Stink Training for Bringing Up Weak Bodyparts

By Nick Nilsson
Author of Mad Scientist Muscle

 

You likely tend to use the exercises you're good at a lot more than the exercises you stink at...and I think the reason why is pretty easy to figure out.

However, when you always avoid doing the exercises you stink at, you'll never improve on the weaknesses that this type of avoidance training creates.

I'm guilty of the same thing...I'm terrible with incline barbell presses so I don't use them as much as I should.


Seth RonlandModel: Seth Ronland

 

What I've done to combat this is do a program where for 4 weeks, I limit myself only to the exercises that I'm terrible on...not ones that are painful on the joints or anything like that...just the ones that I have poor leverage, I can't use much weight on, I don't really enjoy but I know I should do...that kind of thing.

And lo and behold, after this 4 weeks of training, I've improved my weak points and have seen improvements in my "regular" exercises.

 

So for the next 4 weeks, you're going to select ONLY from a list of exercises that you're not strong with and that have been weak points for you.

Your list might be different than my list but I'm going to give you a rundown of what I use.

Now this is a pretty simple program...divided into push-pull days. We're not doing any crazy techniques or schedules, because honestly, your body is going to be challenged enough just because you're doing exercises that it hasn't adapted to because you rarely do them!

A key with this is to check your ego at the door. The first step is admitting you stink at these exercises and that you know you're going to have to cut back on the weight and build yourself back up.

The results will be a much stronger overall physique and the joy of going back to the fun stuff after 4 weeks. You may even start to LIKE some of these exercises once you start not stinking at them so bad.

 

Some Exercises to Choose From:

Thighs - front squats
Back - wide-grip pull-ups or wide-grip barbell rows
Chest - incline barbell or dumbbell bench press
Shoulders - standing barbell presses or dumbbell presses
Hamstrings - snatch grip stiff-legged deadlifts (same exercise but with a WIDE grip)
Biceps - incline dumbbell curls or reverse grip barbell curls
Triceps - overhead dumbbell or barbell extensions
Calves - pick your poison! choose your worst one

 

As I mentioned above, the exercises themselves will vary according to what you, personally, suck at.

So take those exercises you rarely or never do (but you know you should) and do ONLY them religiously for a month.

Here's a simple sample program - the number to the side is the number of sets to do. Take 90 seconds rest between sets. You can use a variety of rep ranges to cover more muscle fibers, or you can stick to one rep range. I would recommend higher reps (e.g. 10 to 15) on the first two days and lower reps (e. g. 5 to 10) on the second two days.


Day 1 Day 2 Day 4 Day 5
Chest - 4
Delts - 3
Triceps - 3
Thighs - 4
Back - 4
Hams - 3
Biceps - 3
Calves - 3
Chest - 4
Delts - 3
Triceps - 3
Thighs - 4
Back - 4
Hams - 3
Biceps - 3
Calves - 3

 

Day 3 and Day 6 & 7 are rest days.

You can plug this type of "stink training" into pretty much any program, though, so don't worry if this style isn't for you.

The core concept of forcing yourself to train your weakest links is really what I'm after here.

And I have to say, after doing this type of training a few times, I actually look forward to it. I go in knowing I'm going to stink at the exercises but I also go in knowing that because I hardly ever do those exercise, I'm going to gain strength in them pretty quickly. It's almost like being a beginner again...almost.

 

The key thing to realize (and to get over) is that you're going to look weak when you start training exclusively with the exercises you stink at.

It builds character...and it also builds a more complete physique.

 

 


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