My recovery week is almost up, and I’m about to start a 3-day a week total body program (xxAxBxA - xxBxAxB), and workout A has pull-ups and dips as the big compound back and chest exercises. I’m 17 and new to training so I’ll be doing a 3 x 8 scheme, working on contracting the muscle as fast as possible, and releasing it in a controlled fashion (usually it’s about 3 seconds, I really don’t count, I just try to do it in a controlled, steady, fashion).
Now there is no way I can do 3 x 8 sets of bodyweight chins and dips, and the assisted machine at my gym is horrible for a lot of reasons. Would it be OK if I did as many sets/reps with my bodyweight as possible, and for the remaining sets and reps, I only did the eccentric (lowering?) portion of the lift (jumping off a bench or with a partner or w/e)?
I’m also wondering, since we’re here, the B workout has antagonistic BP + bent-over rows as the chest and back exercise, so would it be at all beneficial to do neutral-grip chins with the dips? Or will that really not matter at all?
Stats, if they matter:
age - 17
bw - 155 lbs
bf - ~11%
body type - ecto-mesomorph (skinny, hard to gain/lose weight, but very defined muscles regardless of how skinny I am)
Thanks a ton.