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5 Arnold Training Tips

5 Arnold Training Tips

Stop overcomplicating your workout routines. Here are 5 tried and true exercises that Arnold used to build himself into “The Oak”.

Smith-Machine Incline Press

Smith-Machine Incline Press

During Arnold’s competitive days, he was known for his outstanding pec development. To see Arnold hit a side chest pose was truly awe-inspiring! To get such an impressive chest, Arnold trained smart and used several different exercises to hit his pecs from all angles. One of his secret weapons was the incline Smith-machine press. The beauty of the Smith machine is that it allows you to pack on heavy weights without having to worry about balance, so you can probably lift more than when doing its free-weight barbell counterpart. To begin the movement, set the bench at a 30-40-degree angle (the steeper the bench the higher your target on your pecs, but the more the delts have to work, too). You may need to move the bench up or back a bit within the machine until the bar (in the down position) hits that sweet spot right at the top of your pecs. Lie back squarely on the bench with your feet firmly on the ground. Grab the bar with a pronated grip, hands well outside shoulder width. Unhook the bar and slowly lower to your chest. Reverse direction without bouncing as you press the weight back to full-arm extension, exhaling at the top of the move. Always use good control and be conservative with the amount of weight if you’re new to this exercise.

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