Jason’s Power Chest Workout
I’m not sure what happened but I felt extra strong this morning so I decided to move some heavier weights than usual during my chest workout. Funny thing is I skipped leg day yesterday because I wasn’t feeling 100% and felt that I needed some rest, so I slept in. My guess is the extra rest day on top of the food I ate yesterday gave me that extra power boost. Once I felt it was going to be one of those stronger days, I took advantage of it and loaded up.
I’ll usually start out with the regular bench press if I plan to go heavy. Since I didn’t anticipate a super heavy day I started out with incline bench press. My first few sets felt lighter than normal so I kept moving up. I actually went to the flat bench after incline. As you know, doing incline first will take away from your flat bench press numbers but I still managed to move a good amount of weight. The below chest workout does not include warm up sets.
Thursday Chest Workout
Incline Barbell Press: 3 sets x 15, 8, 4 reps
Bench Press: 5 sets x 15, 7, 2, 6, 25 reps
Hammer Strength Incline Press: 3 sets x 8 reps
Pec Dec Flyes: 3 sets x 10 reps
I know some of you are probably thinking ‘I go heavy every time I train! What is this guy talking about?’ The truth is at my age (close to 40) your joints take a beating so going super heavy every workout isn’t the smartest way to train. And for someone like me who’s never been naturally strong, I have to be careful. Also, my focus is more on building the muscle tissue rather than moving a bunch of weight. Today, however, was all about moving some heavy weights (you’ll notice I did an extreme burn out set for my last set of bench press).
All this being said, I think it’s good to train super heavy now and then, getting into that low rep range and using explosive power. Heavy weights build bigger muscles; there’s no way around that. But you still want to concentrate on working the muscle throughout each rep over just pushing or pulling weight. That’s it for today’s ‘power chest workout.’
Train with Passion,