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Here’s what’s going on in today’s edition:
Do these core exercises to get a bigger squat
A breakdown of the close-grip bench press
The best exercises for taller athletes
You know core training. You need core training. You know you need core training. So why are you always skipping out on it? (Especially when it’s so important to your major lifts.)
If you want to improve your squat and deadlift, you need to first increase your core strength. Sure, you can hit a couple of crunches and go home to pound a six-pack, or you can do the six core movements in the article below and smash some PRs.
If you feel like you have to lie on your back to train your core, why not grab a kettlebell and do some dead bug pullovers? If you’re a little braver and are willing to stand up, the Pallof press can be a game-changer. Your days of having a weak midsection and stalled-out squats can soon be behind you, but only if you establish a strong core.
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Up Close and Personal
At every gym in America, the bench press stands alone as a golden idol. A veritable shrine where libations of mixed pre-workout are made to the glory of the gains gods.
Yet very few worshippers ever bring their hands in a few inches on the bar and incur the beautiful triceps burn that a narrower grip is known for. If that sounds like you, it’s time you learn the secrets of the close-grip bench press.
Shifting the pressure of the bar off the chest and shoulders and onto the triceps is deceptively simple, but the results are anything but easy. That said, this move can be the miracle your triceps have needed. So grab your wraps, plop down, and get ready to press like you’ve never pressed before.
Tall Glass of Water
In the gym, leverage is key, and moving your center of gravity upward, even a few inches, can create inefficiencies. Tall people need not give up any ground to their short-to-average friends, but they might just need to focus on these seven exercises specifically for the height-developed.
For example, being farther away from the ground presents challenges when deadlifting, which is why the sumo deadlift can be so clutch (having access to a hex bar can do the same thing). Likewise, reducing the absolute range of motion by converting the bench press to a floor press can take some pressure off of long levers. If you know it’s raining before anybody else, these exercises are going to be tailor-made for you.
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