In bodybuilding, the first decade of the new millennium has been sort of an amalgamation of the three that preceded it. Gyms contain new and in many cases better machines, but bodybuilders also have come to discover the limits of mechanical devices for sparking growth. It’s interesting that the five men on our list for that decade all relied mostly on barbells, dumbbells and dipping bars on chest days. That’s not to say that equipment advances have not impacted pec training, however. Here are the biggest chest workout changes since the start of 2000:
- MORE MECHANICAL Chest-training options continued to expand, especially the proliferation of unilateral and free-motion machines that better mimic dumbbells.
- PRIMACY OF THE PUMP A greater emphasis on intensity techniques like drop sets, supersets and reduced rest periods, as well as the use of pre-workout nitric oxide supplements, focused many workouts on pec pumping.
- GREATER VARIETY With more machines and new training styles to choose from, bodybuilders could still slip something different into every chest workout, even if they stuck primarily to the tried-and-true basics.