Arnold Special – Motivation and Chest
”The mind always fails first, not the body. The secret is to make your mind work for you, not against you”
Arnold’s chrest training
Arnold pecs were truly impressive, even as teenager. It was always one of his strong body parts. Arnold prioritized chest training; he did it first in his training when fatigue levels were low so he could train it with maximum intensity.
“I seemed to train my chest hard and correctly from the beginning,” he wrote. “My chest grew because I gave it the most attention, placing it first in my workout.”
Here are some of Arnold’s best chest-training tips culled from the many articles he wrote and interviews he gave over the years.
Arnold competed as a powerlifter early in his career, so building a big chest started with training for strength. Arnold’s top weights on the bench included a 500-pound single and 405 for 8 reps. Arnold once did a 225-pound bench for 60 reps!
Arnold believed the concept of progressive overload was critical to building his pecs. “I strongly believe that the size of your muscles grows with the size of the weights you’re using for repetitions.”
Arnold included basic multi-joint movements in his routine that hit the pecs from every angle, which he knew would lead to optimal pec development from top to bottom. “I knew the routine had to be basic and very heavy.”
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