There are so many different ways to set up your workout schedule, but it is difficult to figure out which schedule is best for you. It can also be confusing when it seems like everyone is splitting up their muscle groups or maybe they train full-body every single workout. How do you know which one is the most effective? Which one will get you to your goals?
An example of MY training schedule:
My goal is just to be healthy and overall more fit. I focus mainly on cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength and endurance. My workout schedule has definitely changed over the years. There was once a time when I split it up like this:
- Monday: Legs
- Tuesday: Back
- Wednesday: Chest
- Thursday: Shoulders
- Friday: Arms and core
That was back when I wanted to have insane muscle definition, which I did for the most part. My goals have changed, however, as my life has changed. I’m getting older and I don’t care as much about aesthetics. I care more about function, passing my Air Force PT test, being able to run away from crazy south Floridians (kidding), and the possibility of us starting a family within the next few years!
Now, my training schedule looks more like this:
- Day 1: legs, core, and cardio
- Day 2: push, core, and cardio
- Day 3: pull, core, and cardio
- Day 4: legs and cardio
If I choose to work out the fifth day, I will typically do a form of high-intensity interval training. Push day is any pushing movement, which typically works out chest, shoulders, and triceps. Pull day, as you probably guessed, is any pulling movement that focuses on back and biceps. I do one core superset or tri-set with every workout, except for the second leg day just to give my core the break it deserves. Just because I break it up like this does not mean that I only focus on those muscle groups, however. I do like to throw in compound movements that work my entire body!
How should YOU train?
That depends on YOUR goals and what is realistic for your lifestyle. Everyone is different! Therefore, we should not all be doing the same thing with our workout schedule.
If you are a busy mother of two who doesn’t have time for the gym, training full-body in quick at-home workouts and going for daily walks around your neighborhood may be best for you.
Say you’re trying to get toned for your wedding so you can wear a backless wedding dress, you would probably benefit from a push-pull-lower body split like I do or even training each muscle group individually.
If you’re training for a marathon, you’ll want to do more cardio, HIIT, and either a full body or upper/lower body split.
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I wear a lot of hats: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. A writer with a B.A. in English and Professional Writing. A fur mom and a wife. A mental health advocate and a septic shock survivor. An Airman and an athlete. I live in South Florida and am in love with the ocean. People can typically find me either in the gym or at home, writing or reading.