The Simple Way to Activate More Muscle During Your Favorite Exercises

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

This total-body muscle-building circuit includes the sumo deadlift, decline pushup, Bulgarian split squat, kettlebell swing, and calf raise.  You may have done the standard version of these movements before—but in this workout, you’ll extend the range of motion for each of them.  (Get fitter faster with an activity or health tracker. Head to musclemorphosis.com to find the one that fits your needs and goals.) “More distance traveled equals more total muscle worked,” says Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour.  You also enhance muscle recruitment in the positions where you’re weakest, he ...

This total-body muscle-building circuit includes the sumo deadlift, decline pushup, Bulgarian split squat, kettlebell swing, and calf raise. 

You may have done the standard version of these movements before—but in this workout, you’ll extend the range of motion for each of them. 

(Get fitter faster with an activity or health tracker. Head to musclemorphosis.com to find the one that fits your needs and goals.)

“More distance traveled equals more total muscle worked,” says Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour. 

You also enhance muscle recruitment in the positions where you’re weakest, he says. (Think: the bottom of a split squat or pushup.) If you strengthen these weak spots, you’ll be able to lift more weight in all of these exercises down the road. 

Watch the video above to see how to extend the range of motion for all 5 movements. Then put them all together to work every last muscle in your body.