3 Strength Training Exercises To Add to Your Routine
Are your current strength training workouts boring you? Try adding these 3 exercises to spice up your routine. These exercises will hit your muscles from different angles and add a bit of fun to your existing program.
With regards to any strength training routine, it is paramount that you change the types of exercises you do every 6 – 8 weeks. By performing exactly the same exercises week in week out for over 2 months, you will quickly hit a plateau and your muscular gains will suffer as a result.
You can break through any plateau you may experience, by making sure you change your strength workouts around at least every 2 months, by adding new exercises.
Let’s look at 3 strength training exercises that you’ve probably never heard of before.
This excellent exercise is designed to train your shoulder muscles for maximum strength. To perform the cuban press, hold dumbbells down by your sides making sure that your arms are straight.
Raise up the dumbbells as if you were performing an upright row, till your elbows are in line with your shoulders, externally rotate the arms so the elbows face towards the floor, then perform an overhead press.
This dynamic exercise essentially combines two very effective upper body movements – the upright row and the overhead press.
Seated Good Morning
This is another fantastic strength training exercise to spice up your workout routine. To perform a seated good morning, start by sitting on a flat bench whilst supporting a barbell across your back. From this point, lower your upper body towards the floor, until you begin to experience tension in your lower back. Make sure that you stay in control throughout the movement, lowering yourself to the point where you start to feel tension.
Pause in this position before pressing up to the starting position to make it a rep.
Heel touches are a great way to workout the core muscles. To do them, start by lying flat on the floor with your knees bent and feet placed firmly on the floor. Then place both of your arms down by your sides with your fingers fully stretched out.
The movement involves crunching upwards and slowly moving one hand and attempting to touch your toes as you contract your obliques. Once you have reached as far as you can go, you are going to repeat it on the other side. Repeat for as many reps as you wish, trying to avoid lying back down on the ground until you have completed the desired amount of reps.