Would you recommend a split program?


By: Gym Jones

Firstly thank you guys for a great no BS approach to what we all know work hard and smart and you can get great results.

I love the combination of exercises as a Personal Trainer i would very much like to know your thoughts on imbalances within the human body and this concept of big compound movements. I train and rehab many clients who would love to perform a plan such as yours but to look at their imbalances i do not see how?

Would you recommend a split program such as a tailored down rebalancing program concentrating on the weaker side maybe a 3 to 1 ratio but still implementing your style approach. Or would you simply make them train 2 times a day posture correction and then your workout left as it is ?

- It would be great to hear your concepts on stretching along with all the work that you do.

yours in success


Usually when someone first begins training with us they have gross imbalances due to years of practicing the same sport. This is different than the imbalances folks develop simply by living life but I think the response can be similar. Everyone here goes through a Foundation phase to rehab injury, correct imbalances, etc. It takes as long as is needed; two of our top guys trained for a year before they began formally training. During that time we looked at imbalances in a non-specific way, this guys pulls too much, that guy rotates one direction too much, etc. We don't address those imbalances by training isolated areas, or concentrating on the weaker side. We have them do the multi-joint athletic type movements, make them work the movements not the muscles, stress them to the degree they can handle and the body quickly learns what needs to happen - it evolves. I say let it.

Across the hall from us is a physical therapy, yoga, and pilates facility. The lady who runs it is quite good. We've all seen her professionally. Many of our athletes are late-20s, mid-30s with long training history thus injuries from sports where no one gets away unhurt. The staff and clients across the hall are "balanced" and have correct postures and are flexible, but the few who have trained with us don't know how to move and can't express power. On our side the staff and clients are balanced, have correct posture during movement in the gym, are flexible, and agile, can express power and have developed great power-endurance. This is simply to illustrate two different approaches to what we see as similar problems and how the results vary depending on the method used. Obviously, different methods resonate with different temperament types and at the base this must guide the choice of method.

Finally, stretching is not separate from the work itself. Full range of motion compound movements develop incredible flexibility. Few of our athletes stretch, and we never let them do so prior to training. The athletes who do stretch are involved in sports where the movements result in chronic muscle shortening, like running, and where the sheer volume of repetitive work and overuse must be addressed. That said, there are other facets of "training" we use to stay healthy, i.e. many of us visit a Biosync practitioner regularly and I have been Rolfed twice in the last decade.

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