My new job and new address imply that, for some months, I will need to switch from gym to home workouts and under time restrictions.
I had been doing a full body workout at the gym, with between two and four rest days in between depending on how I evaluated other variables (sleep hours, DOMS...). I can do the most part of it at home with my adjustable dumbbells and suspension straps.
Is there any disadvantage in doing exactly the same exercises but split in two or three days (provided that each pull is done with its corresponding push and after sufficient warm up)? Since I was taking 2~4 rest days between workouts, each muscle will work out the same number of sessions per week anyway.
For those interested in more details, here is what I have been doing for 4 months now:
- Superset of BW Squat, Inverted row hanging from a Smith machine bar, and Push up on a Smith machine bar.
- Lat Pulldown (a recent addition)
- Superset of dumbbell lateral raise, internal rotations with elastic band, external rotations with elastic band.
That is what I might do from now on:
Day A: BW Squat (it will be goblet squat soon) and I will introduce some lower body pull (e.g. dumbbell straight-leg deadlift).
Day B: TRX row and push up.
Dat C: Dumbbell lateral raise, internal rotation with band, external rotation with band.
Or I might group the exercises in two days, push (squat, push up, lateral raise, internal rotation) and pull (db deadlift, row, external rotation).
Each of those days will take no more than 20~25 min. It is a fraction of time I can afford before breakfast for instance, and at home. There is no surrogate for the lat pulldown (I don't want to attempt band assisted pullups yet until I get stronger at rowing), but anyway I still have to make progress on the inverted row, or TRX row from now on (yes, yes, they are not 100% equal, I know).