The Bent over rear fly is a simple movement and will help develop a strong upper back, balanced shoulders and keep those shoulder blade muscles moving well. It is a very simple movement to do and will help you develop good control of the scapula which is the foundation for any movement through the shoulder. If you struggle to keep position then use an incline bench to lie on until you become comfortable.
The Dumbbell press from the low split position is a progression of the half kneeling dumbbell press. You have 1 less point of contact as the back knee is now just off the ground making it harder to stabilise. Once you are comfortable with the half kneeling variation, you are ready to take on the low split to make it harder. It will force you to work harder to stabilise and keep tension through the core. It is also very useful as a foundational exercise for working on the split jerk and improving stability in the catch. Like the Half Kneeling DB Press, the DB press from Low Split is great for setting you up to do the overhead press well. It will highlight any compensation in the lower back to make up for poor overhead range.
The inverted row should be a staple in any gym routine. It is essentially the exact opposite of a pressup and works the upper back and arms pretty hard while you maintain a nice rigid body position. Like any exercise that involves lifting your bodyweight, the inverted row has quite a decent level of strength required before you can even do one, let alone use it to get stronger. There are variations though normally involving suspension straps but equally can be performed on the set up showing. These normally have your feet on the ground and can have knees bent so that you are at less of an angle rather than the parallel version shown. It is very simple to perform and brings some much needed balance to your routine to go along with all the pressing. It helps strengthen the upper back and postural muscles which are often overstretched and neglected.
I’m delighted to share with you that I’ve been selected by Origym to be honoured in their Best Personal Trainer in Glasgow Awards.
They asked me to answer a couple of questions in order to help aspiring personal trainers which I’ve shared for you below.
Everyone knows what a pressup is and most likely there has been a time in your life where you could bash them out or where working towards one. They can be pretty effective up to a point when you are starting strength training and there are a few ways that you can both make them easier or harder depending on your current ability.
Allan Young is a Personal Trainer and coach educator in Glasgow who operates Strength Coach Glasgow and is a 4x Scottish Champion Olympic Weightlifter.