Weightlifting: Should I alternate muscle groups?

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Weightlifting: Should I alternate muscle groups?

Question

Someone at the gym told me that working all major muscle groups in one workout isn't a good idea. He suggested I do arms and legs two days a week and back and abs on two different days. What do you suggest?

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Answer

Weightlifting workouts need to be practical and also fit your schedule, or you likely won't stick with them. Working all your major muscle groups — arms, legs, abdominals and back — on the same day can be effective and time efficient. However, alternating muscle groups on different days throughout the week can be equally as effective — if it fits your schedule. Studies do not show a clear advantage with one program over the other.

Last Updated: 11/07/2006
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