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Tip: The Single-Arm Reverse Crossover

This movement looks like a rear delt exercise, and it is. But it's also a powerful anti-rotation core exercise.

Tip: The Fat That Makes You Smarter

Studies agree that excess body fat lowers intelligence, but eating a certain kind of fat can increase it. Info here.

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Tip: 3 Exercise Shoulder Circuit

Perform 3 sets x 10-15 reps each of front raise, lateral raise, and bentover rear lateral raise. No rest between exercises.

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Tip: Floor Pressing 101

Use this accessory exercise if you're having trouble locking out your standard bench press.

Tip: Two Quick Tips for Better Benching

Remember these cues the next time you bench press and you'll get a better workout.

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Tip: 3-Way Ankle Joint Mobilization

If you ankle mobility issues are joint related, try this mobility technique.

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Tip: Bi-Phasic Stretching For The Calves

Got restricted calves and ankles? Do this after your foam rolling and soft tissue work.

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Tip: Soft Tissue Techniques For The Calves

If you have squat-wrecking ankle mobility issues that are soft tissue related, try this.

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Tip: Half-Kneeling Dorsiflexion Range of Motion Screen

Got an ugly squat? It could be your ankle mobility. Here's how to test it.

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Tip: Upper Body Sled Pull Variations

It's not just for legs and lungs. Try these sled exercises for upper body activation.

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Tip: Corrective Complex, Pecs

Sequence these corrective drills in this order before your next chest day and get a better workout.

Tip: Pain vs. Discomfort vs. Progress

A smart lifter knows he has to get out of his comfort zone, but the wise lifter also knows to avoid pain. Here's the difference.

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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.

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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.

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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: Slow Motion Pull-Ups

These increase tension and build a strong mind-muscle connection. Shoot for no more than 5 reps per set. If you can get more, go slower.

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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.

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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: 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: Incline Kettlebell Skull Crusher

Using 120 percent of your 1RM skull crusher, lower the KBs slowly, switch angles to an incline press, and press back to the top.