Did you know that the discs used to move furniture can also give you a killer workout? Furniture slider exercises offer a unique challenge, because you are able to slide a foot or hand on the floor. This allows for unique positions that challenge your balance, range of motion and strength. Best of all, you can get a pack of furniture sliders for under $10.
Most often, furniture slider exercises target the core, but I’m going to show you other ways to use this piece of equipment.
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When it comes to training the upper body, incorporating a few activation drills can help you function at an optimal level. This is especially true for muscles that connect in and around the shoulder. How many athletes require shoulder mobility and stability for their sport? Nearly all, right?
A small but important muscle that works on upwardly rotating the shoulder blade, the serratus anterior can sometimes lie dormant due to the overpowering downward rotators. Getting this muscle firing can be crucial for shoulder health.
- Place your forearms on the glide discs on a wall.
- Place your body in an angled plank position.
- Slide the discs up the wall while pushing your body away from the wall.
Do not lean in toward the wall (that’s a different exercise). Your body should maintain the same position throughout the drill.
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The latissimus dorsi are one of the biggest muscle groups in the upper body. It’s important to make use of them for big movements like the Bench Press, Squat, Deadlift and Pull-Up, all of which have tremendous carryover into developing strength.
- Assume the Child’s Pose position with your hands on the sliders.
- Slide one hand/arm out as far as you can without changing the position of your body.
- Slide your arm and disc straight back by pulling your shoulder blade toward your back pocket.
You should feel your lats and upper back fire up right away, and this will help you perform the big lifts mentioned before.
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Push-Ups are one of the best upper-body exercises you can do, because they don’t require any equipment and you can do them anywhere. At some point, your body adapts and Push-Ups become easier to perform. That’s when you need to start including Push-Up variations in your program for an added challenge.
The Reaching Push-Up is almost a Single-Arm Push-Up in that you rely on one arm to do most of the work. There are two options. You can s