The wide stance barbell parallel (full) squat develops power and strength in the legs and glutes. The full range of motion emphasizes the glutes. The wide stance targets the inner thigh muscles. Warm-up thoroughly before performing full squats.
The wide stance dumbbell squat strengthens and defines the legs and inner thighs. The dumbbells reduce loading on the spine and therefore make a good alternative to back squats. Dumbbell squats can be performed at home or in the gym. Include this exercise on your lower-body workout day.
The seated abdominal bracing exercise can be done anywhere you can sit down. It is a very simple isometric exercise to strengthen your abs. When performing the seated abdominal bracing be sure that you are sitting up straight. This is a good exercise for beginners and people who don’t have a lot of time to exercise, the seated abdominal bracing can be done on the ride home from the gym.
The seated back stretch is essential for every office worker. All you need is a chair so there is no reason not to perform it. The seated back stretch will help relieve tension in your low back and help you feel better. While this is a gentle stretch it is still best to warm up before stretching.
The side bend stretches the spinal lateral flexors, obliques and ipsilateral trunk extensors. The side bend can be performed at work or at the end of a workout. Stretch both sides of the body for maximum benefit. Reach the arm overhead to increase the effectiveness of the side bend.
The standing long jump develops powerful legs and glutes. This exercise can be used to condition the entire body. Combine the standing long jump with back squats to develop explosive strength in the lower body. When repeated for many reps, the standing long jump develops full-body fitness.
The straight leg sit up is a challenging exercise that develops strength in the abdominals and hip flexors. Straight leg sit ups should not be performed by anyone with low back problems. This is a very challenging exercise that is much harder than bent knee sit ups.
Straight-leg sling sit-ups develop power in the core and upper-body. Straight-leg sling sit-ups require more hip flexor strength than the Bent-knee sling sit-ups. Perform this exercise only if you have no back injuries or pain. This is a good exercise for anyone looking to take their ab training to the next level.
The trampoline clock drill increases coordination, balance, and body awareness. The trampoline requires additional ankle, knee, and hip stabilization. This exercise can also be used for conditioning the cardiovascular system. If a trampoline is unavailable perform this exercise on the floor.
The wide stance barbell half squat develops power and strength in the legs. The reduced (partial) range of motion allows for greater loads to be used in training. Therefore, additional fast-twitch muscle fibers are recruited. Fast-twitch muscle fibers increase in size (hypertrophy) and add mass to the legs.
The Push Up on a Medicine Ball adds an extra element of speed and precision to the standard push up. It is a great exercise for building explosive power and coordination for the upper body. This exercise would benefit boxers, and other martial artists as well as football players.