Despite all the advances in training techniques, the barbell remains one of the most versatile items in the gym. Looking to try some new Barbell Exercises that will increase your mobility?
Here are Six Barbell Exercises that can improve a CrossFit athlete’s technique and flexibility.
6. WIDE GRIP FRONT RAISE INTO BEHIND THE NECK PRESS
“(1) So many people let their wrists fall back in the overhead position, which often have the effect of the elbow externally rotating making it more prone to hyperextension and increases the risk of losing the bar behind.
(2) Bar placement overhead is important yet many people either have the bar too far forward or too far back and if they manage to get it right it’s rarely consistently. In this exercise you get to practice the overhead position both by stopping the front raise at the right time and when pressing the bar overhead again.”
5. SIDE CURLS
“100 unbroken side bends. This made me sore for three days. The Chinese weightlifters use side bend variations to improve the stability of the split jerk. The split position is much more demanding for your lateral stability and balance than a parallel foot position which can make this kind of work beneficial.”
4. BARBELL MOBILITY TEST
“I call this exercise Strict Muscle Snatch into Sots Press from Bottom Position.”
3. MAX HEIGHT L-SUPPORT TOES-TO-BAR
“Raise the bar to a new height only when successful at the present height.”
Kris Clever is a Certified CrossFit Trainer and Coach at HCF.
2. JEFFERSON CURLS
“Three sets of ten Jefferson Curls to make the hamstrings flexible and the bottom position better. If you have tight hamstrings you are more prone to rounding your lower back in the bottom of the squat.”
1. INTERNAL ROTATION FIX
Starrett is a CrossFit trainer, physical therapist, author, and speaker. A former white water rafting champion, Starrett is referred by some as the founding Father of CrossFit and mobility training.
Want even more Barbell Exercises to test out? Check out Lying Barbell Tricep Extension here. Try the Bent-Over Barbell Reverse Raise here. Also, don’t forget about Five Barbell Complexes Everyone Should Try here.