The first thing you must do before creating a plan is establish EXACTLY where it is you are trying to go, then reverse engineer the steps it will take to get you there.
Today we are not going to go into detail on the process of goal setting… we’ll save that for a later date.
So assuming we are all on the same goal, and that goal is building as much muscle as possible, I’m going to take you through the steps of creating the perfect workout plan. This approach can be replicated for every single body part, and once you master the principles, you can walk into any gym in the world, and as long as you know what muscle you are training, be able to take yourself through an extremely efficient and effective workout.
What we are going to cover here is not specific exercises, reps, or set schemes, but the thought process and logic of how you select your exercises, because in my opinion, the order in which we complete our workout can be one of the greatest advantages we have to improve and transform our physiques.
You see, the muscles in our bodies have a very distinct ability to produce output, and there are points in every movement or exercise where we are really strong, and points where we are going to be weaker. This is known as our body’s strength curve.
And at the same time, every exercise or movement has certain points where the weight and load is heavier, or more challenging, and also points where the load will seem lighter. This will be dictated by the type of resistance (free weight, machine, cable), as well as joint angles and moment arms (the distance from the axis of the joint that is moving). This is known as the resistance curve.