3 day Split? Or Same thing every day?

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    I've got 2 slipped discs in my back so certain exercizes are limited to me, so i basically have to do everything on machines. I'm wondering if its better that i do different body parts once a week, Chest/Back on monday, Legs on Wednesday, and shoulders/arms on friday like THIS says.

    Or should i continue working out my whole body 3 times a week? I've been doing this with 3 sets of 8-10 reps.

    Which would be more benficial to do? Also how many sets should i be doing?
     
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    anyone? leaving in 20 mins :o
     
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    if you are looking for muscle mass then i do believe a split routine is more advantageous than whole body workouts. overtraining ++
     
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    should i be doing more then 3 sets?
     
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    not if you know how to manage volume/intensity
     
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    which i don't :/
     
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    pretty much all recommended routines here, by christophers or anyone else consist of a split. Sure full body workouts could work but i think for the vast majority of people it is more beneficial to do splits in order to give muscles adequate rest. As the TS said, he doesnt how how to manage those things, and even if one could, its probly better not to be othered with such minute points.
     
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    How is Christophers' base routine not full body workouts?
     
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    doh! i wasnt thinking correctly, i guess i was thinking that the poster meant full body workout as in hitting every single muscle the same 3 days a week. :hs:
    edit: wait that IS what the poster meant :squint:
     
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    lol that is what i meant, you were right.

    I've been doing 3 sets of 8 reps each or till failure on the last, so i'm just making sure that is what i should be doing.
     
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    Sorry, I interpret full-body a bit loosely :) I generally hit major muscle groups 3x a week, smaller groups 1-2x. From body hypertrophy and strength standpoints, I've gained faster than any of my old 1 muscle group/week routines (with the exception of my noob gains). An added benefit is that I'm not sore as hell in one area for days afterwards, and I'm not as exhausted when I'm done. I would say that, especially for his condition, full-body is going to offer benefits over a standard split. Full-body is (probably) going to rehab his back better, since he is only hitting his back with one exercise a day, thereby putting less strain on it than a dedicated back day would.

    btw - Chris' routine, all WSB/CP routines, Chad Waterbury, Lyle McDonald, etc are all "full-body" routines in my loose interpretation. They don't hit every muscle group every day, but they hit most muscle groups 2x or more a week.

    edit: I'll dig up some of Lyle's arguements for it, if you really want
     
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