Heavy incline barbell presses are a well-known chest-builder, but they can be dangerous if you are training alone. Done in the Smith machine, they will hit your upper pecs through a full range of motion with less risk of injury. You can work in some partials to train weaker parts of the movement. Finish off with a set of incline presses with a huge drop set, removing plates and getting right back under the bar each time you hit failure. This technique flushes the muscle with blood and takes you well past failure. Partials and drops on the incline Smith should help your chest a great deal.
Here are four exercises which will help you to reap the benefits of unilateral training.
Chest: One-Arm Dumbbell Press
You have to balance yourself, so the press becomes more challenging. It requires a lot of concentration and may be slower, depending on the weight you are using.
Back: Single-Arm Lat Pulldown
Grasp the handle with an underhand grip and bring it straight down in front of your face. The movement is effective because you get a great stretch on the lats at the top. It is better than a two-handed pulldown.
Shoulders: Single-Arm Machine Press
You are going over your head in what is usually an unstable movement, so you will lift significantly more weight with the added control the machine offers. Doing this exercise with one hand will give you a really good burn.
Legs: Smith-Machine Bulgarian Squat
With one foot on a flat bench behind you, squat on one leg. This technique gives a deep stretch to the glutes of the working leg and grows your legs in a way dual-leg training can’t.
Barbell Rows – 5 sets, 10-12 reps
Seated Cable Rows – 4 sets, 10-12 reps
Lever Machine Pulldowns – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
Wide-Grip Pulldowns – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
Deadlifts – 4 sets, 6-12 reps
Barbell Rows – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
T-bar Rows – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
One-arm Dumbbell Rows – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
Here is a workout which focuses on the arms. This workout will leave you with a pump.
Concentration Curls – 5-6 sets, 12 reps
Wide-Grip Barbell Curls – 5 sets, 12 reps
Hammer Curls – 5 sets, 12 reps
Standing Bent-Over Concentration Curls – 5 sets, 12 reps.
One-Arm Overhead Extension – 5-6 sets, 12 reps
Pressdown – 5 sets, 12 reps
One-Arm Pressdown – 5 sets, 12 reps
Rope Pressdown – 5 sets, 12-15 reps