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The 5 Best Upper Body Exercises That You Are Not Doing!…

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Last updated on February 10th, 2019 at 09:14 pm

While there are a number of great upper body exercises out there that will surely help you reach your goals, such as:

Dips, bench presses, pull-ups, push-ups, dumbbell rows, overhead press, etc.

However, there is also a number of powerful exercises that can help you just as much, or more, that you won’t see being done at the gym as often (if at all) as the mainstream exercises.

These often overlooked exercises will help you sculpt your upper body and build the results you crave.

I think that all of you will agree with me when I say:
We all want a toned upper body section.

And it’s completely logical when you think about it – the upper body is where the majority of our aesthetic appeal comes from.

The shredded abs, the strong arms and shoulders, the impressive pecs, and of course the big back. They are all apart of the upper body.

Obviously, that doesn’t mean that the lower body is less important or that it should be neglected, but it simply explains why the majority of fitness enthusiasts strive to achieve perfection when it comes to their upper region.

Clearly, genetics play an important role in all of this. Some people are simply gifted, while others… not so much.

Does this necessarily mean that you’re stuck with an underdeveloped upper body for the rest of your life? Obviously no!

You just have to put in a little bit more effort.

This is exactly why I decided to introduce to you my:

5 Best Upper Body Exercises

That You’re Not Doing!

To help you add more variety to your workout plan and make sure that you maximize your muscle growth potential.

OK, enough chit-chat! Let’s dive in:

1. The Landmine Press

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Staggered stance (standard form) of the landmine press. Photo Credit: Muscleandfitness

There is a reason why the landmine press is first in our list of upper body exercises.

This often overlooked exercise is a great way to train your shoulders.

And due to its high variability it can also allow you to successfully integrate other muscle groups in the equation such as your abs, legs, triceps and upper-chest area.

What this means is that you can easily turn this exercise into an explosive compound-calorie-burning furnace. Or depending on your fitness goals you can alter the stance of the exercise so that you are applying more stress to other targeted muscle groups.

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Also, you are more likely to have fun and enjoy the exercise as you can easily change things up.

Another very important benefit is that because of its incline overhead angle the exercise is shoulder-friendly and will cause less harm than most mainstream ones.

The main disadvantage, however is that in order to properly perform the landmine press you require a certain set of equipment (called a landmine station). One that if not available at your gym will pretty much make it impossible for you to include this exercise in your arsenal.

It would be wise for me to say – Do NOT attempt to mimic the equipment of the landmine press like putting it against a wall or corner as you may end up hurting yourself.

I am speaking from personal experience here! So accessibility may be an issue.

However, if you are brave enough and want to do the exercise regardless of the lack of equipment do it right . Wrap a towel around the end of the barbell and wedge it into a corner on the floor.

Again, I strongly do NOT recommend you do that as the barbell might slip.

How to do it: Before I explain the intricate nature of the exercise it would be important to mention that I am focusing on its classic stance – the staggered stance.

I strongly recommend you check out Nick Tumminello’s “Ultimate guide to landmine presses where he comprehensively explains how to successfully perform all 7 different stances of the exercise!

Anyway, let’s continue:

Place one end of the barbell in a landmine holder/station. Hold the other end of the barbell in your hand at your shoulder with your mirrored foot forward – if you’re using your right hand put your left foot forward.

This is your starting position.

Press the barbell forward until your arm is almost straight – keep in mind that you don’t want your elbows to be fully locked out as that puts unnecessary tension on your elbow joints and takes away the muscle tension from your triceps and shoulder.

Rinse and repeat.

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