Chest Training with Victor Martinez

One of the most popular bodybuilders is older, wiser, and still a force in the pro ranks.



After warming up his pecs, from the upper chest to the outer sweep, Martinez is ready to move on to pressing. First stop is the incline bench for four sets of barbell presses. “I’ll start with one plate per side for 15, then work up to two plates, then three by the fourth set,” he explains before doing just that. “In the off-season, I’ll do three sets if I’m doing two incline exercises in the workout, or four if I’m doing just one.”

While today he’s without a training partner, he notes the last set is sometimes a drop. “It depends on how I’m feeling, how the workout is going,” he says. “If on the last set I was aiming for 10 to 12 reps and I only get seven to eight, I’ll drop the weight and do those final reps.”

He’ll also usually add a second incline exercise in the off-season, whether it’s on the Smith machine, where he’ll change up the angle sometimes and do 25 to 30 degrees, the stack machine, or the Hammer Strength incline press. “If I’m just doing one incline, I’ll do four sets, and if I’m doing two, I’ll do three sets each,” Martinez adds.


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