Do you want to get stronger? In this video, I’m going to discuss the simplest way to do that by focusing on two things: compound movements and progressive overload. These two elements of a training program are particularly helpful for beginner lifters and will always serve as the basis of programming for even the more advanced lifter.
Compound movements are the lifts that allow us to incorporate the most muscles possible, thereby giving us the opportunity to move the most weight possible. By working multiple muscles at a time we’re able to get more bang for our buck by doing fewer exercises but also by allowing us to take advantage of the heavier weights we are able to lift.
To find the best compound exercises we don’t need to look any further than the tried and true staples. The bench press, overhead press, barbell row, weighted chin up, squat and deadlift.
These movements will allow you to move some serious weight and have you adding more and more weight to the bar with almost each and every workout. Just these few exercises will also train almost every muscle in your body, almost.
Make no mistake, these compound movements will definitely increase your strength, more so than perhaps any other, and they will make up the foundation of any serious training program, but they can also leave you lacking in many other areas.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t educate you on the areas of your training that you are overlooking by being singularly focused on just strength. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE fan of strength, in fact I’ve seen first hand how taking a genetically gifted athlete and doing nothing but making them stronger will help them rise to new heights.
Fact is, most of us are not genetically gifted athletes, we more often than not are sitting at a computer all day at work and being severely under stimulated physically outside of what we do in the gym. For these two reasons alone you need to make sure that strength is a foundational part of your training, but not the only part of your training. Never make yourself one dimensional.
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If you want to build incredible strength you better stop overlooking the smaller but no less important muscles in your workouts. In this video, I show you how not paying attention to the strength in your wrists, hands and forearms could be preventing you from making the gains you are seeking in the gym.
I show you ways to incorporate extra work for these weak areas into muscle groups and exercises that you are already performing. If you had to spend hours extra in the gym each week to try and fix these, you likely never would. As a result, you would never be as strong as you should be.
That said, if you are training your chest you likely are doing pushups at some point. Whether you are doing them as a finishing exercise or one of the main exercises in your chest workout there is a way to change them to make them more effective for your weak wrists or hands. Simply perform them as finger tip pushups if you need to increase your hand strength or as knuckle pushups if you want to increase the strength of your wrists.
Likewise on back training day you can extend a regular pullup beyond failure to get more work for your wrists and forearms. Simply hang from the bar on your very last rep for as long as you can. You will feel the burn travel through your hands and forearms as you work to increase your muscular endurance and improve your grip for the bigger exercises.
All of these benefits apply to other muscle groups as well. We cover the extended wrist position during dumbbell laterals and the tweak that you can make to deadlifts (not using straps) that will all help to increase your hand and grip strength without compromising the amount of time that you have to spend training each week.
The ATHLEAN-X Training System, found at http://athleanx.com is a program used by top professional athletes that cannot afford to overlook anything in their training. They get paid to be strong, fast and powerful. If you want to train like an athlete you can find start training with the same workouts and meal plans that they do today.
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