Hey Youfit Fam! We’re especially excited about today’s post, because May the 4th is finally upon us,and since we’re big Star Wars fanatics, we’re feeling good about your chances of a great workout. Why? Because the Force is with you (and we’ve got a great workout to share with you).
Before we get too far, we’ve also got a great Star Wars joke to share with you (okay, it’s more like a dad joke, but…)
Q: Why did Anakin Skywalker cross the road?
A: To get to the Dark Side.
Okay, now that we’ve got that out of our system, we want to tackle a question we hear often at our Youfit locations: “Do I target specific areas to work out or are full body workouts more beneficial?”
It’s a great question, and part of the reason it keeps getting asked is because the answer is…it depends! Everyone is different, and that refers to their goals, workout style preference, schedule, etc. To that end, the best workout program is one that is going to fit into your lifestyle. And that will help determine whether targeting specific areas or full body workouts will be the most effective and beneficial program for you.
But of course, there are some things to know about each. Full body workouts, for instance, are going to be more demanding overall, and tend to burn more calories. So let’s say your goal is to suffer in greater intensity, but less often, to work on your overall conditioning and strength, or drop a few pounds without spending all week in the gym (ideal for Stormtroopers). If that’s you, then these workouts can be effective with just two to three workouts per week. With full body workouts, you want to actually should get 24 to 48 hours rest between them to make sure you’re giving your body time to recover.
Targeting specific areas, or splits, may be a better option if you are able to workout more days per week, three to six times per week. On top of that, these types of workouts can allow for more focus on developing specific muscles. With splits you will be able to have more workout days back to back since the same areas will not be targeted each day. But, as with full body workouts, aim for 24 to 48 hours of rest between workouts that target the same area or muscle group. For example, if you workout arms one day, try to have two or more days before your next arm workout (becoming a master with the lightsaber takes some patience).
If you are just beginning your fitness journey or are new to the gym, we recommend starting with full body workouts two to three times per week. This allows you to ease into a program with appropriate recovery as well as targeting major muscle groups at least two times per week. If you are more advanced or looking to increase muscle size or definition in a particular area, utilizing a split program may be more appropriate. For instance, if your main objective is to gain more development of your chest, you could prioritize that in your split: Workout 1: Chest, Shoulder, Calves; Workout 2: Legs and Core; Workout 3: Chest and Biceps; Workout 4: Back and Triceps.
The most important thing is to find what works best for you and your goal! Ready to sign up and get going? We thought so. Let the force be with you! https://www.youfit.com/join/step2