workouts. In fact, in previous editions of Bigger Leaner Stronger, the workouts had typical “bro-split” names (even though the workouts themselves were more like a Push Pull Legs split with added accessory days).

So, it’s not too surprising that I frequently get asked for my thoughts on full-body training versus body part splits and the “best workout split” in general.

Well, full-body workouts can definitely work well in certain situations—like when you’re a beginner or when you can only train one or two times per week. But for this episode, I decided to bring in a big proponent of and expert on full-body training, Menno Henselmans.

Menno has been a repeat guest on my podcast, but in case you’re not familiar with him, he’s a bodybuilding coach, writer, and published scientist who’s also on the Scientific Advisory Board of my sports nutrition company, Legion Athletics.

In this episode, we chat about …

  • Why you should use a full-body split if you training infrequently
  • The primary benefits of full-body training (optimizing volume and work capacity)
  • How to properly program “supersets” without hurting performance (and actually improve it)
  • How to program an effective full-body routine
  • Saving time in the gym, inter-set rest time, and exercise order considerations
  • Periodization and why you shouldn’t change exercises too frequently
  • Situations when full-body routine wouldn’t be the best choice
  • And more …

So, if you want to learn all about full-body training and whether you should give it a shot, listen to this episode.

Time Stamps:

8:03 – What qualifies as a full body workout versus something else?

17:32 – Do full body workouts give you more high quality volume?

19:02 – What is a superset? How would you implement supersets without impairing your performance on the exercises?

28:04 – How do you like to program your full body workouts?

31:04 – Is that your exercise or is there another component to it as well?

32:08 – How do you like to order your exercises?

35:45 – How do you like to periodize this type of training?

40:30 – Do you do your heavier workouts earlier in the week after a rest period?

41:39 – As far as volume, what are you shooting for?

Mentioned on The Show: 

Menno Henselman’s Website

Menno Henselman’s Instagram

Books by Mike Matthews

Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger

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