I've decided I wanted to pay attention to each specific muscle, instead of just "muscle group" when I plan out my strength training program. I'm using a site called exrx.net to do this. On each exercise, they show the "target muscle" but then they have a bunch of other ones listed, too, under "synergists" and "stabilizers."
I know to go for the large muscles (eg, lats, biceps, traps, quads) first and then- only if they aren't fatigued yet- go for the small muscles (eg, wrist flexors/extensors, forearm pronators and supinators)- but my question is, how can I tell which exercises actually target more than one muscle? Will the muscles listed under "synergists" also be worked to the point that I don't necessarily NEED to add in exercises for all of them? For example, this is what they say for pushups
Pectoralis Major, Sternal
Pectoralis Major, Clavicular
Biceps Brachii, Short Head
I m thinking here that the first two groups are the muscle groups that are most worked, so if I include pushups and I am short on time, I can skip doing exercises specifically targets for anterior deltoids and triceps?
I understand that ideally I would work each muscle to fatigue with only good form, but if I don't have time to do something that specifically targets each individual muscle, what do I do? I still want to work all muscles a little bit.
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