Never one to be considered conventional, I believe change is good. Particularly if you want results from all those hours you are dedicating to exercising.
While the routine below incorporates pretty standard moves, I continuously change the variables....in this case the amount of sets and repetitions. Wether you aim to build mass or tone up, changing the amount of both variables is necessary in achieving the desired effect.
For example, the first exercise calls for the Wide Lat Pull. It's aim is to work the Latissimis dorsi, the broad, wide muscles located on either side of the back. You know, when guys talk about "wings", they help give a nice v-taper and symmetry.
If you are blessed naturally with having them you may want to go for definition with say 4 sets of lower weight and higher repetitions of 12-15. If your like me and have to work extra, extra hard to build mass, you may want to start with 3 sets of heavier weight and a rep range of 10, 8, 8, 6. Or 10, 8, 8.
EITHER way, once you get going switch it all up. Incorporate all into your routines. Don't get bored doing the same ol' same ol'.
You'll thank yourself later.
My current routine
I. Lat Pull
warm-up set x 10
3 sets 10, 8, 8
3 sets 10, 10, 10
III. V-bar Pull (excellent mass builder, a staple this helps to "thicken" the mid portion of the back)
4 sets 12, 10, 10, 8
IV. Barbell Shrugs
2 sets 10, 10
V. Pull ups (unassisted)
2 sets as many as can be completed
VI. Dumbell Shrugs
3 sets 12, 10, 10
Sometimes muscle confusion can be as easy as switching the order in which you do the routines. The take away is to simply change things up. Progress NOT stagnation.
Or in todays lingo GAINZ!