My previous post on what training I doing right now has inspired me to perhaps write a regular column specifically on my own training. Perhaps I can call it Chorlton Personal Trainer Diaries!
In my previous post I talked about how I was incorporating chains into my strength training routine. I went into a little detail about the purpose and benefits of strength training with chains as well. So if I have captured your interest here, then do check out the Strength Training with Chains article.
For today, I am going to talk about how my overall strength training routine is looking right now.
Previously I have written about different ways of 'splitting' your weight training programme. This may involve body part splits, or push/pull/legs splits, full body workouts, or some kind of combination of these options.
If you want to learn more about this, then make sure you check out my article on Body Part Splits.
Right now though, I am not performing any of the suggested options in my Body Part Splits article. I am currently pushing on with a combination of high frequency training and high volume workouts. I am aiming to train each body part at least three times a week - so traditional training splits are out, since they wont allow for this. But I am also aiming to train each body part with more volume per session than is possible with a full body workout - so some kind of training split is still needed!
So in essence... I am training hard right now!
But the point of todays article is to explain how I am organising my training week in order to achieve this.
It's actually quite simple really. I am splitting my routine into two separate workouts, each performed three days per week. I simply alternate between the two workouts so that each training session is performed on alternate days.
Currently I would describe my training split as an anterior / posterior training split. So I target the muscle on the front side of my body in one workout, and I target the muscles on the back side of my body in the other workout. It doesn't work out exactly like that - but it's a close enough description of how I am arranging my training.
In practical terms, this means on Monday, Wednesday and Friday I am training the Chest, Triceps, Anterior Deltoids, Quadriceps and Glutes. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday I am training the Back, Biceps, Hamstrings, Calves and Posterior Deltoids.
For me right now, this way of organising my training offers me the best mix for total training volume, training volume per muscle group per workout, and training frequency (how often I can train each muscle group). I wouldn't recommend this training split for a lot of people. It is a fairly demanding way to train and is something to build up to after a long period of strength training.
If you need advice on what training split is best for you, send me a message using the Chorlton Personal Training Contact Form.