Acquiring a ripped chest is the product of multiple chest workouts.
Not only does it look really good, but it also proves that you have serious strength and stamina, and that you know what you are in terms of training and dieting.
A lot of gym-goers, both guys and gals, tend to lift heavy. That’s a good thing. But, there is one main problem. They are using improper form because the weight is so heavy that they have to compensate form in order to push the weight around.
This is a huge no-no. It may seem impressive that people are lifting weights equal to that of a full grown Elephant, but lets face it, it’s not practical nor beneficial.
In order to have a great looking and performing chest, it is best to complete a combination of compound exercises along with isolation exercises. What is the difference between the two?
Compound exercises consist of multiple groups of muscles working together to perform an action. For instance, when you are performing the bench press, you are not simply using your pectoral muscles to complete it. Instead, you are using your shoulders and arms in addition to the chest muscles.
These types of exercises help you to build major strength and size. Without compound exercises, it would take an extremely long time to gain size and strength, if you even did so at all. Compound exercises are best to perform anywhere from 3 to 4 times per week, never working the same muscle group back to back days.
Isolation exercises are crucial to perform after the compound exercises are completed. With isolation comes definition. So yes, pound out the heavy weight, but afterwards, lower the weight and increase the reps. Before, you may have been doing around 6-8 reps of compound exercises. For isolation, perform about 10-12 reps per set.
While compound movements are great, isolation movements help develop the smaller muscle groups that compound movements don’t hit. Biceps curls and leg extensions are examples of isolation exercises. They isolate one or two specific areas which puts much stress on those areas. That is why you never want to perform isolation exercises before the compound ones (unless you are doing warm-up sets)
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