Workouts for mass
I can't tell you how many times people have asked me for the best exercises to do in the gym to get big. Well, before I go any further, listen up. I'm going to tell you five exercises that have great potential for helping you build muscle. However, going in the gym and doing only these five exercises would be ridiculous.
Also, don't go into the gym doing the same thing every time. These are simply exercises that you should be doing in your workout. If you are already doing these exercises, you will want to put a little more emphasis on them than the others in your workout.
I've said it a million times - if you want big legs, you're going to have to squat. Technique is everything with this exercise. Make sure that you are arching your back from the time that you pick the weight up to the time you rack it. Also, your head needs to be back, preferably looking up during the set.
Your chest should be out with feet a little wider than shoulder width. To execute, imagine yourself sitting down in a chair. With me, if I can imagine myself doing the exercise in such a way that the form makes sense, it is always easier to execute the movement.
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Now, you might even want to grab a bench and practice sitting down normally just so you can get a feel for the movement. To really hit your quads (which is the muscle that you want to focus on with this exercise), go down to just above parallel, in order to minimize the emphasis on your glutes, before starting the ascending portion.
This exercise should be done on the days that you work your back. This is an excellent movement for overall strength and building thickness in the mid to lower portion of your back. Deadlifts can be done anytime in the workout, but it is probably best to do it later in your workout.
I've always found that if I have a pump in the working muscle, it is easier to work it in other exercises. Since deadlifting pulls in aspects of your legs as well, the more of a pump you have before this exercise, the more you can emphasize your back. You can do this with a narrow stance, with your arms outside of your knees.
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An alternative way is to have a "sumo" stance with your feet very wide apart and arms inside your knees. Either way, the key is to have strict form, arch your back, and keep it that way throughout the movement.
To most people, this is the bread and butter to building their chest. However, most people perform this movement with very poor form. It seems like every time that I look at the people bench pressing in the gym; over half are using terrible form by squirming on the bench, lifting their butts off of the bench, or dropping the weight on their chest.
I think that this is because the majority of those who bench press want to load on as much weight as they can possibly handle so that they can go around bragging about how much they bench. Now, if you have done bench press with any kind of frequency, you've probably noticed that there is a groove that you can push through where the weight feels a little lighter.