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Exercise Order Is Not Set In Stone

In another lifetime, I taught strength and conditioning classes at Texas A&M and at Texas Woman’s Universities. A number of my books were geared to be textbooks for those classes as I wasn’t really happy with the books that were available. I bring this up because this blog is going to be about how textbooks approach a subject versus how coaches should be approaching it. The subject in question is the order of the exercises that our athletes perform.  ...

Exercise Order Impacts Performance

Over the years I have found the journal Sports Medicine to be a good source of information.  This journal publishes reviews on significant topics.  The current issue has a review on exercise order for strength training.  Conventional wisdom on this topic is that exercise should be ordered as follows: Explosive exercises (i.e. Olympic lifts, squat jumps, etc.) Large muscle multi-joint exercises (i.e. squats, deadlifts, presses, etc.) Large muscle isolation exercises (i.e. flies, lateral raises, etc.) Small muscle exercises (i.e. triceps...