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    So I know that following a strict plan (weight, tempo, exercise choice etc) for compound lifts is important to do since changing up a routine too frequently will hinder progress. But does the same principle apply for exercise selection for smaller and more aesthetic related muscle groups, such as biceps, triceps, side delts etc...

    For example does it matter if I switch between Ezbar, DB, cable curls for biceps, DB/cable extensions for triceps each week or so depending on what I find easier to access that certain workout? And for side delts I find it more enjoyable to vary it more frequently. One workout I might do regular DB side raises for sets while I might do heavy unilateral side raises the other one and a superset between DB and cable side raises the following one...
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    Originally Posted by KottigainZ View Post
    For example does it matter if I switch between Ezbar, DB, cable curls for biceps, DB/cable extensions for triceps each week or so depending on what I find easier to access that certain workout?
    No, it doesn't really matter.
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    Originally Posted by KottigainZ View Post
    So I know that following a strict plan (weight, tempo, exercise choice etc) for compound lifts is important to do since changing up a routine too frequently will hinder progress. But does the same principle apply for exercise selection for smaller and more aesthetic related muscle groups, such as biceps, triceps, side delts etc...

    For example does it matter if I switch between Ezbar, DB, cable curls for biceps, DB/cable extensions for triceps each week or so depending on what I find easier to access that certain workout? And for side delts I find it more enjoyable to vary it more frequently. One workout I might do regular DB side raises for sets while I might do heavy unilateral side raises the other one and a superset between DB and cable side raises the following one...
    Variation is good. Just make sure you are in fact hitting the same muscle. For example, hammer curls are not going to hit the bicep the same as ez bar curls; reverse grip tricep push down is going to hit a different tricep head than regular grip, etc.
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    Originally Posted by KottigainZ View Post
    So I know that following a strict plan (weight, tempo, exercise choice etc) for compound lifts is important to do since changing up a routine too frequently will hinder progress. But does the same principle apply for exercise selection for smaller and more aesthetic related muscle groups, such as biceps, triceps, side delts etc...

    For example does it matter if I switch between Ezbar, DB, cable curls for biceps, DB/cable extensions for triceps each week or so depending on what I find easier to access that certain workout? And for side delts I find it more enjoyable to vary it more frequently. One workout I might do regular DB side raises for sets while I might do heavy unilateral side raises the other one and a superset between DB and cable side raises the following one...
    Doesn't really matter.

    As Wendler would say, you do those exercises as a muscle, not as a movement. As some others would say, they just don't matter (I mean, they do, but they don't).

    Do whatever you feel like on the smaller accessory isolation type stuff, it doesn't need tracked and progressed and measured and all that the way the big major compounds do
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