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Barbell Farmer’s Walk
Take your barbell beyond the bench press. This move is traditionally performed with a dumbbell or kettlebell, but using a barbell increases the challenge, says Gaddour. “Its length and inherent wobbliness create a lot more instability per unit of load to really smoke your grip muscles, shoulders, and core.”
Do It: Hold the bar by its center to the side of your body (like a suitcase). Walk forward as long as you can while holding the barbell then switch sides. If you can walk for longer than 60 seconds, use heavier weights.
Make It Harder: Hold the barbell overhead.
Just as with the barbell farmer’s walk, this exercise challenges your core stabilization due to the length and awkward weight distribution of the barbell, says Gaddour.
Do It: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Hold a barbell bar overhead at its center with both hands. The ends of the barbell should point in front and back of you. (When viewed from the side your body and the barbell should form a "T.") Quickly pass the barbell overhead, lifting it from shoulder to shoulder. Remember to keep a neutral spine, tight abs, and tight glutes.
Make It Harder: Stand in split-squat (or staggered) stance while performing the shouldering move.