[quote]mr popular wrote:
In general it is best for the biggest exercises (and muscle groups) to be trained first.
However, in some cases this can be moved around to fit a lifter’s personal needs.
For instance, if I had friday set as my “deltoids and thighs” day, It would probably look like this:
Lying Leg curls
Barbell back squats
In this case the biggest muscle group and also the most compound exercise is done last, so that I can give my full intensity to it without having to worry about saving energy for an entire slew of other exercises that need to be done.[/quote]
I’m also a fan of doing the biggest, most taxing movement last in the workout (either some form of squat, leg press, deadlift, etc…) so that I don’t have to worry about saving energy for other exercises.
But, it depends on the workout method that you’re doing and your personal preferences. For a volume training approach, I prefer to do the biggest exercise first (since it requires the most energy to complete and will have the biggest potential for growth/strength increases), for an “intensity” training approach I prefer the above.