I have a friend who does a lot of research and suggested doing bench press 3 times a day, every day. He said that as long as you re not working to failure, you re body won't burn out. It is supposed to trigger your central nervous system and accustom your body to benching so that it becomes easier and easier every day. The plan would be to start at about 80 percent of your 1 rep max and do 2 sets, once in the morning, afternoon, and night. day 2 would be the same weight, 3 reps, 3 times that day. day 3 would be 4 reps, 3 times that day. on the 4th day, you would add 5 lbs. total and go back to 2 reps each of the 3 times that day. The cycle would then repeat. Every session would begin with about 2 warmup sets. Could this workout plan actually work, or would your body burn out too quickly?
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Bench Press every day
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First of all this isn't very practical. I'm not sure how many people could work this type of system into their workout. Plus by only bench pressing every day you are seriously limiting other muscle development by not doing other exercises. Also the lack of tricep work would more than likely lead you to develop a serious sticking point on your bench.
Plus, as has already been stated, your body simply needs rest. It is far better to increase the level of exertion and then give it ample time to rest and recover.
One of the tried and true principles of muscle building is exhausting a muscle group, and then giving your body plenty of water, food, and sleep to recover. Your friend appears to have fallen into another "broscience" trap. The body is a very complex system, reading a few articles on CNS etc. won't make you an expert on how to develop routines.
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Grease the groove is for things like push ups and pull ups. Not lifting weights, PERIOD. You're basically answering your own question, by never going to failure, you won't make serious gains. Not in the long run. You might get to a certain point, but your body will give up eventually. Adding mass is the only way to get your bench really high, the only way to do this is to break muscle down and recover. Stick with what you already know works instead of some theory that someone's probably already played around with and failed; which is why you don't see it being done. In 7.5 weeks I've put in 10 chest days and I've gone from 165-200lbs in free weight, bb bench press. Hope this sticks.██ █ ★ cVc ★ █ ██
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I wouldn't do heavy loads but Dave Tate talks about how you need to repeat a pattern a thousand times in order to really learn it in muscle memory. Count your reps sometimes and you'll realize that this takes a long time. He suggests doing more warm-up sets but you could probably apply greasing the groove principles by using low weights (<50% RM)I LIFT THINGS UP AND PUT THEM DOWN! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-cpojkILO0
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2 cents from a personal trainer
This would work as long as you're not doing a whole workout. Yes, your body needs rest, but you're not burning out. You'll be amazed with how much your body can do. That being said, you need to look for signs from your body. If you're too sore then take some time off, maybe a few days. The final goal should be focusing on injury prevention.
Why this would work? Because :-
1. When a movement is done more consistently, you get the muscle mind connection faster and the sooner you can make this connection, the better it is.
2. You're not burning out, your body is way stronger than you think. Overtraining is a statement that people spit out as soon as they hear that someone is working out their muscles groups more than once a week. I'll explain my reasons of overtraining in a youtube video one day.
3. This will help you to get the proper technique, given you're practising the right form in the first place.
4. One of the methods to grow muscles is training them daily, scientific research have proven that if you workout a muscle group back to back, this helps you to grow the muscle. Even though you won't be able to lift that heavy, but it would work. Other methods are burning the muscle out (lactic acid- muscle cells grow in presence of lactic acid), hypertrophy and heavy load switching.
5. I've been doing bench daily since last week and I only do 3 sets of 12-15 reps and I can already see the difference in my pecs. I've tried this thing for my biceps and triceps before for 4 weeks straight. They grew.
1. your body is not used to do bench press 3*/day. Start slow as you don't want to hit plateau and I'm sure you don't want injuries either. Start every day for 3 sets before your daily workout program.
2. Listen to your body, if it hurts, STOP.
3. Don't do it more than 4 weeks in a row. Take 2-3 weeks off from the daily regime and start again if you want.
4. Increase intensity slowly, after two weeks go for 2 times if you want, but always listen to your body.
5. Don't lift too heavy, the heavier you'll go, the chances of getting injured will increase and we don't want that.
6. Try it out yourself and see. Don't just take words from other, not from me either. Everyone's body is different and something that works for me or someone else might not work for you.
I hope it helps. Goodluck
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