Bench pressing is more than just getting under that bar, lifting it off, and praying you can get the weight back on the rack without embarrassing yourself. We’ve all been there and know that feeling. All it took was that one weight drop and feeling of helplessness that led many of us to learning how to bench properly. If you are looking to improve your bench press, these 7 tips will help you avoid injury, learn proper benching form, and increase your overall chest strength.
If you follow me on social media, you find out real quick that I am a full-fledged squat maniac. I squat every single day now and wholeheartedly believe in the benefits, whether it’s simply completing the challenge of it or the noteworthy strength gains I’ve made while getting leaner. But there’s always a way to up the ante, and I’ve tried to find a way to do that— even while maintaining my squat everyday mantra. How have I done it? Pause squats.
If you’re looking to fill out your arms, you obviously can’t neglect your triceps - they make up about 2/3 of your upper arm. We get it – biceps are the showcase muscle. But in order to build perfectly sculpted arms, you have to give equal time to your triceps.
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.
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.
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