For example, if I am doing bench one day, is it better to do all the sets of bench, resting after each set, or is it better to intersperse an exercise opposite to bench, say bent rows?
I have been tending to do the latter and I am wondering if by doing this I am possibly compromising my lifting potential in both exercises. Thankyou for any help–I’m just a scrawny beginner trying to get started.[/quote]
What you’re referring to is called “supersetting” (alternating sets between antagonistic muscle groups).
There’s no right or wrong answer to your question. You’ll find programs on this site that include supersets and others that don’t. I’d say the important thing is to stay open minded to ALL kinds and types of training. It’s the only way to find what works best for you. I would stick with whatever you’re doing now for a couple months, then switch it up with a workout that includes supersets.
If you switch up your routine every time you come across a new training method, you won’t be doing the same workout for more than 5 days - especially if you frequent this site often!