Some lifters like to make things as complicated as possible. Not Jim Wendler. The creator of the famed ‘5/3/1 Program,’ Wendler made his fame in the powerlifting community by utilizing totally basic exercises with very straightforward set and rep schemes. He called his approach “Boring But Big.” It looks dull on paper, but it kicks ass in the gym and produces results.
Fortunately, Wendler was much better at planning workouts than marketing them.
His approach is the inspiration for this chest workout, designed by Robert Ciresi, Jr., an ISSA-certified trainer and physique competitor. The exercises all look familiar, which is exactly the point, and there are no fancy rep schemes either. But you know what never goes out of style? Heavy sets of 10 reps on compound exercises. “This is a four- to six-week cycle that will produce muscle growth and strength,” says Ciresi, who trains out of A Taylored Body gym in Riverside, CA. “It’s tried-and true stuff—some good old-fashioned grunt work.”
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