Sometimes we get caught up in the big exercises like squats, bench presses and deadlifts, while there are many other great exercises. While these other exercises may not be as ‘compound’ as the ones just mentioned, they can isolate certain muscles and develop those specific muscles a lot more, or they can just add some variety to your workouts. 

The crucial thing is, to just feel each exercise and see how it works for you. Some people feel certain movements more than others, and some people’s muscles respond better to certain things. So give them a try and if they work for you, then that’s perfect!


Give These Less Conventional Muscle Building Exercises A Try!


Close grip chest pulls on pull  down machine

This may look like a back exercise since it is being done on the lat pulldown machine, but in order to focus more on the chest be sure to do the following:

  • Keep your elbows together.
  • Squeeze the chest and keep your arms in front of you.
  • Keep the movement controlled.


Landmine Chest Press (close chest press on row machine)


close grip machine bench press


close grip ball (squeeze) push ups


bodyweight tricep extensions 


Give These Less Conventional Muscle Building Exercises A Try!


Glute Bridge / Hip thrust


push ups into handstand

Scroll to the right for the third video for the push ups with handstands.


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