Building a bigger chest

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    Mar 04, 2010 11:11 AM GMT
    Long story short, I had a severe accident 3 yrs ago that has left permanent nerve damage in thel left side of my body. This limits the amount of weight I can push, especially in my upper body (shoulder region). So my question is, has anyone built a big chest using a lower weight? I know that usually to get bigger you need to lift heavy, but for me that's not possible. I would like to know if increasing my frequency of chest exercises would help me do this. Thanks!
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    Mar 04, 2010 12:35 PM GMT
    is your pic pre or post injury, cos you look great as it is icon_smile.gif

    Chucky is always going on about high rep/low weight training.... you should be fine if cosmetics is the main thing you want icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 04, 2010 1:16 PM GMT
    I agree, if that's a current pic buddy.....you have NOTHING to worry about!
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    Mar 04, 2010 3:46 PM GMT
    COLORED TEXT GOES HERERESIZED TEXT GOES HEREI agree with the above, if your pics are post accident your body is awesome..

    I live in Dublin but have never worked out at the Dublin Rec Center. I workout at Metro. How is the Rec Center? Good equipment? Crowded?
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    Mar 04, 2010 3:57 PM GMT
    Pushups are a great way to build your chest using only your body weight. I do 150 during my chest routine every week and they make a big difference. Try doing them with a weight plate on your back. You'll feel it icon_smile.gif

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    Mar 04, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    Study up on hypertrophy, and, what causes it.
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    Mar 04, 2010 6:09 PM GMT
    WTF. Are you looking for attention? Cuz you already look great.
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    Mar 04, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies and compliments, and the pics is after. I'm not being an ass and looking for attention bc I do have a fairly good body, but I am looking for more size. That may come with getting bigger which would require eating more, but I have a good diet as is and don't think it's that.

    I know what hypertrophy is (8-12 reps) but is there a set limit as to how many exercises/sets I should be doing?

    Who is chucky btw?
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    Mar 04, 2010 8:02 PM GMT
    buckeye7 saidThanks for the replies and compliments, and the pics is after. I'm not being an ass and looking for attention bc I do have a fairly good body, but I am looking for more size. That may come with getting bigger which would require eating more, but I have a good diet as is and don't think it's that.

    I know what hypertrophy is (8-12 reps) but is there a set limit as to how many exercises/sets I should be doing?

    Who is chucky btw?


    Shoot for 4-6 exercises, 3-5 sets each.
  • Celticmusl

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    Mar 04, 2010 8:19 PM GMT
    Check out Matt Furey. He limits the weight that he lifts on his workouts. He has had a pretty big physique at one time by using a large number of reps per set.

    http://www.mattfurey.com/index.htm
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    Mar 04, 2010 10:50 PM GMT

    Shoot for 4-6 exercises, 3-5 sets each.[/quote]

    Thanks Brandon
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    Mar 05, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    Aaaaa, dude. I'm a personal trainer and maybe counseling might be a bit more appropriate for you cuz if you describe yourself as having a "fairly good body" and that's post accident......you might have some body image issues! The only time I've EVER gotten in that shape was for my show. If that's you just normal all the time......trust me your body is way more than "fairly good".
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    Mar 05, 2010 10:29 PM GMT
    Shortnsexystud saidAaaaa, dude. I'm a personal trainer and maybe counseling might be a bit more appropriate for you cuz if you describe yourself as having a "fairly good body" and that's post accident......you might have some body image issues! The only time I've EVER gotten in that shape was for my show. If that's you just normal all the time......trust me your body is way more than "fairly good".


    he just wants a bigger chest, jeez. check this push-up workout out...it's killer:

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    Mar 06, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    I agree with shortnsexystud. My suggestion (Ronnie Coleman's advice) is to work out your chest 2x a week. Works for me!

    (By the way shortnsexystud, your physique is FUCKING inspirational!!)
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    Mar 06, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]tommysguns2000 said[/cite]
    ......he just wants a bigger chest, jeez.

    If he wants a bigger chest that's fine but if he feels he's only has a "fairly good" body right now then, I don't know, it just sounds weird having someone that built describe themselves as having a fairly good body. Just saying.....

    Thanks for the compliment bigeasydude. I busted my ass for that and after a break to focus on job hunting and working three jobs to get myself somewhat more comfortable financially, I'm looking towards at least getting lean again until I can train for another competition. Conquering the weights and pushing yourself to more than you thought you could do is really energizing.

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    Mar 06, 2010 10:21 AM GMT
    Shortnsexystud saidAaaaa, dude. I'm a personal trainer and maybe counseling might be a bit more appropriate for you cuz if you describe yourself as having a "fairly good body" and that's post accident......you might have some body image issues! The only time I've EVER gotten in that shape was for my show. If that's you just normal all the time......trust me your body is way more than "fairly good".


    He´s hot now, but wants to spoil it by getting BIG. What can you do? Some people think big is beautiful. If he were mine I´d be trying to keep him EXACTLY how he is now icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 06, 2010 11:46 AM GMT
    Another great set of reps for pec development is doing push ups alternating on the tips of your fingers with your knuckles.

    I do three reps, 30 each first with the knuckles, then with the fingertips.

    Gets the pecs really defined.
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    Mar 06, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidHe´s hot now, but wants to spoil it by getting BIG. What can you do? Some people think big is beautiful. If he were mine I´d be trying to keep him EXACTLY how he is now icon_rolleyes.gif

    Hows about encouraging him to reach the goals he sets for himself and what he finds "beautiful" and not what you want.
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    Mar 07, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    Beauty is a very subjective thing, to be sure. Some folks cut on themselves (brands, tattoos, piercings) and regard it as some form of beauty. Some folks view big, or fit, or really skinny, the same way. Other cultures maim themselves in foot bindings / neck rings, etc. Other cultures don't think much of personal hygiene. Some folks even think being fat is o.k.

    It is what it is.

    The prescription for "big" is simple. If you workout, rest, and eat more calories than you consume, you'll get bigger.

    At any rate, if you have some kind of limiting condition, you do the best you can to work with it. Without seeing the kid up close, it's hard to give good, responsible, advice.

    These forums can be funny in that they often don't answer the question, but, instead, lavish affirmation at someone who may, or may not, need it.

    Just FYI, more volume usually isn't the answer, especially if you're not chemically enhanced. Usually, the answer for getting bigger, is the typical plan for sarcoplasmic hypertrophy: moderate to high reps, calories, rest, repeat, patience.

    Definition is a function of body fat levels. Particular exercises, other than HIIT, and steady state cardio, don't improve your definition very much. It's about the fat level.

    Over the years, I've seen the smallest guys get the biggest, and, sometimes, the biggest guys get the "smallest." We often want what we don't have, and rise to the challenge of achieving a goal. The natural mesomorph doesn't want it as much as the littler guy, often times, and is content to do the bare minimum possible. The little guy wants it more. I don't think that makes him a head case; in fact, quite the opposite. (I'm a classic meso who also has a work ethic, so, it's a double whammy in my case.)

    We do things not because they are easy, but, often, because they are hard. That's part of living the human experience for many of us.
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    Mar 08, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    I think I have a good body, I just didn't want to come off like a prick and saying I had an amazing body...im a modest guy. I definitely don't need counseling and I'm a bit surprised at how serious you took me, it's not like I am over here dwelling on unsatisfaction, i'm just seeing if anyone has had any success doing more volume as opposed to heavy weight because I cannot go heavy
  • fmbfromrio

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    Apr 08, 2010 3:46 AM GMT
    When we talk about hypertrophy, We Should Think of strength in%! How? 70% or 80% of maximum strength in one repetition.
    If u 1 repetition maximum with 100kg, make it 8 to 10 rep with 70 or 80 kg.
    Hypertroph 3 to 6 exercises per region (chest, back, legs)