Ectomorphs & the non-existent pecs

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    Oct 17, 2013 8:42 PM GMT
    I can like glance over at the leg machines/barbells and get buns of steel, arms are usually no biggie but when it comes to pecs it gets complicated. It's annoying because I use a lot of machines + different free weight routines for my pecs but the results are tiny compared to the little effort it takes for me to build a bubble butt :/.

    Any advice how to build bigger pecs?

    PS. Would you say that ectomorph-body types has problem with pecs or is it just an urban myth?
  • PolitiMAC

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    Oct 17, 2013 10:02 PM GMT
    I just say; "Don't look fat" icon_razz.gif Then you're good to go!
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    Oct 18, 2013 1:55 AM GMT
    Ectomorphs have a problem with everything lol.


    Bench. Incline Bench. Heavier. Thats all you really need i think.
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    Oct 18, 2013 4:44 AM GMT
    Do pec exercises twice a week.
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    Oct 18, 2013 5:18 AM GMT
    Hard gainer here too. Chest and arms are the hardest for me too. Legs are relatively easy for me because I'm 1/2 Puerto Rican from the waist down.
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    Oct 18, 2013 6:19 PM GMT
    xrichx saidDo pec exercises twice a week.
    I mostly do it twice a week but yeah I guess I should make it a habit to do it twice. I'll get back to you in three months and see how it goes ;)
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    Oct 19, 2013 1:44 AM GMT
    Origo said
    xrichx saidDo pec exercises twice a week.
    I mostly do it twice a week but yeah I guess I should make it a habit to do it twice. I'll get back to you in three months and see how it goes ;)


    It's partly genetics. I can gain a fair amount of muscle on my chest, but my arms tend to stay smaller. I agree with others on incline presses, because it's your upper chest that looks "flatter". Just remember to be proud, you're still in great shape and probably very healthy icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 19, 2013 1:56 AM GMT
    Also, don't forget to do pec fly.

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    Oct 19, 2013 6:59 AM GMT
    Don't worry about it too much. I can pick up a beer and my pecs grow half an inch. But the guys with great thick arms and legs but minimal pecs are still hotter and better at sports.

    Anyway, you clearly have decent pecs.
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    Oct 19, 2013 3:49 PM GMT
    thanks guys, and yeah I def should do more incline bench presses because as you say, I do have a more flat area there icon_surprised.gif

    hate incline tho... haha, but no pain no gain!
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    Oct 31, 2013 3:02 PM GMT
    I'm an ectomorph and I'm 6'5", so with the length of my arms it was always harder to get up to the big weights with things like the bench press.

    It's just easier for a guy who is 5'5" to have that than a guy who is 6'+ because there's less area to fill out and the range of motion isn't as great.

    It's more beneficial to have stronger legs than chest, so whatever you do, don't sacrifice leg day to put in extra chest work. Squats and deadlifts will keep your testosterone levels high and they you will produce more red blood cells, which you will need for building muscle throughout your body.

    You may never have a bodybuilder's physique, but don't let that slow you down. Just find some more realistic fitness goals, or a sport that your body-type would give you an advantage in.

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    Oct 31, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
    Bench press I say my chest has improved such after switching the machine for the actual bench and the decline bench too.
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    Oct 31, 2013 8:48 PM GMT
    Origo saidI can like glance over at the leg machines/barbells and get buns of steel, arms are usually no biggie but when it comes to pecs it gets complicated. It's annoying because I use a lot of machines + different free weight routines for my pecs but the results are tiny compared to the little effort it takes for me to build a bubble butt :/.

    Any advice how to build bigger pecs?

    PS. Would you say that ectomorph-body types has problem with pecs or is it just an urban myth?

    You should consider posting pics. For educational purposes, of course.
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    Oct 31, 2013 8:48 PM GMT
    Behemothboi saidBench press I say my chest has improved such after switching the machine for the actual bench and the decline bench too.

    This
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    Nov 02, 2013 5:30 AM GMT
    I truly struggle with chest as well. I don't think I've gone up much on incline in terms of weight at all. On flat bench, sure, but incline is tough and like you, I hate doing it.

    Something which is helping me is wide-stance push-ups on the days I don't do chest at the gym. When I am working chest at the gym, I again aim to keep my arms wider apart (but not so much that it becomes poor bench press form).

    Push-ups! the classic and still the king icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 02, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    Try incline bench and lots of pushups.
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    Nov 04, 2013 12:24 AM GMT
    Get the "Perfect Pushup" -- two cylinders that rotate as you do the pushup. You can get them online or at big box stores. Cost about $40, I think. They will really pump up your chest. You have a great body anyway, so use those for a few months and you'll be awesome
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    Dec 01, 2013 2:43 PM GMT
    I had trouble working my chest when I first started working out. However, it was only really because I couldn't figure out how to target them when doing presses and flies. My arms would get tired, but I'd feel nothing in my chest.

    Is that the case with you, or do you get any kind of pump after your routine? I knew I had finally figured it out when my chest would be huge afterwards.

    Just let me know. Otherwise, I have a couple really good routines that could challenge your chest and switch things up.
  • mmmship

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    Dec 02, 2013 3:57 AM GMT
    Ecto here as well. I was 108lbs when I first started. So I didn't have any muscles or fat.

    Anyway, since we are focusing on working out, I would suggest u make adjustments to ur exercise program. Since u say that ur arms and legs are responding to ur workout pretty well, use a similar pattern to ur chest.

    Are u using free weights? Bar or dumbbell? Body weight? slow reps/negatives? Heavy or light? Explosives? Pyramid? High intensity? Whatever it is...what I'm saying is that the pattern u use for ur arms, use it for ur chest and things will start to change and your body can become more even.
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    Dec 05, 2013 3:33 PM GMT
    Im an ecto. I got my pecs training chest twice a week and a shit ton of dips.
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    Dec 06, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    I'm definitely one and I feel like an alien -_____- but I'm resorting to doing 100 pushups every day.
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    Dec 08, 2013 4:53 PM GMT
    nerdydude saidI had trouble working my chest when I first started working out. However, it was only really because I couldn't figure out how to target them when doing presses and flies. My arms would get tired, but I'd feel nothing in my chest.


    Yes, I have this issue! Any advice that you could provide would be greatly appreciated. icon_smile.gif

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    Dec 30, 2013 12:38 AM GMT
    I'm what you'd call an "ecto" and my chest is probably the only part of my body that's got decent gains since I started lifting about a year ago. Legs, now they're the problem for me!

    Personally I lift heavy and hard, then I lower the weight and push as much reps as I can until it hurts (both on machine and bench). I'm absolutely no expert when it comes to working out; that's mainly why I've joined, however it's worked for me! Just make sure you're eating like a pig if you want to gain. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 04, 2014 8:32 AM GMT
    skippor saidI'm what you'd call an "ecto" and my chest is probably the only part of my body that's got decent gains since I started lifting about a year ago. Legs, now they're the problem for me!

    Personally I lift heavy and hard, then I lower the weight and push as much reps as I can until it hurts (both on machine and bench). I'm absolutely no expert when it comes to working out; that's mainly why I've joined, however it's worked for me! Just make sure you're eating like a pig if you want to gain. icon_biggrin.gif


    We should trade! Legs tend to come easily for me. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 04, 2014 5:24 PM GMT
    Ectomorph reporting in. I found my best gains started happening after doing WEIGHTED pushups with different hand positionings. I still have a ways to go but I'm definitely seeing more progress as opposed to just using machines and free weights.