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Started By Whodawg (Gainesville, GA, U.S.A.)

Started on: 3/22/2004 3:57:33 PM, viewed 731 times
Push / Pull Split vs Upper Body / Lower Body Split

Does anyone do a push/pull split and what is the theory behind it? Is it because it minimizes overlapping. Does anyone like it?

How about an Upper Body/Lower Body Split. What′s the theory behind that? I guess it minimizes overlapping.


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Golgo13 (San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.) on 3/22/2004 4:01:49 PM

Unfortunately this argument could go on forever because there hundreds of variations one could come up with to advocate the upper/lower idea, however I feel that doing a push pull split using only compound exercises is best:

Push workout:

Bench Press

Leg Press

Pull workout:

Dead Lift


Duke Togo

Whodawg (Gainesville, GA, U.S.A.) on 3/22/2004 7:37:28 PM


Now that is a consolidated routine. thanks

brunobear (Beacon, New York, U.S.A.) on 3/22/2004 10:35:59 PM

As an experiment, I did a push/pull routine in the past with 3 exercises – I went back to Consolidated. I found the compound exercises to be more effective for me.

NeuroMass (Beacon, New York, U.S.A., Philippines) on 3/23/2004 2:20:52 AM

The PUSH/PULL routine was developed not to minimize overlap but to train all PUSHING MUSCLES (chest, delts, tris, calves and quads) in ONE workout and the PUSHING MUSCLES(back, biceps, hamstrings) on another workout. The purpose is to totally AVOID training the PUSHING MUSCLES on the PULL days and vice versa so as to avoid OVERTRAINING those bodyparts by training them too often. I remember the ORIGINAL HD/HIT used by Mike was based on this PUSH/ PULL system. PEACE.

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