Adding a barbell overhead during a reverse crunch introduces additional elements of difficulty and benefits to the exercise: Increased Core Engagement: Holding a barbell overhead requires you to engage your core muscles more intensely to maintain stability. The added weight challenges your abdominal muscles to work harder to control the movement and balance, which can lead to greater strength gains in the core area. Upper Body Involvement: Including a barbell overhead incorporates your upper body, specifically the shoulders and arms, into the exercise. This integration turns a reverse crunch into a more full-body workout, improving upper body strength and endurance. Enhanced Balance and Coordination: The act of stabilizing the barbell while performing the reverse crunch requires a higher level of balance and coordination. This not only engages more muscle groups but also enhances your overall body coordination and proprioception (the sense of self-movement and body position). Progressive Overload: As with any resistance training, adding weight increases the difficulty of the exercise, which is a key component of progressive overload. This principle involves gradually increasing the weight, frequency, or number of repetitions in your strength training routine to continually challenge your muscles, leading to increased strength and muscle development over time. Variety in Training: Incorporating different variations of exercises, like a reverse crunch with a barbell overhead, can prevent workout routines from becoming monotonous. This variety can keep you engaged and motivated in your fitness journey. Improved Posture and Stability: Holding a weight overhead can improve postural control and overall stability. This is beneficial not only for athletic performance but also for everyday activities. While adding a barbell overhead can enhance the effectiveness of a reverse crunch, it's important to ensure that you have the requisite core strength and stability before attempting this variation. Starting with a lighter weight and gradually increasing it as your strength improves is a safe and effective approach. As always, maintaining proper form is crucial to prevent injury and achieve the best results.

Reverse Crunches

The reverse crunch is an intermediate level variation of the popular abdominal crunch exercise. Your upper body remains on the mat as you contract your abs to draw your legs towards your chest. It exercises the full length of the rectus abdominis muscle (the six-pack muscle), getting to the deep lower abs.

Low Impact Burpee

Modified Burpee or Low Impact Burpee

Modified Burpee or Low Impact Burpee Julie Lohre demonstrates the Modified Burpee also known as a Low Impact Burpee Modified Burpee or Low Impact Burpee Athletes everywhere have a love – hate relationship with burpees. That high intensity, high impact movement that guarantees to get your heart pumping while testing your flexibility and strength. While few people will argue the …

Incline Dumbbell Press

Incline Dumbbell Press for Women: Enhance Upper Body Strength and Aesthetics

How to Do an Incline Dumbbell Press
The bench press has long been considered the mainstay of upper-body strength. But there’s a case to be made for its under-appreciated cousin, the incline dumbbell bench press.
Both moves are known as pushing exercises which means you extend your arms in front of you under load or resistance, working primarily the chest muscles, and secondarily the shoulders and triceps.
The incline bench press may be an equally worthwhile chest-builder as the hailed bench press. Firstly, you’re zeroing in on a specific, and highly visible, part of the chest. 

Forward Lunge with Lateral Raise

This exercise, similar to the 45º Lunge with Lateral Raise, focuses on two areas, legs and shoulders.
In this variation of the traditional forward lunge, we add a lateral raise in the bottom position of the forward lunge. By adding the lateral raise portion to this exercise, we target both upper and lower body in one movement. The lateral raises will target your delts, while the forward lunges will target your hips, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and core and the hard-to-reach muscles of your inner thighs.

Curtsy Squat Lunge Variations

Curtsy Squat or Curtsy Lunge

Master the Curtsy Lunge & Curtsy Squat: Form & Benefits for Defined Legs! The curtsy lunge or curtsy squat is a versatile leg exercise you need! Learn proper techniques, benefits, and FAQ’s to enhance your lower body workout!

Band Good Mornings

Banded Good Mornings

The banded good mornings exercise is a variation used to target the glute muscles, low back muscles and hamstring muscles.The band used to perform banded good mornings provides accommodating resistance, meaning the closer one gets to full contraction, the more tension is placed on the target muscle groups.

Band Glute Activation Exercise

Banded Glute Bridge Pull Aparts

Transform that flat butt into a perky booty! There are lots of exercises that you can do to get a more rounded, perky butt and banish the pancake butt. 🥞 Add these into your leg workout along with squats, single leg deadlifts and plank glute crossovers to get a firm and round butt! 🍑

Plank Glute Crossovers

Fix that Pancake Butt! There are lots of exercises that you can do to get a more rounded, perky butt and banish the flat butt syndrome. Add these into your leg workout along with squats, single leg deadlifts and banded glute pull aparts to get a rockin round booty! 🍑

Single Leg Skip Ups

Julie Lohre – Single Leg Skip Up Plyometric Exercise – Exercise Database EXERCISE LIBRARY VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:We’re going to get your heart rate up and we’re going to work your legs with single leg skip ups. Allright! This is awesome Plyometric movement. I’m going to start facing the side so you can see a little bit better. Lower abs are tight, …

Side Squats and Lateral Squats

Squats overall are an amazing workout for the legs and glutes. Every fitness professional around tends to prescribe squats for leg strength as well as for calorie burn, since working your larger muscle groups burns more calories.

Learning the basic squat is your first goal on this front, but once you have the basics, it is important to mix up your workouts and add dimension to the moves.

Standing Overhead Press

The Standing Dumbbell Press is a great exercise to start learning how to do overhead presses while in the standing position. Pressing weight using dumbells is much easier and requires less flexibility than pressing weights with a barbell over your head.

In this article I will provide clear instructions, effective form tips, and common form mistakes so you can complete a Standing Dumbbell Press safely and effectively.

Handstand Progression Training

This is the ultimate handstand progression guide to learning how to do a handstand. This video includes step by step exercise progressions for the handstand! With 5 simple steps you can work toward building the strength you need to execute a full handstand Perfect for beginners! More advanced viewers may also find this video beneficial as I share tips and secrets to balancing your handstand and for completing pirouettes.

Tricep Press Downs

  Tricep Press Downs The triceps press-down, also known as the tricep cable press down, is an exercise that requires the use of a cable machine, so it’s one that you’ll need to hit the gym to do, although you can perform an modified version of the exercise by using a resistance band attached to something from above. Instructions: Set …

Bench Press with Lying Leg Raise

Dumbell Bench Press with Lying Leg Raise

Many people perform bench presses or bench press variations but this exercise combo really gets your whole body into the movement.
For this bench press variation, we will use dumbells and perform the upper body exercise while simultaneously lifting your legs in the air in a lying leg raise.
This exercise variation is designed to focus on the abs and core while also training your upper body.

Stability Ball Leg Lift

Lat Pull-downs and variations of this exercise can be performed on a machine or with bands either at home or in a gym.