3 Underrated Exercises You Should Be Doing! | STOP FORGETTING THESE!

Whether your goal is to gain muscle shred fat or build strength the majority of your efforts in the gym should be focused around a Heavy compound movement, and progressive overload that’s where 95% of your results going to come from and I’m not here to bullshit you guys with three weird exercises you’ve never heard before that probably will make any difference in your overall physique to begin with Instead what I want to do is address three major compound movements that are often underutilized And will help you not only build size and strength, but can also correct muscle imbalances and prevent injuries so if you like, what you hear And smash that like button and let’s get started the first exercise is the reverse grip barbell bench press The upper chest is usually a stubborn area to grow for a lot of guys and most people usually go for an incline bench press variation to try to improve this area But is this your best option and the answer is no in fact a far superior Option is the reverse barbell bench press And you can do it either on a flat or inCline bench This is because the mechanics of this exercise make it very effective at targeting the upper chest even when you’re using the flat variation because with your hands reverse on the barbell to Focus a resistance will ship from your front delts to your upper chest in fact if you’re interested in a more In-depth comparison of why the reverse press works better than an incline press you can check out my verses video? I did in this topic later It actually goes over the mechanics of both exercises and clearly demonstrates which one you should be focusing on But the main reason why you should include this exercise in your program becomes very apparent when you examine the anatomy of the human body any Standard grip press including the incline barbell press will place your shoulders in an internally rotated position Which is a vulnerable position for the shoulder joints to be in Especially if you’re not retracting your scapula before the start of every set even with proper form guides It can still become an issue with lifting super heavy weight if your form begins to break down But with the reverse grip bench press your shoulders are externally rotated which is a far superior Position to be in when benching this means the joints are more open and less cramped up which greatly reduces the chance for shoulder impingement or an ACL injury So if you can perform an exercise like the reverse grip bench press which is more effective [than] [the] incline bench press But with less risk of injury why wouldn’t you do it? All right guys now I want to go over proper form for this exercise And you’re basically going [to] get set up the same exact way you would [for] a regular bench press You want to make sure you’re retracting your shoulder blades and keeping them down and back so what I like to do is Satya And then basically slide myself down the bench to make sure my shoulder blades are retracted as much as possible Keep a slight arch in your back. I like to stick [my] knees out flex your glutes Can also keep your core flexed love the entire movement as well once you’re in place? You’re going to grab the barbell with your hands outside of shoulder width so you’re not grabbing here You’re grabbing here and obviously your palms are facing your face because using a reverse grip on the movement Once it’s a position you can have a spot or help you if you have a hard time on racking the barbell But you should be able to do it on your own you [just] going to pick it up Just like this, and then once you’re in place. You’re going to lower it down Just below the bottom of your chest and then press it back up return to the static position And this is how you perform the barbell reverse grip bench press now. There are a few things I want you guys to keep in mind when you’re doing this you want to keep the barbell within this plane of motion So you want to go a straight line from the bottom of your chest? Pushing straight to the ceiling you don’t want to bring it down to the bottom of your chest and then press it up And over your face and bring the weight [over] your shoulders Okay, you want to feel a nice high chest contraction But you want to keep the barbell over your chest not over your shoulders also a lot of people complain about wrist pain when they do this Usually wrist pain happens because your elbows start to flare out like this as you begin to fatigue or you’re just not paying attention So in order to Avoid pain. You’re [guess] what you’re actually going to do is take your elbows And you’re going to twist them in as much as you can [so] [as] you come down Twist them in and push them into your torso and as you go up make sure they’re still staying twist it in So that you can perform the movement without wrist pain and also guys if you’re going to do this on incline as well you can and you’re going to setup the same exact way you would for a regular Incline press so about a 45 degree incline on the bench and then use the same exact form I just showed you guys Except you’re not going to be bringing the barbell down underneath your chest It’s going to be more about mid chest or on the upper portion of the pectorals as you perform each repetition Again keep those elbows twisted in so you don’t have any wrist pain and make sure you’re pressing straight up Flexing squeezing your chest as high as you can on every single repetition Also guys I know some of you are going to ask if you can use dumbbells for this movement and to be honest I would Stay away from them put the reverse grip bench press to target the upper chest you need to have a wide grip and for most people [as] Soon as fatigue starts to set in with the dumbbells you can’t really hold them wide enough to Overload the chest with heavy weight and the movement becomes more of a tricep press Next is the dumbbell lat pull over now while the majority of your back size and strength is going to come from Exercises like deadlifts rows and pull-ups your workout should always include a pullover type exercise Such as the dumbbell pullover or similar versions this exercise Which is a cable push down now despite being a compound movement The Dumbbell pullover is going to heavily focus on your lap and more specifically it will emphasize back with so if you already have some thickness going on, but you’re interested in more with Pullover should be a staple in your back workout, but if you want to include pullovers in your back workouts You should know exactly how to perform them because depending on the actual form use you can end up training your chest or Not target the last as high as you potentially could so first things first guys you’re going to lay flat On a bench now you will see people in the gym laying off the side of the bench like this to perform the movement But you do not need to lay this way to maximize the exercise in fact you’ll be actually able to better Maximize the movement to hit your last or chest even hotter when performing this exercise by laying on the bench the flat way because you’ll be [able] to maintain a Stronger core because it’s resting on the bench the entire time your feet are planted on the ground and your whole upper body is stable Allowing you to focus on just moving your arms behind your head and then back over your chest so in order to do this movement Properly to make sure all the resistance is going into your lap and not your chest what you’re going to do is Lay down like I just said Retract your shoulder blades. So make sure you retract your scapula, and then I like to basically position myself the same way I would be if I was benching so my glutes are flexed my core is tight have a slight arch in my back and then when you lower the dumbbell You basically want to lower it so that the dumbbell stays as close to your head as [possible] And you’re basically flaring your elbows out as much as you can while you lower the weight so like this [turn] keep the dumbbells close to your head as you can Flare those elbows out and as you get to about here You should really start to feel some ripping through those lats And you’ll feel it continuously as you bring the dumbbell down as low as you can now I have really healthy shoulder mobility So I can actually bring this dumbbell all the way down once you reach the floor you’re going to bring it back up But again keep the dumbbell as close to your head as possible and keep [those] elbows flared out So I’ll show you guys again This is the starting position [fly] those elbows out feel the flat stretch and pull Come back as far [as] you can just like this go as low as you can and then return back To the starting [position] and we’ll do one more repetition Come back keep that dumbbell as close to your head as you can flare those elbows out really feel those lats pull and then return back to the starting position and Complete for all the repetitions that you’re doing in your set now if you want to gain more of an understanding of how to utilize this exercise for your chest [I] will link you to my comparison video down in the info section below and lastly guys Remember that this is an excellent movement to include in your workouts if your shoulder mobility needs improving as well as it provides extreme shoulder extension Successfully mobilizing the joint and improved shoulder [expansion] can help with squats? overhead presses pull-ups And of course your everyday posture the third and final exercise is the barbell glute bridge now I notice a lot of dudes are usually not too fond of this exercise And I can’t understand why aside from building bigger and stronger glutes if you’re looking for more Explosive power through your hips to increase your squat and deadlift then this exercise should be a staple [in] your weekly routines Most people especially women who want to target their glutes usually use some sort of glute, Kickback Machine or even do goop kickbacks with their bodyweight extending one leg into the air at a time. This is not How you progressively overload your muscles for Growth? And it’s definitely not how you get the best results remember that your glutes are powerful explosive muscles and need to be trained with intensity and Finally for those of you with hip or lower back pain who might have a slight case of anterior pelvic tilt This exercise will work wonders for you and this is because it will force your glutes to work synergistically with your hamstrings and abs and this is exactly how you correct a Pt. All right so before I show you guys proper form with this movement. [I] do have a few things I really want you [to] take home so that you don’t mess it up And if you’re a woman watching this video make sure you pay attention because 99% of the women in my gym do this exercise incorrectly It’s like they go for speed and weight versus proper form and they never really get that glute activation That they’re looking for because they do this one mistake right here And that mistake is they do not flex their glutes and hyper extend their hips at the top of the movement now I’m going to do this standing It’s going to look a little weird so just bear with me, but you mostly see people this exercise in the gym So they’re like butts on the floor and they kind of do this and the [legs] never really go straight and their hips never lock out on Every single repetition of the bottle glute bridge you need to flex your glutes as high as you can like Squeeze your cheeks so hard together you can’t even get your finger in there, [and] that sounds weird But that’s exactly how you need to feel when doing this exercise All right You’re going to squeeze your butt cheeks as hard as you can and you’re going to hyper extend your hips Forward so you have to have this [hyperextension] at the top or else you’re falling short And you’re not maximizing the [benefits] of the exercise and the other thing I want to say is you can put a pad across this barbell to do this movement. I Personally don’t like using one And I’ve gone as heavy as four hundred five hundred pounds without a pad if you find the sweet spot on Your hips which is usually about right here? obviously you’re going to feel it a little bit But it’s really not that painful [if] you have the barbell in the wrong place Then you know it’s going to you’re going to feel it because it’s going to hurt So for me in order to maximize this exercise and do it right I like not having the pad because it forces me to make sure I have the bible in the correct position so to [get] into place as you guys can see I just sat down on the ground [I’m] going to roll the barbell over my legs, so you can go like this And then roll it to you or get into like I just did and you want to try to already kind of center yourself on the barbell and then from here you [want] to get your heels as Close to your glutes as possible the closer your heels to your butt the more pushing power You’re going to have with your hips if your feet are out here You’re going to have a really hard time lifting a lot of weight with this exercise, okay? And you’re definitely going to have a hard time Locking out your hips at the top and hyper extending through while squeezing your glutes together so lay down on the ground now [I] like to grab my shoes kind of like this And then pull them in as close as I [can] to my butt and then once in place I roll the bar forward and then I’m not just holding it like this [I’m] actually going to push the barbell into my hips so locks into place into that sweet spot [I] was just telling you about that once everything is in place are you going to do from [here] is push through your heels and extend your hips to the ceiling and then [one] tear here You’re going to make sure you flex those glutes and hyper extend your hips up as high as you can Bring it back down or turn to the static position And then push back up like this and repeat for reps And if you have to reset after a few reps because you’re sliding on the floor. That’s okay Just let go adjust let your feet are close to your glute on each side Get back into position and then start again all the way up all the way down Another trick you can do if you have a workout [patna] or if you can just find someone is you can literally have them Stand like this, so your head is right here granted It’s not the most flattering angle some to be standing in but if they stand like this And you have your shoulders [press] up against the heels of their shoes it will prevent you from sliding across the floor especially if you’re using a lot of weight So there you have it guys three exercises that you should definitely start incorporating into your workouts and if you need help incorporating them into your current program make a free profile on my website muscularstrength.com and Post your questions and our forums be sure to smash that like button Subscribe if you haven’t already and as always more good stuff coming soon. See you guys

100 thoughts on “3 Underrated Exercises You Should Be Doing! | STOP FORGETTING THESE!

  1. Everyone is always trying to come up with "secret exercises" we've never heard of. Well, you HAVE heard of these.. but just probably didn't know why they are so kick ass! 💪 CLICK THAT NOTIFICATION BELL SO YOU NEVER MISS AN UPLOAD!
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  2. Oh my god, please stop saying that "smash that like button" and "click that notification bell so you never miss an upload", it hurts more than a gym injury D: You're already in my daily videos to watch lol, and watch more than one a time, so it gets kind of anoying, i understand why you do it, stupid youtube. So i forgive you, keep the good info flowing, cheers!

  3. Honestly, i study like i never do before:) taking notes, downloading vids. watching over and over and learning new stuff… gaining more muscle… i've learnt a lot from u bro… thanks for that! Also, even though i've been training more than 10 years… youtube made great difference and u are one of that heros for me… As an 31 years old guy i'd like to thank you! Loves from Turkish Republic…

  4. Bro I hate unracking it and holding the bar in that position I feel like my wrist are gonna snap but my wrist are small I think I just got pussy wrists lmao

  5. Reverse grip bench uses an unnatural weight distribution and has a much higher propensity to injury, especially with weight above 45 lbs.Not smart Scott!

  6. what are your thoughts on doing the barbell glute bridge with your upper back up on a bench? ass down to the floor, thrust up to extension, back down

  7. He has a thick Boston accent and his wife has a thick Latino accent. I can't wait for his kids to start making videos.

  8. I can't help but notice how Scott and Andrew Price – the blender guru have a similar accent if you don't believe me listen to Andrew Price

  9. Wow Scott, thanks so much for this video! I learnt a lot of very well put and useful information. Have a great day!

  10. I have fat on just hips
    I don't want to increase size because. i am pretty strong

    Give exercise to reduce hip area
    It is very important sir

  11. Amazing video Scott. Your videos always include the traditional exercises but also new ones like these. Brilliant explanation of movement, form and the reasons why they will benefit us. I am going to start incorporating these in my workouts. Keep up the great work.

  12. I’m honestly confused with dumbbell pullover. I don’t know the back or the chest that is targeted. I heard both answers from both sides. :/

  13. I can work on my squats while lying down?? Now I don't even have to get out of bed to get a workout! Scott you're the best fitness trainer ever.

  14. The reverse grip bench is not substantially more externally rotated then incline, plus there is risk of dropping the bar on your throat.

  15. But don't the lats attach to the pelvis and by being off the bench we can sink the hips stretching the lat more?

  16. Hey Scott, I really enjoy your videos. In another video you mentioned that inclined bench and chest dips are the only 2 chest exercises needed. My question is, are these reverse grip bench presses better?

  17. I know why guys don't like the barbell glute bridge…. because you don't look cool doing it….lol. Honestly, I have never seen this exercise. I'll try it.

  18. Scott I love your workouts!
    I've been getting a lot of stretch marks near the upper chest portion near my armpit lately due to heavy chest workouts. Any remedies for that?
    Love you man♥️

  19. When I do barbell glutes with feet close to butt, hips as high and everything you say – I feel pain in my knees. Sometimes its in knees and lower back. What am I doing wrong please?

  20. Hey Scott any advice on what exercises to do for people with weak joints due to high uric acid, gout, etc.? Thanks!

  21. this young man does a marvelous job: he is rational, no-nonsense, friendly, finally, the accent does not hurt!

  22. The time I get an ACL injury while benching is the day I know I’m doing it way way wrong 😂 (AC Joint, not being a hater just poking fun)

  23. I agree with the reverse grip bench press emphasising more on the upper chest but I don't like how my wrists look. Doing the exercise with a spotter would be a better idea.

  24. I never got around to getting a bench at home for my weight training. I use the floor press with my heavy dumbbells. The pull-over exercise really appeals to me. I wonder if it’s possible to do this exercise with proper form by lying on the floor instead of a bench. It doesn’t appear to be so.

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