Question about chest workout.

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    Jun 24, 2009 9:50 PM GMT
    I just watched this video on youtube. Is this all I would need to do to get a good chest workout? He doesn't mention increasing weight before each set. Should I?
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    Jun 24, 2009 11:03 PM GMT
    Oh, what a horrible video.

    The dumbbells should never touch. If you hear the "clanking" of dumbbells hitting each other, you're doing it wrong. And you shouldn't bring the dumbbells down too low. Because then you're putting stress on your shoulders.

    Just keep it simple. Do flat and incline dumbbell presses. Use straight sets. Pick a weight that's heavy enough to really make you work for that last rep in your sets. Don't go too heavy. Practice good form.

    When your sets become a little too easy after a while. You can add more weight.
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    Jul 15, 2009 7:50 AM GMT
    Google or look on this site for "Arnold Press" ... same maneuver - different direction. The dumbbells never touch there, and they probably shouldn't when doing this lying on your back either. Continually clacking them together is bound to trigger someone's roid rage. It tells me that the guy in the video, while having a nice chest and abs, has not done much core work, and his balance is off.

    The main thing is work on your chest from several different directions (horizontal, inclined, declined benches) so that your entire pecs get exercised. Also, hand placement - a wide grip stresses a totally different part of your chest than a narrow grip. If you keep a narrow grip, you'll get bulk. If you keep a wide grip, you'll get nice wide chest. Mix it up. You'll know pretty quickly what positions exercise what parts of your chest as you try them.

    Also consider doing super-sets. Everything you do on your chest, you should find the corresponding opposite for your back muscles. So for example, if you do a horizontal bench press with your hands wide apart, between sets, you should do pushups with your feet up on something so your body is horizontal, and your hands wide apart on the floor - the exact opposite motion. If you bench with a narrow grip on an decline, you should do pushups with your feet on the ground with your hands close together.

    Supersets replace overly frequent breaks with exercise of opposing muscle groups. Onlookers will think you are on speed or something, but it produces rather quick results, and is great for your heart!
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    Jul 15, 2009 8:47 AM GMT
    Ignore that youtube video and find a solid weight that gets challenging towards the end of the set. Increase weight accordingly while NEVER putting in jeopardy your form.