Here is how it works.
Start by identifying the chest exercise that is most challenging for you and that you can get a maximum of 3 to 8 reps on before reaching failure. This becomes your starting exercise. Perform 4 sets to failure of this movement and immediately perform a crossover isometric squeeze to fully adduct the arms across the chest and take advantage of the complete chest contraction.
Your goal is to squeeze this contraction of the pecs as hard as you possibly can for the entire 30 seconds.
As soon as you are done with this, rest 2 minutes and repeat until all 4 sets of your most difficult exercise are finished. From here, you move backwards through the alphabet 3 letters. So if you were to complete the E exercise as your first chest exercise then you would be doing a drop set of the D, C, and B exercises. The goal of your chest drop set is to not rest between the exercises and to take each one to failure.
By training to and through failure, you are eliciting a strong metabolic stimulus for overload. In the absence of the heavy weights more commonly associated with training in a gym, this home chest workout option gives you a strong alternative for taxing your chest muscles without equipment or machines. The exercises are stacked in such a way so as you should be able to continue to perform reps even after you have reached failure because they are mechanically easier than the one that preceded it.
For example, even in the beginner version of the workout you will be ending with a combination of hand release pushups from your toes, incline pushups (which takes some of the load of gravity off of the body to make them easier) and finally pushups from your knees (which further unweights your body and makes it even easier to continue). The point is, you should always be able to come up with three exercises that are sequentially slightly less difficult giving you the option to keep repping out even when you thought that you had nothing left in the tank.
Don’t feel constrained by this workout on the high end either. You can always choose a few more difficult versions of the pushup (some shown in the video) that can serve as your F exercise or even a G exercise. If you were able to do this crazy G exercise then you would perform 4 sets of that supersetted with the crossover isometrics and then perform your 3-4 rounds of the giant set drop set, this time with F,E and D chest exercise comprising it.
The key is, there are no excuses when training outside the gym and performing home chest workouts for mass. You can still get results, you just have to change the stimulus that you are attempting to create on the pecs to drive that growth. In the case of chest workouts at home, the best thing you can do is know how to utilize progressive exercise difficulty to your advantage to create an overload that can help you to grow a bigger chest anywhere.
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