BY JON-ERIK KAWAMOTO, CSCS, CEP
In most beginner exercise textbooks, it’s common to prescribe multi-joint movements. (i.e. squats, bench pressOpens in a new , deadliftsOpens in a new ., etc.) at the start of your workout, and follow with isolation-type exercises. (e.g. biceps curls, leg curls, triceps extensions, etc.).
The idea behind this form of training is to avoid the situation where a smaller muscle group fails. before a large muscle group during a compound exercise. A simple example would involve the triceps fatiguing before the pecs in a bench press. Now let’s take this training method to the next level.
INTRODUCING PRE- AND POST-EXHAUST TRAINING
You may be familiar with the post-exhaust training method. Basically, it involves a compound exercise followed by an isolation exercise.
An example of this is a chin up paired with a straight-arm press down (to further fatigue the lats) or biceps curl (to further fatigue the guns). The idea behind this method of training is to further fatigue the major or minor muscle group involved in the compound exercise.
Causing maximal temporary exhaustion in a muscle results in more muscle damage and the accumulation of more metabolic byproducts., both of which are important in muscle. building. But be careful not to overdo it with this type of training.
It’s easy to over train and become stagnant, so listen to your body and maximize your recovery.