Chest Exercises

Bench Press Seminar 4: More Sets, Fewer Reps

In bodybuilding, volume reigns supreme. But when it comes to benching bigger, you may need to rethink your “more is more” approach.

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We hope you’re enjoying our eight-part seminar on increasing your bench press max. As you’ve read, it’s not just about adding plates to the bar each week and hoping to eek out one or two more reps. A few other tricks of the trade – both gym-tested and research-based – can help you shatter your PR on the bench in short order.

BENCH PRESS SEMINAR 1

BENCH PRESS SEMINAR 2

BENCH PRESS SEMINAR 3 

This week, we address a fundamental issue that plagues most physique-minded gym-goers. With a focus on building bigger, better looking pecs, most guys fall back on the usual approach of trying to break down as much muscle tissue as possible through high-volume sets that take muscles beyond failure. This method – and variations of it – are most responsible for seeing the physiques you find throughout this website.

High Volume Sets

Volume is good, even for building strength. But for rapid strength gains, you need to think in terms of total volume of sets, rather than reps. This strength-gain tactic will help you lift more weight on your high-volume sets, which will help more for developing size and improving your chest aesthetic.

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