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Upper Body Weights

Remember these simple points when using weights:

  • Avoid adaptation; don't allow your body to get used to your workout routines
  • Quality sessions, with ample rest between them, don't train sore muscles
  • Fuel your body, plenty of protein throughout the day to build muscle tissue
  • Keep a log and keep your sessions regular. Consistency is the key

This upper body weights session is designed to work the CHEST, BICEPS and TRICEPS, aim to do the exercise in the routine laid out, after a proper warm-up and stretch.

Look at training your back and shoulders on another day, the members area has suitable training programs for these areas, plus additional training programs for the chest - biceps and triceps, DON'T DO THE SAME PROGRAMS - AS YOU WILL NEVER PROGRESS!

The weights that you use, should reflect on your current strength levels, for safety reasons, start with a lightweight establishing good technique before increasing gradually.


Inclined bench (30°) 1 set 12 – 15 reps with lightweight, concentrate on good technique, and warming the chest muscles up. Follow this with 2-3 sets x 10 -12 reps dumbbell presses. Aim for a 3-0-2 workout rate, 3 sec's to lower the weight, then 2 sec's to lift.

Flat bench press, using either machine or free weights. Aim for 4 – 6 sets in a pyramid set. Aim for either a reduction in reps with the same weight, or reduce the weight each time, and keep the reps the same, maintain correct form in a smooth motion, 2-0-2 rate.

You may wish to use a combination of hand grips - wide (as shown) normal or even close grip, however always have the weight suited to your strength level.

Pec Deck on either machine or dumbbells, reduce the weight each time, maintaining correct form. 3 sets of 12 – 15 reps, in a 2-0-2 rate with minimal rest between sets, concentrate on keeping the elbows at shoulder height.

You may want to use dumbbells for the first 1 - 2 sets, and as your arms become tired, work on the machine.

Bench Fly's on either inclined or flat bench, using dumbbells. Remember not to allow your elbows to go lower than your shoulders, and bring your hands together at the top, 3-0-2 rate 3 sets of 12 –15 reps same weight.

Cable Cross Over's, 2-1-2 rate 3 sets of 10 –12 reps same weight. Stay in the center of the cable pulleys, leaning slightly forward, bring the weights to your center line, hold for a split second before returning under control to start position.

There are a number of different variations, in both machines and different exercises you can perform for the chest, the netfit members area, has the largest resource of exercise descriptions anyway on the Internet, plus a number of different workouts for each body part.

The following page is a weights workout for your biceps!
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