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Ab Roller

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • abdominals
Secondary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Hold the Ab Roller with both hands and kneel on the floor.
  • Now place the ab roller on the floor in front of you so that you are on all your hands and knees (as in a kneeling push up position). This will be your starting position.
  • Slowly roll the ab roller straight forward, stretching your body into a straight position. Tip: Go down as far as you can without touching the floor with your body. Breathe in during this portion of the movement.
  • After a pause at the stretched position, start pulling yourself back to the starting position as you breathe out. Tip: Go slowly and keep your abs tight at all times.

Adductor/Groin

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Primary Muscles:
  • adductors
Instructions:
  • Lie on your back with your feet raised towards the ceiling.
  • Have your partner hold your feet or ankles. Abduct your legs as far as you can. This will be your starting position.
  • Attempt to squeeze your legs together for 10 or more seconds, while your partner prevents you from doing so.
  • Now, relax the muscles in your legs as your partner pushes your feet apart, stretching as far as is comfortable for you. Be sure to let your partner know when the stretch is adequate to prevent overstretching or injury.

Alternate Leg Diagonal Bound

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Assume a comfortable stance with one foot slightly in front of the other.
  • Begin by pushing off with the front leg, driving the opposite knee forward and as high as possible before landing. Attempt to cover as much distance to each side with each bound.
  • It may help to use a line on the ground to guage distance from side to side.
  • Repeat the sequence with the other leg.

Ankle Circles

Category: stretching
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • Use a sturdy object like a squat rack to hold yourself.
  • Lift the right leg in the air (just around 2 inches from the floor) and perform a circular motion with the big toe. Pretend that you are drawing a big circle with it. Tip: One circle equals 1 repetition. Breathe normally as you perform the movement.
  • When you are done with the right foot, then repeat with the left leg.

Ankle On The Knee

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • glutes
Instructions:
  • From a lying position, bend your knees and keep your feet on the floor.
  • Place your ankle of one foot on your opposite knee.
  • Grasp the thigh or knee of the bottom leg and pull both of your legs into the chest. Relax your neck and shoulders. Hold for 10-20 seconds and then switch sides.

Anterior Tibialis-SMR

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • Begin seated on the ground with your legs bent and your feet on the floor.
  • Using a Muscle Roller or a rolling pin, apply pressure to the muscles on the outside of your shins. Work from just below the knee to above the ankle, pausing at points of tension for 10-30 seconds. Repeat on the other leg.

Arm Circles

Category: stretching
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • traps
Instructions:
  • Stand up and extend your arms straight out by the sides. The arms should be parallel to the floor and perpendicular (90-degree angle) to your torso. This will be your starting position.
  • Slowly start to make circles of about 1 foot in diameter with each outstretched arm. Breathe normally as you perform the movement.
  • Continue the circular motion of the outstretched arms for about ten seconds. Then reverse the movement, going the opposite direction.

Atlas Stone Trainer

Category: strongman
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lower back
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • forearms
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • This trainer is effective for developing Atlas Stone strength for those who don't have access to stones, and are typically made from bar ends or heavy pipe.
  • Begin by loading the desired weight onto the bar. Straddle the weight, wrapping your arms around the implement, bending at the hips.
  • Begin by pulling the weight up past the knees, extending through the hips. As the weight clears the knees, it can be lapped by resting it on your thighs and sitting back, hugging it tightly to your chest.
  • Finish the movement by extending through your hips and knees to raise the weight as high as possible. The weight can be returned to the lap or to the ground for successive repetitions.

Atlas Stones

Category: strongman
Force: pull
Level: expert
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lower back
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • adductors
  • biceps
  • calves
  • forearms
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • middle back
  • quadriceps
  • traps
Instructions:
  • Begin with the atlas stone between your feet. Bend at the hips to wrap your arms vertically around the Atlas Stone, attempting to get your fingers underneath the stone. Many stones will have a small flat portion on the bottom, which will make the stone easier to hold.
  • Pulling the stone into your torso, drive through the back half of your feet to pull the stone from the ground.
  • As the stone passes the knees, lap it by sitting backward, pulling the stone on top of your thighs.
  • Sit low, getting the stone high onto your chest as you change your grip to reach over the stone. Stand, driving through with your hips. Close distance to the loading platform, and lean back, extending the hips to get the stone as high as possible.

Axle Deadlift

Category: strongman
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lower back
Secondary Muscles:
  • forearms
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • middle back
  • quadriceps
  • traps
Instructions:
  • Approach the bar so that it is centered over your feet. You feet should be about hip width apart. Bend at the hip to grip the bar at shoulder width, allowing your shoulder blades to protract. Typically, you would use an over/under grip.
  • With your feet and your grip set, take a big breath and then lower your hips and flex the knees until your shins contact the bar. Look forward with your head, keep your chest up and your back arched, and begin driving through the heels to move the weight upward.
  • After the bar passes the knees, aggressively pull the bar back, pulling your shoulder blades together as you drive your hips forward into the bar.
  • Lower the bar by bending at the hips and guiding it to the floor.

Backward Drag

Category: strongman
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • forearms
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
Instructions:
  • Load a sled with the desired weight, attaching a rope or straps to the sled that you can hold onto.
  • Begin the exercise by moving backwards for a given distance. Leaning back, extend through the legs for short steps to move as quickly as possible.

Balance Board

Category: strength
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • calves
Secondary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Place a balance board in front of you.
  • Stand up on it and try to balance yourself.
  • Hold the balance for as long as desired.

Band Assisted Pull-Up

Category: strength
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • forearms
  • middle back
Instructions:
  • Choke the band around the center of the pullup bar. You can use different bands to provide varying levels of assistance.
  • Pull the end of the band down, and place one bent knee into the loop, ensuring it won't slip out. Take a medium to wide grip on the bar. This will be your starting position.
  • Pull yourself upward by contracting the lats as you flex the elbow. The elbow should be driven to your side. Pull to the front, attempting to get your chin over the bar. Avoid swinging or jerking movements.
  • After a brief pause, return to the starting position.

Battling Ropes

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • chest
  • forearms
Instructions:
  • For this exercise you will need a heavy rope anchored at its center 15-20 feet away. Standing in front of the rope, take an end in each hand with your arms extended at your side. This will be your starting position.
  • Initiate the movement by rapidly raising one arm to shoulder level as quickly as you can.
  • As you let that arm drop to the starting position, raise the opposite side.
  • Continue alternating your left and right arms, whipping the ropes up and down as fast as you can.

Bear Crawl Sled Drags

Category: strongman
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Wearing either a harness or a loose weight belt, attach the chain to the back so that you will be facing away from the sled. Bend down so that your hands are on the ground. Your back should be flat and knees bent. This is your starting position.
  • Begin by driving with legs, alternating left and right. Use your hands to maintain balance and to help pull. Try to keep your back flat as you move over a given distance.

Behind Head Chest Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: expert
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Sit upright on the floor with your partner behind you.
  • Place your hands behind your hand, and push your elbows back as far as you can. Your partner should hold your elbows. This will be your starting position.
  • Gently attempt to pull your elbows forward with your hands still behind your head for 10 or more seconds. Your partner should prevent your elbows from moving.
  • Now, relax your muscles and have your partner gently pull the elbows back as far as it comfortable for you. Be sure to let your partner know when the stretch is adequate to prevent overstretching or injury.

Bench Sprint

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Stand on the ground with one foot resting on a bench or box with your heel close to the edge.
  • Push off with your foot on top of the bench, extending through the hip and knee.
  • Land with the opposite foot on top of the box, returning your other foot back to the start position.
  • Continue alternating from one foot to another to complete the set.

Bicycling

Category: cardio
Level: beginner
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • To begin, seat yourself on the bike and adjust the seat to your height.

Bodyweight Mid Row

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • middle back
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • lats
Instructions:
  • Begin by taking a medium to wide grip on a pull-up apparatus with your palms facing away from you. From a hanging position, tuck your knees to your chest, leaning back and getting your legs over your side of the pull-up apparatus. This will be your starting position.
  • Beginning with your arms straight, flex the elbows and retract the shoulder blades to raise your body up until your legs contact the pull-up apparatus.
  • After a brief pause, return to the starting position.

Bodyweight Walking Lunge

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Begin standing with your feet shoulder width apart and your hands on your hips.
  • Step forward with one leg, flexing the knees to drop your hips. Descend until your rear knee nearly touches the ground. Your posture should remain upright, and your front knee should stay above the front foot.
  • Drive through the heel of your lead foot and extend both knees to raise yourself back up.
  • Step forward with your rear foot, repeating the lunge on the opposite leg.

Box Jump (Multiple Response)

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Assume a relaxed stance facing the box or platform approximately an arm's length away. Arms should be down at the sides and legs slightly bent.
  • Using the arms to aid in the initial burst, jump upward and forward, landing with feet simultaneously on top of the box or platform.
  • Immediately drop or jump back down to the original starting place; then repeat the sequence.

Box Skip

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • You will need several boxes lined up about 8 feet apart.
  • Begin facing the first box with one leg slightly behind the other.
  • Drive off the back leg, attempting to gain as much height with the hips as possible.
  • Immediately upon landing on the box, drive the other leg forward and upward to gain height and distance, leaping from the box. Land between the first two boxes with the same leg that landed on the first box.
  • Then, step to the next box and repeat.

Calf Stretch Elbows Against Wall

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • Stand facing a wall from a couple feet away.
  • Lean against the wall, placing your weight on your forearms.
  • Attempt to keep your heels on the ground. Hold for 10-20 seconds. You may move further or closer the wall, making it more or less difficult, respectively.

Calf Stretch Hands Against Wall

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • Stand facing a wall from several feet away. Stagger your stance, placing one foot forward.
  • Lean forward and rest your hands on the wall, keeping your heel, hip and head in a straight line.
  • Attempt to keep your heel on the ground. Hold for 10-20 seconds and then switch sides.

Car Deadlift

Category: strongman
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • forearms
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
  • traps
Instructions:
  • This event apparatus typically has neutral grip handles, however some have a straight bar that you can approach like a normal deadlift. The apparatus can be loaded with a vehicle or other heavy objects such as tractor tires or kegs.
  • Center yourself between the handles if you are a strong squatter, or back a couple inches if you are a strong deadlifter. You feet should be about hip width apart. Bend at the hip to grip the handles. With your feet and your grip set, take a big breath and then lower your hips and flex the knees.
  • Look forward with your head, keep your chest up and your back arched, and begin driving through the heels to move the weight upward. As the weight comes up, pull your shoulder blades together as you drive your hips forward.
  • Lower the weight by bending at the hips and guiding it to the floor.

Carioca Quick Step

Category: plyometrics
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • adductors
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • abductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Begin with your feet a few inches apart and your left arm up in a relaxed, athletic position.
  • With your right foot, quick step behind and pull the knee up.
  • Fire your arms back up when you pull the right knee, being sure that your knee goes straight up and down. Avoid turning your feet as you move and continue to look forward as you move to the side.

Cat Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • lower back
Secondary Muscles:
  • middle back
  • traps
Instructions:
  • Position yourself on the floor on your hands and knees.
  • Pull your belly in and round your spine, lower back, shoulders, and neck, letting your head drop.
  • Hold for 15 seconds.

Chain Handle Extension

Category: powerlifting
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • You will need two cable handle attachments and a flat bench, as well as chains, for this exercise. Clip the middle of the chains to the handles, and position yourself on the flat bench. Your elbows should be pointing straight up.
  • Begin by extending through the elbow, keeping your upper arm still, with your wrists pronated.
  • Pause at the lockout, and reverse the motion to return to the starting position.

Chain Press

Category: powerlifting
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • shoulders
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Begin by connecting the chains to the cable handle attachments. Position yourself on the flat bench in the same position as for a dumbbell press. Your wrists should be pronated and arms perpendicular to the floor. This will be your starting position.
  • Lower the chains by flexing the elbows, unloading some of the chain onto the floor.
  • Continue until your elbow forms a 90 degree angle, and then reverse the motion by extending through the elbow to lockout.

Chair Leg Extended Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • adductors
Instructions:
  • Sit upright in a chair and grip the seat on the sides.
  • Raise one leg, extending the knee, flexing the ankle as you do so.
  • Slowly move that leg outward as far as you can, and then back to the center and down.
  • Repeat for your other leg.

Chair Lower Back Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Secondary Muscles:
  • lower back
Instructions:
  • Sit upright on a chair.
  • Bend to one side with your arm over your head. You can hold onto the chair with your free hand.
  • Hold for 10 seconds, and repeat for your other side.

Chair Upper Body Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • chest
Instructions:
  • Sit on the edge of a chair, gripping the back of it.
  • Straighten your arms, keeping your back straight, and pull your upper body forward so you feel a stretch. Hold for 20-30 seconds.

Chest And Front Of Shoulder Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Start off by standing with your legs together, holding a bodybar or a broomstick.
  • Take a slightly wider than shoulder width grip on the pole and hold it in front of you with your palms facing down.
  • Carefully lift the pole up and behind your head.

Child's Pose

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • lower back
Secondary Muscles:
  • glutes
  • middle back
Instructions:
  • Get on your hands and knees, walk your hands in front of you.
  • Lower your buttocks down to sit on your heels. Let your arms drag along the floor as you sit back to stretch your entire spine.
  • Once you settle onto your heels, bring your hands next to your feet and relax. "breathe" into your back. Rest your forehead on the floor. Avoid this position if you have knee problems.

Chin To Chest Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • neck
Secondary Muscles:
  • traps
Instructions:
  • Get into a seated position on the floor.
  • Place both hands at the rear of your head, fingers interlocked, thumbs pointing down and elbows pointing straight ahead. Slowly pull your head down to your chest. Hold for 20-30 seconds.

Circus Bell

Category: strongman
Force: push
Level: expert
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • forearms
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
  • traps
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • The circus bell is an oversized dumbbell with a thick handle. Begin with the dumbbell between your feet, and grip the handle with both hands.
  • Clean the dumbbell by extending through your hips and knees to deliver the implement to the desired shoulder, letting go with the extra hand.
  • Ensure that you get one of the dumbbell heads behind the shoulder to keep from being thrown off balance. To raise it overhead, dip by flexing the knees, and the drive upwards as you extend the dumbbell overhead, leaning slightly away from it as you do so.
  • Carefully guide the bell back to the floor, keeping it under control as much as possible. It is best to perform this event on a thick rubber mat to prevent damage to the floor.

Conan's Wheel

Category: strongman
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • biceps
  • calves
  • forearms
  • lower back
  • shoulders
  • traps
Instructions:
  • With the weight loaded, take a zurcher hold on the end of the implement. Place the bar in the crook of the elbow and hold onto your wrist. Try to keep the weight off of the forearms.
  • Begin by lifting the weight from the ground. Keep a tight, upright posture as you being to walk, taking short, fast steps. Look up and away as you turn in a circle. Do not hold your breath during the event. Continue walking until you complete one or more complete turns.

Crossover Reverse Lunge

Category: stretching
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Primary Muscles:
  • lower back
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • abductors
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. This will be your starting position.
  • Perform a rear lunge by stepping back with one foot and flexing the hips and front knee. As you do so, rotate your torso across the front leg.
  • After a brief pause, return to the starting position and repeat on the other side, continuing in an alternating fashion.

Crucifix

Category: strongman
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • forearms
Instructions:
  • In the crucifix, you statically hold weights out to the side for time. While the event can be practiced using dumbbells, it is best to practice with one of the various implements used, such as axes and hammers, as it feels different.
  • Begin standing, and raise your arms out to the side holding the implements. Your arms should be parallel to the ground. In competition, judges or sensors are used to let you know when you break parallel. Hold for as long as you can. Typically, the weights should be heavy enough that you fail in 30-60 seconds.

Dancer's Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • lower back
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • glutes
Instructions:
  • Sit up on the floor.
  • Cross your right leg over your left, keeping the knee bent. Your left leg is straight and down on the floor.
  • Place your left arm on your right leg and your right hand on the floor.
  • Rotate your upper body to the right, and hold for 10-20 seconds. Switch sides.

Decline Push-Up

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • shoulders
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Lie on the floor face down and place your hands about 36 inches apart while holding your torso up at arms length. Move your feet up to a box or bench. This will be your starting position.
  • Next, lower yourself downward until your chest almost touches the floor as you inhale.
  • Now breathe out and press your upper body back up to the starting position while squeezing your chest.
  • After a brief pause at the top contracted position, you can begin to lower yourself downward again for as many repetitions as needed.

Depth Jump Leap

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • For this drill you will need two boxes or benches, one 12 to 16 inches high and the other 22 to 26 inches high.
  • Stand on one of the two boxes with arms at the sides; feet should be together and slightly off the edge as in the depth jump. Place the other box approximately two or three feet in front of and facing the performer.
  • Begin by dropping off the initial box, landing and simultaneously taking off with both feet.
  • Rebound by driving upward and outward as intensely as possible, using the arms and full extension of the body to jump onto the higher box. Again, allow the legs to absorb the impact.

Dips - Chest Version

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • shoulders
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • For this exercise you will need access to parallel bars. To get yourself into the starting position, hold your body at arms length (arms locked) above the bars.
  • While breathing in, lower yourself slowly with your torso leaning forward around 30 degrees or so and your elbows flared out slightly until you feel a slight stretch in the chest.
  • Once you feel the stretch, use your chest to bring your body back to the starting position as you breathe out. Tip: Remember to squeeze the chest at the top of the movement for a second.
  • Repeat the movement for the prescribed amount of repetitions.

Donkey Calf Raises

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • For this exercise you will need access to a donkey calf raise machine. Start by positioning your lower back and hips under the padded lever provided. The tailbone area should be the one making contact with the pad.
  • Place both of your arms on the side handles and place the balls of your feet on the calf block with the heels extending off. Align the toes forward, inward or outward, depending on the area you wish to target, and straighten the knees without locking them. This will be your starting position.
  • Raise your heels as you breathe out by extending your ankles as high as possible and flexing your calf. Ensure that the knee is kept stationary at all times. There should be no bending at any time. Hold the contracted position by a second before you start to go back down.
  • Go back slowly to the starting position as you breathe in by lowering your heels as you bend the ankles until calves are stretched.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Drop Push

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • shoulders
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Position low boxes or other platforms 2-3 feet apart.
  • Move to a pushup position between them, supporting yourself by placing your hands on the boxes.
  • With good posture, drop from the platforms by pressing up and moving your hands to shoulder width, cushioning your landing by absorbing the impact through the arm.

Dynamic Back Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Instructions:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. This will be your starting position.
  • Keeping your arms straight, swing them straight up in front of you 5-10 times, increasing the range of motion each time until your arms are above your head.

Dynamic Chest Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • middle back
Instructions:
  • Stand with your hands together, arms extended directly in front of you. This will be your starting position.
  • Keeping your arms straight, quickly move your arms back as far as possible and back in again, similar to an exaggerated clapping motion. Repeat 5-10 times, increasing speed as you do so.

Elbow Circles

Category: stretching
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • traps
Instructions:
  • Sit or stand with your feet slightly apart.
  • Place your hands on your shoulders with your elbows at shoulder level and pointing out.
  • Slowly make a circle with your elbows. Breathe out as you start the circle and breathe in as you complete the circle.

Elbows Back

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Stand up straight.
  • Place both hands on your lower back, fingers pointing downward and elbows out.
  • Then gently pull your elbows back aiming to touch them together.

Farmer's Walk

Category: strongman
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • forearms
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
  • quadriceps
  • traps
Instructions:
  • There are various implements that can be used for the farmers walk. These can also be performed with heavy dumbbells or short bars if these implements aren't available. Begin by standing between the implements.
  • After gripping the handles, lift them up by driving through your heels, keeping your back straight and your head up.
  • Walk taking short, quick steps, and don't forget to breathe. Move for a given distance, typically 50-100 feet, as fast as possible.

Floor Glute-Ham Raise

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
Instructions:
  • You can use a partner for this exercise or brace your feet under something stable.
  • Begin on your knees with your upper legs and torso upright. If using a partner, they will firmly hold your feet to keep you in position. This will be your starting position.
  • Lower yourself by extending at the knee, taking care to NOT flex the hips as you go forward.
  • Place your hands in front of you as you reach the floor. This movement is very difficult and you may be unable to do it unaided. Use your arms to lightly push off the floor to aid your return to the starting position.

Foot-SMR

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • This exercise stretches the fascia of the muscles in the feet. Start off seated with your shoes removed. Using a foot roller or a similar object, such as a small section of pvc pipe, place your foot against the roller across the arch of your foot. This will be your starting position.
  • Press down firmly, rolling across the arch of your foot. Hold for 10-30 seconds, and then switch feet.

Forward Drag with Press

Category: strongman
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • quadriceps
  • shoulders
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Attach a dual handled chain or rope attachment to the sled. You should be facing away from the sled, holding a handle in each hand.
  • Begin the movement by moving forward for one step. Leaning forward, extend through the legs and hips to move, pausing with each step to extend through the elbows, pressing your hands forward. Step forward until you return to the start position prepared to press.

Frog Hops

Category: stretching
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Stand with your hands behind your head, and squat down keeping your torso upright and your head up. This will be your starting position.
  • Jump forward several feet, avoiding jumping unnecessarily high. As your feet contact the ground, absorb the impact through your legs, and jump again. Repeat this action 5-10 times.

Front Box Jump

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Begin with a box of an appropriate height 1-2 feet in front of you. Stand with your feet should width apart. This will be your starting position.
  • Perform a short squat in preparation for jumping, swinging your arms behind you.
  • Rebound out of this position, extending through the hips, knees, and ankles to jump as high as possible. Swing your arms forward and up.
  • Land on the box with the knees bent, absorbing the impact through the legs. You can jump from the box back to the ground, or preferably step down one leg at a time.

Front Cone Hops (or hurdle hops)

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Set up a row of cones or other small barriers, placing them a few feet apart.
  • Stand in front of the first cone with your feet shoulder width apart. This will be your starting position.
  • Begin by jumping with both feet over the first cone, swinging both arms as you jump.
  • Absorb the impact of landing by bending the knees, rebounding out of the first leap by jumping over the next cone.
  • Continue until you have jumped over all of the cones.

Front Plate Raise

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • While standing straight, hold a barbell plate in both hands at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions. Your palms should be facing each other and your arms should be extended and locked with a slight bend at the elbows and the plate should be down near your waist in front of you as far as you can go. Tip: The arms will remain in this position throughout the exercise. This will be your starting position.
  • Slowly raise the plate as you exhale until it is a little above shoulder level. Hold the contraction for a second. Tip: make sure that you do not swing the weight or bend at the elbows. Your torso should remain stationary throughout the movement as well.
  • As you inhale, slowly lower the plate back down to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Gironda Sternum Chins

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • middle back
Instructions:
  • Grasp the pull-up bar with a shoulder width underhand grip.
  • Now hang with your arms fully extended and stick your chest out and lean back. Tip: You will be leaning back throughout the entire movement. This will be your starting position.
  • Start pulling yourself towards the bar with your spine arched throughout the movement and your head leaning back as far away from the bar as possible. Exhale as you perform this portion of the movement. Tip: At the upper end of the movement, your hips and legs will be at about a 45-degree angle to the floor.
  • Keep pulling until your collarbone passes the bar and your lower chest or sternum area touches it. Hold that contraction for a second. Tip: By the time you've completed this portion of the movement; your head will be parallel to the floor.
  • Slowly start going back to the starting position as you inhale.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Groin and Back Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • adductors
Instructions:
  • Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet together.
  • Interlock your fingers behind your head. This will be your starting position.
  • Curl downwards, bringing your elbows to the inside of your thighs. After a brief pause, return to the starting position with your head up and your back straight. Repeat for 10-20 repetitions.

Hamstring Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Lie on your back with one leg extended above you, with the hip at ninety degrees. Keep the other leg flat on the floor.
  • Loop a belt, band, or rope over the ball of your foot. This will be your starting position.
  • Pull on the belt to create tension in the calves and hamstrings. Hold this stretch for 10-30 seconds, and repeat with the other leg.

Heavy Bag Thrust

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • shoulders
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Utilize a heavy bag for this exercise. Assume an upright stance next to the bag, with your feet staggered, fairly wide apart. Place your hand on the bag at about chest height. This will be your starting position.
  • Begin by twisting at the waist, pushing the bag forward as hard as possible. Perform this move quickly, pushing the bag away from your body.
  • Receive the bag as it swings back by reversing these steps.

Hug Knees To Chest

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • lower back
Secondary Muscles:
  • glutes
Instructions:
  • Lie down on your back and pull both knees up to your chest.
  • Hold your arms under the knees, not over (that would put to much pressure on your knee joints).
  • Slowly pull the knees toward your shoulders. This also stretches your buttocks muscles.

Hurdle Hops

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Set up a row of hurdles or other small barriers, placing them a few feet apart.
  • Stand in front of the first hurdle with your feet shoulder width apart. This will be your starting position.
  • Begin by jumping with both feet over the first hurdle, swinging both arms as you jump.
  • Absorb the impact of landing by bending the knees, rebounding out of the first leap by jumping over the next hurdle. Continue until you have jumped over all of the hurdles.

Hyperextensions (Back Extensions)

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lower back
Secondary Muscles:
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Lie face down on a hyperextension bench, tucking your ankles securely under the footpads.
  • Adjust the upper pad if possible so your upper thighs lie flat across the wide pad, leaving enough room for you to bend at the waist without any restriction.
  • With your body straight, cross your arms in front of you (my preference) or behind your head. This will be your starting position. Tip: You can also hold a weight plate for extra resistance in front of you under your crossed arms.
  • Start bending forward slowly at the waist as far as you can while keeping your back flat. Inhale as you perform this movement. Keep moving forward until you feel a nice stretch on the hamstrings and you can no longer keep going without a rounding of the back. Tip: Never round the back as you perform this exercise. Also, some people can go farther than others. The key thing is that you go as far as your body allows you to without rounding the back.
  • Slowly raise your torso back to the initial position as you inhale. Tip: Avoid the temptation to arch your back past a straight line. Also, do not swing the torso at any time in order to protect the back from injury.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Incline Push-Up Depth Jump

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • shoulders
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • For this drill you will need a box about 12 inches high, and two thick mats or aerobics steps.
  • Place the steps just outside of your shoulders, and place your feet on top of the box so that you are in an incline pushup position, your hands just inside the steps. This will be your starting position.
  • Begin by bending at the elbows to lower your body, quickly reversing position to push your body off of the ground. As you leave the ground, move your hands onto the steps, bending your elbows to absorb the impact.
  • Repeat the motion to return to the starting position.

Intermediate Groin Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Lie on your back with your legs extended. Loop a belt, rope, or band around one of your feet, and swing that leg as far to the side as you can. This will be your starting position.
  • Pull gently on the belt to create tension in your groin and hamstring muscles. Hold for 10-20 seconds, and repeat on the other side.

Intermediate Hip Flexor and Quad Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Lie face down on the floor, with a rope, belt, or band looped around one foot.
  • Flex the knee and extend the hip of the leg to be stretched, using both hands to pull on the belt. Your knee and your hip should come off of the floor, creating tension in the hip flexors and quadriceps. Hold the stretch for 10-20 seconds, and repeat on the other leg.

Inverted Row

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • middle back
Secondary Muscles:
  • lats
Instructions:
  • Position a bar in a rack to about waist height. You can also use a smith machine.
  • Take a wider than shoulder width grip on the bar and position yourself hanging underneath the bar. Your body should be straight with your heels on the ground with your arms fully extended. This will be your starting position.
  • Begin by flexing the elbow, pulling your chest towards the bar. Retract your shoulder blades as you perform the movement.
  • Pause at the top of the motion, and return yourself to the start position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Inverted Row with Straps

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • middle back
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • lats
Instructions:
  • Hang a rope or suspension straps from a rack or other stable object. Grasp the ends and position yourself in a supine position hanging from the ropes. Your body should be straight with your heels on the ground with your arms fully extended. This will be your starting position.
  • Begin by flexing the elbow, pulling your chest to your hands. Retract your shoulder blades as you perform the movement.
  • Pause at the top of the motion, and return yourself to the start position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Iron Crosses (stretch)

Category: stretching
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Lie face down on the floor, with your arms extended out to your side, palms pressed to the floor. This will be your starting position.
  • To begin, flex one knee and bring that leg across the back of your body, attempting to touch it to the ground near the opposite hand.
  • Promptly return the leg to the starting postion, and quickly repeat with the other leg. Continue alternating for 10-20 repetitions.

IT Band and Glute Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • abductors
Instructions:
  • Loop a belt, rope, or band around one of your feet, and swing that leg across your body to the opposite side, keeping the leg extended as you lay on the ground. This will be your starting position.
  • Keeping your foot off of the floor, pull on the belt, using the tension to pull the toes up. Hold for 10-20 seconds, and repeat on the other side.

Keg Load

Category: strongman
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lower back
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • biceps
  • calves
  • forearms
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • middle back
  • quadriceps
  • shoulders
  • traps
Instructions:
  • To load kegs, place the desired number a distance from the loading platform, typically 30-50 feet.
  • Begin by grabbing the close handle of the first keg, tilting it onto its side to grab the opposite edge of the bottom of the keg. Lift the keg up to your chest.
  • The higher you can place the keg, the faster you should be able to move to the platform. Shouldering is usually not allowed. Be sure to keep a firm hold on the keg. Move as quickly as possible to the platform, and load it, extending through your hips, knees, and ankles to get it as high as possible.
  • Return to the starting position to retrieve the next keg, and repeat until the event is completed.

Kipping Muscle Up

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • biceps
  • forearms
  • middle back
  • shoulders
  • traps
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Grip the rings using a false grip, with the base of your palms on top of the rings.
  • Begin with a movement swinging your legs backward slightly.
  • Counter that movement by swinging your legs forward and up, jerking your chin and chest back, pulling yourself up with both arms as you do so. As you reach the top position of the pull-up, pull the rings to your armpits as you roll your shoulders forward, allowing your elbows to move straight back behind you. This puts you into the proper position to continue into the dip portion of the movement.
  • Maintaining control and stability, extend through the elbow to complete the motion.
  • Use care when lowering yourself to the ground.

Knee Across The Body

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • glutes
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • lower back
Instructions:
  • Lie down on the floor with your right leg straight. Bend your left leg and lower it across your body, holding the knee down toward the floor with your right hand. (The knee doesn't need to touch the floor if you're tight.)
  • Place your left arm comfortably beside you and turn your head to the left. Imagine you have a weight tied to your tailbone. let your tailbone fall back toward the floor as your chest reaches in the opposite direction to stretch your lower back. Switch sides.

Knee/Hip Raise On Parallel Bars

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • abdominals
Instructions:
  • Position your body on the vertical leg raise bench so that your forearms are resting on the pads next to the torso and holding on to the handles. Your arms will be bent at a 90 degree angle.
  • The torso should be straight with the lower back pressed against the pad of the machine and the legs extended pointing towards the floor. This will be your starting position.
  • Now as you breathe out, lift your legs up as you keep them extended. Continue this movement until your legs are roughly parallel to the floor and then hold the contraction for a second. Tip: Do not use any momentum or swinging as you perform this exercise.
  • Slowly go back to the starting position as you breathe in.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Kneeling Arm Drill

Category: plyometrics
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
Instructions:
  • This drill helps increase arm efficiency during the run. Begin kneeling, left foot in front, right knee down. Apply pressure through the front heel to keep your glutes and hamstrings activated.
  • Begin by blocking the arms in long, pendulum like swings. Close the arm angle, blocking with the arms as you would when jogging, progressing to a run and finally a sprint.
  • As soon as your hands pass the hip, accelerate them forward during the sprinting motion to move them as quickly as possible.
  • Switch knees and repeat.

Kneeling Forearm Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • forearms
Instructions:
  • Start by kneeling on a mat with your palms flat and your fingers pointing back toward your knees.
  • Slowly lean back keeping your palms flat on the floor until you feel a stretch in your wrists and forearms. Hold for 20-30 seconds.

Kneeling Hip Flexor

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Kneel on a mat and bring your right knee up so the bottom of your foot is on the floor and extend your left leg out behind you so the top of your foot is on the floor.
  • Shift your weight forward until you feel a stretch in your hip. Hold for 15 seconds, then repeat for your other side.

Lateral Box Jump

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • adductors
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Assume a comfortable standing position, with a short box positioned next to you. This will be your starting position.
  • Quickly dip into a quarter squat to initiate the stretch reflex, and immediately reverse direction to jump up and to the side.
  • Bring your knees high enough to ensure your feet have good clearance over the box.
  • Land on the center of the box, using your legs to absorb the impact.
  • Carefully jump down to the other side of the box, and continue going back and forth for several repetitions.

Lateral Cone Hops

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • adductors
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Position a number of cones in a row several feet apart.
  • Stand next to the end of the cones, facing 90 degrees to the direction of travel. This will be your starting position.
  • Begin the jump by dipping with the knees to initiate a stretch reflex, and immediately reverse direction to push off the ground, jumping up and sideways over the cone.
  • Use your legs to absorb impact upon landing, and rebound into the next jump, continuing down the row of cones.

Leg-Up Hamstring Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Lie flat on your back, bend one knee, and put that foot flat on the floor to stabilize your spine.
  • Extend the other leg in the air. If you're tight, you wont be able to straighten it. That's okay. Extend the knee so that the sole of the lifted foot faces the ceiling (or as close as you can get it).
  • Slowly straighten the legs as much as possible and then pull the leg toward your nose. Switch sides.

Linear 3-Part Start Technique

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • This drill helps you accelerate as quickly as possible into a sprint from a dead stop. It helps to use a line to start from. Begin with two feet on the line. Place your left foot with the toe next to your right ankle. Place your right foot 4-6 inches behind the left.
  • Place your right hand onto the line, and thing bring your nose close to your left knee.
  • Squat down as you lean foward, your head being lower than your hips and your weight loaded onto the left leg. This will be your starting position.
  • Take your left hand up so that it is parallel to the ground, pointing behind you, and explode out when ready.

Linear Acceleration Wall Drill

Category: plyometrics
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Lean at around 45 degrees against a wall. Your feet should be together, glutes contracted.
  • Begin by lifting your right knee quickly, pausing, and then driving it straight down into the ground.
  • Switch legs, raising the opposite knee, and then attacking the ground straight down.
  • Repeat once more with your right leg, and as soon as the right foot strikes the ground hammer them out rapidly, alternating left and right as fast as you can.

Linear Depth Jump

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • You will need two boxes or benches spaced a few feet away from each other. Begin by standing on one box facing towards the other platform.
  • To initiate the movement, gently drop down to the ground between your platforms, allowing the knees and hips to flex.
  • Reverse the motion by exploding, extending through the hips, knees, and ankles to jump onto the other platform.
  • Land softly, asborbing the impact through the legs.

Log Lift

Category: strongman
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • chest
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
  • middle back
  • quadriceps
  • traps
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Begin standing with the log in front of you. Grasp the handles, and begin to clean the log. As you are bent over to start the clean, attempt to get the log as high as possible, pulling it into your chest. Extend through the hips and knees to bring it up to complete the clean.
  • Push your head back and look up, creating a shelf on your chest to rest the log. Begin the press by dipping, flexing slightly through the knees and reversing the motion. This push press will generate momentum to start the log moving vertically. Continue by extending through the elbows to press the log above your head. There are no strict rules on form, so use whatever techniques you are most efficient with. As the log is pressed, ensure that you push your head through on each repetition, looking forward.
  • Repeat as many times as possible. Attempt to control the descent of the log as it is returned to the ground.

London Bridges

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • forearms
  • middle back
Instructions:
  • Attach a climbing rope to a high beam or cross member. Below it, ensure that the smith machine bar is locked in place with the safeties and cannot move. Alternatively, a secure box could also be utilized.
  • Stand on the bar, using the rope to balance yourself. This will be your starting position.
  • Keeping your body straight, lean back and lower your body by slowly going hand over hand with the rope. Continue until you are perpendicular to the ground.
  • Keeping your body straight, reverse the motion, going hand over hand back to the starting position.

Looking At Ceiling

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Kneel on the floor, holding your heels with both hands.
  • Lift your buttocks up and forward while bringing your head back to look up at the ceiling, to give an arch in your back.

Lying Bent Leg Groin

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: expert
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • adductors
Instructions:
  • Lie on your back with your knees bent and the soles of the feet pressed together. Have your partner hold your knees. This will be your starting position.
  • Attempt to squeeze your knees together, while your partner prevents any movement from occurring.
  • After 10-20 seconds, relax your muscles as your partner gently pushes your knees towards the floor. Be sure to inform your helper when the stretch is adequate to prevent injury or overstretching.

Lying Face Down Plate Neck Resistance

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • neck
Instructions:
  • Lie face down with your whole body straight on a flat bench while holding a weight plate behind your head. Tip: You will need to position yourself so that your shoulders are slightly above the end of a flat bench in order for the upper chest, neck and face to be off the bench. This will be your starting position.
  • While keeping the plate secure on the back of your head slowly lower your head (as in saying "yes") as you breathe in.
  • Raise your head back up to the starting position in a semi-circular motion as you breathe out. Hold the contraction for a second.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Lying Face Up Plate Neck Resistance

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • neck
Instructions:
  • Lie face up with your whole body straight on a flat bench while holding a weight plate on top of your forehead. Tip: You will need to position yourself so that your shoulders are slightly above the end of a flat bench in order for the traps, neck and head to be off the bench. This will be your starting position.
  • While keeping the plate secure on your forehead slowly lower your head back in a semi-circular motion as you breathe in.
  • Raise your head back up to the starting position in a semi-circular motion as you breathe out. Hold the contraction for a second.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Lying Hamstring

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: expert
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • Lie on your back with your legs extended. Your partner should be kneeling beside you. Raise one leg up towards the ceiling and have your partner hold the ankle. Your partner can use their shoulder to brace your leg if necessary. This will be your starting position.
  • With your partner holding your leg in place, attempt to flex the knee, contracting the hamstrings for 10-20 seconds.
  • Then relax your leg, allowing your partner to gently push the leg towards your head. Be sure to inform your helper when the stretch is adequate to prevent injury or overstretching. Switch sides once complete.

Middle Back Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • middle back
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • lats
  • lower back
Instructions:
  • Stand so your feet are shoulder width apart and your hands are on your hips.
  • Twist at your waist until you feel a stretch. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds, then twist to the other side.

Mixed Grip Chin

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: expert
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • middle back
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • lats
Instructions:
  • Using a spacing that is just about 1 inch wider than shoulder width, grab a pull-up bar with the palms of one hand facing forward and the palms of the other hand facing towards you. This will be your starting position.
  • Now start to pull yourself up as you exhale. Tip: With the arm that has the palms facing up concentrate on using the back muscles in order to perform the movement. The elbow of that arm should remain close to the torso. With the other arm that has the palms facing forward, the elbows will be away but in line with the torso. You will concentrate on using the lats to pull your body up.
  • After a second contraction at the top, start to slowly come down as you inhale.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.
  • On the following set, switch grips; so if you had the right hand with the palms facing you and the left one with the palms facing forward, on the next set you will have the palms facing forward for the right hand and facing you for the left.

Mountain Climbers

Category: plyometrics
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • chest
  • hamstrings
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Begin in a pushup position, with your weight supported by your hands and toes. Flexing the knee and hip, bring one leg until the knee is approximately under the hip. This will be your starting position.
  • Explosively reverse the positions of your legs, extending the bent leg until the leg is straight and supported by the toe, and bringing the other foot up with the hip and knee flexed. Repeat in an alternating fashion for 20-30 seconds.

Moving Claw Series

Category: plyometrics
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • This move helps prepare your running form to help you excel at sprinting. As you run, be sure to flex the knee, aiming to kick your glutes as the hip extends.
  • Reload the quad as the leg moves back forward, attacking the ground on the next step.
  • Ensure that as you run, you block with the arms, punching through in a rapid 1-2 motion.

Muscle Up

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • biceps
  • forearms
  • middle back
  • shoulders
  • traps
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Grip the rings using a false grip, with the base of your palms on top of the rings. Initiate a pull up by pulling the elbows down to your side, flexing the elbows.
  • As you reach the top position of the pull-up, pull the rings to your armpits as you roll your shoulders forward, allowing your elbows to move straight back behind you. This puts you into the proper position to continue into the dip portion of the movement.
  • Maintaining control and stability, extend through the elbow to complete the motion.
  • Use care when lowering yourself to the ground.

Neck-SMR

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • neck
Instructions:
  • Using a muscle roller or a rolling pin, place the roller behind your head and against your neck. Make sure that you do not place the roller directly against the spine, but turned slightly so that the roller is pressed against the muscles to either side of the spine. This will be your starting position.
  • Starting at the top of your neck, slowly roll down the muscles of your neck, pausing at points of tension for 10-30 seconds.

On Your Side Quad Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Start off by lying on your right side, with your right knee bent at a 90-degree angle resting on the floor in front of you (this stabilizes the torso).
  • Bend your left knee behind you and hold your left foot with your left hand. To stretch your hip flexor, press your left hip forward as you push your left foot back into your hand. Switch sides.

On-Your-Back Quad Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Lie on a flat bench or step, and hang one leg and arm over the side.
  • Bend the knee and hold the top of the foot. As you do this, be careful not to arch your lower back.
  • Pull the belly button to the spine to stay in neutral. Press your foot down and into your hand. To add the hip stretch, lift the hip of the leg you're holding up toward the ceiling.
  • Switch sides.

One Arm Against Wall

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Instructions:
  • From a standing position, place a bent arm against a wall or doorway.
  • Slowly lean toward your arm until you feel a stretch in your lats.

One Arm Chin-Up

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: expert
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • middle back
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • forearms
  • lats
Instructions:
  • For this exercise, start out by placing a towel around a chin up bar.
  • Grab the chin-up bar with your palm facing you. One hand will be grabbing the chin-up bar and the other will be grabbing the towel.
  • Bring your torso back around 30 degrees or so while creating a curvature on your lower back and sticking your chest out. This is your starting position.v
  • Pull your torso up until the bar touches your upper chest by drawing the shoulders and the upper arms down and back. Exhale as you perform this portion of the movement. Tip: Concentrate on squeezing the back muscles once you reach the full contracted position. The upper torso should remain stationary as it moves through space and only the arms should move. The forearms should do no other work other than hold the bar.
  • After a second on the contracted position, start to inhale and slowly lower your torso back to the starting position when your arms are fully extended and the lats are fully stretched.
  • Repeat this motion for the prescribed amount of repetitions.
  • Switch arms and repeat the movement.

One Half Locust

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • biceps
  • chest
Instructions:
  • Lie facedown on the floor.
  • Put your left hand under your left hipbone to pad your hip and pubic bone.
  • Bend your right knee so you can hold the foot in your right hand.
  • Lift the foot in the air and simultaneously lift your shoulders off the floor. This also stretches the right hip flexor and the chest and shoulders. Switch sides. If it doesn't bother your back, you can try it with both arms and legs at the same time.

One Handed Hang

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
Instructions:
  • Grab onto a chinup bar with one hand, using a pronated grip. Keep your feet on the floor or a step. Allow the majority of your weight to hang from that hand, while keeping your feet on the ground. Hold for 10-20 seconds and switch sides.

One Knee To Chest

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • glutes
Secondary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
Instructions:
  • Start off by lying on the floor.
  • Extend one leg straight and pull the other knee to your chest. Hold under the knee joint to protect the kneecap.
  • Gently tug that knee toward your nose.
  • Switch sides. This stretches the buttocks and lower back of the bent leg and the hip flexor of the straight leg.

Otis-Up

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • abdominals
Secondary Muscles:
  • chest
  • shoulders
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Secure your feet and lay back on the floor. Your knees should be bent. Hold a weight with both hands to your chest. This will be your starting position.
  • Initiate the movement by flexing the hips and spine to raise your torso up from the ground.
  • As you move up, press the weight up so that it is above your head at the top of the movement.
  • Return the weight to your chest as you reverse the sit-up motion, ensuring not to go all the way down to the floor.

Overhead Lat

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: expert
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Secondary Muscles:
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Sit upright on the floor with your partner behind you. Raise one arm straight up, and flex the elbow, attempting to touch your hand to your back. Your parner should hold your tricep and wrist. This will be your starting position.
  • Attempt to pull your upper arm to your side as your partner prevents you from doing actually doing so.
  • After 10-20 seconds, relax the arm and allow your partner to further stretch the lat by applying gentle pressure to the tricep. Hold for 10-20 seconds, and then switch sides.

Overhead Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • abdominals
Secondary Muscles:
  • chest
  • forearms
  • lats
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Standing straight up, lace your fingers together and open your palms to the ceiling. Keep your shoulders down as you extend your arms up.
  • To create a full torso stretch, pull your tailbone down and stabilize your torso as you do this. Stretch the muscles on both the front and the back of the torso.

Parallel Bar Dip

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • triceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • chest
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Stand between a set of parallel bars. Place a hand on each bar, and then take a small jump to help you get into the starting position with your arms locked out.
  • Begin by flexing the elbow, lowering your body until your arms break 90 degrees. Avoid swinging, and maintain good posture throughout the descent.
  • Reverse the motion by extending the elbow, pushing yourself back up into the starting position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Pelvic Tilt Into Bridge

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • lower back
Instructions:
  • Lie down with your feet on the floor, heels directly under your knees.
  • Lift only your tailbone to the ceiling to stretch your lower back. (Don't lift the entire spine yet.) Pull in your stomach.
  • To go into a bridge, lift the entire spine except the neck.

Peroneals Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • In a seated position, loop a belt, rope, or band around one foot. This will be your starting position.
  • With the leg extended and the heel off of the ground, pull on the belt so that the foot is inverted, with the inside of the foot being pulled towards you. Hold for 10-20 seconds, and then switch sides.

Plate Pinch

Category: strength
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • forearms
Instructions:
  • Grab two wide-rimmed plates and put them together with the smooth sides facing outward
  • Use your fingers to grip the outside part of the plate and your thumb for the other side thus holding both plates together. This is the starting position.
  • Squeeze the plate with your fingers and thumb. Hold this position for as long as you can.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of sets prescribed in your program.
  • Switch arms and repeat the movements.

Plate Twist

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • abdominals
Instructions:
  • Lie down on the floor or an exercise mat with your legs fully extended and your upper body upright. Grab the plate by its sides with both hands out in front of your abdominals with your arms slightly bent.
  • Slowly cross your legs near your ankles and lift them up off the ground. Your knees should also be bent slightly. Note: Move your upper body back slightly to help keep you balanced turning this exercise. This is the starting position.
  • Move the plate to the left side and touch the floor with it. Breathe out as you perform that movement.
  • Come back to the starting position as you breathe in and then repeat the movement but this time to the right side of the body. Tip: Use a slow controlled movement at all times. Jerking motions can injure the back.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Platform Hamstring Slides

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • glutes
Instructions:
  • For this movement a wooden floor or similar is needed. Lay on your back with your legs extended. Place a gym towel or a light weight underneath your heel. This will be your starting position.
  • Begin the movement by flexing the knee, keeping your other leg straight.
  • Continue bringing the heel closer to you, sliding it on the floor.
  • At full knee flexion, reverse the movement to return to the starting position.

Posterior Tibialis Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • In a seated position, loop a belt, rope, or band around one foot. This will be your starting position.
  • With the leg extended and the heel off of the ground, pull on the belt so that the foot is everted, with the outside of the foot being pulled towards you. Hold for 10-20 seconds, and then switch sides.

Power Stairs

Category: strongman
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • adductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • lower back
  • quadriceps
  • shoulders
  • traps
Instructions:
  • In the power stairs, implements are moved up a staircase. For training purposes, these can be performed with a tire or box.
  • Begin by taking the implement with both hands. Set your feet wide, with your head and chest up. Drive through the ground with your heels, extending your knees and hips to raise the weight from the ground.
  • As you lean back, attempt to swing the weight onto the stairs, which are usually around 16-18" high. You can use your legs to help push the weight onto the stair.
  • Repeat for 3-5 repetitions, and continue with a heavier weight, moving as fast as possible.

Prone Manual Hamstring

Category: strength
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • You will need a partner for this exercise. Lay face down with your legs straight. Your assistant will place their hand on your heel.
  • To begin, flex the knee to curl your leg up. Your partner should provide resistance, starting light and increasing the pressure as the movement is completed. Communicate with your partner to monitor appropriate resistance levels.
  • Pause at the top, returning the leg to the starting position as your partner provides resistance going the other direction.

Prowler Sprint

Category: cardio
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • chest
  • glutes
  • quadriceps
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Place your sled on an appropriate surface, loaded to a suitable weight. The sled should provide enough resistance to require effort, but not so heavy that you are significantly slowed down.
  • You may use the upright or the low handles for this exercise. Place your hands on the handles with your arms extended, leaning into the implement.
  • With good posture, drive through the ground with alternating, short steps. Move as fast as you can for a short distance.

Quad Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Lay on your side. Loop a belt, rope, or band around your top foot. Flex the knee and extend your hip, attempting to touch your glutes with your foot, and holding the belt with your hands. This will be your starting position.
  • With the belt being held over the shoulder or overhead, gently pull to increase the stretch in the quadriceps. Hold for 10-20 seconds, and then switch sides.

Quick Leap

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • You will need a box for this exerise.
  • Begin facing the box standing 1-2 feet from its edge.
  • By utilizing your hips, hop onto the box, landing on both legs. Ensure that you land with your legs bent and your feet flat.
  • Immediately upon landing, fully extend through the entire body and swing your arms overhead to explode off of the box. Use your legs to absorb the impact of landing.

Reverse Plate Curls

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • biceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • forearms
Instructions:
  • Start by standing straight with a weighted plate held by both hands and arms fully extended. Use a pronated grip (palms facing down) and make sure your fingers grab the rough side of the plate while your thumb grabs the smooth side. Note: For the best results, grab the weighted plate at an 11:00 and 1:00 o'clock position.
  • Your feet should be shoulder width apart from each other and the weighted plate should be near the groin area. This is the starting position.
  • Slowly lift the plate up while keeping the elbows in and the upper arms stationary until your biceps and forearms touch while exhaling. The plate should be evenly aligned with your torso at this point.
  • Feel the contraction for a second and begin to lower the weight back down to the starting position while inhaling
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Rickshaw Carry

Category: strongman
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • forearms
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
  • quadriceps
  • traps
Instructions:
  • Position the frame at the starting point, and load with the appropriate weight. Standing in the center of the frame, begin by gripping the handles and driving through your heels to lift the frame. Ensure your chest and head are up and your back is straight.
  • Immediately begin walking briskly with quick, controlled steps. Keep your chest up and head forward, and make sure you continue breathing. Bring the frame to the ground after you have reached the end point.

Rickshaw Deadlift

Category: strongman
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • forearms
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
  • traps
Instructions:
  • Load the frame with the desired weight. Center yourself between the handles. You feet should be about hip width apart. Bend at the hips to grip the handles, allowing your shoulder blades to protract.
  • With your feet and your grip set, take a big breath and then lower your hips and flex the knees. Look forward with your head, keep your chest up and your back arched, and begin driving through the heels to move the weight upward. As the weight comes up, pull your shoulder blades together as you drive your hips forward.
  • Lower the weight by bending at the hips and guiding it to the ground.

Ring Dips

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • triceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • chest
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Grip a ring in each hand, and then take a small jump to help you get into the starting position with your arms locked out.
  • Begin by flexing the elbow, lowering your body until your arms break 90 degrees. Avoid swinging, and maintain good posture throughout the descent.
  • Reverse the motion by extending the elbow, pushing yourself back up into the starting position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Rocky Pull-Ups/Pulldowns

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • middle back
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Grab the pull-up bar with the palms facing forward using a wide grip.
  • As you have both arms extended in front of you holding the bar at the chosen grip width, bring your torso back around 30 degrees or so while creating a curvature on your lower back and sticking your chest out. This is your starting position.
  • Pull your torso up until the bar touches your upper chest by drawing the shoulders and the upper arms down and back. Exhale as you perform this portion of the movement. Tip: Concentrate on squeezing the back muscles once you reach the full contracted position. The upper torso should remain stationary as it moves through space and only the arms should move. The forearms should do no other work other than hold the bar.
  • After a second on the contracted position, start to inhale and slowly lower your torso back to the starting position when your arms are fully extended and the lats are fully stretched.
  • Now repeat the same movements as described above except this time your torso will remain straight as you go up and the bar will touch the back of the neck instead of the upper chest. Tip: Use the head to lean forward slightly as it will help you properly execute this portion of the exercise.
  • Once you have lowered yourself back down to the starting position, repeat the exercise for the prescribed amount of repetitions in your program.

Rope Climb

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • forearms
  • middle back
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Grab the rope with both hands above your head. Pull down on the rope as you take a small jump.
  • Wrap the rope around one leg, using your feet to pinch the rope. Reach up as high as possible with your arms, gripping the rope tightly.
  • Release the rope from your feet as you pull yourself up with your arms, bringing your knees towards your chest.
  • Resecure your feet on the rope, and then stand up to take another high hold on the rope. Continue until you reach the top of the rope.
  • To lower yourself, loosen the grip of your feet on the rope as you slide down using a hand over hand motion.

Rope Jumping

Category: cardio
Level: intermediate
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Hold an end of the rope in each hand. Position the rope behind you on the ground. Raise your arms up and turn the rope over your head bringing it down in front of you. When it reaches the ground, jump over it. Find a good turning pace that can be maintained. Different speeds and techniques can be used to introduce variation.
  • Rope jumping is exciting, challenges your coordination, and requires a lot of energy. A 150 lb person will burn about 350 calories jumping rope for 30 minutes, compared to over 450 calories running.

Round The World Shoulder Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • chest
Instructions:
  • Stand up straight with your legs together, holding a bodybar or broomstick.
  • Hold the pole behind your hips with a wider than shoulder width grip. Your palms should be down and your thumbs facing out.
  • Slowly lift your arms up behind your head. Don't force it if it gets hard to lift further.

Runner's Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • It's easiest to get into this stretch if you start standing up, put one leg behind you, and slowly lower your torso down to the floor.
  • Keep the front heel on the floor (if it lifts up, scoot your other leg further back).
  • Place your hands on either side of your front leg. To get more out of this stretch, push your butt up toward the ceiling, and then gradually lower it back toward the floor. You'll Stretch the hip flexor of the back leg and the hamstring and buttocks of the front.

Sandbag Load

Category: strongman
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • biceps
  • calves
  • forearms
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
  • middle back
  • shoulders
  • traps
Instructions:
  • To load sandbags or other objects, begin with the implements placed a distance from the loading platform, typically 50 feet.
  • Begin by lifting the sandbag. Sandbags are extremely awkward, and the manner of lifting them can vary depending on the particular sandbag used. Reach as far around it as possible, extending through the hips and knees to pull it up high. Shouldering is usually not allowed.
  • Move as quickly as possible to the platform, and load it, extending through your hips, knees, and ankles to get it as high as possible. Place it onto the platform, ensuring it doesn't fall off.
  • Return to the starting position to retrieve the next sandbag, and repeat until the event is completed.

Scapular Pull-Up

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • traps
Secondary Muscles:
  • lats
  • middle back
Instructions:
  • Take a pronated grip on a pull-up bar.
  • From a hanging position, raise yourself a few inches without using your arms. Do this by depressing your shoulder girdle in a reverse shrugging motion.
  • Pause at the completion of the movement, and then slowly return to the starting position before performing more repetitions.

Seated Band Hamstring Curl

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Secure a band close to the ground and place a bench a couple feet away from it.
  • Seat yourself on the bench and secure the band behind your ankles, beginning with your legs straight. This will be your starting position.
  • Flex the knees, bringing your feet towards the bench. You may need to lean back slightly to keep your feet from striking the floor.
  • Pause at the completion of the movement, and then slowly return to the starting position.

Seated Calf Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • calves
Secondary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
Instructions:
  • Sit up straight on an exercise mat.
  • Bend one knee and put that foot on the floor to stabilize the torso.
  • Straighten your other leg and flex your ankle.
  • Using a band, towel, or your hand if you can reach, pull the toes toward you. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds, then switch sides.

Seated Floor Hamstring Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • Sit on a mat with your right leg extended in front of you and your left leg bent with your foot against your right inner thigh.
  • Lean forward from your hips and reach for your ankle until you feel a stretch in your hamstring. Hold for 15 seconds, then repeat for your other side.

Seated Hamstring

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: expert
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • In a seated position with your legs extended, have your partner stand behind you. Now, lean forward as your partner braces your shoulders with their hands. This will be your starting position.
  • Attempt to push your torso back for 10-20 seconds, as your partner prevents any actual movement of your torso.
  • Now relax your muscles as your partner increases the stretch by gently pushing your torso forward for 10-20 seconds.

Seated Hamstring and Calf Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • Loop a belt, rope, or band around one foot. Sit down with both legs extended . This will be your starting position.
  • Leaning forward slightly, pull on the belt to draw the toes of your foot back. Hold this position for 10-20 seconds and then repeat with the other leg.

Seated Head Harness Neck Resistance

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • neck
Instructions:
  • Place a neck strap on the floor at the end of a flat bench. Once you have selected the weights, sit at the end of the flat bench with your feet wider than shoulder width apart from each other. Your toes should be pointed out.
  • Slowly move your torso forward until it is almost parallel with the floor. Using both hands, securely position the neck strap around your head. Tip: Make sure the weights are still lying on the floor to prevent any strain on the neck. Now grab the weight with both hands while elevating your torso back until it is almost perpendicular to the floor. Note: Your head and torso needs to be slightly tilted forward to perform this exercise.
  • Now place both hands on top of your knees. This is the starting position.
  • Slowly lower your neck down until your chin touches the upper part of your chest while breathing in.
  • While exhaling, bring your neck back to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Seated Overhead Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • abdominals
Instructions:
  • Sit up straight on an exercise mat.
  • Touch the soles of your feet together with your feet six to eight inches in front of your hips.
  • Place one hand on the floor beside you and your other hand behind your head.
  • Lift your elbow to the ceiling as you incline your torso to the other side. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds, then switch sides.

Shoulder Circles

Category: stretching
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • traps
Instructions:
  • With shoulders relaxed and arms resting loosely at your sides (or in your lap if you're seated), gently roll your shoulders forward, up, back, and down.
  • Reverse direction. You can do this exercise alternating shoulders or both at the same time.

Shoulder Raise

Category: stretching
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • lats
Instructions:
  • Relax your arms to your sides and raise your shoulders up toward your ears, then back down.

Shoulder Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Reach your left arm across your body and hold it straight.

Side Hop-Sprint

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Stand to the side of a cone or hurdle.
  • Begin this drill by hopping sideways over the obstacle, rebounding out of your landing to hop back to where you started.
  • Hop for a prescribed number or repetitions as quickly as possible, and finish this drill by sprinting a short distance upon landing the last hop.

Side Lying Groin Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • adductors
Secondary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Start off by lying on your right side and bend your right knee in front of you to stabilize the torso.
  • Rest your head on your right hand or shoulder. Lift your left leg upward and hold it by the back of the knee (easier) or the foot (harder).
  • Pull your left knee in toward your left shoulder and simultaneously press your foot or knee down to the floor. To intensify this stretch, straighten your left leg. Switch sides.

Side Neck Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • neck
Instructions:
  • Start with your shoulders relaxed, gently tilt your head towards your shoulder.
  • Assist stretch with a gentle pull on the side of the head.

Side Standing Long Jump

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Begin standing with your feet hip width apart in an athletic stance. Your head and chest should be up, knees and hips slightly bent. This will be your starting position.
  • Leaning to your right, extend through your hips, knees, and ankles to jump into the air. Block with the arms to lead the movement, jumping as far to your right as you can.
  • Land facing the same direction with your feet hip width apart, absorbing the impact through your lower body.

Side to Side Box Shuffle

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Stand to one side of the box with your left foot resting on the middle of it.
  • To begin, jump up and over to the other side of the box, landing with your right foot on top of the box and your left foot on the floor. Swing your arms to aid your movement.
  • Continue shuffling back and forth across the box.

Side To Side Chins

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • forearms
  • middle back
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Grab the pull-up bar with the palms facing forward using a wide grip.
  • As you have both arms extended in front of you holding the bar at a wide grip, bring your torso back around 30 degrees or so while creating a curvature on your lower back and sticking your chest out. This is your starting position.
  • Pull your torso up while leaning to the left hand side until the bar almost touches your upper chest by drawing the shoulders and the upper arms down and back. Exhale as you perform this portion of the movement. Tip: Concentrate on squeezing the back muscles once you reach the full contracted position. The upper torso should remain stationary as it moves through space (no swinging) and only the arms should move. The forearms should do no other work other than hold the bar.
  • After a second of contraction, inhale as you go back to the starting position.
  • Now, pull your torso up while leaning to the right hand side until the bar almost touches your upper chest by drawing the shoulders and the upper arms down and back. Exhale as you perform this portion of the movement. Tip: Concentrate on squeezing the back muscles once you reach the full contracted position. The upper torso should remain stationary as it moves through space and only the arms should move. The forearms should do no other work other than hold the bar.
  • After a second of contraction, inhale as you go back to the starting position.
  • Repeat steps 3-6 until you have performed the prescribed amount of repetitions for each side.

Side Wrist Pull

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • forearms
  • lats
Instructions:
  • This stretch works best standing. Cross your left arm over the midline of your body and hold the left wrist in your right hand down at the level of your hips. Start the stretch with a bent left arm.
  • Slowly straighten, pull, and lift it up to shoulder height, as pictured. Feel this stretch originate in your back, not your shoulders, and don't pull too hard on the shoulders joint. Switch sides.

Side-Lying Floor Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Instructions:
  • First lie on your left side, bending your left knee in front of you to stabilize your torso (use your abdominal muscles as well to hold you upright).
  • Straighten your right leg and rest the right foot on the floor behind your left. Straighten your right arm over your head and gently pull on your right wrist to stretch the entire right side of the body. Switch sides.

Single Leg Push-off

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Stand on the ground with one foot resting on the box, heel close to the edge.
  • Push off with your foot on top of the box, trying to gain as much height as possible by extending through the hip and knee.
  • Land with the same foot on top of the box, returning your other foot back to the start position.

Single-Cone Sprint Drill

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • This drill teaches quick foot action. You need a single cone. Begin standing next to the cone with one arm back and one arm forward.
  • Chop the feet as quickly as possible, blocking with the arms. Circle the cone, keep your knees up, with violent foot action.
  • Rest after three trips around the cone.

Single-Leg High Box Squat

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Position a box in a rack. Secure a band or rope in place above the box.
  • Standing in front of it, step onto the box to a full standing position, letting your other leg remain unsupported. Hold onto the band for balance
  • . Continue stepping up and down on the same leg before switching to the opposite side.

Single-Leg Hop Progression

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Arrange a line of cones in front of you. Assume a relaxed standing position, balanced on one leg. Raise the knee of your opposite leg. This will be your starting position.
  • Hop forward, jumping and landing with the same leg over the cone.
  • Use a countermovement jump to hop from cone to cone.
  • At the end, turn around and go back on the other leg.

Single-Leg Lateral Hop

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Stand to the side of a cone or hurdle. To get into the start position, stand on one leg with your knee slightly bent.
  • To begin, execute a counterjump to hop sideways over the cone.
  • Land on your jumping leg, and immediately rebound out of it by jumping back to the start position.
  • Continue hopping back and forth.

Single-Leg Stride Jump

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Stand to the side of a box with your inside foot on top of it, close to the edge.
  • Begin by swinging the arms upward as you push through the top leg, jumping upward as high as possible. Attempt to drive the opposite knee upward.
  • Land in the same position that you started, using your inside leg to decelerate the impact.

Sit Squats

Category: stretching
Force: push
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. This will be your starting position.
  • Begin the movement by flexing your knees and hips, sitting back with your hips.
  • Continue until you have squatted a portion of the way down, but are above parallel, and quickly reverse the motion until you return to the starting position. Repeat for 5-10 repetitions.

Skating

Category: cardio
Level: intermediate
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Roller skating is a fun activity which can be effective in improving cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular endurance. It requires relatively good balance and coordination. It is necessary to learn the basics of skating including turning and stopping and to wear protective gear to avoid possible injury.
  • You can skate at a comfortable pace for 30 minutes straight. If you want a cardio challenge, do interval skating – speed skate two minutes of every five minutes, using the remaining three minutes to recover. A 150 lb person will typically burn about 175 calories in 30 minutes skating at a comfortable pace, similar to brisk walking.

Sled Drag - Harness

Category: strongman
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • To begin, load the sled with the desired weight and attach the pulling strap. You can pull with handles, use a harness, or attach the pulling strap to a weight belt.
  • Whether pulling forwards or backwards, lean in the direction of travel and progress by extending through the hips and knees.

Sled Overhead Backward Walk

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • middle back
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Attach dual handles to a sled connected by a rope or chain. Load the sled to a light weight.
  • Face the sled, backing up until there is some tension in the line. Hold your hands directly above your head with your elbows extended. This will be your starting position.
  • Walk backwards, keeping your arms raised above your head. Avoid jerky movements.

Sled Overhead Triceps Extension

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Attach dual handles to a sled using a chain or rope. Load the sled to an appropriate load.
  • Facing away from the sled, step away until there is tension in the line. Raise your hands above your head, keeping them together, palms facing each other. Your elbows should be pointed upward with the elbows flexed. This will be your starting position.
  • Extend through the elbow to straighten the arm. Ensure that your upper arm stays in position to isolate the triceps.
  • Upon full extension, step forward to take the slack out of the line. You may keep your feet staggered for more stability.

Sled Push

Category: strongman
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • chest
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Load your pushing sled with the desired weight.
  • Take an athletic posture, leaning into the sled with your arms fully extended, grasping the handles. Push the sled as fast as possible, focusing on extending your hips and knees to strengthen your posterior chain.

Sled Reverse Flye

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Attach dual handles to a sled connected by a rope or chain. Load the sled to a light weight.
  • Face the sled, backing up until there is some tension in the line. Take both handles at arms length at about waist level. Bend the knees slightly and keep your chest and head up. This will be your starting position.
  • Without flexing the elbow, pull the handles upward and apart, performing a reverse fly with some external rotation. Your palms should be facing forward as you do this.
  • Return to the starting position, taking a couple steps back to take the slack out of the line.

Sled Row

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • middle back
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • lats
Instructions:
  • Attach dual handles to a sled connected by a rope or chain. Load the sled to an appropriate weight. Face the sled, backing up until there is some tension in the line.
  • With a handle in each hand, bend the knees slightly, keep your head and chest up, and begin with your arms extended.
  • To initiate the movement, flex the elbow as you retract your shoulder blades, pulling the sled towards you.
  • Take a step or two back to get tension in the line and repeat.

Sledgehammer Swings

Category: plyometrics
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • abdominals
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • forearms
  • lats
  • middle back
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • You will need a tire and a sledgehammer for this exercise. Stand in front of the tire about two feet away from it with a staggered stance. Grip the sledgehammer.
  • If you are right handed, your left hand should be at the bottom of the handle, and your right hand should be choking up closer to the head.
  • As you bring the sledge up, your right hand slides toward the head; as you swing down, your right hand will slide down to join your left hand. Slam it down as hard as you can against the tire. Control the bounce of the hammer off of the tire.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Spinal Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • middle back
Secondary Muscles:
  • lats
  • lower back
  • neck
  • traps
Instructions:
  • Sit in a chair so your back is straight and your feet planted on the floor.
  • Interlace your fingers behind your head, elbows out and your chin down.
  • Twist your upper body to one side about 3 times as far as you can. Then lean forward and twist your torso to reach your elbow to the floor on the inside of your knee.
  • Return to upright position and then repeat for your other side.

Split Squats

Category: stretching
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Being in a standing position. Jump into a split leg position, with one leg forward and one leg back, flexing the knees and lowering your hips slightly as you do so.
  • As you descend, immediately reverse direction, standing back up and jumping, reversing the position of your legs. Repeat 5-10 times on each leg.

Standing Biceps Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • biceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • chest
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Clasp your hands behind your back with your palms together, straighten arms and then rotate them so your palms face downward.
  • Raise your arms up and hold until you feel a stretch in your biceps.

Standing Elevated Quad Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Start by standing with your back about two to three feet away from a bench or step.
  • Lift one leg behind you and rest your foot on the step,either on your instep or the ball of your foot, whichever you find most comfortable.
  • Keep your supporting knee slightly bent and avoid letting that knee extend out beyond your toes. Switch sides.

Standing Gastrocnemius Calf Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • calves
Secondary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Place your right heel on a step with your knee extended and lean forward to grab your right toe with your right hand. Your left knee should be slightly bent and your back should be straight.
  • Support your weight on your left leg and place your left hand on your left thigh.
  • Pull your right toes toward your knee until you feel a stretch in your calf.

Standing Hamstring and Calf Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Being by looping a belt, band, or rope around one foot. While standing, place that foot forward.
  • Bend your back leg, while keeping the front one straight. Now raise the toes of your front foot off of the ground and lean forward.
  • Using the belt, pull on the top of the foot to increase the stretch in the calf. Hold for 10-20 seconds and repeat with the other foot.

Standing Hip Flexors

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • Stand up straight with the spine vertical, the left foot slightly in front of the right.
  • Bend both knees and lift the back heel off the floor as you press the right hip forward. You can't get a thorough, deep stretch in this position, however, because it's hard to relax the hip flexor and stand on it at the same time. Switch sides.

Standing Lateral Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • abdominals
Instructions:
  • Take a slightly wider than hip distance stance with your knees slightly bent.
  • Place your right hand on your right hip to support the spine.
  • Raise your left arm in a vertical line and place your left hand behind your head. Keep it there as you incline your torso to the right.
  • Keep your weight evenly distributed between both legs (don't lean into your left hip). Switch sides.

Standing Olympic Plate Hand Squeeze

Category: strength
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • forearms
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
Instructions:
  • To begin, stand straight while holding a weight plate by the ridge at arm's length in each hand using a neutral grip (palms facing in). You feet should be shoulder width apart from each other. This will be your starting position.
  • Lower the plates until the fingers are nearly extended but can still hold weights. Inhale as you lower the plates.
  • Now raise the plates back to the starting position as you exhale by closing your hands.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions prescribed in your program.

Standing Pelvic Tilt

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • lower back
Secondary Muscles:
  • glutes
Instructions:
  • Start off with your feet hip-distance apart.
  • Bend your knees slightly to keep them soft and springy.
  • You may want to move your pelvis forward and backward and back few times before holding the tailbone forward in this stretch.

Standing Soleus And Achilles Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • Stand with your feet hip-distance apart, one foot slightly in front of the other.
  • Bend both knees, keeping your back heel on the floor. Switch sides.

Standing Toe Touches

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
Instructions:
  • Stand with some space in front and behind you.
  • Bend at the waist, keeping your legs straight, until you can relax and let your upper body hang down in front of you. Let your arms and hands hang down naturally. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds.

Stride Jump Crossover

Category: plyometrics
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Stand to the side of a box with your inside foot on top of it, close to the edge.
  • Begin by swinging the arms upward as you push through the top leg, jumping upward as high as possible. Attempt to drive the opposite knee upward.
  • Land in the opposite position that you started, on the opposite side of the box. The foot that was initially on the box will now be on the ground, with the opposite foot now on the box.
  • Repeat the movement, crossing back over to the other side.

Suspended Fallout

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • abdominals
Secondary Muscles:
  • chest
  • lower back
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Adjust the straps so the handles are at an appropriate height, below waist level.
  • Begin standing and grasping the handles. Lean into the straps, moving to an incline push-up position. This will be your starting position.
  • Keeping your arms straight, lean further into the suspension straps, bringing your body closer to the ground, allowing your shoulders to extend, raising your arms up and over your head.
  • Maintain a neutral spine and keep the rest of your body straight, your shoulders being the only joints allowed to move.
  • Pause during the peak contraction, and then return to the starting position.

Suspended Push-Up

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • shoulders
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Anchor your suspension straps securely to the top of a rack or other object.
  • Leaning into the straps, take a handle in each hand and move into a push-up plank position. You should be as close to parallel to the ground as you can manage with your arms fully extended, maintaining good posture.
  • Maintaining a straight, rigid torso, descend slowly by allowing the elbows to flex.
  • Continue until your elbows break 90 degrees, pausing before you extend to return to the starting position.

Suspended Reverse Crunch

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • abdominals
Instructions:
  • Secure a set of suspension straps with the handles hanging about a foot off of the ground. Move yourself into a pushup plank position facing away from the rack.
  • Place your feet into the handles. You should maintain a straight posture, not allowing the hips to sag. This will be your starting position.
  • Begin the movement by flexing the knees and hips, drawing the knees to your torso. As you do so, anteriorly tilt your pelvis, allowing your spine to flex.
  • At the top of the controlled motion, return to the starting position.

Suspended Row

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • middle back
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • lats
Instructions:
  • Suspend your straps at around chest height. Take a handle in each hand and lean back. Keep your body erect and your head and chest up. Your arms should be fully extended. This will be your starting position.
  • Begin by flexing the elbow to initiate the movement. Protract your shoulder blades as you do so.
  • At the completion of the motion pause, and then return to the starting position.

Suspended Split Squat

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Suspend your straps so the handles are 18-30 inches from the floor.
  • Facing away from the setup, place your rear foot into the handle behind you. Keep your head looking forward and your chest up, with your knee slightly bent. This will be your starting position.
  • Descend by flexing the knee and hips, lowering yourself to the ground. Keep your weight on the heel of your foot and maintain your posture throughout the exercise.
  • At the bottom of the movement, reverse the motion, extending through the hip and knee to return to the starting position.

Svend Press

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • chest
Secondary Muscles:
  • forearms
  • shoulders
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Begin in a standing position.
  • Press two lightweight plates together with your hands. Hold the plates together close to your chest to create an isometric contraction in your chest muscles. Your fingers should be pointed forward. This is your starting position.
  • Squeeze the plates between your palms and extend your arms directly out in front of you in a controlled motion.
  • Pause at the top of the motion, and then slowly return to the starting position.

The Straddle

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • adductors
  • calves
Instructions:
  • Begin in a seated, upright position. Start by extending your legs in front of you in a V.
  • With your hands on the floor, lean forward as far as possible. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds.

Tire Flip

Category: strongman
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • chest
  • forearms
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
  • shoulders
  • traps
  • triceps
Instructions:
  • Begin by gripping the bottom of the tire on the tread, and position your feet back a bit. Your chest should be driving into the tire.
  • To lift the tire, extend through the hips, knees, and ankles, driving into the tire and up.
  • As the tire reaches a 45 degree angle, step forward and drive a knee into the tire. As you do so adjust your grip to the upper portion of the tire and push it forward as hard as possible to complete the turn. Repeat as necessary.

Trail Running/Walking

Category: cardio
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Running or hiking on trails will get the blood pumping and heart beating almost immediately. Make sure you have good shoes. While you use the muscles in your calves and buttocks to pull yourself up a hill, the knees, joints and ankles absorb the bulk of the pounding coming back down. Take smaller steps as you walk downhill, keep your knees bent to reduce the impact and slow down to avoid falling.
  • A 150 lb person can burn over 200 calories for 30 minutes walking uphill, compared to 175 on a flat surface. If running the trail, a 150 lb person can burn well over 500 calories in 30 minutes.

Trap Bar Deadlift

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • For this exercise load a trap bar, also known as a hex bar, to an appropriate weight resting on the ground. Stand in the center of the apparatus and grasp both handles.
  • Lower your hips, look forward with your head and keep your chest up.
  • Begin the movement by driving through the heels and extend your hips and knees. Avoid rounding your back at all times.
  • At the completion of the movement, lower the weight back to the ground under control.

Tricep Side Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • triceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • Bring right arm across your body and over your left shoulder, holding your elbow with your left hand, until you feel a stretch in your tricep. Then repeat for your other arm.

Triceps Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Primary Muscles:
  • triceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • lats
Instructions:
  • Reach your hand behind your head, grasp your elbow and gently pull. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds, then switch sides.

Upper Back Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • middle back
Secondary Muscles:
  • middle back
Instructions:
  • Clasp fingers together with your thumbs pointing down, round your shoulders as you reach your hands forward.

Upper Back-Leg Grab

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • lower back
  • middle back
Instructions:
  • While seated, bend forward to hug your thighs from underneath with both arms.
  • Keep your knees together and your legs extended out as you bring your chest down to your knees. You can also stretch your middle back by pulling your back away from your knees as your hugging them.

Upward Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: beginner
Primary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Secondary Muscles:
  • chest
  • lats
Instructions:
  • Extend both hands straight above your head, palms touching.
  • Slowly push your hands up and back, keeping your back straight.

Weighted Bench Dip

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • triceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • chest
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • For this exercise you will need to place a bench behind your back and another one in front of you. With the benches perpendicular to your body, hold on to one bench on its edge with the hands close to your body, separated at shoulder width. Your arms should be fully extended.
  • The legs will be extended forward on top of the other bench. Your legs should be parallel to the floor while your torso is to be perpendicular to the floor. Have your partner place the dumbbell on your lap. Note: This exercise is best performed with a partner as placing the weight on your lap can be challenging and cause injury without assistance. This will be your starting position.
  • Slowly lower your body as you inhale by bending at the elbows until you lower yourself far enough to where there is an angle slightly smaller than 90 degrees between the upper arm and the forearm. Tip: Keep the elbows as close as possible throughout the movement. Forearms should always be pointing down.
  • Using your triceps to bring your torso up again, lift yourself back to the starting position while exhaling.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Weighted Pull Ups

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • lats
Secondary Muscles:
  • biceps
  • middle back
Instructions:
  • Attach a weight to a dip belt and secure it around your waist. Grab the pull-up bar with the palms of your hands facing forward. For a medium grip, your hands should be spaced at shoulder width. Both arms should be extended in front of you holding the bar at the chosen grip.
  • You’ll want to bring your torso back about 30 degrees while creating a curvature in your lower back and sticking your chest out. This will be your starting position.
  • Now, exhale and pull your torso up until your head is above your hands. Concentrate on squeezing yourshoulder blades back and down as you reach the top contracted position.
  • After a brief moment at the top contracted position, inhale and slowly lower your torso back to the starting position with your arms extended and your lats fully stretched.

Weighted Sit-Ups - With Bands

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • abdominals
Instructions:
  • Start out by strapping the bands around the base of the decline bench. Place the handles towards the inside of the decline bench so that when lying down, you can reach for both of them.
  • Position your legs through the decline machine until they are secured. Now reach for the exercise bands with both hands. Use a pronated (palms forward) grip to grasp the handles. Position them near your collar bone and rotate your wrist to a neutral grip (palms facing the torso). Note: Your arms should remain stationary throughout the exercise. This is the starting position.
  • Move your torso upward until your upper body is perpendicular to the floor while exhaling. Hold the contraction for a second and lower your upper body back down to the starting position while inhaling.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Weighted Squat

Category: strength
Force: push
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
Instructions:
  • Start by positioning two flat benches shoulder width apart from each other. Stand on top of them and wrap the weighted belt around your waist with the amount of weight you feel comfortable with. Make sure your toes are facing out.
  • Once you are standing straight up with the weight hanging in between your legs, position your arms so that they are fully extended to the side of your body. This is the starting position.
  • Begin by bending the knees as you maintain a straight posture with the head up. Continue down until the angle between the upper leg and the calves becomes slightly less than 90-degrees (which is the point in which the upper legs are below parallel to the floor). Inhale as you perform this portion of the movement. Tip: If you performed the exercise correctly, the front of the knees should make an imaginary straight line with the toes that are perpendicular to the front. If your knees are past that imaginary line (if they are past your toes) then you are placing undue stress on the knee and the exercise has been performed incorrectly.
  • Begin to move the body back up by pushing the floor of the flat bench with the ball of your foot mainly as you straighten the legs again and go back to the starting position. Exhale as you perform this portion of the exercise.
  • Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Windmills

Category: stretching
Force: pull
Level: intermediate
Primary Muscles:
  • abductors
Secondary Muscles:
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
Instructions:
  • Lie on your back with your arms extended out to the sides and your legs straight. This will be your starting position.
  • Lift one leg and quickly cross it over your body, attempting to touch the ground near the opposite hand.
  • Return to the starting position, and repeat with the opposite leg. Continue to alternate for 10-20 repetitions.

World's Greatest Stretch

Category: stretching
Force: static
Level: intermediate
Primary Muscles:
  • hamstrings
Secondary Muscles:
  • calves
  • glutes
  • quadriceps
Instructions:
  • This is a three-part stretch. Begin by lunging forward, with your front foot flat on the ground and on the toes of your back foot. With your knees bent, squat down until your knee is almost touching the ground. Keep your torso erect, and hold this position for 10-20 seconds.
  • Now, place the arm on the same side as your front leg on the ground, with the elbow next to the foot. Your other hand should be placed on the ground, parallel to your lead leg, to help support you during this portion of the stretch.
  • After 10-20 seconds, place your hands on either side of your front foot. Raise the toes of the front foot off of the ground, and straighten your leg. You may need to reposition your rear leg to do so. Hold for 10-20 seconds, and then repeat the entire sequence for the other side.

Wrist Roller

Category: strength
Force: pull
Level: beginner
Mechanic: isolation
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • forearms
Secondary Muscles:
  • shoulders
Instructions:
  • To begin, stand straight up grabbing a wrist roller using a pronated grip (palms facing down). Your feet should be shoulder width apart.
  • Slowly lift both arms until they are fully extended and parallel to the floor in front of you. Note: Make sure the rope is not wrapped around the roller. Your entire body should be stationary except for the forearms. This is the starting position.
  • Rotate one wrist at a time in an upward motion to bring the weight up to the bar by rolling the rope around the roller.
  • Once the weight has reached the bar, slowly begin to lower the weight back down by rotating the wrist in a downward motion until the weight reaches the starting position.
  • Repeat for the prescribed amount of repetitions in your program.

Yoke Walk

Category: strongman
Level: intermediate
Mechanic: compound
Equipment: other
Primary Muscles:
  • quadriceps
Secondary Muscles:
  • abdominals
  • abductors
  • adductors
  • calves
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
Instructions:
  • The yoke is usually done with a yoke apparatus, but is sometimes seen with refrigerators or other heavy objects.
  • Begin by racking the apparatus across the back of the shoulders. With your head looking forward and back arched, lift the yoke by driving through the heels.
  • Begin walking as quickly as possible using short, quick steps. You may hold the side posts of the yoke to help steady it and hold it in position. Continue for the given distance as fast as possible, usually 75-100 feet.