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6 Don’t neglect your backside

Why talk about training back in a chest-training piece? If your chest improves but your back lags, the imbalance can affect your posture and pull your shoulders forward, giving you a slouched appearance.

That’s not a look that says, “I’ve got a jacked build!” Get serious about training for balance in your physique—and balance means addressing all of the major muscle groups, even those you can’t see in the mirror.

7 Take your presses all the way down and up

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Ever seen an individual pressing a bar to full extension, only to lower it halfway down? Or someone who stops well short of the top position? What gives?

Limiting the range of motion on a movement limits your growth. If you’re always shortchanging the bottom part of the rep, you never build up strength over that portion of the movement. You then start limiting the movement simply because you find you can handle more weight over the reduced rep range, and nobody wants to put less weight on the bar.

Bottom line: Do partial-rep training as an adjunct to full-range training, not instead of it—especially when training for maximum muscle size.

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