[quote]Big Dan wrote:
When using total body workouts I find myself fatigued in my later sets. I start off with squats or deadlifts because my legs need the most growth, and I usually don’t hit the upper body lifts as hard later in training.
I’m more used to splits. If I stick to total body can I expect my work capacity to increase to keep up?
If you want more training history I’ll give it. Basically I have been training for a while although not intelligently or consistently the whole time. I am new in the sense that I have a lot of natural potential to realize.
Any input is helpful.[/quote]
Many trainers advocate whole body workouts but with either a lower or upper body emphasis. That means putting your lifts to be emphasized first – start with squats one workout and shift to an upper body lift, e.g. presses, the next. By rotating which lifts you do at the start, you are emphasizing either upper or lower body each workout. That way you are not always doing your bench or chins after you are worn out from squats and deadlifts. I also like to have one of the two, i.e. quad or hip dominant work, be unilateral each workout. Short advice – do not start always with the squats and deadlifts. Rotate upper and lower lifts to be done first.