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    Getting tired too early with chest workout

    It's only when working the chest that I really reach total exhaustion.
    I really want to develop each area of the chest to mould it to perfection, but find the work involved almost impossible.
    I'll start with push ups as a warm up. Then I'll do 4 sets of ten on the flat bench press. Already my chest feels tired, and the horror of lifting something which weighs more than you above your neck (or near enough) starts to grow. Then I'll do three sets of ten on the incline, three sets being all I can manage. By the last few reps I'm really starting to feel my pecs becoming limp and useless.
    Time for the inner chest, which I consider very important for creating that ultra defined look. I use that machine where your arms start just outside your shoulders and push in till they almost touch, sorry don't know what it's called. Three sets of eight being all I can manage. Then I do the same exercise byutwith incline. By this point I'm using weights well below what I can manage. It feels light for the first few reps, but towards seven and eight, there's simply no strength left.
    I finish up with dumbell flys, again using lighter weights because of exhaustion.
    I've omitted decline bench press from my workout, because I simply wouldn't have the strength. There's not even any strength left for tricep work.
    I want to have an even more complete chest workout, but feel like I'm phyisically unable. I don't feel this with back or legs, there always seems to be strength left with them (of course I become exhausted, but just about manage to bust out those last sets). But with my chest I feel like I'm becoming exhausted way too early.
    Anyone know hat I'm on about?

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    headbutting mirrors
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    A workout partner really helps me through hard chest workouts.
    give me gains or i will headbutt every mirror in the gym...

    bring the pain...

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    En botella whey! Max-Mex's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Max
    Anyone know hat I'm on about?
    Yea, it's called too many sets/reps for one body part. pick 3 lifts. Any 3. do either 2 or 3 sets for each lift (2 would be my preference). I would suggest 10 reps max.
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    Do you do this much volume with your other body parts? You can do a lot of volume with low intensity or low volume with high intensity, not both. You are simply doing too much. Also wondering why you are doing push ups for a warm up? Light bench should be adequate.
    Just one guy's opinion.

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    Senior Member debussy's Avatar
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    Hehe come on man. Inner chest for ultra defined look? Just do few intense sets for bench and some fly's and you'll be all set. Hell, just bench and you'll be fine. I don't see the point of doing 1,000 sets per body part.

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    I wanna grow!!
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    you sound just like me with your chest workouts!! My chest is also lagging!


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