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    Default Can I train my chest today if my arms are sore?

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    I did my arm routine on Monday (Doug's 5 day cutting program) and legs yesterday. On Monday I was able to up the amount I lift and made some great progress but my arms are still pretty sore today. Is there a downside to working my chest today (which also taxes my arms a fair amount as I am a beginner) if my arms are this sore or would shoulders be better? I could also just do a pure cardio day with some core training if it would be better to wait. I would like to train today and tomorrow though since I will be away from Thursday to Sunday.

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    If you think that it is going to significantly impact your workout, then you may be best lightening the load or just putting the chest workout to the next day.
    Soreness doesn't necessarily mean muscles havn't recovered either.
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    If your arm is still sore then by doing chest would you not isolate further your pecs to contract more vigorously and would this not only improve the pec development as well.

    With shoulders you really need your arms more rested I feel for the pressing movements really call into your triceps, ie military press. Bench press does call in your triceps but with the arms more fatigued then your chest, your pecs would fire more(call it more isolation). Flies your arms are really not called in to assist with the movement.(-another chest exercise)

    Aerobics sure could be added as well.

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    Go for it! If you have to drop the weight, so be it. In my experience, it helps to train these muscle groups in this way, at least for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yitmy View Post
    If your arm is still sore then by doing chest would you not isolate further your pecs to contract more vigorously and would this not only improve the pec development as well.

    With shoulders you really need your arms more rested I feel for the pressing movements really call into your triceps, ie military press. Bench press does call in your triceps but with the arms more fatigued then your chest, your pecs would fire more(call it more isolation). Flies your arms are really not called in to assist with the movement.(-another chest exercise)

    Aerobics sure could be added as well.

    Just my thoughts
    Hmmm I suppose you have a point. I have always had a bit of trouble doing my chest as I find it hard to isolate my chest muscles and just end up working my arms. I have tried practicing the form on the exercises but still find it a bit hard to really isolate the chest muscles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauril86 View Post
    Hmmm I suppose you have a point. I have always had a bit of trouble doing my chest as I find it hard to isolate my chest muscles and just end up working my arms. I have tried practicing the form on the exercises but still find it a bit hard to really isolate the chest muscles.
    You will find the arms are involved in most upper-body exercises. It's natural to feel like you've done an arm workout after doing a chest workout - esp if using free weights.

    If you want to maximise the use of you chest muscles, you can't do better than push-ups, followed by flat bench press, followed by incline bench press, followed by pec-dec (if you have one).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abaddon1 View Post
    You will find the arms are involved in most upper-body exercises. It's natural to feel like you've done an arm workout after doing a chest workout - esp if using free weights.

    If you want to maximise the use of you chest muscles, you can't do better than push-ups, followed by flat bench press, followed by incline bench press, followed by pec-dec (if you have one).

    My 2 cents
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    Kettlebell flyes are good, apparently

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    I've been doing the same routine and had the same problem. Just moved arms to Sunday and made Monday a Cardio or off day. Though the point about tired triceps isolating the chest more does seem a valid point, it just didn't feel comfortable doing it (did it that way the first few weeks).

 

 

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