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Key Benefits of a Full-Body Workout Routine

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You don’t have to look far to get workout advice, right? A quick Internet search and you can get your hands on an unlimited number of workout plans. Lift heavy. Lift light. Focus on circuit training. Do more cardio. Don’t do cardio. It can get confusing. And it’s one reason why some people hop from one training program to the next and never get the results they want. Sound familiar? So what’s the best way to work out?

It depends. But if you’re trying to get stronger, lose a few pounds, and improve your overall health, focus on full-body workout routines. It’s a training approach that targets every major muscle group in a single workout, and there are some key benefits to exercising this way.

Save Time

If you’re not a bodybuilder or self-proclaimed “gym rat,” you probably have a life outside the gym. Your job, family, school schedule, and other interests probably command a lot more of your time than fitting in a workout. Check the calendar on your phone and you probably have something going on. And that’s one reason following a full-body workout routine is a good idea. It can save you time.

If you were training like a bodybuilder, you’d most likely have to work out five or six days a week just to hit every major muscle group. It’s a huge time commitment. Get sick, take a vacation, or have one of those busy-from-dusk-’til-dawn days and you could miss a workout. Frustrating if you’re a bodybuilder. But no big deal if you’re training for overall health and fitness and follow a full-body workout routine. That’s because you hit every major muscle group in a single workout, and it’s enough to help you get stronger, look better, and tip the scale in the right direction.

Build a Balanced Body

Runners are notorious for ramping up the miles too fast, too soon. It’s a recipe for overtraining that leads to musculoskeletal imbalances and injuries that can sideline you for months. Sport-specific training and other styles of workouts can be beneficial, but they also have the potential to have the same effect and create muscle imbalances that lead to other problems.

But you’re far less likely to experience those kinds of problems when you follow a full-body workout routine. You’ll be stronger but not just in the gym. Full-body workouts also help you build a balanced body and overall strength that makes everyday life (playing football, chasing the kids, working in the yard) easier.

Burn More Calories and Fat

Move from one exercise to the next in a full-body workout routine. Try push-ups, pull-ups, bodyweight squats, and lunges. Or grab some weights and work your way through a circuit like bench press, shoulder press, squats, deadlift, rows, curls, and crunches. You’ll elevate your heart rate, break a sweat, and give your metabolism a boost to burn more calories and fat.

Try This Full-Body Workout Routine

Want to make the most of your time when you’re in the gym or have time set aside to work out at home? Give one of these full-body workouts a try:

In the Gym

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Crunches

2

10-15

Wide-Grip-Pulldown

2

10-15

Dumbbell Deadlift

2

10-15

Bench Press

2

10-15

Seated Cable Row

2

10-15

Shoulder Press

2

10-15

Barbell Biceps Curl

2

10-15

Triceps Pushdown

2

10-15

Squats

2

10-15

 

At Home

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Squat Jump

3

10-15

Push-Ups

3

10-15

Squats

3

10-15

Mountain Climbers

3

10-15

Triceps Chair Dips

3

10-15

Glute Bridge

3

10-15

Plank

3

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If you want help learning how to train using full-body workouts, you can hire a personal trainer for small-group or individual instruction. Or you can take an exercise class like Total Body Barbell or Body Blast to get in the best shape of your life. For more information about full-body workouts, visit a UFC GYM location in your area.

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