The PERFECT Chest Workout (Sets and Reps Included)

The PERFECT Chest Workout (Sets and Reps Included)


what’s up guys jeff cavaliere
athleanx.com today i’m going to show you a chest workout that’s going to maximize
your chest development and we’re going to put the science behind the decisions
to include the exercises that we do and I’m also going to throw in the muscle
marker and this band to help us get the job done let’s start with the band
actually the muscle marker as well I’ve actually been practicing here as you can
see the idea here is if we take the band and we activate the chest by going into
this position here we see that there’s a lot of things going on in terms of the
fibers and the orientation of the fibers they’re not all running in the same
direction matter of fact they don’t even all have
the same attachments the fibers that originate from the upper chest here
coming off with the clavicle and they’re running down towards the humerus right
but the most important thing is they’re going from a high to low position
whereas the fibers that come off of the sternum again a different bone than the
clavicle are actually coming in more of a horizontal direction going almost
straight across the chest out towards the arm and then we have the ones that
come off with a bottom portion here of the sternum and they head up so these
are not going completely horizontal these are actually traveling from a low
to a high position so we shouldn’t know if you’ve been watching this channel
that in order to fully hit the chest you’re going to want to choose exercises
that follow those fibers meaning you’re going to want to take your arm through
different ranges of motion to better hit and align it with those fibers so let’s
see what those would be well we know we got to choose the staple
exercises we know we got to choose the exercises that allow us to load them the
most of the PEC gets the most capacity to be overloaded and that starts right
here at the bench press so as I move my arm out and a bench press the alignment
of the arm is moving here almost parallel to these mid fibers coming off
of the middle portion here of the sternum and that’s what happens here as
you see on the exercise itself to hit the middle portion of the chest it’s a
good developer of that portion of the chest okay good so the flat bench press
obviously we know there’s a reason for doing it but there’s also a reason for
doing the incline bench press in doing it as well because that’s going to take
the through a different position it’s gonna
take it from a low to a high position right we go here we push up what is that
doing you can see that now it’s taking this upper arm and aligning it more in
parallel with the fibers going here and this high-to-low arrangement you can see
that once again play out as I do the exercise so so far we’re two for two
we’ve got two of the bigger exercises we’re able to load them up and now we’ve
got to hit the lower portion of the chest and the lower chest
we’ve probably heard is best hit with a dip why is that again it’s not by
accident it’s by Anatomy you take your arm through this position of an extended
arm behind your body and it comes and it travels down and as it travels down you
go from this high to low position better allowing you to hit the lower fibers of
the chest versus the ones that run parallel and versus the ones that run
from low to high so this is really what’s important here is that you
understand that the exercise selection is not random it’s done for a reason to
try to take the muscle through its entire range of motion but there’s a
very key differentiator of what I just said there you want to not just take
those exercises through their full range of motion you want to take the muscle
through its full range of motion and that is where we need to differentiate
and that is where we need to jump off from because all of these exercises see
if you can tell the limitation on all of them from the flat bench press to the
incline bench press to the dip they’re not crossing midline and we know that
the action of the PEC at the shoulder has capability to take this arm not just
through adduction but across and horizontal adduction across midline and
all those exercises are limited by the fact that they don’t take you even to
midline let alone across it so how would you construct a better chest workout
what you’d want to do is you’d want to take those exercises and follow them
immediately with a drop set of an exercise that’s going to do that so
let’s go back to the flat bench press we go immediately from our flat bench press
here to a horizontal cable cross over now that again people might even say –
there’s a lot of fans in the cable crossover saying that it’s a better
chest activator from EMG studies then what a flat bench press is doing but
guys if you rely on energy studies and you wind up saying things like that and
don’t understand that though it may have a better percentage of activation it’s
still not capable of being loaded to the extent that a barbell bench press is
therefore limiting its ability to be effective it’s if it’s the only thing
you do but if you do it in addition to the bench press you’re getting the
benefits of everything so now we take that we drop right into this horizontal
cable crossover and we can see that we’re actually now taking our arm all
the way through and crossing midline and getting that complete activation of the
chest in that plane of motion so we don’t have to stop there though because
we can do different planes of motion because this shoulder is a
three-dimensional joint we can hit any angle we want so if we go back now we do
our incline bench press and when we’re done with that we don’t rest we
immediately go back over to the crossover and we change the orientation
so that our arms can go through this low to high arc and again we’re not we’re
not going to stop where we would stop on a bench press on the incline bench press
what we’re going to do is we’re actually going to take the arm to midline and
through midline and you can see again the degree of contraction and complete
contraction we’re getting up the chest by doing so it’s a difference maker guys
when you actually implement it and we’re go to the dip the same thing our hands
are actually fixed on a dip as well we can’t get our hands to come towards mid
line because the dip station just allows them to stay in one position but we can
take the dip we can load it up we can use weights we can do whatever we want
to create overload with that exercise as soon as we’re done we come back over
here and now we change the orientation of the cables once again to go from high
to low and once again it’s not just getting the midline
but it’s crossing through midline to get a complete contraction of the chest an
essential element for a complete chest workout and again one extra exercise
here I’ll push up one that we do a lot I’m sure you don’t have to stop with
just the push shell because we’re being limited once again by the fact that our
hands are in contact with the ground and cannot get across our body so we use the
push-up into this banded push-up where Ashley can come up and drive one hand
across the body to create an abduction across midline right one arm staying
down in contact with the ground the RL arm goes across of course we want to
switch sides and work both sides here but this is how you complete the
development of your chest by including exercises that can be
loaded by including exercises that take the muscle through its full range of
motion and of course applying full range of motion to all of the exercises even
if they are limited in how much complete range of motion they can apply to the
muscle itself that is how you do it guys if you’re looking for a complete workout
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