Deadlifts are one of the best ways to build the posterior chain, targeting everything from the upper traps down to the hamstrings. Bottom line - if you want to be build a big, powerful backside, you need to be doing deadlift variations regularly.
Here are four exercises that I do on every back day without fail. Keep in mind, I’ve trained back at least three days a week for the past two years. As always, you want to start with the minimum required volume to still achieve adaptation benchmarks.
Your biceps don’t just flex your elbow; they also are a supinator your forearm. So, if we want to achieve maximal biceps recruitment when performing bicep curls with either a dumbbell or cable, we must do so in a manner that involves both elbow flexion and forearm supination. This can be achieved by holding the handle in a unique way that you’re likely not currently doing.
The perfect combination for activating all of the upper arm muscles. You should try to do the exercise with a controlled velocity, but without “cheating” by swinging the hips to help thrust the weights upward. If you cannot maintain good form during the exercise, you should choose a lighter dumbbell.
Today, just about everyone, regardless of fitness level or chosen method of training, is doing abdominal planks, as everyone seems to understand and appreciate their benefits and practicality— planks require no equipment and are easy to learn. That said, there is still a large amount of room for improvement.
To be honest, I pride myself on being half nuts in the gym. My mindset constantly revolves around testing my limits, whether it’s getting ready to lift on the powerlifting platform or just getting as ripped as possible onstage. I’m not here to just hang out or adhere to the norm. There’s nothing that causes me to lose interest quicker than sticking with the status quo and going through the motions.
Perhaps the most likely body part to become stuck in a rut with is your chest. Flat bench, incline, decline and flyes. The same thing over and over and probably on Mondays, too. Get your head out of your ass and blow that shit up with something new and different but will still incorporate the basics to get the job done.
If you are looking to dig yourself out of your training rut with some new exercises you’ve never performed before, these 5 pressing movements are a great place to start. You can implement any of these movements into your press day, upper body day, or chest-only day to switch up your training and fire up some new, fresh strength gains.
There is a reason squats are commonly referred to as the King of All Exercises. Simply put, you can’t half-ass it once you get under that bar. If you’re looking to build lower body size and strength, the squat should be the foundation of your program.
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