The Perfect Exercise
We’ve all seen the commercials for those machines that claim to give you a full body workout in 10 minutes. Well, don’t waste your money! And, some of you more hard-core trainees may think that deadlifts or power cleans are the perfect full body workout, but I say bull puckey!
I saw a guy in the gym the other day doing one exercise that worked his entire body in 5 minutes! I couldn’t believe it at first, but after watching him for a couple of minutes, I was a believer and was kicking myself for not coming up with this idea before he did. What was the exercise, you ask? Barbell curls! Curls, you say, are for biceps----you must think I’m nuts! But, let me describe how this genius executed (no pun intended) this exercise.
After picking up a barbell, he started by pulling his elbows back to allow for a good swing. Then he bent his knees and bent slightly forward (can’t you just feel your lower back working?). He then proceeded to swing the bar up, straightening his legs and back, and standing on his toes (more lower back involvement, along with quads, hams and, of course, those massive calves). Next, he shrugged his shoulders up and moved them backward (great for the traps and the rest of the upper back). And finally, he let the bar fall down as quickly as possible so his knees buckle and he’s bent over in preparation for the next rep.
WOW, was I impressed, and you should be too. So, next time you’re in the gym, look for this guy performing the perfect exercise. Call your friends over, gather round and just stare in awe at a genius at work!