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Bodybuilding is a dynamic sport which is as much an art as a science, so a rigid and unchanging programme is not advantageous. From your first day of training, a weak body part my stand out above all others requiring your attention.

Overcoming Weak Bodypart Training Tips

  • One basic technique useful to correcting muscular imbalances is the Priority Principle, where you work your weak areas first, when you are fresh and capable of generating the greatest intensity.
  • Another remedy is to increase the number of sets you do for weaker areas, say from 5 to 7 sets, until improvement is seen, then return to a more balanced routine, where a Staggered System would be of use. This would be where you, throw in a set of an exercise for the weak area in addition to the normal sets for that body part every third or fourth set. There may be times when a body part lags behind because you are overtraining it, hitting it so hard, so often, that it never has a grow. Giving the relevant muscles a chance to recover, and then to adjusting your training schedule so it isn’t over trained again is the best policy. Remember, too much can be as bad as too little when it comes to bodybuilding training.
  • Is my slow growth due to a lack of training or overtraining? This is something you will need to learn to tell instinctively as you get more experienced. When under stimulated, you need to train a muscle harder, more intensely, rather than increasing sets. Overtraining is normally the result of training with too many sets, too often, with inadequate rest of a body part between workouts. The lack of the pump during workouts is a common sign of overtraining.
  • Good bodybuilders have learned to train intensely in short bursts, whilst giving their muscles plenty of time to recuperate between workouts. Training stimulates growth, but the actual growth occurs while you are resting When weakness is experienced in a body part, choose exercises that work that specific area and arrange your training program to give those exercises special priority.
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