Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Is the sequence of exercises important?

YES! Exercise sequence is probably one of the most important aspects of exercise next to intensity and form.  If you ask 10 strength coaches or personal trainers about what body parts and exercises to do first and why you'll most likely get 10 different answers.  I'd venture to say that most of them won't have a clue on the reason why it's very important to have the right sequence of exercises!

Regardless if your goal is to lose fat or build muscle, all workouts should start with legs/hips/back work.  It's interesting because these are the areas that most gym goers avoid like the plague!  If your effort is put into these areas first when you're fresh, it not only allows you to lift heavier but it serves as a complete warm up for the rest of your workout.  Hard leg/hips/back work gets your heart rate through the roof and just flat out stinks!  All the more reason to do them first and get them out of the way.

Here's an ideal way to organize your workouts:
  1. Legs 
  2. Back
  3. Chest 
  4. Shoulders
  5. Biceps 
  6. Triceps
  7. Forearms 
  8. Calves
  9. Abs
Use the hardest exercises.  Do them as hard as you can with good form. Allow for recovery and then next time you workout, hit it harder than you did the previous workout.  It's quite simple maybe too simple but it's in fact the fastest way to change your body.