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If only I was doing that sooner.
What's up, guys?
Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.com.
How many times have you said that before?
Or something like it.
Like, “I wish I knew that sooner”, or “I wish I was doing that earlier”.
I’m going to tell you, today I’m going to dedicate an entire video to the 8 exercises
that I wish I was doing a lot sooner in my lifting career.
Not just in terms of the gains I could have seen, but more importantly, the spirit in
which I could have seen them because I wasted a hell of a lot of time.
So, we’ve got 8 things to cover here.
Without further ado, let’s get right into it.
This first exercise might be fresh on your mind because we actually covered it in depth,
here on this channel just a couple of weeks ago.
This is a variation of a lat pulldown.
This is what we call the ‘rocking pulldown’.
No, not the bad version of the rocking pulldown.
I’m talking about the one that actually delivers gains.
This is a vertical pull that still allows us to get that extension of the arm back,
behind the body.
Remember, one of the biggest limitations to the lat pulldown as it’s done normally is
that you don’t really get good extension behind the body, which is limiting the effectiveness
of the lats.
But by doing it this way we can actually overcome that.
As you guys know, I always over deliver here on this channel.
So, I’m not just giving you 8.
It turns out I’m going to give you 9 because I have another back exercise here that I really,
really wish I was doing sooner.
It’s a high pulley one-armed row.
You can see when I do this I have all the elements I need to get a better lat contraction,
and better lat activation.
I’m actually able to get my arm up way out in front of my body, getting that lat on a
stretch that nothing else really provides because my arm is not just up over my head,
but out in front.
Then I can get that rotation and extension back behind my body that we were talking about
with the rocking pulldown.
But both of these exercises, I really believe, have led to some of my best gains – even
in recent years – from doing this instead of the classic alternatives.
This next one is actually more than just an exercise.
It’s a training concept that I wish I had adopted and used a lot sooner in my training.
It’s developing my straight arm scapular strength.
I believe when it’s maximized you’re going to realize hidden strength you never knew
you had.
Especially if it carries over to some of the big exercises like the deadlift, but more
importantly by improving the stability of your shoulders.
It’s going to allow you to have a lot more training longevity by protecting and strengthening
your joints.
All you have to do is look at this guy for proof that it actually works.
This is my fitness idol, Sylvester Stallone.
Here he is in his 70s, including a heavy dose of straight arm scapular strength work in
his training.
For reasons of why he continues to inspire me, I placed an exercise on my Instagram page
that he follows, that was our example of a more advanced version of straight arm scapular
That’s the headbanger pullup.
Of course, a couple of days later, who shows up banging them out?
Sly himself, doing an amazing job.
I’m telling you guys, this is tough stuff.
And here he is never backing down from a challenge.
The key thing is, you’d better start doing the same.
You can do it with a very simple, straight forward exercise here, like the straight arm
It doesn’t require a big cable setup.
You could do this with a band if you want to.
The key is, you keep your arms straight, you drive down, and you stabilize with the scapula.
You’ll feel this exercise working properly if you don’t feel it in your triceps.
If you start to bend your elbows and the triceps start taking over the work, then you’re
not doing it properly.
You could take this to an even more advanced level with some bodyweight exercises like
the front lever raise.
But the fact is, guys, I don’t care how you do it, you have to include straight arm
scapular work as an entire training concept into your training.
And you will not regret it.
I really, really wish I had started this a lot sooner.
Apologies in advance on this next exercise, but the best way to demonstrate it is to use
those thigh high shorts that Jesse popularized just a couple of videos ago.
Now, I promise you, I made him wash these first.
This is the glute ham raise.
The benefit of this exercise is that it’s targeting the glutes.
I have to be honest, guys.
A long time ago when I first started training I never realized the importance of this muscle
But now, as a trainer to professional athletes, the glutes literally sit right up there with
the core, in terms of their importance and function.
As a matter of fact, I would argue it’s even more important than the front side of
the core muscle because they’re the ones that are trying to help us counteract that
downward force of gravity.
So, the key element this exercise provides is, it allows us to integrate the glutes and
the hamstrings, into one movement and prioritize the glutes as the main drivers, letting the
hamstrings accessorize, and help out.
What we see with this exercise, what you’re trying to do, is get the glutes to do the
work they don’t want to do.
If you haven’t focused on glute training your glutes are likely taking a back seat,
literally, to what the job is at hand.
Then that forces the hamstrings to take on a load that they can’t handle.
That’s when hamstring strains occur.
So, if you do this exercise you’re likely going to see that your hamstring injury rate
will go down, and your overall posterior chain is going to be stronger.
You have to get these two muscles to work together if you want to optimize the performance
of your lower body.
Especially if you want to start training more like an athlete.
Let’s stick with the legs.
For that matter, let’s stick with those shorts, too, as we break out this next exercise.
It’s the squat.
Before we actually talk about the fact that I’m squatting onto a pair of dumbbells,
I want you to focus on the width of my feet.
You see, I think it’s really, really important that you find the width that works for you
early on in your training and stick with that.
I was always the type to follow what the magazines said, and it was always the classic ‘feet
at least shoulder width apart, toes out, and start squatting’.
But it never felt right to me.
It always felt like my knees, which were already sore from sports, were getting more, and more
aggravated from doing that.
Until I actually started to narrow my stance.
I determined my ability to narrow my stance based on that natural jumping position.
If I was going to jump right now I’d be a lot more narrow.
A little bit inside shoulder width.
As a matter of fact, if I were to roll and do a rolling getup from the floor I would
find that my knees, and my feet would take a much more narrow stance.
So, for me, that’s what’s natural.
I encourage you to find that because if you keep trying to squat from an unnatural position
it’s only going to do more harm than good for those knees.
To take that a step further, I also wish I was doing box squats a lot sooner as well.
Because of the fact that my patellar tendons were always on fire from some of that damage
from playing sports, I was always reluctant to allow myself to really let the quads take
on the brunt of the force as I dropped down to a squat.
I would really shortchange my depth every, single time, which was contributing to more
anterior force into my knees, and only aggravating the situation.
But by providing something down there for me – as a proprioceptive feedback for my
butt on every, single rep – it allowed me to comfortably let those tendons relax, let
the quads take on the brunt, and get better results from doing it.
Back up to the upper body.
Actually, a variation of an exercise that I did do for a very long time since the beginning
of my training, but not this way.
This is the dip.
We know that the dip has the capacity to help us build our shoulders, our chest, and our
But it’s actually got broader abilities.
It can help us develop more scapular strength and stability through our upper body, and
also integrate more of these core muscles that are right here, nearby, begging to be
So, we have a little bit of a three-way dip circuit.
It’s something I covered in our holy trinity of ab training because, yes, you’re going
to hit those muscles.
The fact that you go down into a dip, when you come up to the top you add that all-important
plus portion that engages the serratus anterior that’s going to provide the stability to
your shoulder blades, once again.
You see how important that concept is.
Then from there, if you tuck your pelvis up here, into a posterior tilt you engage the
Now when we come back down you twist a little bit, causing that oblique activation of the
obliques themselves, and then you start to involve them when you repeat the movement.
You go right, you go center, you go left; the fact is, this is still going to give you
those same benefits to all those bigger show muscles that you’re doing the exercise for
in the first place.
But adding in this critical component that’s providing that stability and longevity to
your training.
Let’s stick with the shoulders and chest here for the next exercise that, again, I
wish I had started doing a lot earlier because I like the integration that this exercise
This is a crush grip dumbbell press out.
When you think about what’s going on here, we’re trying to train the front delts, and
we’re trying to train it in a bit of an explosive manner.
But we also need – for the safety and health of our shoulders – to have that stable platform
from which we’re pressing off.
We can get it from the chest.
Under normal circumstances when we have our arms out, in front of our body here in a front
shoulder raise, we have a little bit of this triangle action going on here.
Two dumbbells out here, coming into a single point here on the chest.
But if we can get an active contraction of the chest by squeezing our hands on that crush
grip, on that dumbbell, we broaden that contraction, broaden the base of stability out so now our
shoulders can work with more strength and power.
That’s what’s going on here.
Not to mention the fact that these muscles prefer to work together, right here in close
proximity to each other, are getting that opportunity for, maybe, the first time.
You can see that, one more time, it’s not just these muscles, but the entire upper body
starts to kick in and stabilize.
So, you’re getting the benefits of building those front delts, but at the same time you’re
getting a lot more stability throughout the entire upper torso while doing it.
Before you get carried away and get so front-side dominant, you must do this next exercise,
if you’re not already doing it.
As a matter of fact, I’ve made an entire video about this being the one thing you should
do after every, single workout if you want to start working on addressing those imbalances
that you likely had from not focusing enough on it.
This is the face pull.
Guys, I’ll actually link that video for you at the end of this one because I feel
it’s that important for you to watch.
The face pull allows us to work those over looked, underutilized muscles of the posterior
chain, actually involving external rotation to hit the rotator cuff, you’re getting
the rear delts, you’re getting the mid-scapular muscles to fire; you’re hitting all those
muscles that often times don’t get the attention they need.
I really, really feel like there’s one thing – even if there are kids training here at
11, and 12 years old – if they did this exercise with tubing they’d be doing themselves
a great service to set themselves up and set the stage for great gains down the road.
If you haven’t already started incorporating this, guys, you need to start doing this exercise.
Finally, we have something that’s more of a concept than an exercise, but I am going
to show you a few exercises here.
By the way, I think this pushes our total well past 8, but it doesn’t matter.
If we’re getting the benefit here that’s all that matters.
This is something we call an overcoming isometric.
Now, I’ve talked about this before, and I’m going to reiterate it again here.
This is something that I didn’t start doing personally until the last couple of years
and I think it’s made a dramatic impact on my muscularity.
I wish I had started a lot sooner.
What we’re doing here is taking an exercise, setting it up at any specific angle for that
exercise, and focusing on moving an immovable object.
In this case, if we’re working on our chest, I’m really trying to pull across my body
as hard as I possibly can without these things moving.
But what we’re working on here is the efficiency of motor fiber recruitment.
As I pull, and I pull, and I pull, and I pull I’m getting this building recruitment of
more, and more muscles fibers to the task at hand.
Not enough to actually help me overcome it, but this will translate back when you go to
these non-isometric exercises and try to exert more strength.
The strength you build from doing this is going to carry over into the actually application
of the exercise itself, which allows you to get increased hypertrophy over the long run
because of that applied strength.
Anybody that tells you that isometrics don’t build strong don’t understand the power
of isometrics.
Again, we don’t have to just do it to the chest itself.
We can do it here in a bicep variation as well.
Remember, when you take whatever angle of the exercise you’re going to use, you’re
only going to get a specific benefit above, and below that.
You need to experiment a little more within that range to get the complete benefits throughout
the range of motion.
But the concept is still the same.
I really, truly wish this is something I had started a lot earlier in my training.
So, there you have it, guys.
There are the 8 things that I personally wish I had implemented into my training a lot earlier.
The fact is, because of this video I’m hoping that a lot of you won’t have to make the
same mistakes, or oversights that I did.
Guys, if you’re looking for a training plan that puts the science back in strength and
now, hopefully overlooks nothing to give you guys the best results, the fastest; that’s
the ATHLEANX training program.
It’s available over at ATHLEANX.com.
In the meantime, if you want me to cover more things, guys, if you let me know what it is
I’ll do my best to do that for you in the days and weeks ahead.
All right, I’ll see you soon.


8 Exercises I WISH I Did Years Ago! (WASTED GAINS)

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Yu-Heng Hsieh 2020 年 3 月 4 日 に公開
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