A question about how many exercises per a muscle group?

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    Dec 07, 2009 10:48 PM GMT
    I'm still learning about training and would like to know exactly how many exercises do I need for each muscle group?

    I noticed most routines have more than one exercise per a muscle group, say like the pectoral muscles. I see some routiens that require cable flys bench press, then a pec deck machine. That is three exercises for the chest.

    I assume this is cause each exercise has a different way of challanging the fibers in the muscle which makes a workout more effective and allows greater gains. - Is this a correct assumption?

    I'm sorry if I'm not making any sense guys, forgive me. But if someone does know what I'm talking about could you please explain or point me to some reading material.

    My goals are mainly strength and weight loss if this helps.
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    Dec 08, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    Jess232323 saidI'm still learning about training and would like to know exactly how many exercises do I need for each muscle group?

    I noticed most routines have more than one exercise per a muscle group, say like the pectoral muscles. I see some routiens that require cable flys bench press, then a pec deck machine. That is three exercises for the chest.

    I assume this is cause each exercise has a different way of challanging the fibers in the muscle which makes a workout more effective and allows greater gains. - Is this a correct assumption?

    I'm sorry if I'm not making any sense guys, forgive me. But if someone does know what I'm talking about could you please explain or point me to some reading material.

    My goals are mainly strength and weight loss if this helps.


    RealJock.com has many exercise programs that you can read through. bodybuilding.com has 10,000s of articles written on the topic. metroplexfitness.net (one our properties) has some great tools for diet and workout tracking.

    "The Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding" is also a great source.

    Understand, a muscle contracts through a certain range of motion and that's it. E.g. your bicep curls. No matter what exercise you use for it, that same action still holds true. The various exercises are more about variety than function, to be honest. Understand, also, that different cadences / repetitions effect the muscle fibers differently. For more information on that you'll want to study up on muscular hypertrophy.

    A personal trainer, preferably with some level of success, and maturity, can also be a good choice.

    Good luck in your adventure!

    Here's a "Let Me Google That For You" URI to get your started.

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=muscular+hypertrophy
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    Dec 08, 2009 2:58 AM GMT
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    Dec 08, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
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    Dec 08, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    torontoguy2222 saidhaha omg, chucky, that link was amazing!!


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    Dec 08, 2009 3:47 AM GMT
    torontoguy2222 saidhaha omg, chucky, that link was amazing!!


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