maybe you can help me with this...
Triceps pushdowns are part of my bi/tri/abs day, and I've been struggling with them for some time now.
What happens is the following:
either I do them with perfect form but they're too easy.
Or, if I add one plate, they get too tough and I have to sacrifice a lot of form...
Before this I had been progressing consistently... It seems I've hit some kind of ceiling. I'm guessing the problem comes from some muscle in the muscle chain that fails before the triceps and that therefore forces me to abandon perfect form... What are the ways around this? Switch exercises? Stay at the lower weight but try more reps to improve?
BTW, I'm having a very similar problem with lateral shoulder raises and front shoulder raises...
Thanks for your time
stay with the lower weight for your next workout, and just do maximum intensity, and overexaggerate the clenching at maximum contraction. i'm sure if you do that for one or two workouts you'll be prepped to do the next higher weight in the following workout. as far as lateral raises, i have that same problem. it sux because you're probably using somewhere in the range of 20 - 40 lbs on the machine depending on strength / machine being used, so adding a plate is like adding between 25-50% weight to the lift! i guess the solution here would be to utilize those little plates that attach to the bar the plates run along, the kind that sit on top of the plates. don't know what they're called. i think they're 2.5 lbs or 5, which should really help in both of your problems now that i think about it. maybe i should listen to some of my own advice, because i hate that when i do lateral or forward shoulder raises. good luck
add a free weight of 1.5/2.5 KG in the handle that holds it.
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There is no rule that says you must do pushdowns. Try a different movement. Try a good compound movement dips or something similar.
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I may indeed opt for a new exercise, like dips...
Max-Mex: if u mean how many reps I can do with both weights, I'd say 9 for the lighter one and 5 or 6 for the heavier one (having to sacrifice form from the beginning though).