Struggling for time to get that workout in? Don't want to start a split program as you can't commit every day? We hear you .... This month our spotlight workout is 'Full Body Blast'
So, what are Full Body workouts?
A bit more than lifting a dumbbell or doing a burpee!
Moving away from the traditional split programs of push, pull, legs, which isolates individual muscles groups whilst training, full body workouts incorporate all muscle groups in one session, including upper, lower and core, whilst elevating your heart rate! (not saying that split program's do not elevate your heart rate)
Full Body workouts are great if you struggle for time during the week, as they are super efficient, and you are also guaranteed of hitting every muscle group during this one workout. Full body workouts tend to incorporate compound exercises as well as cardiovascular. Usually, compound exercises increase the heart rate more than isolated exercises because the body needs to oxygenate more muscles at one time, meaning the heart has to pump more blood around the body. To do that, the heart rate has to rise.
The beauty of these sessions is you don't need an array of equipment, allowing for zero equipment for these workouts, and you have the luxury of taking your Full Body workouts anywhere!
In a PLOS One study, for example, overweight adults who combined cardio and resistance training reduced their heart health risk factors more than people who only did one or the other, even when the total amount of exercise was the same.
Does this training benefit everyone?
In a nutshell, YES.
Great for beginners, as this helps to incorporate and wake up muscles that may not get used as often as other muscle groups. If you are looking to lose weight, full body workouts are great in higher calorie burn, not to mention the lean muscle, which will give you the definition you may want! Let's not forget the strength aspect with all of those compound exercises!
The NHS and Department of Health recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity) every week, along with two or more days of strength training, and with full-body workouts, it's possible to achieve those goals while still enjoying some recovery time between sessions.
You can find Full Body fitness on demand workouts via the app as well as pre-designed programs to follow. Reach out to us if you would like any advice or tips on Full Body workouts.