🏋️‍♂️ 5 best upper-body workouts for huge gains

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Here’s what we’ve got for you today:

  • Which is better, massage guns or foam rollers?

  • 5 scorching upper-body workouts for strength and muscle gain.

  • 7 benefits of using the leg press.

Recovery

Massage Showdown

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Warm-ups and self-massages have come a long way from the days when people would try to grind out a knot in their back by leaning against the power rack like a bear scratching himself on a tree.

And while foam rollers have been a constant sight in gyms for decades, the humble massage gun has made a strong case for itself in recent years as the new Alpha in town. What are the differences between these two post-workout wonders, you might ask?

Each can soothe sore muscles or work out a knot before and after lifting weights, but sometimes, you can’t quite reach the affected muscle with the foam roller. Then again, accessibility and price can often work against massage guns. With so many pros and cons to deliberate, we examined both up close and personal to see which is right for you.

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Workouts

Beach Muscles

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To certain people, the upper body is the entire body when it comes to working out. Nobody admits to skipping leg day for the third time this month, but there isn’t a human alive who misses an opportunity to get an upper-body pump.

Doing a deep dive into working out your chest, shoulders, back, and arms results in a litany of rep schemes, branded workouts with capitalized names (so you know they’re good), and all kinds of advice from that dude at the gym who insists he knows the secrets of getting big.

To help you cut through the noise, we’re detailing the five best upper-body workouts for all types of gymgoers. And once you pick the right one for your goals, just follow our guidance for bigger gains.

Exercise Tips

Legs With Benefits

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When you see someone flaunting a pair of massive quads, you can bet they know their way around the leg press. It’s one of the go-to machines on leg day, allowing you to move obscene amounts of weight and providing tremendous benefits along the way.

The leg press is more beginner-friendly than the barbell squat and isolates the legs to a greater degree (and bigger legs mean a better life). If you aren’t training your legs hard with a leg press, this guide will help you discover the true joy of brutal lower-body training.

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Fixing That Jerk

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