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Body Part Training

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Hey everyone.  This coming week I am going to be focusing on a topic that I get lots of questions about: exercise program design and body part training programs.  Body part training is where a person does exercises for only 1 or 2 muscle groups and does a large volume of exercises for that specific area.  This is the type of program that bodybuilders and fitness model

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competitors generally do.  If you are part of my Fit Moms For Life DVDs, Fit Fun Bootcamp, or Mamatone, you will know that I believe in total body weight training, meaning total body strength training 3 times a week.  On the other hand, body part training refers to working one area, like the chest and triceps, for the whole workout.  There are definitely pros and cons to both.  Let me go over them.

Pros of total body training:

-highest amount of calorie burn

-very time efficient workouts

-work multiple muscle groups in one exercise

Cons of total body training:

-can’t focus a lot of attention on specific areas

-don’t have enough energy to train 100% effort in any one given area of the body

-requires a higher level of fitness starting out

I have come to realize that a combination of both types of programs is the best for total body fitness, muscle tone and look.  Each have their place and should be used.  Only doing body part training is quite time consuming because you have to workout 6 days a week, but each muscle group generally only gets worked 1 time, maybe two at the most. Read More