When you go to the gym, everyone has their own favorite exercises that they love to do. Maybe they make you feel stronger, but do they actually make you stronger or build you up? Perhaps, but we’re going to ask you to update your workout list and add a couple of exercises to make your workouts a lot more effective.
The Goblet Squat
Holding a kettlebell or a dumbbell in a goblet position and doing a squat is a great way to correct your form and is a great muscle-building movement. The counterbalance from the weight allows your hips to sink down as far as they can go. It’ll also make the squat more challenging without adding a whole lot of weight.
The Dumbbell Split Squat
Training both sides of your body at the same time, your dominate side naturally takes over and exaggerates strength unbalances. It will give you a good idea of what muscles are stronger, and which ones you should focus on.
The Hollow-Body Hold
The hollow-body hold is an exercise that will emphasize stability and is used by elite gymnastics to build core strength and endurance. You’ll develop a chiseled middle and will increase your gains at the gym.
Sprints are always brutal, but they will help your conditioning and let you lose pounds. If you’re looking to drop some weight, doing sprints before a workout is best.
Barbell Bent-Over Row
Leaning over a keyboard will make you look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. If you’re stuck in a job where you’re always sitting at a desk, this is the perfect one for you. Chest exercises make your posture even worse by pulling your shoulders forward. Balance these out with back exercises, and add some mass to your upper back and rear shoulders.