1 workout a day vs several a day benefits

Posted by fitnessask @fitnessask, Mon, Apr 6 11:57pm

Hi
i want to know if 1 exercise a day (e.g 1 rep pushups) instead of a full strength training has the same benefits as doing the same workout but including other exercises in the same setting. In other words is spreading the exercises through out the week has the same benefits as doing all workouts in 1 day.
Thanks.

@fitnessask– Good morning. If you only do push-ups then only the body parts that are involved will be worked. I'm a bit confused- Are you talking about doing one exercise on one day or spreading that same exercise throughout the week.? I think that this also depends on your goals. What do you want to get out of your workouts?

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@merpreb

@fitnessask– Good morning. If you only do push-ups then only the body parts that are involved will be worked. I'm a bit confused- Are you talking about doing one exercise on one day or spreading that same exercise throughout the week.? I think that this also depends on your goals. What do you want to get out of your workouts?

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Hi Merry. Thanks for the reply.
Strength training involve doing different exercises for different muscle groups. To clarify a bit, i want to know if doing one exercise a day has the same benefits as doing all the exercises in 1 setting. Like would doing pushup today, lungs tomorrow etc is as good as doing them the same day?
I take from your response that it does?
Thanks!

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@fitnessask– No, I'm not saying that it's the same. I doubt that one exercise has the same benefits as a full workout.

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@merpreb

@fitnessask– No, I'm not saying that it's the same. I doubt that one exercise has the same benefits as a full workout.

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Hi merry thanks for the reply again! I agree but that is not what i am asking sort of.
Let me clarify a bit. Would doing pushups by itself for example be as beneficial as doing pushups along with other exercises?
Thanks

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No, I don't think so because you are only doing one exercise, training only one group of muscles. What are your plans with this?

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@merpreb

No, I don't think so because you are only doing one exercise, training only one group of muscles. What are your plans with this?

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Hi thanks again merry.
I will do some exercises along with the pushups perhaps.
Appreciated your inputs!.

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@fitnessask– What is your goal? Strength, tone, aerobic?

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Hi @fitnessask, I'd like to also welcome you to Mayo Clinic Connect. I see you are looking to weigh the pros and cons of a full body workout versus a split routine workout, where you focus on one muscle group at a time… like Leg Day!

I would like to invite @contentandwell @ske22 @pfbacon @georger @goldenrascal @ayeshasharma and @aliali to this conversation. Between them they have a variety of fitness levels and experiences and may have some tips to offer.

I also found a blog and a website that does a nice job comparing the two types of routines.
https://truebody.fitness/full-body-workouts-or-split-routines/
https://centr.com/blog/show/7790/all-body-workout-vs-body-part-split
Are you currently working out? If so, what is your current routine? If not, what is your motivation to start working out? I always love to hear what inspires people to stay fit.

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Hi Merry sorry for late reply. Just in general

Hi Amanda. Thank you and thanks for the reply. No ma'am not quite. I am talking about doing just one exercise (lungs for example) not bunch of exercises for 1 muscle group. I read that 1 set of 12-15 reps that tire you is as good as 2-3 sets. Fine. Say i did only dumbell curls 12-15 reps once every week. will that enhance my biceps strength as much as doing it but with other workouts(either for same muscle or different one)?.
Thanks

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@fitnessask

Hi Merry sorry for late reply. Just in general

Hi Amanda. Thank you and thanks for the reply. No ma'am not quite. I am talking about doing just one exercise (lungs for example) not bunch of exercises for 1 muscle group. I read that 1 set of 12-15 reps that tire you is as good as 2-3 sets. Fine. Say i did only dumbell curls 12-15 reps once every week. will that enhance my biceps strength as much as doing it but with other workouts(either for same muscle or different one)?.
Thanks

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Actually once a day not once a week. I wanted to know if at any given time in a day if its beneficial to do an exercise or two like pushups or some weight lifting. I hope im not making this more confusing
Thanks

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@fitnessask

Hi thanks again merry.
I will do some exercises along with the pushups perhaps.
Appreciated your inputs!.

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@fitnessask– It sounds as if you want the best way to exercise that will make each muscle group the strongest- I'm guessing?
Here are some professional points of view:
https://cathe.com/pros-and-cons-of-training-one-body-part-per-day/
https://www.topfitnessmag.com/train-1-body-part-per-day-full-body-workouts/
Also, it's not good to work the same muscles two days in a row. You need to leave room for mending. Are you new to exercising?

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@fitnessask

Actually once a day not once a week. I wanted to know if at any given time in a day if its beneficial to do an exercise or two like pushups or some weight lifting. I hope im not making this more confusing
Thanks

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Do movement everyday – I stretch/ do leaning against wall – legs and arms – small weights- walk a hour

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@fitnessask For your exercise why dont you join the walking program for one thing then do the weights every other day so the muscles have time to repair themselves . But stretching and walking is good for you . Help your body return to normal so you can sleep better . As we age our sleep patterns change and I dont know of anything to change that . Take it easy on the exercise and you,ll find this to be more beneficial .

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Thank you all for your great replies! @merry no ma'am i want to to know if i can spread the workouts through out the day and get the same results as doing them in 1 settings in the same day.

For example If today i planned doing leg and chest. I would do leg exercises in the morning and chest exercises at noon.

@bookysue that sounds great! I do move around and try not to sit a lot.

@lioness yes ma'am i do try walking every day per the recommended weekly minutes. I hope your changing sleeping petterns are not upsetting you.

Thanks.

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@fitnessask

Thank you all for your great replies! @merry no ma'am i want to to know if i can spread the workouts through out the day and get the same results as doing them in 1 settings in the same day.

For example If today i planned doing leg and chest. I would do leg exercises in the morning and chest exercises at noon.

@bookysue that sounds great! I do move around and try not to sit a lot.

@lioness yes ma'am i do try walking every day per the recommended weekly minutes. I hope your changing sleeping petterns are not upsetting you.

Thanks.

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@fitnessask– Yes, the final answer is yes! My step-son did this and he put on a lot of muscle!
Here's a great site about it: https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/a19539530/is-it-safe-to-work-out-twice-a-day/

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