Tip: Do Clap Push-Ups Before Heavy Chest Work

A few sets of these after your warm-up and before doing your main chest exercises fires up the CNS and improves muscle fiber recruitment.

To build muscle, the nervous system needs to fire at full speed to maximize fast-twitch muscle fiber recruitment. After all, you can't train the muscle fibers that aren't "turned on."

Adding an explosive component to your chest training, like the clap push-up, improves muscle fiber recruitment for the rest of your workout. The more muscle fibers we stimulate in training, the greater the growth potential from a workout.

Focus on generating as much power as possible on each rep. Do 3 sets of 5-8 reps before your primary chest exercises.

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