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Upper Body Before Lower Body


#1

So, kind of a stupid question. I noticed that on a lot of upper/lower splits written, the upper body days come before the lower body days. Is there a reason for this? Does the timing effect hormone release or something remotely similar?

My instinct says it's just preference, but I see it so often, just had to ask.


#2

Doesn't matter


#3

im running 5/3/1, and like a bb split the upper days are before the lower days. i once swapped it around for a week and my performance on the upper days dropped dramaticaly because my whole body was knackerd from squats, whereas squats after OHP are fine. simple


#4

Forget "hormone release"

You have no control over it in a broad sense. And weightlifing certainly has no appreciable effect. A small percentage rise in anabolic hormones that returns to normal as quickly as it elevated has no impact.


#5

I always need a day off after squatting heavy. Squatted yday and i feel sore today lol!