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Is It Better To Do Full Body Or Split Workouts To Build Muscle And Burn Fat?

Full Body Vs Split Muscle Group Training

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we’re answering a viewer question who asked: is it better to do full body or split workouts to build muscle and burn fat?

Today’s viewer question is from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 016.

Here’s today’s viewer question:

sarasmile1984 on Snapchat says: Hey guys, my question is: why do most of the fitness people I follow on social media workout specific muscle groups at a time? Is that necessary in order to build muscle? I usually mix it up within one workout, for example some legs, shoulders, back. My goals are fat loss and muscle gain. Thanks!

When I was reading the question, I was thinking, we need to know what your goals are, then you nailed it by sharing them at the end.

Based on your question, we know your goals are fat loss and muscle gain.

Let’s first answer your question on why do most fitness people on social media work specific muscle groups at a time.

It depends on who you’re watching on social media.

Muscle Group Split Pros

For example, it’s common to train specific muscle groups at a time when you want to workout more frequently.

It can be beneficial to separate upper body from lower body, so you’re not always training sore
over and over again.

Full Body Workouts vs Split Routines

For example, I train legs hard, then let them rest while you train another muscle group the next day.

By the time you get back to training legs again, they are recovered.

As you can see, when you train this way, it allows you to train more often.

This is also more of a muscle building approach for people who are already lean and want to add more muscles to their frame, versus a fat loss approach.

Since you said your goal was fat loss and muscle gain, you could go either way.

Workout Split For Body Recomposition

If your goal is fat loss and muscle gain, we call that a body recomposition goal.

With a body recomposition goal, I would put you on my Live Lean Afterburn 2.0 program.

Afterburn 2.0 is a full body training program, not a split muscle group training program like Live Lean MASS 2.0.


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Question For You:

  • What is your current goal?
  • Are you following a full body or split muscle group workout split?

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