Dumbbells aren't just for upper body lifts. Add variation to your lower body training with these kick-butt dumbbell exercises.
The clean high pull allows you to use heavier loads than the full clean because there's a lot less of that pesky technique stuff to learn.
Both strength sports feature barbells, plates, chalk, and plenty of sweat equity. But it's the differences between the two that are important to consider when deciding which sport to hang your weight belt on.
You often need specialized equipment to do the Olympic lifts, but that's not the case with these dumbbell variations.
You need to know right away that our athletes at the US Air Force Academy don't train as if they're preparing for a strongman competition. The concept of training specificity makes it clear there are few similarities between competing in a strongman competition and competing as a football, basketball, or hockey athlete.
You have a nearly unlimited list of exercises to choose from when designing a resistance training program. Narrowing that list down to the six or eight exercises that are going to make up the workout may seem like an impossible task. However, there are some guidelines you can rely on to help make this task less daunting.
The most underutilized pieces of equipment in most gyms are the dumbbells. Oh sure, you might see people pumping out a few sets of biceps curls, bench presses, or flyes, but in most gyms the dumbbell racks are primarily used as a place to lean against between sets of barbell squats or benches.
>As a collegiate S & C coach, I've noticed that an emphasis is being placed on strength and conditioning as a tool to enhance athletic performance. For example, in the last few years a majority of schools in the Mountain West Conference, including the Air Force Academy, have built new strength and conditioning facilities.