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Exercises seem to come and go. One day everyone in the gym is doing a certain exercise then years later it changes. There are a few that in my opinion that have faded from use without much of a reason. Below is a list of some of these under-appreciated exercises.
DB Pullover. This exercise was used extensively during the golden age of bodybuilding. The pullover trains the lats, pecs, triceps, and even the abs. Grab a DB and do 4 sets of 10 and I promise you’ll be sore.
Floor Press. The floor press was a staple of bench training 15 years ago, it shows imbalances, removes legs from the lift, and build immense power at the bottom of the press. Also, try I t with dumbbells.
Front Squats. Front squats build everything. I do not know if there is an exercise that checks more boxes than the front squat. It’s great for mobility, strength, and a big from squat is impressive.
Running. It doesn’t matter if it’s jogging or sprinting. Get out and run. If preparing to lift then sprint, if looking for basic conditioning do some tempo runs, if you want health and to see the world more run a mile.
Carries. Farmer carries, waiter walks, single arm carries, overhead carries, and any variation you think of is good. Most lower body “unilateral” lifts are actual bi-lateral. Split squats and lunges are mainly bi-lateral. Walking with weight will force you to spend time on one leg. This will create a ton of stability and strength. So to start or end your lift, grab some weight and go for a walk.
This is a short list of awesome exercises. Give them a try and tell me if there is an exercise that you love that didn’t make the list then share that as well.