BodybuildingPro.com Exercise Index Chest Chest & Triceps Training
The Dueling Duos
them as those lethal duos. They’re those infamous buddy
tandems who have bonded over the past few decades to create that
winning, invincible formula.
The combinations are endless. Redford & Newman. Gibson &
Glover. Starsky & Hutch. Cagney & Lacey. Schwarzenegger
You get the point.
In this case, we’re not solving cases or fighting crime.
We’re just looking to beat our muscles into oblivion.
It’s all a question of finding the right formula that works
for you. Sometimes, two muscles groups will come together to form
an instant hit, like peanut butter and chocolate or vodka and
But other times, you’ll get the Siskel & Ebert formula,
the two counterparts that rarely agree. Not every combination of
muscle groups will work and once in a while, you’ll find an
Oscar & Felix, a real odd couple in the mix.
Here are a couple of suggestions of how to build that winning
CHEST & TRICEPS: If you’re not training your chest and
triceps together, you probably should be. The thinking here is
simple. Many of your chest exercises consist of pushing motions
– like dips and various bench presses – and thus,
require help from your triceps. Considering that you are already
working your triceps to a degree, consider the chest workout as a
warm-up of sorts for your triceps workout.
Otherwise, you could run into a variety of problems in your
workout. If you were to blast your triceps the day BEFORE your
chest workout, these muscles will be further invigorated during the
crucial recovery period. If need be, it would be better to work
triceps the day after a chest workout, although the ideal scenario
would be to couple them on the same day.
BACK & BICEPS: The same concept rings true for the back-biceps
tandem – the two work well in harmony. Because your back
exercises involve pulling motions (pull-downs, upright rows, etc.),
your biceps are being worked throughout the range of motion. Thus,
try working your back and biceps together.
The back is the larger of the muscle groups and hence, is the most
demanding. It will need the bulk of your energy and attention so it
would be wise to work your lats first. Otherwise, your fatigued
biceps would greatly effect your performance of your lat
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