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Full-Body Workout

Do You Find Full-Body Workouts Confusing?

There is often a lot of confusion, particularly by those who are new to exercising, as to what form it should take for maximum effect. Very often, when buying equipment for home use, it is accompanied by an instruction manual detailing routines that are suited for the development of various muscles in isolation. There will be routines for the arms, such as bicep curls and triceps extensions, while others focus on the legs, chest, and butt. A far less complicated approach, however, would be a full-body workout in which each exercise is designed to target several of the major muscle groups simultaneously.

When performed to the required extent, whether you are lifting weights or performing squats, the muscles involved will develop tiny tears and, as it repairs them, the body will reinforce the damage with additional muscle fibres. This recovery stage takes time, so it is necessary to focus on another muscle group in the next session. Consequently, these routines are usually performed over the course of five days. By contrast, when training most of your major muscle groups simultaneously with a full-body workout, just three sessions per week with a 2-day recovery period between them should be sufficient. This means that you should be able to achieve your fitness goals just as effectively as when training each muscle group in isolation, but this will require significantly fewer sessions.

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Full Body Workouts Don't Have to Be Confusing Anymore

These routines are made up of compound movements, each of which relies on multiple muscle groups and burn correspondingly more calories. Typical examples are overhead and bench presses, squats, and deadlifts. However, because these are more demanding than when exercising individual muscles, your body needs more time to recover after a full-body workout. After a while, as you begin to find it easier to cope with those demands, you should probably be able to reduce your recovery period to a single day and take the weekends off.

Whether you decide to exercise at home or at your local gym, if you are a newbie, you are a bit pushed for time, or you want to lose a few kilos in a hurry, there is no doubt that the most effective approach will be to forget all about the option of separate leg days and arm days and, instead, sign up for a full-body workout.

While compound movements may be the faster option when training at a conventional gym or at home, many people still don’t have the time. Fortunately, you can now reduce your training time to just 20 minutes per week and still enjoy the benefits of a full-body workout when you sign up for EMS training with Body20.

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