Grab a stick and run through these quick drills to get your shoulders ready for heavy, safe lifting.
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Add a band and use a slow, controlled, partial range of motion to keep tension on the abs.
Improve upper back rotation and posture with this simple drill. Do 10 reps per side twice a day.
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This variation of the ab rollout is intense because you spend more time in the toughest part of the movement.
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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.
If you can do dozens of regular ab wheel rollouts, try this method for even better core strength.
Ditch the ab wheel and give this a shot. It's more challenging due to the increased range of motion.
Place a firm ball under the posterior delt. Lift the arm for 15 to 45 seconds.
For heavier face pulls, do them seated from a stable position to really build your upper back. Shoot for 6-10 reps.
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Keep these rules in mind for every lift and you'll make more gains and keep your joints healthy.
Increase starting strength with this lift. Bring the bar down controlled and rest it for a half-second without letting the bar sink. Accelerate with as much force and speed as possible.
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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.
This drill will help you with that slumped, kyphotic posture. Do about 10 reps in each position as often as you'd like.
Use this technique after tough workouts to calm the CNS and spark recovery.
Keep your neck and traps happy and prevent shoulder injuries with the yes/no stretch. Here's how to do it.
Add a band to your dumbbell flyes and pump out more gains.
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Fight perma-slouch by moving your thoracic spine into extension. Hang out in one spot for as long as you feel a stretch. As you feel it fade, shift the roller down your spine.