Four unconventional exercises to try (and why)

Nice that you train regularly. However, if you’re bored with the same old-school exercises or want to try other methods of improving specific areas of your body, it may be time to try some more unconventional exercise routines. Here are four you could try.

1. The Cuban Press for Shoulder Strength

An excellent unconventional seated dumbbell press is known as the Cuban Press. It’s especially good for strengthening your shoulders. The combined shoulder and rotator cuff movement begins in a scarecrow position, making sure your arms are parallel to the floor and hanging straight down. You then just start with external rotation and then go straight to a shoulder press.

Make sure you are doing a smooth movement. The Cuban Press exercise is good for warming up your shoulders before moving on to more strenuous exercises, but it can also be effective after doing heavy presses for three sets and ten to fifteen reps.

2. The Tate Press for stronger triceps

If you’re looking to enlarge your triceps, basic workouts will only go so far. One of the lesser-known exercises that will help you get big arms is the Tate Press. It was developed by the respected powerlifter Dave Tate. While it may seem a bit counter-intuitive, especially if you’re used to doing close-grip bench presses, once you start doing this you’ll understand why it’s so good for building triceps mass. Quite simply, the Tate Press is one of the best superset arm workouts you can do. Follow these instructions:

  1. Lie on a flat bench or on the floor with dumbbells in each hand.
  2. Extend your arms across your chest much like you would do a flat dumbbell press.
  3. Point your elbows outward and bring your forearms towards your chest by bending your elbows.
  4. Raise your forearms back to their starting position and straighten your elbows.
  5. Repeat the exercise as often as appropriate for your individual fitness level and goals.

3. Candlesticks to strengthen your core

One of the best strength training exercises for your core is known as candlesticks. The exercise makes a great alternative or addition to sit ups, but running candlesticks is not the easiest exercise.

You start by standing up straight. Next, lower yourself into a crouch and then move down so that you are finally sitting on the floor and rolling on your back until your legs are pointing straight up in the air; Make sure your back is as straight as possible.

Your head and shoulders should rest on the floor, and your arms should be flat at your sides. Then gently lower yourself back down and roll into a crouch again. Finally, jump back into a standing position and repeat the exercise as often as possible.

4. The one-armed handstand to build arm and shoulder strength

Whether you are exercising to get healthier, build strength, or play sports, the good old-fashioned handstand is one of the best exercises to build strength and stability in your arms and shoulders, and to improve your blood circulation. However, you can go a step further by doing a one-arm handstand and then doing additional pushups in the position.

Start by doing two handstands with your back to the wall and two handstands with your face to the wall three times a week. As soon as you can hold the positions for more than thirty seconds, you can switch to the wall spot version and then to the free-standing position. Once you have mastered the freestanding handstand, you can move on to the one-armed handstand.

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