If it has been a while since you have made any significant improvements to your chest, it could be time to take a more functional approach. The thing about the pecs is this; if you train them incorrectly, they could potentially never grow…but if you take an educated approach to chest training, you could benefit from some serious gains.
Chest Training Tip #1: Functional and Purposeful Training
The first thing you must understand if you are going to pack on slabs of muscle to your chest is it’s (the chest’s) functions. If you can understand the function(s) of the pectorals, then you will find it much easier to decide which exercises work best and which ones are a waste your time (and energy).
Now that we understand the functions of each area of the chest, we must then choose exercises that train those specific functions. By doing this, we will ensure that we are purposefully training the pectorals.
Chest Training Tip #2: Proper Pectoral Positioning
Most experts would argue that the peak contraction is the most important part of an exercise. Although I don’t agree with this completely, I do believe that a good contraction and/or the ability to contract a muscle well is highly responsible for how much it grows.
The most common mistake I see in the gym in regards to chest training is improper pectoral positioning. If you are not familiar with the term, I’ll explain. You see, at the top of the rep your aim is always to contract the target muscle. However, one small mistake at the top of the range could completely sabotage your ability to contract optimally or even contract at all.
If you are training your chest using the proper form and proper exercises but can’t seem to achieve a pump, soreness, or just plain muscle growth, you may be having a hard time contracting the pecs. If this sounds like you, take a look at the picture below and notice how just a slight, out-of-line movement can destroy your ability to fully contract at the top of the exercise.
Note: Always push in a straight line when training your chest.
2 Advanced Chest Workouts for SERIOUS Mass
Now that we understand the function of the chest, how to purposefully train the chest using those functions, and how to contract the chest and avoid a pointless workout, we can take a look at some advanced training methods that will further improve your chest training.
There you have it, two hidden chest training secrets for massive pecs and a couple of advanced training methods to take your chest to the next level. If you enjoyed this article, please make sure to share it with your friends and leave any questions in the comment section below.