Let's continue with some more Triple Drop Pre-Exhaust ideas like I
mentioned in the previous two issues, but this time let's talk
about blasting your shoulders.
Pre-exhaust involves using an isolation exercise immediately before
a compound exercise to pre-fatigue the muscle without involving the
secondary muscle groups. For example, to pre-exhaust the pecs you
would do a set of pec-deck or lying dumbbell flyes to failure
immediately followed by flat or incline bench press.
The idea is this: The pec-deck or flyes works the pecs without
involving the delts or triceps. So although your pecs are fatigued,
your delts and tris are fresh so you can further blast your pecs by
doing a set of bench presses immediately after the pec-deck or
I like another technique that utilizes the pre-exhaust idea in a
different manner. In this issue let's use shoulders for example.
Pick an isolation exercise for the shoulders. I like side dumbbell
lateral raises. If you have access to the nautilus side lateral
machine then that's a good choice, too.
Select a weight that will allow you to complete 10 to 12 reps of
the side lateral raises in good form with the last rep being the
last one you can possibly complete without help. In other words, go
to temporary muscular failure. Immediately reduce the weight
approx. 30% and do another set without resting. Take that set to
failure for however many reps you can complete. Again immediately
reduce the weight approx. 30% and do a third set without resting.
Take this third set to failure for however many reps you can
Now rest about a minute and do a compound exercise for your
shoulders. Let's use seated dumbbell presses for this example.
Your shoulders should be fairly fatigued if you performed the side
lateral raises as intensely as I described.
Select a weight that allows you to complete 10 to 12 reps of the
seated dumbbell press to temporary muscular failure. The weight
you'll use will probably be significantly less than you normally
use because of the pre-exhaust we did on the side lateral raises.
Now just like on the side lateral raises, complete your first set
to failure then immediately reduce the weight approx. 30% and do a
second set without resting. Again immediately reduce the weight
approx. 30% and do a third set to failure without resting.
This is a pretty intense technique and should probably only be
utilized very sporadically. In fact, I would recommend waiting at
least 7 days before you train shoulders again after a session of
Triple Drop Pre-Exhaust.
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