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Reverse Flys Help Bench?

Anyone try this technique? He claims it will keep lactic acid out of the pecs during bench…

This is the whole philosophy behind super-setting two antagonistic body parts… Say Bi and tri.

It has validity physiologically (although i am not so sure it is for the reasons he stated [lactic acid]).

I would much prefer to do as he suggested and do some lighter/isolation work for the opposite group than splice a full, heavy, free weight workout (as in Chest and Back for example), as find that the intensity level - read: tissue stress - that is achieved with 9 sets for that particular body part, is much greater than when those sets are broken up with work on an opposing muscle group.

[quote]J-J wrote:
This is the whole philosophy behind super-setting two antagonistic body parts… Say Bi and tri.

It has validity physiologically (although i am not so sure it is for the reasons he stated [lactic acid]).

I would much prefer to do as he suggested and do some lighter/isolation work for the opposite group than splice a full, heavy, free weight workout (as in Chest and Back for example), as find that the intensity level - read: tissue stress - that is achieved with 9 sets for that particular body part, is much greater than when those sets are broken up with work on an opposing muscle group.[/quote]

well said, thanks

Even better than rear delt flyes or laterals are face pulls. Face pulls aren’t super heavy duty [addressing JJ’s concern] but they are certainly the almost perfect anatagonistic movement to a chest press. In half my chest workouts I do a set of face pulls in between every set of chest press.

[quote]younggully wrote:
Anyone try this technique? He claims it will keep lactic acid out of the pecs during bench…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qfMyyuotrc [/quote]

What he’s saying is idiotic at best. Alternating exercise has it’s place for sure, but the reasons he gives are utter non-sense.

Lactic acid doesn’t exist in the human body. If he’s talking about lactate, then it’s still wrong to say that you can “move” it from front to rear.
Also, depending on the duration of the exercise, there probably won’t even be any lactate to begin with. It’s probably NOT the limiting factor in that case.