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6 Exercises Missing From Your Workout (That Shouldn't Be) When most people finally get off their asses and hit the gym, their immediate thought is to do things they're the most comfortable with.

6 Exercises Missing From Your Workout (That Shouldn't Be)

A fan of running? Spend an obscene amount of hours on the treadmill to nowhere. Trying to squeeze your arms into extra small shirts? Head for the free weights and get cranking. Unfortunately, working out doesn't always mean doing things we enjoy, or are good at, for that matter. Your Secret Weapon for Pain-Free Muscle Growth. You might look like a beast grinding through heavy weight, but you're not doing yourself many favors in the hypertrophy department.

Your Secret Weapon for Pain-Free Muscle Growth

Pushing top-end weight with sub-optimal form may help you increase strength, but it won't maximize muscle growth. Performing a one-rep max has little benefit for hypertrophy because form and focus go out the window. As a result, you create little tension in the working muscle. 6 Plank Variations to Test Your Core Strength. Planks are effective for all athletes, regardless of age, gender, or level of athletic ability.

6 Plank Variations to Test Your Core Strength

The plank’s power to improve core strength and balance and develop better upper and mid-body static strength makes it an essential part of any serious fitness regimen. When performing the plank, it is crucial that you maintain proper form and technique. Improper form can not only lessen the effectiveness of the exercise, but may also cause injury. Here is what you should focus on: Relax your neck. Here are several things to avoid while performing the plank: Rocking or leaning to one side while holding the plank. How to Lose Belly Fat. Repeat after me: "crunches do not burn belly fat.

How to Lose Belly Fat

" And it's not just crunches. Neither will planks, leg throws, nor the yoga boat pose. How to Work Out at Your Desk. Ladies and gentlemen, 'deskercise' is a real thing and you should all be taking part.

How to Work Out at Your Desk

Most of us can agree that an average workday consists of being shackled to a desk for 8 to 10 hours, with most excuse for movement confined to walking to and from the kitchen to snag your third donut of the day. A Strategic Plan to Sculpt and Stretch Your Biceps. Why You Should Be Doing the One-Handed Hardstyle Swing. The one-handed Hardstyle swing is a great tool that builds explosive strength, powerful grip, and impressive glutes.

Why You Should Be Doing the One-Handed Hardstyle Swing

Although the same benefits can be found in heavy two-handed swings, the one-handed version amplifies muscle activation as the body needs to stabilize the off-center motion of the kettlebell. The Swing Is a Simple, but Multifunctional Tool There are numerous articles on Breaking Muscle describing the benefits of the Hardstyle kettlebell swing. Build Athleticism and a Superhero Body With Rest Pause Training. When we first take an interest in fitness, the most popular reason is to make changes to our physique.

Build Athleticism and a Superhero Body With Rest Pause Training

We crave strength. We crave athleticism. We crave feeling as invincible as we can be in our human form. The 5 Best Cardio Workouts That Don’t Involve Running. Cody Lee Jackson used selfies to attract young girls, including a 14-year-old who authorities say he kidnapped, raped, and impregnated—with help from his baby momma.

The 5 Best Cardio Workouts That Don’t Involve Running

A 20-year-old Ohio man abducted a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook, then repeatedly raped, abused, and later impregnated her—all while he was battling charges he kidnapped two other teens, authorities say. Federal agents arrested Cody Lee Jackson on Oct. 8 at a Greyhound bus station in Utah, where cops say he was on the lam. Jackson is charged with the production of child pornography and coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. 5 Fundamental Core and Abdominal Exercises for Beginners. The Drill That Fixes Tight Shoulders. 2.

The Drill That Fixes Tight Shoulders

Your elbows bend. 3. Your shoulders roll forward. If you answered yes to any of them, then you have limited mobility in your shoulders. Why that matters: When your shoulders are tight, you can’t get full range of motion during overhead exercises like military press, push press, pullup, and overhead squat. How Your Tight Hamstrings are Holding You Back in the Gym. (For more awesome fit tips sponsored by EAS, check out Next Top Trainer, a Men’s Health competition to find the country’s best fitness coach.) Your hips, knees, and lower back also suffer. These joints have to bail out your hamstrings and take on a bigger part of the workload than they normally would, increasing your risk of hip impingements, ligament tears, and disc bulges. Your fix: this hamstring mobilization drill, shown in the video above. Why You Should Perform Hanging Exercises at the Gym.

“That makes them great to do in-between or after compressive exercises like sitting, running, squatting, or deadlifting,” he explains. Hangs also improve overhead exercises like pullups, chinups, and presses. Plank Workout. Studies show that repeated bouts of shorter isometric holds can provide better quality muscular contractions, promote better form, and enhance performance. 5-Minute Workouts. While these routines provide a fast way to blast some calories and give you an effective dose of cardio training, the real benefit may be psychological. Research shows that when men skip a workout, there’s a 62 percent chance they’ll miss an exercise session the following week. So use these 5-minute fixes to keep your streak intact—even if you don’t have time for your entire workout. 1.

A Simple 10-Minute Workout for Desk Workers. Why You Should Train on the Floor. The Muscle Matrix Workout. How to Fix a Muscle Cramp. 5-Minute Workouts. Ab Exercises Without Equipment. Plank Workout. Do This Pec Stretch after You Bench Press. RELATED: Build Your Chest with Just 3 Exercises Here’s how to do it: Get into a pushup position, but place your hands on medicine balls, low steps, yoga blocks, or dumbbells. How Your Tight Hamstrings are Holding You Back in the Gym. The 5-Pound Dumbbell Exercise That Burns Fat and Calories. The Simple Rep Scheme That Can Help You Gain More Strength. How to Do it 1. Pick a lift from the list below. The Stretch That Loosens Your Quads and Hip Flexors.

5 Advanced Bodyweight Exercises to Build Whole Body Strength. A Simple 10-Minute Workout for Desk Workers.