I read in your weight training splits
page that women who want to lose 30 pounds, a day dedicated
to arms for a training split wouldn't help much? Why is that?
The reason I ask is because I have taken a break from the total body split
was on. It included 3 days of weights with cardio and 5 days of cardio. To be
quite honest with you, it was totally weighing on
me and I was not making any significant gains.
I feel like I was overtraining (I was working with a personal trainer at the
I am looking to get back into working out but need something where I can not
feel so overloaded and where things won't feel so tedious. Doing a total body
workout every other day with cardio every day for five days a week was a bit
For someone who is looking to lose 30 pounds, a whole day devoted to weight
training arms is similar to twiddling the thumbs for cardio. In order for
your body to make big changes, it is necessary to focus on large muscle groups.
The page was written in a general manner to get the previous point across.
If your weight training program includes exercises for large muscle groups and
is consistent, it would be okay to throw in a day dedicated to arms as a change
Wow, it certainly does sound like you're overtraining, doing cardio 8 days a
week and all. All kidding aside, your cardio does sound a little excessive
considering your body must be allowed time to recover from your training.
If your body does not recover from training sessions, each following training
session will be less effective until you hit a plateau, which it sounds like you
have, or a brick wall, which is over-training
It doesn't sound like you've gotten into overtraining syndrome, maybe
overreaching, but it is good to take a break nonetheless.
Training Splits Exist for the Purpose of Not Overworking Muscles
Even though full body training sessions are superior for weight loss, it is
not set in stone for every individual. It is a personal trainer's job to
use feedback provided by the client to adjust the training sessions accordingly.
If you let the personal trainer know that you felt overworked, he/she would
have probably modified your program. Sometimes personal trainers cannot
read a client very well and it is very important that a client provides
important information to their personal trainer.
As far as getting back into training goes, you can employ different training
splits. Remember, splitting your training session does not limit you to
body parts or exercise selection.
Mix up your cardio as well. Perform a high intensity interval one day,
then long duration (low intensity) the next. Training splits are there to help you recover better from training, not