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Jeff Croswell , NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answeredYes working out a couple of body parts each day is great. Change is always good for the body. Our body loves to adapt to our workouts quickly so changing your workouts each day is one way to challenge the body and not hit that plateau. Depending on how many days per week you workout will depend on what muscle groups you can work on for that day. For example of workouts are Chest and Tri's, Back and Bi's and Legs and Shoulders. However you can mix it up any way you want. I suggest changing it up weekly and have lots of variety so you don't get bored and adapt.
Amy Colgan-Niemeyer, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answered
Yes, it is a good option. The best way to find out is to try it for 4 to 6 weeks. See if you're getting the results you want. If not, try a total body workout. Change reps, intensity, sets, and other variables to challenge your muscles. Try interval training, supersets. The amount of time you can spend on your workout is a factor, too. Circuit training is good in a time crunch and you reap some benefits of cardio training with this form of weight training, too. Mix it up to see what works best for you.
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
"Yes. Working a couple of body parts per day can help you achieve your fitness goals in a couple of ways. First, it is very time efficient. Second, you can turn up the intensity in certain areas to get your body to change. Third, by rotating which body parts you are working out, you can take advantage of longer recovery time for each body part to make sure your body is ready for the next workout. Split-routines tend to be used by bodybuilders because they allow for shorter training sessions and help with compliance. There is no research that indicates that any one type of split-routine is better than another, and it is recommended that you use a variety of splits to keep the body guessing. Ultimately, all training is cumulative. This means that you can perform 12 sets of bench press in one day, or you can perform 12 sets of bench press in one week and still have performed 12 total sets in that one week. The difference could be in the amount of work done and the frequency of stimulation. "
David Buer, Fitness, answeredIt depends on what your fitness goals are and the amount of time you have to work out. Splitting up your routine can give each body part time to recover and build muscle. But if you can only work out once or twice a week, and you’re only working a couple of body parts each session, it doesn’t make sense, you’re not likely to get the results you want. A total body workout might be a better choice if your days are limited. Your routine needs to vary based on what your goals are.
Chris Patrick , NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answeredWorking 2-3 muscle groups per training session is a sound strategy, but certainly not your only option. First, training with a "split routine" will provide sufficient training volume to each muscle group, which will facilitate growth. Oftentimes, full-body workouts do not offer this type of volume or intensity. Secondly, a split routine will allow for sufficient recovery time before training the same muscle group again. Your muscles need time to rest and rebuild between training sessions.
That being said, there are many other choices available to you, (circuit training, etc.) and it is important to switch up your routine periodically to avoid plateaus. The training strategy you choose will depend on several factors including your time allowance. If you only have 2 days per week to exercise, then full-body workouts may be a consideration. If you have 3 or more days to dedicate to the gym then you'll many more options. Keep your workouts fresh by switching up your routine from time to time, it keeps your body from adapting and can make exercise more enjoyable.