On the days where I work out multiple parts (i.e. monday is chest/shoulders/triceps), is it better to work out the same muscle group in back to back exercises, or mix it up between muscle groups.
For example, is it better to:
a) do all chest exercises in a row, then all shoulder exercises, then all triceps
b) do a chest, then a shoulder, then a tricep.
12-12-2010, 04:31 PM #1
Best way to work out muscle groups?
12-12-2010, 04:38 PM #2
- Join Date: Feb 2008
- Location: United States
- Stats: 5'8", 193 lbs
- Posts: 75,403
- Rep Power: 1378689
The answer to this one is going to be a real mixed bag.
Generally, option "a" is a "better" way to go. Do all the work for your largest bodyparts and then the smaller ones in turn.
There are exceptions, of course. One that comes to mind is when a lagging bodypart must be prioritized in order to bring it up to par. This wouldn't be a consideration though until you'd reached a somewhat advanced level.No brain, no gain.
You can't out-train bad nutrition.
"The fitness and nutrition world is a breeding ground for obsessive-compulsive behavior. The irony is that many of the things people worry about have no impact on results either way, and therefore aren't worth an ounce of concern."--Alan Aragon
Ironwill2008 Workout Journal:
12-12-2010, 04:47 PM #3
- Join Date: May 2009
- Location: California, United States
- Age: 33
- Stats: 5'11", 241 lbs
- Posts: 2,913
- Rep Power: 2228
Based on what you said...im guessing you are doing some sort of upper/lower split?
I think you need to experiment with what works for you. I think that most would work in a linear form...all chest, then all shoulder, etc.
However, some people like to work antagonistic muscle groups. Say back then chest (a pull/push workout)
Ultimately its up to you...and what your body agrees with, but as iron will said working larger groups and working to smaller groups would likely be more common, but doesnt mean you HAVE to.
Also mentioned by will was prioritizing which should be factored in. Hit the group that is lagging.
As a final point...with chest exercises...the shoulders AND triceps are used and stabilizing muscles...so no matter what order you do the three, you are pre exhausting one group, thus the following two will already be tired by the time you hit them. If you do chest first, your shoulders and tris are going to be worked. But, if you hit shoulders first...they will be pre-exhausted by the time you hit chest.
So you have to ask yourself...is your current routine the best for you? Is it hitting the goals you want? If it works for you, and you like it, then...what do you really want to hit hard? Place that first.~ Infinite Labs Rep
♦♦ I Am Juggernaut Challenge ♦♦ Win a Trip to the 2011 Mr. Olympia!!!
Visit Infinite Labs on Facebook:
ROM and MMC are more important than EGO
12-12-2010, 04:59 PM #4
- Join Date: Aug 2008
- Location: London, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
- Age: 27
- Stats: 6'2", 241 lbs
- Posts: 3,409
- Rep Power: 2593
You could divide up your workout according to lifts as opposed to muscles. I too have a chest-shoulder-triceps day and this is the order I do my stuff in:
Overhead press/push press/jerk
Incline db press
Although I generally do my lifts from heaviest to lightest, there is a slight exception here with dips being last.Strength + Speed = Power
If you never fail, you aren't truly pushing yourself to the limit. If you never push yourself to the limit, how do you know what you're truly capable of?
12-12-2010, 07:38 PM #5
By robcassell in forum Workout ProgramsReplies: 2Last Post: 12-13-2010, 12:31 AM
By brobdignagian in forum Workout ProgramsReplies: 0Last Post: 10-16-2006, 11:00 PM
By 3000calories in forum ExercisesReplies: 1Last Post: 09-08-2005, 07:22 PM
By Nocturnal212 in forum Workout ProgramsReplies: 2Last Post: 06-17-2005, 09:15 PM
By jaydm93teg in forum Workout ProgramsReplies: 10Last Post: 01-23-2004, 06:52 AM