systemisch trainen 1

We have now talked several times about the different phases you can go through when you periodize your workouts. I have described for all phases what you pay attention to and what the goals are in previous articles. I have heard from several people that it has helped enormously with their schematics building and some even sent their self-made schematics to be checked. Based on these questions, I thought it would be nice to go through a training set up with you. In this case, I want to dive into systemic training. ‘Systemic’ refers to the whole body, instead of targeting specific muscle groups.

In this article I will first give a general story about systemic training, followed by a brief outline of two options and finally general rules.


Systemic training has advantages, especially when it comes to weight loss and metabolism. Your body will be cardiovascularly challenged, as will the liver. Failure in a systemic program is completely different from failure on a local schedule or a hypertrophy schedule. Failure on a systemic workout is often a systemic failure, in terms of fitness. It is not so much that the last set will completely destroy you, but the build-up of all the volume will ensure that you really need some rest conditionally.

Therefore, choose a weight that takes about 80% effort. By going through multiple sets with this weight, you will automatically be finished at the end of your workout. The individual muscles will therefore feel like you can do more and the pump may also be less. This is fine and the very purpose of a systemic training.


Systemic training will help you recover faster after a set, because your cardiovascular system is very challenged. In addition, your tolerance for volume will also increase. These two can be a big advantage when you start a hypertrophy block after your metabolic phase.

For many people, the standard approach to training for hypertrophy is to keep adding sets or reps. Ultimately this will lead to a ‘volume trap’. If training volume is your only tool, then at some point you will have to turn so much volume that you can no longer recover from it, even though the volume itself would be sufficient for a hypertrophy stimulus.

By running a systemic phase once every so often, you create more stretch in your recovery capacity in this area. In addition, such a block will also contribute to keeping your breaks between sets shorter, so that the workouts also remain efficient.

systemic training


Furthermore, a systemic block also provides advantages outside the gym; when we are stressed, the body will respond with stress hormones such as cortisol. I am not going to write down the whole mechanism here that cortisol is all good for and bad for, but it is good to know that the better conditioned we are, the higher the bar will be when stress becomes too much for the body and adverse consequences will be set. going to have.

In addition, if you are completely out of breath after walking up a number of stairs, this will decrease the recovery time you have outside the gym. Systemic training will improve your fitness, reducing the effort of everyday activities, reducing the stress response of these activities and giving you more time to recover from the real thing.

Even if powerlifting or strength is your thing, systemic fitness is very important for the very reason above. If you can deadlift 350 kg, but after an annoying phone call or walking up a number of stairs you get very excited and panting, it means that your resilience to stress is low and this will affect the recovery time as discussed above. Improving your systemic fitness will contribute to more recovery time for the body, leaving more energy and nutrition to recover from your strength blocks and also build more strength.


Finally, fat burning costs proportionally more oxygen as energy supply than burning carbohydrates. When your condition is so bad that you constantly have a high heart rate and your body has to constantly fight for breath, this will absolutely detract from fat burning, because there is simply not enough oxygen for fat burning to run optimally. A good systemic condition will therefore ensure that more fat is used as an energy source at rest and more glycogen and carbohydrates are spared than with someone who has a systemically poor condition.


Furthermore, your condition can influence sleep quality . Poor systemic condition can negatively affect sleep. Sleep quality is partly influenced by the stress responses that are present during your sleep. When your body can deal with this better, it can definitely contribute to a better quality of sleep.

In a systemic block there is little or no training until muscle failure, so recovery after a workout will not take long. This allows the training frequency to be high and we can use our mass several times a week to help with glycogen storage, without the intervention of insulin. When losing weight, even in people who are less healthy in terms of health, this can definitely work to the advantage.

systemic training


Systemic training can also be an ideal deload of a neurological block where the focus has been on maximum intensity and stress on the nervous system.

They are also a good deload after blocks in which you have turned a lot of volume locally and your muscles have exhausted a lot locally. Constantly running blocks with a lot of pumping work will at some point affect the adaptations to this form of training.

Finally, a systemic block can be the ideal deload after a hypertrophy block, especially when muscle damage has been involved. As mentioned, little is trained to fail and little muscle damage will occur.

However, a deload does not have to mean that you do little work and that you are staring boringly in front of you for minutes on end.


There are several options for setting up a systemic training. Today I want to discuss two options. Both a full body with compounds and the half body systemic back load.


The name speaks for itself. You take compound exercises and you train the entire body in 1 day. We set up these workouts by means of supersets of compound exercises, with enough rest in between to train with good intensity, but not fully rest. We prefer not to pair exercises that overlap the trained muscle, either actively or as a stabilizer. This is an ideal way of training when training resources are limited and no or few equipment is available.

You could run this schedule every other day, if you manage it in terms of recovery.


This way of training is a bit more complex, but will also run a high total volume per workout, without locally exhausting the muscles. In this schedule, we still do isolation work for the smaller muscle groups, such as arms and shoulders, but we do the systemic work at the end of the training. The advantage of this is that we still give the small muscle groups a stimulus. This way of training is very useful, provided that the performance of exercises is good and you know where you stand in terms of condition, strength and experience.

The systemic work is deliberately at the back, because after a few sets of deadlifts combined with bench presses you will be well done. After that, tackling small muscle groups will detract from the output and attention you can still have for these muscle groups.

We split the body in 2 days, to divide the volume of muscle mass.

You could run this schedule 4 days a week.

systemic training


The Full body compound is more suitable for beginners, or people who do not have an excessive amount of muscle mass. People with a lot of muscle mass on their frame will go completely to pieces on a full body systemic workout and may just kill themselves while that is just not the intention of this phase.

Remember that 1 contraction of an advanced athlete counts more than a beginner. Partly because of the difference in muscle mass and partly because of the efficiency of control and strength. The more advanced you are, the more selective you need to be with the volume you play.


The repranges that you will use for these schedules are around 8 to 10 to 10 to 12. You can go as hard as you want, keeping your performance optimal and you can stick to the rest breaks.

For both options you can think of 30, maximum 60 seconds rest between exercises or after a superset and then it is time for the next round.

your intensity will be approximately 70 to 80% of the weights with which you normally do the exercises in question, because the rest breaks are shorter and the attack on your heart and lungs is higher. However, make sure you don’t go underweight; you must be pretty broke. Pumping is not the goal.


So we combine exercises that do not get in each other’s way with regard to output or stability. So we do not combine a barbell press with shoulder press, but also no squat with deadlift.

Rather, think of combinations of a press with a deadlift, or a row with a squat.

You could do 3 to 5 rounds per superset, depending on your fitness level. In addition, you don’t want to do much more than 6 exercises per workout.

Make sure you have enough rest days; with full body you could train every other day; the half body split 4 times a week.

You May Also Like

About the Author: Mildred White