Tension builds muscle. Stop your reps just short of lockout if your main goal is hypertrophy. It's a good finisher after your full ROM sets.
An inflexible T-spine can lead to a host of problems. Get it moving right with this drill. Note the different arm positions.
The open grip and wrist position here allows for better pec isolation.
This simple drill takes care of a few different mobility issues.
Add a suspension trainer attachment to the cable machine to hit your back and rear delts in a new way.
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.
Go light, be meticulous with your form, and focus on contracting all the small muscles working in your upper back and shoulders.
Bring up your rear delts, rhomboids, and external rotators with this movement.
This exercise hits both the long and short heads of the biceps, which most biceps exercises can't do.
Without moving your hips back and forth, get a good stretch in the lats, then pull the bar into the lower abs.
Combine lat isolation, a long range of motion, and a good stretch and you get this great row variation.
Build your legs and challenge your anterior core strength and stability with this move.
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.
Suspension dips are easier on your shoulders. As a bonus, you'll get a better pec contraction compared to bar dips.
This is a hybrid between deadlifts and the traditional Olympic clean pull.
Master tension and build anti-rotation strength. Work up to 50 percent of bodyweight for 5-10 reps per side.
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.
This push-back variation focuses more on your delts than your chest.
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.
In one study, partial range of motion skull crushers triggered almost twice the muscle growth as full range of motion.
Is it really a bad exercise? That depends on your posture and your overall training history.
This is a great chest training alternative when your shoulders don't tolerate being loaded in the bottom position in a traditional bench press.
Use this style of bar when internal shoulder rotation is a limiting factor and regular benching is painful.
Shoulders banged up? Take a tip from top powerlifters and use a pad to reduce the tricky part of the range of motion.
Using a tight, controlled range of motion (reducing any leg kicking) forces your abs to do more work.