I was wondering what everybodys take is on pre-exhaustion exercises. I've been lifting for over 20 years now and my joints aren't getting any younger. For instance, when I work shoulders, I might perform 4-5 sets of 12-15 reps of bent laterals prior to my heavy military presses or I might perform straight arm pulls before heavy rows, etc. Some might call this warming up but I count the pre-exhaust work as "working sets". Just curious if anyone trains like this. It will reduce my max lifts but I think the effect on the body is relative since your fatigued from the lighter work in a cummulative fashion.