Powerbuilding Chest Workout

Powerbuilding is a mixture of powerlifting and bodybuilding exercise philosophies. Most of the mass monsters of bodybuilding will attest to gaining their size powerlifitng in their younger years. Many still incorporate powerlifting movements to continue gaining dense muscle mass.

There’s no doubt that doing compound movements using heavy weights will build solid muscle mass. But the other half of powerbuilding is to also define and shape the muscle. This is where the mix of bodybuilding style workouts come in where you’re focusing more on muscle contractions.

The bottom line on powerbuilding is that it’s an excellent way to get big, get strong, build quality muscle mass, and also define your muscles. Your using both high and low rep ranges along with heavy compound exercises and isolation exercises.¬†motions.

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315 lb Bench Press

Powerbuilding Chest Workout – Strength & Definition

This powerbuilding workout for chest starts out with heavy compound exercises using heavy weighs and low reps. After that you’ll be hitting a couple of chest exercises that are more isolated and you’ll be doing a few more reps. Don’t go light on any exercises. Overload the muscle on every rep. Powerbuilding is one of the best weight lifting techniques to build slabs of muscle yet also define the muscle.

As you’ll notice the first two compound chest exercises use the 5 x 5 weightlifting technique. This type of workout is known for gaining raw size and strength. You’ll then switch gears where you’ll be focusing more on muscle contractions. On the last two chest exercises it’s important to feel the muscle work by doing controlled movements and focusing on the negative movement of each rep.

Chest Exercise Sets Reps
Flat Barbell Bench Press 5 5
Incline Barbell Press 4 6-8
Hammer Strength Chest Press 3 10-12
Cable Crossovers 3 12-15

Powerbuilding Tips for Chest

Start Out With Heavy Weights: Heavy weight is the key to overloading the muscle which is needed to induce maximum muscle growth.

Mind-Muscle Connection: Make sure you’re focused and your head is in the game before you do this type of workout. Visualize yourself doing the weight first.

Train Until Failure: Train until you completely exhaust the muscle. When you can’t do any more reps have your spotter assist you with one or two more reps and controll the weight on the descent of the movement.

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