I recently took a poll on my facebook fan page that read “Are you finding it harder to build your arms or harder to build your chest?”
I quickly realized that not only were some people finding it harder to build their chest over their arms, but most of these people found their chest to be the most stubborn muscle group for them, period.
With this information in mind, it is only right that I put together this quick guide to jumpstarting your chest into serious growth. In this article I am going to share 3 extremely underutilized strategies that are going to help put mass on your pecs no matter how “genetically challenged” you THINK you are.
Chest Building Tip #1 Drop it like it’s hot!
We all know that more tension on the muscle equals more growth. This is the reason that anaerobic activity such as weight lifting will increase muscle mass and aerobic activity such as cardio will not. However, there is one other factor that influences muscle growth and this is called metabolic stress.
In theory (because I am not even sure if this has been scientifically proven YET), high levels of tension combined with metabolic stress are optimal for maximizing new muscle growth.
One way to achieve this combo is by incorporating a little-known technique called Drop-Sets. This technique has been shown to increase metabolic stress substantially.
How to perform drops sets: Take a set to muscular failure and then immediately lighten the weight by 25% and bang out as many additional reps as you can with this weight. If you want to kick it up a notch, immediately drop the weight by another 25% and pump out another set to failure.
Warning! Do not try to perform drop sets for every set of every exercise. This technique is extremely taxing on the neuromuscular system and should be incorporated sparingly. I would recommend using drop sets at the very last two sets of your very last workout.