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Foam-roller-thoracic-spine-extension

Tip: Foam Roller Thoracic Spine Extension

An inflexible T-spine can lead to a host of problems. Get it moving right with this drill. Note the different arm positions.

The-kettlebell-flye

Tip: The Kettlebell Flye

The open grip and wrist position here allows for better pec isolation.

Spiderman-walk-with-thoracic-rotation

Tip: Spiderman Walk with Thoracic Rotation

This simple drill takes care of a few different mobility issues.

Cable-trx_reverse_flye

Tip: Cable/TRX Reverse Flye

Add a suspension trainer attachment to the cable machine to hit your back and rear delts in a new way.

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Tip: Standing Rotational Rope Row, Unilateral

Pittsburg Pirates outfielder, Austin Meadows, demonstrates this variation of the rope row. Note the hand rotation for more activation of the lats and upper back.

The-low-pulley-face-pull

Tip: The Low-Pulley Face Pull

Go light, be meticulous with your form, and focus on contracting all the small muscles working in your upper back and shoulders.

The-high-pulley-face-pull

Tip: The High-Pulley Face Pull

Bring up your rear delts, rhomboids, and external rotators with this movement.

Guillotine-high-cable-curl

Tip: Guillotine High Cable Curl

This exercise hits both the long and short heads of the biceps, which most biceps exercises can't do.

The-gironda-45-degree-row

Tip: The Gironda 45-Degree Row

Without moving your hips back and forth, get a good stretch in the lats, then pull the bar into the lower abs.

The-dante-row

Tip: The Dante Row

Combine lat isolation, a long range of motion, and a good stretch and you get this great row variation.

Two-kettlebell-front-squat

Tip: Two-Kettlebell Front Squat

Build your legs and challenge your anterior core strength and stability with this move.

Kettlebell_skater_squat

Tip: Kettlebell Skater Squat

If squats are causing you pain right now, you can still train your legs. This exercise will load the spine less and still blow up your legs.

Ring-suspension-trainer-dip

Tip: Ring Suspension-Trainer Dip

Suspension dips are easier on your shoulders. As a bonus, you'll get a better pec contraction compared to bar dips.

Olympic-deadlifts

Tip: Olympic Deadlift

This is a hybrid between deadlifts and the traditional Olympic clean pull.

One-arm_dumbbell_incline_press

Tip: One-Arm Dumbbell Incline Press

Master tension and build anti-rotation strength. Work up to 50 percent of bodyweight for 5-10 reps per side.

One-arm-push-up

Tip: One-Arm Push-Up

Test your upper-body strength in a new way and develop control and stability. Work up to doing at least 5 solid reps per side.

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Tip: The Shoulder Push-Up

This push-back variation focuses more on your delts than your chest.

Hands-free-front-squats

Tip: Hands-Free Front Squat

This lift is a teaching tool. It helps you find the sweet spot for bar placement on regular front squats, and it teaches you to keep the elbows high.

Partial-rom-vs-full-rom-triceps-extensions

Tip: Partial ROM vs. Full ROM Triceps Extensions

In one study, partial range of motion skull crushers triggered almost twice the muscle growth as full range of motion.

Posture_and_the_behind-the-neck_press

Tip: Posture and the Behind-the-Neck Press

Is it really a bad exercise? That depends on your posture and your overall training history.

Chain-press

Tip: The Chain Press

This is a great chest training alternative when your shoulders don't tolerate being loaded in the bottom position in a traditional bench press.

Neutral-grip-bench-press

Tip: Neutral Grip Bench Press

Use this style of bar when internal shoulder rotation is a limiting factor and regular benching is painful.

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Tip: Bench Press With Shoulder-Saver Pad

Shoulders banged up? Take a tip from top powerlifters and use a pad to reduce the tricky part of the range of motion.

Reverse-crunch_-correct-form

Tip: Reverse Crunch, Correct Form

Using a tight, controlled range of motion (reducing any leg kicking) forces your abs to do more work.

Hanging-led-raise_-proper-form

Tip: Hanging Leg Raise, Proper Form

For this exercise, a short range of motion is superior. If you knees/legs go too far down, it just becomes a hip flexor exercise.