View Full Version : What to do?

09-20-2007, 08:32 AM
So I've been training for a little more than 9 months, it's been a while since I've followed a scheduled routine, usually I just do various exercices I know and switch them up, is it better to stay like this or follow a set routine? I just got my diet in check so I can't really tell if I got real gains because I was pretty uninformed when I started.

Some have told me to do Rippetoes but am not sure about some things. Would Rippetoes be considered better for strength training or bodybuilding? I am training for muscle mass so would Rippetoes be better than a split where I train different muscles on different days? I'm trying to gain muscle mass.

09-20-2007, 08:37 AM
Novices can gain strength on bodypart splits, just like they can gain strength on an actual full-body strength training protocol. The actual question should be: why would a person who is sufficiently unadapted that they are capable of making linear progress like a novice want to use a programming model that limits their ability to make rapid progress? And the answer to that question is that they wouldn't if they understood that bodypart splits waste training time for novices. If you can squat 3 x week, you can make faster progress than on a split that only has your squat 2 x week. And bodypart thinking is not performance thinking, so I may be a little rusty on it.


Here you go:

There is need for specialization in intermediate-advanced type training. From a bodybuilding stand-point, that is where a body part split might come into play. However a trainee does not have to limit their training to strictly body part splits, a typeical full body or upper/lower training approach would be suitable aswell. Those that advocate a body part split for a more trained bodybuilder are probably still training at a frequency of 2x's per week, per muscle.