ith the exception of parents who are asked which of their children they love more, very few things in life are neutral. The same thing goes for training. Just about everything we do or don’t do for our bodies—nutrition-wise, exercise-wise, brain-wise—either helps or hurts.
Why’s that important? Because a lot of people don’t understand how to exercise perhaps the most popular, yet most poorly trained, area of the body: the chest. And the mistakes you’re making can hurt your development of a Hulk-like upper body.
Many people think that the chest has zero role in performance, unless you’re a football player. They say the pecs, like the biceps, are all about vanity. While having a big chest and a strong bench press doesn’t mean you’ll be an unstoppable athlete, building “pressing strength” can help you in just about any game you play – and also improve upper-body muscle mass (and by extension, your looks).
But even though so many gym goers dedicate so much exercise time to the chest (does “Monday-Thursday-chest-day” sound familiar?), it often doesn’t translate to better performance—and that makes your pecs an area of the body that can be improved. The program below will change that game, giving you more results in less time. But for it to work, follow these six principles.