Within the last century, we’ve seen innumerable advances in technology and communication. In consequence to this, we have created and theorized works bigger, stronger and more efficient. Studies in enhancing the human physique have aided these developments. However much remains more theory than fact. One of these theories is fixed repetitions for muscular growth. You may have heard that specific rep ranges result in various outcomes. The fact is reps are one of the most overrated measurements for building muscle.
As we reach adulthood muscle fibers complete a natural process of cellular change.The ability for continued growth lays dormant until the muscle becomes damaged in some manner. When a workout is completed trauma is experienced to the muscle. To rectify this, these once inactive cells begin to fuse together and to the muscle fiber themselves creating new contractile threads within the muscle fiber. These threads will increase in number and become thicker, therefore proliferating muscle size, after subsequent workouts as the body adapts to the imposed demand. This processed is not augmented by a specific rep range.
For today’s workout, we will stop counting reps but simply rely on improving intensity and overall work done. This routine should be completed with a training partner.
Use a stopwatch or watch the clock. Perform as many reps as you can for one minute.
These will be utilized as a loaded stretch. Intermittent stretching has shown in some research to help produce muscle size via skeletal muscle hypertrophy and hyperplasia (increased number of muscle fibers from fiber splitting). Although research regarding hyperplasia is inconclusive in humans, a 30-second stretch between exercises can help maximize metabolic stress and elicit greater gains.
Use 70% of your 1RM and perform as many reps as you can utilizing a 4 second negative. Use a partner to force a few extra reps to failure.
Use these as a loaded stretch. Position your hands to produce the greatest chest tension, without causing discomfort to your shoulders. Hold for 20 seconds followed by a few forced reps squeezing at the top for failure.
Utilizing 50% of your 1RM, use a spotter to provide an additional load to the barbell. Perform until you can’t press without assistance.
Use a close-hand stance to superset with pushups to failure. Go to knees if needed.
Kneeling Cable Extensions
Fix elbows on a bench or another platform while on your knees to perform. Perform for 30 seconds. Take a 20-second break and then use same weight to stretch the tricep for 20-30 seconds.
Continually look for ways to improve and increase intensity in your sessions. Try this as your chest and tricep routine for 8 weeks and keep us updated with your results. #BeUltimate
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