working out opposing muscles vs. complimentary muscles

Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by Epik High, Aug 17, 2005.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Epik High

    Epik High OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2004
    Messages:
    16,678
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    San Francisco
    I want to know your thoughts and theories on the subject. I've been working out complimentary muscles on workout days for the past two years, i.e.:

    back/biceps
    chest/tri's
    deltoids/traps

    as oppossed to working out opposing:

    back/tri's
    chest/bi's


    I know it's always good to change up the exercises, so I tried opposing muscles for two weeks and have found it difficult to maintain since I like to hit up the gym several days in a row. So if I worked out chest/bi's one day, the next day it would be real difficult to do back exercises since my bi's were worn out from the day before.

    Ok so here's my question: is it really beneficial to switch up what muscles you workout in your workout plan? Or is it sufficient to stick to working out the same muscle groups I have been, but just switching up exercises?

    Please, if I am unclear just ask questions and I can try to clarify.
     
  2. Epik High

    Epik High OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2004
    Messages:
    16,678
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    San Francisco
    I'm in the same boat as you. I am trying it, but it takes a couple days for muscles to heal up and it's too difficult working out through it. If I were to work out opposing muscles, I would workout one day...wait for 2-3 days for the next workout.

    That's why I want to know if it's hugely beneficial to change my workout to opposing muscles.

    And sorry, I meant complementary muscles, hah.
     
  3. bokhan

    bokhan i love you

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2001
    Messages:
    105,871
    Likes Received:
    51
    Location:
    frumunda cheese~!
  4. cavefish

    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2002
    Messages:
    12,898
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    I like working chest and back on the same days. If you want to change things up to chest/back and give tris/bis their own day. You'll feel the greatest pump in your arms ever :p
     
  5. jonno

    jonno New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2003
    Messages:
    63,823
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    fort sam
    i do:
    chest/bi's
    back
    shoulders/tri's
    legs
     
  6. houseofdon

    houseofdon Simplify Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2003
    Messages:
    4,931
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Michigan's West Coast
    I've recently switched my routine up a bit to give my arms their own day. I've been doing antagonistic supersets w/ bis and tris for a few weeks and have already noticed some more size to my biceps and tricep heads. And like Cavefish said, it'll give you a great pump!
     
  7. ccrooks

    ccrooks New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2003
    Messages:
    60,221
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    south bay, southern cali
    that's why i do bis/tris on their own day

    my split is
    chest
    back
    shoulders
    legs
    bis/tris
     
  8. cavefish

    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2002
    Messages:
    12,898
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Looks identical to the split I was using for quite some time. I liked it.
     
  9. gstrdr1

    gstrdr1 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2003
    Messages:
    2,256
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    STL
    The current 5x5 that I'm doing is:

    Chest/Back
    Legs/Abs
    Bi's/Tri's
    Shoulders
     
  10. DCyamaha

    DCyamaha O-line found

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2003
    Messages:
    20,977
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    anytown, usa
    One guy at my gym firmly believes in doing complimentary muscles (ie chest/tris)

    I for one like to opposing (chest/Bis) (Back/Tris)

    anyone read anything that says one way is better than the other?? I'd really like to know which is best.
     
  11. gstrdr1

    gstrdr1 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2003
    Messages:
    2,256
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    STL
    I've adopted the theory that It all comes down to getting the work in. All switching up the split does is keep it from getting boring and adding a little change to the routine. All your body cares about is the amount of work done, not the day of the week that you do it.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page