I am doing groups of exercises in the same day. My usual pattern is to do one exercise each of Chest, Shoulders, Back, Bicep, and Tricep respectively. After finishing I do another exercise for Chest, Shoulders, Back, Bi, and Tri respectively, and again for the 3rd time

I would like to know whether is it better to do it the way I am doing it, or to train each area through three different exercises one after the other, then move on to the next body part.

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The way you pose it there seems to be at least a big imbalance in your program.

If you train a large group of muscles like the back with the same volume as a small muscle like the biceps, it is unbalanced.

Also, I see no mention of training legs. Again, balance.

If you like to do a split routine I would recommend doing a three-way split: legs, back and front.

  • I'm still waiting for the day that a general understanding exists that muscles don't work in isolation. We should be training movement patterns not muscle groups.
    – Mike-DHSc
    Sep 27, 2017 at 18:21
  • Agreed. If your goal is hypertrophy though, isolation goes a long way. Sep 28, 2017 at 6:40

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