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    C'mon, Chest! Why won't you just blow up!


    I don't know why I can't get my chest to thicken. I used to train it twice a week with back. Now I train it once a week with this routine.

    4 sets barbell incline 10,6,6,4 drop
    3 sets DB incline 6,6,6
    3 sets Incline Flies 6-8
    4 sets Flat barbell 10,6,6,4 drop
    3 sets Flat flies 6-8
    3 sets Dips to failure
    3 sets Cable crosses 6-8
    3 sets Barbell pullovers 6-8

    Any suggestions?

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    that's overtraining to the 10th power. 3-4 exercises is enough man. ****, how long does that take you?
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    4 sets barbell incline 10,6,6,4 drop
    3 sets DB incline 6,6,6
    3 sets Incline Flies 6-8
    4 sets Flat barbell 10,6,6,4 drop
    3 sets Flat flies 6-8
    3 sets Dips to failure
    3 sets Cable crosses 6-8
    3 sets Barbell pullovers 6-8
    Your kidding right? 26 sets for chest?! Listen to Beelz, you are over training like crazy. Man what is the rest of your routine like? If its anything like this then you must weigh about 165lbs, if that. For chest you only need about 5-7 sets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beelzebub
    that's overtraining to the 10th power. 3-4 exercises is enough man. ****, how long does that take you?
    Overtraining again?! It takes me about 1 hour. I sense another split/routine change.
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    Well I'm hovering just above 170 now.
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    jesus christ, 1 hour for all that. that's damn near doing cardio
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    Well any recommendations on adding some inches?
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    That's too much for the chest unless your Arnold.
    Some tips:
    Hit the chest from every angle, decline, incline, flat then end the chest routine with a fly movement. Just don't do so many sets. Maybe 15total
    Shoot for 8-12 rep range
    Slow the tempo down to something like 2:2 or the like. The negative is where growth is at
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    Quote Originally Posted by handzilla
    I don't know why I can't get my chest to thicken. I used to train it twice a week with back. Now I train it once a week with this routine.

    4 sets barbell incline 10,6,6,4 drop
    3 sets DB incline 6,6,6
    3 sets Incline Flies 6-8
    4 sets Flat barbell 10,6,6,4 drop
    3 sets Flat flies 6-8
    3 sets Dips to failure
    3 sets Cable crosses 6-8
    3 sets Barbell pullovers 6-8

    Any suggestions?
    add 4 sets of pec deck. jk

    choose 3 or 4 of the above excercises per workout, not all of them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OmarJackson
    add 4 sets of pec deck
    ADD???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beelzebub
    ADD???
    edited my post. it was a joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beelzebub
    jesus christ, 1 hour for all that. that's damn near doing cardio
    LOL Bump to increasing the negative and decreasing the volume.
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    decrease sets 4-6 reps per set HEAVY ASS WEIGHT
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    Is once a week good though?
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    Is once a week good though?
    Yes, even gear and A+ genetic BBr's only do once a week. Some people even do once every 9 days.
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    If it was me, I would take two weeks off and eat clean, then start over again with a better routine.
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    Well I just started back a few weeks ago and am 1 week into a PS/PH bulk.
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    EAT EAT EAT

    To gain in the chest you need more calories.

    I would suggest you pic 2 of those exercises and do 2 WORK sets on each one.

    Actually I think you would do better with less but I really don't think you will listen to that
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    Actually I think you would do better with less but I really don't think you will listed to that
    Bingo Crowler. Will he listen? Most don't, they think "Well Arnold trained like this so..." Again you could be drasticlly overtrained in a matter of two weeks (even with PH's). So I would take two weeks off a start again
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    Yeah I know training like Ahnold doesn't work. I just want to see some damn development in my chest like I 've seen in my arms and shoulders.
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    Try this then:

    2 warmup sets of Bench then
    Work sets:
    1st set 10 reps
    2nd set 8 reps
    3rd set (to failure) make sure you don't get pinned. Shoot for at least 5 reps

    Dips
    1 set 10 reps
    2nd set to failure

    Done once a week.

    It's a simple routine. Don't get things to complicated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by handzilla
    I don't know why I can't get my chest to thicken. I used to train it twice a week with back. Now I train it once a week with this routine.

    4 sets barbell incline 10,6,6,4 drop
    3 sets DB incline 6,6,6
    3 sets Incline Flies 6-8
    4 sets Flat barbell 10,6,6,4 drop
    3 sets Flat flies 6-8
    3 sets Dips to failure
    3 sets Cable crosses 6-8
    3 sets Barbell pullovers 6-8

    Any suggestions?
    Damn, that's insane!
    Here is my chest routine
    After warmups.
    2sets incline db's to failure
    2sets bench press to failure
    That is it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LCSULLA
    Try this then:

    2 warmup sets of Bench then
    Work sets:
    1st set 10 reps
    2nd set 8 reps
    3rd set (to failure) make sure you don't get pinned. Shoot for at least 5 reps

    Dips
    1 set 10 reps
    2nd set to failure

    Done once a week.

    It's a simple routine. Don't get things to complicated.
    Thanks, but that's probably suitable for someone who's just starting. After reading all the responses I think I'll go:

    Incline Barbell - 10(warm-up, 8, 6, 4
    Incline DB - 8, 6, 4
    Flat Barbell - 8, 6, 4
    Dips - 15, 10 ,8
    Flat flies or Pec Deck -8,6,6
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    Quote Originally Posted by handzilla
    Thanks, but that's probably suitable for someone who's just starting. After reading all the responses I think I'll go:

    Incline Barbell - 10(warm-up, 8, 6, 4
    Incline DB - 8, 6, 4
    Flat Barbell - 8, 6, 4
    Dips - 15, 10 ,8
    Flat flies or Pec Deck -8,6,6
    do as you will bro, but that still looks like too much. first off, pick one, incline barbell or dumbbell, not both. you can switch it up every month or so, but not both at the same time. if i had to pick 3 from that list, incline dumbbell, flat barbell, and flat flies/pec deck is enough, hell, more than enough. you're probably already overtrained so cutting back isn't a bad idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by handzilla
    Thanks, but that's probably suitable for someone who's just starting.
    Actually it is just the opposite. The stronger and more advanced you are the less sets and less often you should workout. Someone BRAND new can actually work the entire body 3 times a week and still get results.
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    Just starting, huh? Reg Park used to do routines like what I wrote. When he weighed around 240lbs natural and could bench 500lbs. In fact he was the second person to bench over 500lbs in the world, so... Plus Beelz is about what...270lbs and he wouldn't do your routine because it's too much. But you go right ahead and call me in a year and tell me how much you have grown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by handzilla
    Thanks, but that's probably suitable for someone who's just starting. After reading all the responses I think I'll go:

    Incline Barbell - 10(warm-up, 8, 6, 4
    Incline DB - 8, 6, 4
    Flat Barbell - 8, 6, 4
    Dips - 15, 10 ,8
    Flat flies or Pec Deck -8,6,6

    damn bro were you listening at all?

    as beelz and others said you need to limit sets to the 5-8 range - heavy weight.

    and again pick one incline exercise, not both
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    Quote Originally Posted by CROWLER
    Actually it is just the opposite. The stronger and more advanced you are the less sets and less often you should workout. Someone BRAND new can actually work the entire body 3 times a week and still get results.
    I see what you're saying my body used to respond very well to training parts more frequently than less frequently. I guess I'm having a hard time adapting to the advanced ways of training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmac6225
    damn bro were you listening at all?

    as beelz and others said you need to limit sets to the 5-8 range - heavy weight.

    and again pick one incline exercise, not both
    Yeah I gotchya one or the other probably alternated every other week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by handzilla
    I see what you're saying my body used to respond very well to training parts more frequently than less frequently. I guess I'm having a hard time adapting to the advanced ways of training.

    Two things. First when you were younger and just starting it's easy to gain on almost any diet and any training routine. Second is that you Are Not having trouble with advanced training methods. What the problem is that you do not have the gentics for that type of training (and your first post no one does). The problem is that you think that just because you have a year or two training under your belt you need a "advanced routine". Thats bull. You alway have to keep in mind recovery-the time when you grow. A lot of pre-aas BB's used to only train three days a week. Chuck Sipes for one and he benched 570 at 220 raw. KISS Handzilla, KISS
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    Quote Originally Posted by LCSULLA
    You alway have to keep in mind recovery-the time when you grow.
    That's why I give everything a week to recover. I just want to make sure I'm hitting everything hard enough, though.
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    Hey bro just ask whatever questions you have.

    Don't be dumb like me and waste 10 years of working out the wrong way and eating the wrong way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by handzilla
    That's why I give everything a week to recover. I just want to make sure I'm hitting everything hard enough, though.
    But recovery is more then one body part. It's also the whole body. Your CNS doesn't know bi's from chest, but it does know energy. So just because you work a Bodpart every week does not mean your not overtraining. How many days off are you taking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LCSULLA
    But recovery is more then one body part. It's also the whole body. Your CNS doesn't know bi's from chest, but it does know energy. So just because you work a Bodpart every week does not mean your not overtraining. How many days off are you taking?
    Energy is something I have plenty of. I give my whole body 2 full days of rest.
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    More compound exercises and less isolation...5-7 sets...Heavy AND light weight...remember lighter weights give you better full range of motion usually and a good pump....do both

    Also try widening your grip on the barbell when doing bench presses, hits the chest more

    Another good technique that gets it to grow is to do a compound set and then go immediatly into an isolation set...For instance do heavy bench press, when you reach failure immediatly do flys...
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    pyramiding reps is dumb imo just go as heavy as you can for lower reps and 2 full days of rest a week is not that much, i get 3 many people get 4
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    You are having a argument with people that know yet you weigh 170 and you can't figure out why you aren't growing. Low volume high intensity and diet.
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    The way I broke through is a volume routine... but not THAT much volume... jeez

    I'm doing one big compound movement; I alternate each week between 2... i go for 5-6 reps for 3 sets...
    then after that I do another compound movement from a different angle for ~8reps for 2-3 sets... then thats pretty much it, i do a few more isos and i'm done... not to failure except sometimes on the last set

    My chest routine from last week:
    3x6 Incline DB
    2x8 Decline BB
    3x8 Skullcrushers
    3x8 Dumbell Pullovers
    3x8 Tricep Isolation Pulley
    3x8 Cable Flyes

    I'll mix it up and throw dips in there or make Declines my primary compound, etc... its worked pretty well; I've gained tons of strength
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    I'm gonna put all this knowledge to use tomorrow.

    Incline 10,6,6,4
    Flat 6,6,4
    Dips Weighted 10,6,6
    Pec Deck or DB Flies 8,6,6
    BB pulovers 10,8,6

    Better?
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    No. Your still doing too much. And two days rest...Sat and Sun? I'll say this again "people with better genetics then you do less". But you'll say "They have better genetics then I do so it's easier for them to gain muscle. So I have to work harder." No you have to work SMARTER. That means knowing that your recovery is not so great as to gain off a extremly high volume routine. And 16 sets of chest is still to much. Max 10 sets. Best 5-7 sets.
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