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Tip: Forearm Flexor Mechanical Drop Set

With the same weight, do 8-10 Zottman curls, then 8-10 hammer curls, and finish with 8-10 alternating dumbbell curls.

Anti-rollouts

Tip: Anti-Rollouts

This resisted ab rollout variation, set up at a 45-degree angle to the band, trains anti-extension, anti-rotation, and anti-lateral flexion.

Tip: A New Way to Do Chest Dips

The pin dip variation will hit your pecs in a whole new way, plus it nails the traps and triceps. Check it out.

Tip: The Worst Time to Stretch

Here's when to stretch for best results, plus an overview of the targeted dynamic warm-up method.

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Tip: Triceps Thrasher Mechanical Drop Set

Using the same weight, do 10-12 reverse-grip extensions, then 10-12 overhead extensions, and finally rep out on triceps pressdowns.

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Tip: Stability Ball Ab Rollout

No ab wheel? No problem. Just use a stability ball. Also works great as a regressive exercise if the standard ab rollout is too tough for you.

Tip: Track Your Results or You Won't Get Results

Newbies and lifters who can't make gains anymore have something in common. Take a look.

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Tip: Biceps Bomb Mechanical Drop Set

Starting with a weight you can curl 12-15 times, do 8-10 reps on steep side of preacher bench, match those reps on the angled side, then stand and rep out.

Tip: How To Do a Handstand

It builds your shoulders and strengthens your core, but most of all it looks cool. Here's your step-by-step guide.

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Tip: Weight Plate Squeeze

Do this exercise before a chest workout to activate the pecs, or after a chest workout to really finish it off. Squeeze as hard as possible for 20 seconds per set.

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Tip: Landmine Rotational Press

Try this to improve lower body explosiveness, core stability, and upper body strength.

Tip: Rub This On For More Reps

This hot stuff increases workout performance. Here's how.

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Tip: Single-Legged Romanian Deadlift

Make the unilateral RDL work even better. Pull your toe towards you.

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Tip: Half Sit-Up Overhead Press

Lean back until the abs engage and perform overhead presses. This will really bring up your core strength.

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Tip: Half Sit-Up Overhead Front Raise

Take your core strength to the next level with this movement.

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Tip: Half Sit-Up Flye

Strengthen your core and get some isolation work for your pecs at the same time with this unique movement.

Tip: 4 Foam Roller Drills For Heavy Pressers

These upper body drills will get you ready to press heavy. Check 'em out.

The 5 Bad Habits of Weak Lifters

Sometimes success involves studying the habits of unsuccessful people and then doing the opposite. Here are five of their bad training habits.

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Tip: Half Sit-Up Press

Hit your chest and abs at the same time with this tough exercise.

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Tip: Alternating Dumbbell Press, From Bottom

Tension builds muscle and this variation provides a lot of tension on the pecs. Be sure the dumbbell held at the bottom doesn't rest against the body.

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Tip: The Overhead Squat

Overhead squats will improve your regular back squat technique and patterning.

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Tip: Alternating Dumbbell Press, From Top

Build your chest and enhance shoulder and elbow stability with this pressing variation. It'll even challenge your core.

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Tip: Decline Kettlebell Pullover

Use kettlebells and a decline bench for your pullovers to increase tension and range of motion.

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Tip: Reverse Lunge With a Hold

This variation hits the glutes and hams hard, and it's more knee-friendly than the forward lunge. Add an isometric hold on the last rep.