Menacing Chest

Dennis James' intensive battle plans for stronger and thicker pecs


I believe in the maxim “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In my training, nothing changes; at least, nothing fundamental. I made one basic modification two or three years ago — until then, I trained each bodypart every five days, now it’s once a week, except for abs and calves. I made that change to give my body more rest, in order to train even harder and heavier. It worked.


I’m a big believer in using only those weights that are heavy enough to strike fear in me. To put it another way, I want those weights to be so heavy that they’ll injure me if I’m not in awe of their power to turn on me with vengeance. Believe me, the stronger I get, the more thinking I do about gaining more control over my reps. I’m no longer in my 20s. With that in mind, my reps are now slower. I don’t use lighter weight, but I concentrate more on staying tighter. No more throwing the weight around with wild explosions of power. I respect the weight a lot more. I won’t say I won’t get injured, I’m just more aware of avoiding it.

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