Learn Your Geometry!

There he is putting another plate each side of the barbell and pressing it without breaking a sweat. The ‘big guy’ amazes and infuriates you once again.
‘Why can’t I do that?’
I have been in this situation one hundred times over, but not all is what it seems. I found out a long time ago that weight is not important, supplements and magic pills and potions are not important, sometimes it just boils down to genetics.
Over the past couple of years I have trained with a few ‘big guys’ but after a while, once I started gaining weight and getting stronger I noticed that everyone has their own strong and weak points, not just me. Some guys loose body fat easier than others, some guys legs are huge in comparison to other guys, some are more vascular. It’s all in our genes. Personally, my best body parts are my arms, where as my training partner has smaller arms, but a well developed chest, and what makes it funny is that we both want each others traits.
So, what can be done, we cannot change our DNA, but we can alter our training and diet to compensate for lagging body parts. The best way is to really listen to your body.
For example, Mr. X has found that every time he trains chest with basic exercises, the next morning he has more muscle soreness in his triceps and anterior deltoids than he does in his chest. Mr. X tries everything to try and remedy the problem, from increasing the weight, to high frequency training and circuits, but still no chest soreness or growth. Genetically and geometrically, Mr. Xs triceps and anterior deltoids are pushing and handling most of the weight on chest day rather than all the stress going across the pectorals.
So, Mr. X decides to first of all, not to train triceps or anterior deltoids on separate training days to chest. To only train chest once a week (even though it’s a lagging body part) and to rearrange the order in which he completes his exercises.
So now Mr. X begins his workout with light flat DB flyes, which are then supersetted with a flat bench press. His upper chest is worked in a similar way with flyes then a machine incline press. This type of training pre exhausts the muscle group, so although Mr. X is lifting lighter weights, he is stimulating many more chest muscle fibres than in his previous routine and thus limiting the amount of weight across his triceps and anterior delts.
By listening to his body and understanding his geometry, Mr. X, was able to improve his chest to be more comparable to his other naturally stronger body parts. So, do not just do an exercise because the ‘big guy’ in the gym does it, learn your geometry and pay close attention to muscle soreness, it is a great indicator to show where the weight is being lifted from.

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