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post #56941 of 57265
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Originally Posted by Reggs View Post



I've been working out long enough to get a general sense of what my body responds well to, and to know what exercises to use. I just really don't think my pecs respond very well by genetics but I want to push through it for aesthetics. I've been spending more time on my upper pecs and I'm just beginning to see more of a rounded appearance. Also, I've mostly used dumbbells and cables for pecs. Two days ago I used machines, which a lot of people discourage because they don't work out "stabilizer muscles" but I really feel sore.

I guess my only conclusion at this point is to give more attention to incline and decline, and in general just really wear myself out. Other than what I think my genetics are, in general I've been doing mostly the same exercises that have become routine, not concentrating on upper pecs as much as I should, and have not made much progress as far as adding more weight. I just feel more pressure to do so now because my shoulder are larger, and my stomach is pretty flat now, so I need some pecs to balance it all out. I have made progress, I just feel like it's been lagging behind progress in other places.

EDIT: One more thought. If these machines keep leaving me feeling sore I'm going to use them more often. One thing I have noticed is that I have decent biceps despite not doing any exercises specifically targeting them. I suspect when I do cable flys that I bare some of the load with my biceps instead of my pecs, so perhaps when I increase weight on cable flys I just take on a majority of that extra weight with my biceps when I make that fly movement. My biceps just seem too big to not be working them out specifically so this must be going on.

Also on an unrelated note, I got into the habit of making protein shakes with almond milk. No specific reason, just like the favor and the fact that it lasts longer without getting that sour smell like milk, but damn the calorie to protein ratio is horrible compared to skim milk. I'm just going to buy skim from now on.

Anyone have any opinion on this:

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If you want to work on your pecs, bench more. Maybe throw on some weighted dips and dumb bell bench / incline bench. As for machines, they're fine for simple overloading of primary muscles as you're not going to be using the stabalizer muscles on such lifts. If you want to keep using the machines, I'd certainly consider them for overloading purposes (ie. more weight on there than what you'd be able to bench). Then again, you could always overload with a slingshot or such as well. There's loads of options but if you've got something working for you, rock it. I only ever really use a small number of machines, mostly cables for triceps and face pulls but everyone's got their stuff they prefer.

If you're going to look to protein powders, it's best to do some research first. Labdoor does some pretty good protein powder breakdowns. Several of the proteins aren't packing as much protein as they've declared. Also, I'd highly recommend throwing up deal alerts on Slickdeals. Protein powder deals come up regularly and they love buying in bulk. Otherwise, bodybuilding.com will likely do their Cyber Monday deals again with 20% off on a decent amount of stuff. Not sure what they'll do between now and then for sales. It's often vendor-specific and varies from week to week..
post #56942 of 57265
A lot of people just have garbage insertions when it comes to pecs: they slope away in the middle without coming close together and don't form a straight line at the bottom

Adding mass to them doesn't help them look any better as they just end up looking more and more like titties

You just never get that "full" Arnold look

Pecs and calves seem to be the prime candidate sites for implants tbh
I think a specialist male physique cosmetic surgeon could make a killing
post #56943 of 57265
I think it's also worth noting that soreness is not a good indicator of whether or not an exercise is working.
post #56944 of 57265
@Reggs I'm gonna wager you aren't quite at the stage of development where your upper chest needs tweaking. Hit everything, including chest, like 3-4x/week, and gain like 1-2 lb a month. You will be skraight
post #56945 of 57265
So i'm on a tiny island and can't properly respond, but I wanted to say thanks to all of you who took the time to answer my question -- that was very helpful and I appreciate it!
post #56946 of 57265
How long do your foam rollers last? Mines all smushed after using like three times a week for 6 months. Maybe I should go for the cheaper ones
post #56947 of 57265
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

How long do your foam rollers last? Mines all smushed after using like three times a week for 6 months. Maybe I should go for the cheaper ones

Why not use a pvc pipe.
post #56948 of 57265
A piece of foam isn't going to do anything to break up tension anyway. Rumble rollers are good but I'm sure there's a cheaper option. Like tesseract said you could get a pic pipe and just glue some nubs on it or something.
post #56949 of 57265
PVC pipe works good for me. Athletic tape can help the slippage a little bit if you get too sweaty.
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post #56951 of 57265
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Originally Posted by tesseract View Post

Why not use a pvc pipe.

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Originally Posted by OccultaVexillum View Post

A piece of foam isn't going to do anything to break up tension anyway. Rumble rollers are good but I'm sure there's a cheaper option. Like tesseract said you could get a pic pipe and just glue some nubs on it or something.

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Originally Posted by dacox View Post

PVC pipe works good for me. Athletic tape can help the slippage a little bit if you get too sweaty.

didn't even think about this. was thinking foam rollers kinda suck cuz they're kinda mushy. thanks bros
post #56952 of 57265
It's shit being ridiculously short and trying to stay in shape. I'm this miserable 5'4" kid who can barely top off a thousand calories without blowing up.
post #56953 of 57265
I'm 5'6". I'm doing ok.
post #56954 of 57265
What's your TDEE? Mine's around 1400.
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Originally Posted by lunar View Post

What's your TDEE? Mine's around 1400.
Man I'm 5'8 and i am drinking more than 1400 cals a day… although I have a few extenuating circumstances.
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