The Hardest Gym Exercises You Should Try
The results you get from working out are directly proportional to the effort you put in. Training your body is a constant battle where you push yourself to shock your muscles with harder exercises in every single workout.
Most people avoid the hard exercises and stick with the easier ones which is why only a few people are successful in transforming their bodies. To see a change in your physique, you need to make these exercises a part of your exercise arsenal.
Squats are the king of leg exercises. Compound movements are harder to perform as they use multiple muscle joints as compared to the single-joint isolation exercises. Very few people perform the squats with the full range of motion – ass to grass and a strict form.
Deadlifts are another dreaded exercise and only a few people perform them in their workouts. All the exercises mentioned in the list are hard to perform as they require skill to perform and can take some time to perfect.
Bench press, squats, and deadlifts are the three big compound exercises and are some of the most fundamental exercises you can perform. Lifting heavy on the bench press takes some serious strength and a big heart.
Walking lunges add a new level of difficulty to leg training by adding the walking aspect to this exercise. Maintain a full range of motion while performing this exercise. The knee of your second leg should be an inch away from the ground at the bottom of the movement.
As the name suggests, performing the military presses require a military level discipline and a strict form. Most people use momentum to lift the bar above their shoulders or push the barbell forward as they complete the movement in place of pushing it over their heads.
Muscle-ups aren’t for the faint-hearted. Chances are, you might have never even seen anyone perform the muscle-ups at your gym. Muscle-ups require brute upper body strength and a strong core.
Skullcrushers are arguably the hardest triceps exercise. To perform the skullcrushers correctly, lock out your elbows at the top of the movement and squeeze your triceps. The barbell should be an inch away from your forehead at the bottom of the movement.
Bicep pumps will never be the same for you once you do the 21’s. Hold a barbell with a shoulder-width grip and perform seven half repetitions from the bottom to the mid of the full range of motion. Perform the second set of seven reps from the top to the middle of the movement and the final seven reps with a full range of motion. Perform the 21 reps without any rest in between and the 21 reps will be one set.
Planks are the ultimate exercise for building core strength. Most people make the mistake of slouching their butt or forming a bridge while planking. Keep your core tight and body in a straight line while performing the planks.
Burpees are one of the hardest bodyweight cardiovascular exercises. The trick while performing the burpees is to maintain constant intensity. By the end of this exercise, you’ll be gasping for breath and swimming in the pool of your own sweat.
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