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Bringing a lagging chest up to speed


Then why not try pre-exhausting? Most people jump straight on to the bench press/Smith machine at the start of their chest workouts on the premise that they’ll lift more weight the fresher they are.

This is of course correct, but there’s a little bit more to it than that if you’re not only wanting a strong physique, but also a balanced one that’s in proportion.
It’s a fact that most people’s front delt and triceps development can hinder their pressing. They tend to burn out quicker (delts in particular) and can be the reason why the bar goes back on the hooks while the chest is by no means worked to its full capacity.
So pre-exhaust it and once a month do 4-6 working sets of either dumbbell flyes (incline or flat), pec dec or cable cross-over’s, then go on the bench? Granted you’ll not be able to bench your usual weights but that’s just testament to the fact you’ve broken down muscle in your chest while your delts and triceps (in comparison) have been relatively spared.
This way the limitation to your pressing will be your chest, not your shoulders or triceps which makes perfect sense.
As a result your chest will come under more stress and your body will place a greater priority on recovery and therefore potential growth!
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