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Instead of placing your back foot on a bench, use a surface that's mid-shin height. Much better for your lower back.

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Tip: Bulgarian Split Squat, Drop Set With Iso-Holds

Try this brutal leg training technique that painfully blends unilateral training, drop sets, and isometric holds.

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Tip: Upgraded Stir-the-Pot

This is becoming a popular core exercise. Make it tougher by using a semi-circular motion instead of full circles. Keeps more tension on the abs.

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Tip: Ab Mat Bench Press

Bench heavy even if your lower back is acting up. Just use an ab mat to support the natural curve of your spine.

Tip: Build Your Back With Bodyweight

Pull yourself up and build a huge back. Master your own bodyweight with this mechanical drop set.

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Tip: Side and Overhead Banded Pallof Press

Add these anti-rotational exercises to your core training plan.

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Tip: Medicine Ball Rotational Throw Drills

Prime the central nervous system and hone your rotational power-skill.

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Tip: The Single-Arm Bench Press

To bench a lot of weight, you need full-body tension. This exercise helps you build it. Work toward getting 5 reps with 100 pounds.

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Tip: Two Tips for Better Pull-Ups

Get more lat recruitment from chin-ups and pull-ups with these cues: 1. Chest to bar. 2. Squeeze a tennis ball between your shoulder blades.

Tip: Lifters Were Stronger 30 Years Ago

The numbers prove that old-time training methods work the best. Here's what you need to know.

Tip: Improve Your Deadlift, Spare Your Low Back

This primer superset teaches you to deadlift correctly, allows your CNS to recover, and it's easy on your aching joints. Check it out.

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Tip: The Stability Ball Crunch

Keep tension on the abs at all times. If the ball moves, your abs aren't doing as much work.

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Tip: Inverted X Rows

With this tougher variation of the inverted row, you'll get a massive contraction in the back muscles. Give it a shot.

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Tip: Band-Resisted Trap Bar Rows

Adding bands to trap bar rows increases the tension at the top, frying your lats and upper back... in a good way.

Tip: Do the Chop & Lift for a Powerful Core

Use time under tension and these exercises to build core strength that transfers into real-world athleticism.

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Tip: Fly Away Ring Chin-Ups

The subtle shift in hand and arm position on the lowering phase will crank up the challenge and the strength and muscle gains.

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Tip: The Rusin Shoulder Warm-Up

Prepare your shoulders for heavy lifting with this tri-set.

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Tip: Blackburns

Strengthen your posterior chain and improve shoulder mobility with this unique exercise.

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Tip: Seated Snatches

Light up your traps and delts with this simplified variation of the barbell snatch.

Tip: Do Your Workout Backwards

Tomorrow, do your workout as planned but reverse the order of the exercises. Here's why.

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Tip: Plank Chin-Ups

Good at chin-ups? Nice. Now try this. Keep your body straight and touch your sternum to the bar.

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Tip: The Y Press

Hit those neglected lateral delts with this press variation. Note the change in hand position as you lift. Pause at the top for the best results.

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Tip: The 5-Angle Flye

Nail every fiber of your chest with one exercise. Just change the angle once you fatigue in one position and extend the TUT.

Tip: Squat This Far Down for Best Results

Looks like partials aren’t so bad after all. Here’s how and why you should start adding them to your squats.

7 Smarter Exercises for Delts, Abs & Legs

Here's how to upgrade some of your favorite exercises to make them even more effective.