I understand that working consecutive days without rest isn't ideal because it doesn't give your muscles enough time to repair themselves, but what if your daily workouts isolate particular muscles? Shown below is the workout routine I am currently using:
- Monday: chest and back (mostly push-up and pull-ups)
- Tuesday: biceps (isolated bicep curls)
- Wednesday: chest, shoulders and triceps (lots of compound shoulder/tri/chest exercises)
- Thursday: legs and back (mostly squats/lunges/raises)
- Friday: biceps and triceps (mix of isolated and compound bi/tri exercises)
This workout gives me room to improve the areas that are underdeveloped (chest/arms) and simultaneously improves the supporting muscles (back/shoulders). My legs are already at their ideal level, so once a week of maintenance / small growth is all I need for them.
It seems that each muscle group would have a day (or more) of rest before their next workout, but I am no expert so I may be overlooking something. Would this routine be counterproductive due to my muscles not getting enough rest between workouts?
Note: I am considering this routine because I don't have much time in my daily schedule to fit in three large workouts each week, so instead I want to do 5 smaller (15-20 minute) workouts that I can do at work while on break.