Do Important Things First, Not Last
Most people start their workouts with their favorite exercises and then work down from there. That's understandable. If you love to bench and your ego is invested in how much weight you can lift, your rationale is that you should do that exercise first, while your energy is still high.
This approach certainly works... for a while. But after a certain point, repeatedly hitting that lift super hard when you've had only minimal warm-up can take a toll on your shoulders.
Last Exercise, Worst Exercise
Your weakest lifts and most poorly developed muscles usually correlate to exercises you do late (or even last) in the workout, often because you're too fatigued to give them the same attention you gave your favorite exercises at the start of the session.
Reversing your typical exercise order has several benefits:
- It can serve to resolve long-standing orthopedic symptoms.
- It can help to bring up weak points, which not only improves appearance, but also reduces injury potential.
An effective alternative solution is to perform your workouts circuit-style rather than station-style. This way, each exercise receives equal amounts of energy.