A split routine is a resistance training format in which specific muscle groups are trained on specific days of the week or at predetermined intervals. For example, Monday: Chest/Back, Wednesday: Legs/Abs, Friday: Biceps/Triceps/Shoulders. This is opposed to training the entire body with each workout. There are a multitude of possible combinations one could use when designing this type of program. Split routines have been the format of choice for many years with bodybuilders and strength athletes. This type of routine can provide sufficient training volume for each muscle group to achieve hypertrophy (muscle growth), while allowing adequate recovery time before training the same muscle group again. There is no scientific research which shows one split routine to be superior to another, and in fact it's a good idea to switch up your routine periodically to avoid plateaus.
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