Weight Training Tips
Take Your Lifting Routine to the Next Level
Notre Dame football, The Situation, and crunches. What do the three have in common? Besides making your stomach hurt, they're all overrated. Granted, the first is personal opinion, but the others? Not so much.
Take crunches: These ab exercises can give you visible results, but focusing primarily on them means your muscles are missing out.
You see, as a strength coach, I've noticed that most guys perform the same exercises—crunches, squats, bench presses, and seated shoulder presses—over and over. But when one of those guys tries a new exercise that works his body in a different way, he looks like he's never set foot in a gym. And that's what I like to see. Because where there is weakness, there is great opportunity—to build muscle.
So I've identified four superchallenging exercises designed to push even the most experienced lifter to new gains. Beware: These moves might force you to use beginners' weights. But don't sweat it. You'll be adding plates in no time—and you'll be more muscular. (Of course, you’ll likely need more than weights to pack on size—you’ll need smart meals, too. For that, read 8 Foods that Pack on Muscle.)