How To Build a Thick and Powerful Chest!

Muscle Gain Tips on How To Build Powerful Chest Muscles

Do you want a thick and powerful chest?

I’m betting you do. Why? Because my email box is literally stuffed full of questions from my dear “students” about this topic.

How To Build a Thick and Powerful Chest!

So, in this week’s Lean Body Tip I’m going to reveal one of the chest routines that helped me to win over 22 amateur and professional bodybuilding titles. It’s powerful so please don’t underestimate what it can do for you!

Lee Labrada’s Bodybuilding Routine

But first, here are the nuts and bolts of my entire routine.

Workout frequency: 2 days on, 1 day off, 1 day on, 1 day off

This means I workout for two days followed by one day of rest. Then, I workout another day followed by another day off. Then I repeat.

I never train with weights more than two days in a row because I find that I build muscle faster if I have enough time to recuperate. (If you’re not making steady gains with your program try adding a few extra rest days each week. You may actually gain more by training less!

Okay, here’s how my typical workout schedule looks:

Day #1: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps

Day #2: Back/Biceps/Abs

Day #3: Rest Day

Day #4: Quads/Hamstrings/calves

Day #5: Rest Day

Then repeat

Now, you can certainly adapt this workout schedule to fit your specific needs. For example: If you want to take off the weekend from weight training (and many people do) then try 2 days on, 1 day off, 2 days on, 2 days off. Then repeat. This way you’ll have Wednesday along with Saturday and Sunday off each week. (The extra day of rest may be good for you!)

Things You Must Do To Maximize Your Workouts

Moving along, here are 8 things which you must do to make this workout as effective as possible:

1. Obtain a training log and use it to track your workouts.

2. Use as much weight as possible for the number of prescribed repetitions in each exercise.

3. Perform each set to failure.

4. Strive to increase your training poundages slowly each week.

5. Keep the total length of your workouts to 60 minutes or less (including initial warm-up.)

6. Use strict form on all exercises.

7. Minimize stress and rest completely on days off. Try to get 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night.

8. Follow a proper nutrition and supplementation program. (Tip: Download my free nutrition guide here)

Got it? Good. Now, here comes the meat and potatoes of this week’s tip!

Chest Exercises:

* Use a 3-0-2 tempo (three seconds to lower the weight, no pause at bottom, and two seconds to raise the weight). This is important!

* Take 2 minutes rest between sets.

* If you’re going to complete failure, you will need to reduce the training poundage by 10% after each set, in order to manage all the reps on the next set.

* If you’re a beginner, drop one set from each exercise and concentrate on form instead of going for the heavy poundage. (You’ll thank me later!)

Barbell or Dumbbell Bench Press:

* After two warm-up sets, perform 3 sets of 6 heavy repetitions.

* On the last set drop the weight and do another 4 reps without rest. (It hurts, but boy does it work!)

Tip: Slightly arch your back, but make sure your rear-end stays firm against the bench. Avoid: Bouncing the weight off your chest.

Barbell or Dumbbell Incline Press: (30 to 35 degree angle.)

* 3 sets of 6 heavy repetitions.

* On the last set drop the weight and do another 4 reps without rest. (You really gotta “dig deep” on this last set!)

Tip: Arch your chest out to minimize the involvement of your shoulders. Avoid: Pushing the weight out over your stomach or behind your head.

Dumbbell Flyes (on flat bench):

* 3 sets of 8 repetitions.

* On the last set drop the weight and do another 6 reps without rest. (You should be ultra-pumped by now!)

Tip: Bend your elbows and keep your arms locked in this position throughout the movement. Avoid: Lifting your head or shoulders off the bench.

Incline Dumbbell Flyes: (30 to 35 degree angle.)

* 3 sets of 8 reps

* On the last set, reduce the weight and do another 6 reps without rest.

Tip: Remember to keep your feet planted and abs tight. Avoid: Using a weight that you can’t control throughout the entire movement.

So there you have it! Don’t forget to go heavy and keep your rest intervals to just two minutes.

Try my chest routine for one week, then drop by my fan page (!/LabradaNutrition) and leave your comments telling me your thoughts before next Tuesday.

(And no complaining if you’re sore! If I don’t hear from you, I’ll take it you weren’t up for the challenge!)

Also, if you have a chest routine that has gotten you amazing results, or if you have some good chest training tips of your own, post them on the fan page as well. If it’s good I’ll pass it along to oue readers in a future tip-you’ll be a guest writer for that week!

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One Response for How To Build a Thick and Powerful Chest!

  1. Ron


    May 5, 2011 6:46 pm

    Hi Lee ,

    Do you favor working each muscle once or twice per week . This is a source of confusion for many who train with weights , I suppose to due to the fact that in Arnolds era they used to train that way . THanks for your input !!