People these days are more concerned about their fitness and are making more of an effort to get in better shape than ever before. They workout hard and sweat for hours in order to achieve those perfect washboard abs and perfectly toned legs. They certainly don’t leave any stones unturned to achieve their ideal level of fitness. However, all these efforts might go in vain if something as simple as one’s posture isn’t correct, as this can lead to some serious injuries and sprains. So, here are some tips that will help you master your postures and build some serious muscle in no time.
Whether you’re trying to shed fat or build muscle, squats are the best way to go. No other exercise works better at stressing the quads, hams and glutes in one single movement. When you squat, your entire upper body is working to stabilize the weight. The muscles of the chest, shoulders, arms, back and abs all work together. It’s the best exercise to develop strength, stability and endurance while working the cardiovascular system as well.
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Well, there’s one exercise that is undoubtedly above the rest and it’s called deadlift. It’s one of the best compound exercises you can do to increase strength and muscle mass. It works virtually every muscle, with emphasis on the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus and most muscles of the back and the forearms.
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Bench Pressing is one of the best upper body exercises you can do because when performed properly, it trains not just the pectorals, but the shoulders, triceps, and even the legs. When bench pressing, lowering the bar quickly and without pause, then exploding the bar upward results in greater power gains than a slow descent followed by a pause and an explosive climb.
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The chin-up, along with its variations should be considered the “upper body squat”. If performed with a neutral or supinated grip, it is the foundational mass-building exercise for biceps and all the supportive upper back muscles.
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Are you looking to build strong shoulders, chest, and arms, while working the rest of your body as well? Well then look no further! Shoulder presses help improve deficiencies in your overall upper body strength, translating to improved numbers on the bench presses, chin-ups and more. When you are performing the shoulder press, you are using a lot more than three muscles to execute the lift.
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The Bent-Over Row is a great compound movement which incorporates the lats, rhomboids, rear delts and even the biceps. It is a good choice to ensure you are getting as much benefit out of your back-training as possible. It also improves muscle strength and endurance.
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Nailing a few deep dips with a ton of weight attached to you can be quite impressive. But rather than repping out with dips at the end of your workout, when your triceps and chest are completely exhausted, try kicking off your next workout with dips instead. This will improve your upper body strength (and size).
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On the surface, bicep curls may seem like a simple exercise, including motion, specifically at your elbows. However, the truth is that bicep curls involve multiple joints across your upper limbs and are a very complex exercise, which totally improves your ability to build muscles.
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The calves are one of the most challenging muscle groups in the body to build. They are tough, resilient and painful to work with. Full-range calf raises are a variation that combine two of the three basic movements for the calves! It’s an exercise that doesn’t require extra weight, yet still allows for very powerful stimulation of the calves.
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