Proper order of weight lifting exercises

Clients often ask why we do exercises in a certain order. There is a method to all. So let’s discuss the reasoning.

Compound exercises and large muscle groups first. This is because compound movements involve muscles of different sizes. Therefore, if we tire out the smaller muscles with isolated exercises first, then the larger muscles will not be exercised to their fullest. Furthermore, coordination is best when muscles are fresh.

Large muscle isolation exercises next. This is also for the need for the smaller muscles to help stabilize the joints for the larger muscles to work.

Small muscle isolation exercises last. After the smaller muscles have done their duties of stabilizing joints and assisting the larger muscles, then they can be exercised on their own.

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