Amongst all the exercises that I teach, there are TWO exercises that by themselves can give you a superior, butt kicking shoulder, core and abdominal workout like you’ve never gotten before – and cardio as well if you do ’em right.
Though I’d be lying to tell you that these two exercises are ALL you need in your routine, the fact is that you could do these two exercises as a mainstay of your routine (these two exercises, and their variants) – and get a rock solid, CORRUGATED core – shoulders like the proverbial boulders – as well as a cast iron grip – from THESE two exercises alone.
Done correctly, the entire routine (for these two exercises) shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes when you start out – and NOT more than 20 minutes or so tops even for advanced trainees.
What are they, you ask?
Well, the first exercise is the much vaunted (and IGNORED) hanging leg raise – an exercise I cover in Corrugated Core, and a few other courses – and an exercise that is worth its weight in gold, spades, money, mucho dinero – or what have you.
Quite literally, my friend – this ONE exercise is not just a core blaster par excellence – but a GRIP, shoulder and upper body builder like no other.
Form is crucial on this great exercise, though – and the way I’ve seen trainees pop these out galore is nothing short of horrifying in most cases, and the exact opposite of what you NEED to be doing.
Most trainees focus on getting the legs up there any which way possible, and while that is ONE part of it – it isn’t all by far, and if that is all you focus upon – you won’t get very far – or far at all in this exercise.
Truth is if that is all you focus upon – you might as well not DO this exercise.
Jaws drop in amazement when I tell people what part of their bodies they SHOULD be focusing upon during this exercise – but once people DO the exercise – they understand WHY I’m advising them to do what I am.
I’ve covered this in detail in Corrugated Core, of course (grab a copy HERE if you’re so inclined) – but for now, the other exercise, you ask?
Well, its an oldie but a goodie – the EXTENDED arm pushup – something covered in the 0 Excuses Fitness System, and an exercise that not only does what I’ve said above, but gives you excellent cardio if done right.
And again, the way most people approach this exercise is wrong.
You do NOT push up with your chest here. If anything, the forearms and LATS are what you need to be focusing upon during the movement – and if that sounds contradictory and confusion – well – I understand.
It’s supposed to be a pushup, I hear you say.
Well – it IS – and again, you’ll know what I mean when you DO them the way I’m advising you to to do here – and the way I’ve advised in the System.
Get good at these two exercises – or weave a workout all around them – and I guarantee you this – your core and lower back issues will be a thing of the past soon enough!
Out for now – I’ll be back later!
P.S. – I had a solid, keeping it real workout today – one straight out of the 0 Excuses Fitness System but modified slightly with the first exercise I’ve mentioned above. That’s what’s so great about this system – the workouts can literally be modified on the fly as it were. Find out more right here – – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/