When it comes to exercising and working out, training shouldn’t be a burden, and it shouldn’t be a chore. Training should be enjoyable and should be something you look forward to doing each and every single day you hit the gym. If you’re worried that your training has hit a plateau and that you’ve perhaps found yourself stuck in a bit of a rut, why not check out these 4 great exercises you should try, and you’ll be back in love with exercise in no time at all.
Dumbbell incline bench presses
When it comes to training chest, it’s the flat bench barbell press that gets the majority of the attention out there, but why is that? As effective as that exercise is, some would argue that incline dumbbell bench presses are equally as effective, if not more so in fact. You see, incline bench presses target the upper pectoral muscles, which are notoriously difficult to target and build up. What’s more, if you perform the exercise with dumbbells, this allows for a greater range of motion, so you can get an even deeper stretch. If your pecs are looking flat and deflated, incline dumbbell presses are ideal.
Dumbbell front raises
In terms of popular shoulder exercises, normally it is military presses and seated dumbbell presses that get most of the attention. Again, these are great exercises for working the shoulders, but there are plenty of other options out there to choose from. Dumbbell front raises, for example, are absolutely ideal. These exercises like the ones shown below from gym equipment, work the front delts and are great for adding thickness and definition to the shoulders. Simply take a dumbbell in either hand, hold both hands down in front of you so that your palms are resting on your thigh, and slowly lower one arm into the air in front of you, hold for a second, lower it back down, and repeat with the other.
It may sound like torture to some of you, but there are plenty of people out there that take great pleasure in running. Running burns calories, it helps tone your lower body muscles, and it’s a great way of getting outside. We aren’t going to explain to mechanics behind running because we’re sure that the majority of you don’t need to be told how to run. The thing to remember, however, is to keep your head up, choose the right footwear, and not to land flat-footed with each step. If cardio and conditioning are your main priorities, running is ideal.
If you’re looking to tone your abs, leg raises are perfect. They work the core muscles perfectly and are very easy to perform. To perform leg raises, lie down flat on the ground on your back, with your arms planted firmly at your sides. Next, slowly bring both legs up into the air until they form a 90-degree angle, and slowly lower them down again, without having them touch the ground. Repeat for as many reps as needed.
If you liked the sound of these exercises but want to try some other options, this useful infographic from below will work wonders for your training.