What’s the Best Training Split?

This question comes up a lot, and rightfully so.

With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to make a decision on what’s really best for you. So, that’s what this article is intended for.

If you don’t know what a “Training Split” is, it’s basically just how you organize and program your workouts on a weekly basis. Some of the most common are: Upper Body/Lower Body, Push/Pull/Legs, Full Body, Dynamic Effort/Max Effort. There’s also the traditional bodybuilding splits, such as: Back and Biceps/Chest and Triceps/Legs.

Now, there’s a few questions that you need to ask yourself before choosing a Training Split going forward.

  1. How many days per week can you realistically commit to training?
  2. What’s your #1 goal at the moment?
  3. Are you an Athlete or just someone looking to stay healthy and in shape?

Once you can answer these questions, then I think we can make a solid, well educated decision on what’s best for you.

If you’re an athlete that is looking to train for a specific sport and improve performance on the field or court, then a training split is probably not the answer for you. Athletes have to consider so many more factors than just the Average Joe. They have to think about:

  • Speed and Plyometric Training
  • Energy System Development (ESD)
  • Practices and Games
  • How many other sports do you play?
  • Are you in-season or in the off-season?

These are just a few, but every single of them plays a role in how coaches should be creating your training programs. If you don’t account for one of them, your performance on the field/court could take a big hit.

If you need further help on deciding what to do with your training moving forward, email me at: jonathanvalentini@gmail.com

Published by Jonathan Valentini,

B.A. Exercise Science, Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach, Former NCAA athlete, CSCS, CSAC, CPR/AED

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