Aug 022014
 

Some good upper body combo exercises from Ben Bruno at T Nation to help pack on the mass!
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Here’s what you need to know…

 The problem with most combination exercises is that one of the exercises is significantly stronger than the other and you end up using less weight for it. These six combos solve that problem.

 Combination exercises can work well for packing on mass if both exercises are equally demanding so you don’t have to shortchange one for the sake of the other.

 Combos done in alternating fashion allow you to get more reps of each than if you were to use straight sets. Why? Because each muscle group gets a brief rest while you work the other.

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The problem with most combination exercises is that one of the exercises is usually significantly stronger than the other. This means when it comes to selecting a weight, you must choose according to the weaker exercise, which in turn means that you’re shortchanging the stronger exercise and not getting as much out of it as you could had you done it on its own. This isn’t as big of a deal if you’re just looking to do some lighter metabolic work, but if your goal is to build muscle, it’s not ideal.

So while I typically don’t like combination exercises for muscle building, they can work well if both exercises are equally demanding so you don’t have to shortchange one for the sake of the other. With that in mind, here are six great combination exercises to add muscle to your upper body.

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