Are you new to fitness? Are you trying to build muscle mass? Strength? A full-body workout might be right for you. This article explores what a full-body workout is, its benefits, and what to include to make sure it is effective. As a bonus, I include a beginner full-body workout routine below!
I am not a fitness trainer. Therefore, I pull information from various sources, such as fitness blogs and my personal fitness guru.
I may present my own opinions, but those will be clearly stated as my own experience and not professional advice.
What is a Full-Body Workout?
A full-body workout, unlike a split workout, exercises more than one muscle group at a time. They may also be called “high-frequency” workouts. The goal is to exercise muscle groups at a higher frequency, which allows you to build strength and muscle at an optimal rate.
Thus, you do not have to exercise EVERY muscle group EVERY time you work out. But, with this type of workout, you can hit more muscle groups each time you do head to the gym.
This allows for more variations in your workouts, especially if you have a busy or fluid schedule.
Benefits of This Workout Routine
While everyone has an opinion on what is the best way to exercise. Therefore, to help guide your learning, I included a list of full-body workout benefits!
- produce more muscle and strength
- are flexible
- are time-efficient
- allow for variations in exercises
Who Benefits From a Full-Body Workout?
As with any health journey, exercise is a personal choice and experience. Some people love to dance. Some people love to cycle. But if you are a fan of strength-training, how do you know a full-body workout is right for you?
According to Eirik Garnas, 4 groups of people benefit from full-body workouts. If you are interested in reading his article in-depth, you can visit it here.
- Individuals with limited training days
- Strength trainee returning from an unplanned break
- A person with the goal of achieving multi-faceted fitness
In sum, Garnas believes that full-body workouts allow trainees to exercise more muscle groups at a higher frequency, which allows them to become stronger faster.
So, if you are someone struggling to make it to the gym, full-body workouts allow you to hit all muscle groups with your limited gym time! Moreover, if you are brand new to strength training, a full-body workout does not exhaust muscle groups to the same extent. The benefits extend to someone returning to strength training AND help people maintain strength throughout their body.
What a Full-Body Workout Looks Like?
Most of the information above is pulled from strength-training websites. However, a full-body workout does not have to include dumbbells.
For example, yoga works a lot of the muscle groups at a much lower intensity. Pilates, and low-intensity HIIT workouts exercise all muscles groups without straining muscles or requiring too much additional equipment. Even dance can count as a full-body workout, with the added benefit of cardio!
You don’t have to go to the gym to start implementing a full-body workout in your daily routine!
A Basic Strength-Training Full-body Workout
Generally speaking, there are countless free workouts on the internet. I could easily send you to search for them yourself. But, you’re already here! Therefore, I have a beginner-level full-body workout designed by my personal fitness guru that I would like to share with you!
This workout requires you to repeat each move 10-15 times over a course of 3-4 sets. Enjoy!