A bar takes the ab rollout to the next level. Try a wide grip to hit the chest and shoulders as well as the abs. Have a super strong core? Narrow the grip.
Ditch the ab wheel and give this a shot. It's more challenging due to the increased range of motion.
For this upper-body warm-up, perform a barbell military press followed by an overhead shrug for 15 reps. Keep the arms locked. Focus on raising your shoulder girdle up and down.
Use this technique after tough workouts to calm the CNS and spark recovery.
Apply pressure against the rack throughout to really build the long head of the triceps.
Add a band to your dumbbell flyes and pump out more gains.
Prevent pulled hamstrings and strengthen your tendons and ligaments with this exercise.
Build and strengthen your entire posterior chain. Do this twice per week, 5 trips of 40 yards, bodyweight or close to it on the sled.
After your big lifts, finish off your lats and get a good stretch with this exercise.
Love deadlifts? Add this variation to your training. Here's how to do it and the benefits.
As if ab rollouts weren't hard enough, here's how to ramp up the intensity and effectiveness one more notch.
Hook your feet into the straps of a suspension trainer and get in a push-up position. Bring your knees in to your stomach while lifting the hips and crunching your abs. Extend back out to a full push-up position.
Add this simple technique fix to your push-ups and you'll get much better results.
These not only build your lats and arms, they feel better if you have achy wrists or shoulders. Warning: They're tougher than regular pull-ups.
Try wide dips using rings or other suspension devices. It's extremely tough, but safer for achy shoulders. And it really builds your chest.
If your goal with lunge variations is to build quads, keep your torso upright and take short steps. Tibia should be vertical.
Flyes using rings, TRX, or Blast Straps are highly effective, but you can make them even better by setting the rings further apart. This really scorches the pecs.
A forward lean on lunges increases the recruitment of the glutes and hamstrings. The dumbbells should be on the side of the front foot in the bottom position.
Build your stubborn hamstrings with two tricks: use a band to increase the intensity of the peak contraction, and point your toes on the negative.
Build explosive upper-body power with this exercise.
Thinking about adding some weightlifting to your program? Here's a quick overview of the split jerk.
Two great exercises for the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus, the forgotten glute muscles that are key to athletic performance.
This advanced plank variation will strengthen your core along with just about every muscle in your upper body. Give it a shot.
Move slowly through 2-3 rounds of 5 reps on each side to prep the shoulder before your next pull-emphasized training day that involves things like pull-ups.