If you ever find yourself growing stale with your current routine, you’ll love this tip.
Sometimes a change in the weather can trigger it, a transition from on season to off season or the need to switch up everything. If you find yourself finding excuses to keep from going to the gym, here’s a great tip from Ed Brown, Jr. to change things up.
This is a small change but one that can make a great big difference in you bench press strength. With floor presses you’re able to work on the top half of the exercise. A lot of bodybuilders and powerlifters get “stuck” at a certain point of the bench press. Performing floor presses allows you to just focus on strengthening any sticking points that you may have.
Once you’ve warmed up properly, use 50% of your 1 rep max
- Do 2 sets of 15 reps with a wide grip
- Do 2 sets of 15 reps with a medium grip
- Do 2 sets of 15 reps with a close grip
If you are a beginner or intermediate level bodybuilder, perform floor presses in the manner below:
6 sets of 6 reps
- 2 sets wide
- 2 sets medium
- 2 sets close grip
Be sure to use good form and don’t go too heavy. Have a spotter handy.
Floor presses will really work your triceps and will take the stress off of your shoulders since you’re not going as deep on the negative as you normally would with regular bench presses. If you’re looking for extra stimulation, be sure to squeeze your pecs at the top of the movement.
In the video below, Ed talks about the need to improve one’s muscle endurance. Ed’s philosophy is that if you can bench press a certain weight for 10 sets of 10, then you’ll have no trouble increasing your 1 RM. Ed recently used this exact method to improve his top bench press to 475lbs (raw).
He benched 10 sets of 10 reps (German Volume Training) with 315lbs.
That takes a lot of endurance and will definitely result in a bigger bench.
You’ve probably heard of super sets, where you do two exercise consecutively without resting in between. Have you ever tried doing three different exercises? This works extremely well with chest exercises. The advantages of doing tri-sets for chest is that they allow you to stimulate the muscles from 3 different angles. An example of 3 different exercises would be:
- Barbell Bench Press
- Bar Dips
- Incline Dumbbell Flyes
Notice in this sequence of exercises that you have to change your grip with each set of the tri-set. This is a great way to create an crushing chest workout that will initiate more muscle growth as long as enough intensity is used. One key of getting the most out of these tri-sets is to alter the grip on each exercise. For barbell bench press, you can use a “palm grip”, for bar dips you can use a “true grip” but without squeezing the bars too much, for flyes you can use a true grip and squeeze the dumbbell handles HARD! Try this technique over 2 weeks and see if you get a new level of stimulation and soreness in any bodypart that you choose.
MIX UP YOUR SPLIT
Maybe it’s time to change up your routine split. If you’ve been doing the same routine – chest, arms, back, legs, shoulders for months on end then switch it up. Arnold use to like training Chest and Back on the same day for the pump effect. So do Chest/Back, Biceps/Triceps, Quads/Hamstrings, and Shoulders all on different days.
Stick with your new routine for at least 3-4 weeks so you can get a good idea of its effectiveness.
All of the above are some simple ideas for you to try with your bodybuilding routine. The point is not to get stale. Check out the video below of Ed Brown Jr explaining one way to switch things up! Be sure to subscribe to the youtube channel for much more!