By: Chad Ruf, Director of Personal Training

Question: When I’m working on strength training, does it matter what order I do the exercises?  Should I do all upper body at once? Or alternate with lower body?

Answer: This really depends on what your goals are and how advanced you are at working out. I like to see beginners doing a full body workout three days a week. For example, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday completing one set for chest, back, shoulders, biceps, triceps, abdominals, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. This way you are only hitting each muscle very little and still have a day to rest in between. The next phase would be upper body on Tuesday and Friday and Lower body on Monday and Wednesday. You would increase your sets to 2 or 3 per exercise, knowing you will get a two day rest in-between body parts. A more advanced routine may be to do chest on Monday, back on Tuesday, biceps on Wednesday, triceps on Thursday, legs on Friday, and shoulders on Saturday.  Each day you would pick three exercises per body part and would complete two sets of 15 per exercise. This would hit the muscle for much more repetitions and allow for a whole week to recover.  his information is just an example of things you can do to break up body parts but I would recommend seeing a personal trainer for some personal advice and consulting. There are likely some great ones at your Snap gym!

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