Do i have the wrong form or something?

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    Jul 08, 2009 5:25 AM GMT
    Hey guys. I've been told from a friend of mine that my arms are pretty huge and awesome but my chest is underdeveloped in comparison. I believe he's right cause he's much bigger(in chest) then i am but our arms are about the same size. I'm trying to work on building a bigger chest but the bad part about that is when I do my chest exercises (Bench press 3x6-8 180lbs and Incline press 3x6-8 140lbs) I feel the workout like crazy in my arms and shoulders but barely anything at all in my chest (and those rep numbers are me going to failure). Even after the workout is done my chest is still like "meh" as to where my arms are like "wow, I feel great! YEAHHHHHHH ALLLLRRIIIIIIIGHT!" lol. Anyway, what am I doing wrong here? Am I using wrong form? Or maybe I should try more weight?
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    Jul 08, 2009 5:41 AM GMT
    I used to have a similar problem, no matter what I did, I couldn't feel it in my chest.

    I eventually dropped down hugely in weight and then really focused on the contraction of the muscles in my chest.

    for me, it was using my imagination to get it to work..

    to push the weight up, you have to contract the pectral muscles, so, you have to bring your arms up by contracting your pecs, the shoulders only stop the weight from falling over on you and the arms give you the time to focus for the movement..

    it might feel dinky dropping weights when you can bench so much more, but try it and really focus of feeling your chest contract and work, from start to finish and don't let the pec rest at the bottom, push back up again and imagine instead of stopping the weight from hitting you on the way down that you are pulling it down towards you..

    doing all that, I can now bench an empty bar and still feel sore when I focus hard enough.. and now I'm getting a rack too.. icon_razz.gif

    you could also be naturally smaller there..
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    Jul 08, 2009 5:47 AM GMT
    nnooooooooooooo no no no lol. Tankerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! I wanted to have a rather large chest! (yeah It's a fetish of mine) it would suck if i were just naturally smaller there *sad face*. Thanks though. I'm surely going to try that tomorrow morning
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    Jul 08, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    How often do you do this chest exercise? Are you exclusively doing those two exercises? Do you ever change the number of sets or reps?
  • UFJocknerd

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    Jul 08, 2009 6:33 PM GMT
    You should be doing flat and incline flyes if you want to build your chest up. And, you should be lifting hard everywhere else, too; making your back bigger will help make your chest wide, making your arms stronger will help you lift more when you do flyes and presses, doing squats and deads will make you all-around bigger.

    And be sure you're not just comparing yourself with someone who's naturally got a huge ribcage with normal-sized pecs over top. :-)
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    Jul 09, 2009 6:12 AM GMT
    bugga I was suppose to come back and post this

    http://exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html

    check the pec ones *nods*
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 09, 2009 6:50 AM GMT
    UFJocknerd saidYou should be doing flat and incline flyes if you want to build your chest up. And, you should be lifting hard everywhere else, too; making your back bigger will help make your chest wide, making your arms stronger will help you lift more when you do flyes and presses, doing squats and deads will make you all-around bigger.

    And be sure you're not just comparing yourself with someone who's naturally got a huge ribcage with normal-sized pecs over top. :-)


    Good adviceicon_idea.gif
  • UFJocknerd

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    Jul 09, 2009 12:30 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike said
    Good adviceicon_idea.gif


    Oh, what what? It's possible to give good advice on RJ without needlessly projecting feelings of inadequacy through loutish rudeness in the advice?

    ;-)
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    Jul 12, 2009 6:48 PM GMT
    alright! I've done it and it works! I feel the heat baby!