Dexter Jackson on turning negatives into positives
He started competing as a bantamweight. He turned pro, unceremoniously, as a light-heavy a dozen years ago at the North America. He didn’t win a pro show for another four years, but Dexter Jackson has done a lot of winning since then. Of current pros only Jay Cutler has more pro victories, and it’s a close race (Jackson has 12, Cutler 14). Both Mr. Olympias own three Arnold Classic trophies, a tie Jackson hopes to break on March 6 in Columbus, Ohio. As he preps for the Arnold, he highlights the negative halves of reps and serves up a chest routine that includes the slow, controlled reps he’s found so valuable in his journey from bantam to Mr. O to, perhaps, four-time Arnold champ.
DEX GOES NEGATIVE
“I wasn’t meant to be a big guy. The way I built my mass was by lifting heavy year-round. I also think it pays to focus on the negative. Never forget that lowering the weight is half the rep. Always control the weight on the negative half of a rep to stimulate maximum muscle growth. If you’re just lowering the weight in a hurry to build up momentum to push it up again, you’re really shortchanging yourself.”
DEXTER JACKSON’S CHEST ROUTINE
EXERCISE SETS REPS
Bench presses 4 10-6
Incline dumbbell presses 4 8-10
Dumbbell flyes 4 8-10
Cable crossovers 3 10-12
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