I believe it’s pretty common for most of us to have a particular movement for each muscle group that we go as heavy as possible, in the lower rep range (3-8 or what have you). For example, mine are the bench press, overhead press, deadlift, and squat.
The thing for me is that when I do them at the beginning of the workout I am able to go much heavier, but the catch is that I seem MUCH more susceptible to nagging pains or injuries. Rarely can I progress for longer than 4 weeks on these movements when they’re first in the routine, without having an accompanying pain in the wrists or knees.
However, when I shift these movements to a bit later in the routine, the pains are much less likely to come about since my “heavy” weight has now been reduced by the pre-exhaust.
I’m wondering, is it almost inevitable for these pains to occur when training this heavy FIRST in the workout, and that I should adjust my routine to negate these common pains? Or is it more likely that my form on the movements becomes poor when the weights get heavier? Any insight is appreciated.