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7 Underrated Exercises You Should Try Out

Everyone has heard of the classic exercises: push-ups, pull-ups, bench presses, squats, and ab crunches. These exercises are tried and true, and they have been proven to deliver amazing results.

But did you know that doing the same exercises every day can actually reduce the results they deliver? Instead of doing the same 10 to 20 exercises in your workouts, it's time to switch things up and add new, unique exercises. Here are a few movements that are highly underrated and under-popular, but which can yield some impressive results in the long run.

1. Walking

Of course, we're starting with walking! While walking isn't the best movement for weight loss or muscle-building, it can be excellent for cardiovascular endurance. Bring the pace up to a brisk walk, and you can kick your metabolism into higher gear. Plus, you can walk for hours without feeling tired. Make walking your bonus workout throughout the day—before and after your gym session—to drastically increase calorie burn.

2. Pullovers

Pullovers are a classic bodybuilding movement, and for good reason: they deliver results. The exercise targets most of the muscles in your upper body, including your upper back, shoulders, chest, triceps, and lats. Heck, it even works your core. Throw this into your upper body workout to build some serious muscle.

3. Cable Face Pull

This movement works the upper body, including the upper back and shoulders that tend to get pretty stiff after a day of sitting down. The movement will help to enhance upper body stability and improve your range of movement, making it useful for pressing movements like bench presses and push-ups.

4. Cable Pull-Through

For those who want to give their back some serious love, give this cable exercise a try. It involves a lot of rotation of the spine, and it will activate your muscles and improve range and precision of movement. It's great for both a lower body and hip warm-up and as a finisher movement.

5. Single-Leg Deadlift

For those worried about hip imbalances, this lower back, glute, and hamstring movement is an amazing addition to your workout. It can help to correct hip alignment and posture for your deadlifts one leg at a time. In fact, it may even reveal some biomechanical problems you didn't know you had.

6. Rowing

Not Barbell or Dumbbell Rows, but rowing using a machine. Rowing machines are amazing for your entire body, particularly the posterior (back, hamstrings, glutes) muscles. Not only is it an excellent muscle-building workout, but it can kick your cardio up a notch. Instead of spending all your time running or cycling, switch things up with a rowing workout.

7. Kettlebell Swings

This exercise is incredibly simple, even for beginners, but it is vital for developing better mobility. It's actually a full-body movement that works your core, upper, and lower body all in one simple swing. You can even boost your muscular endurance and cardiovascular condition by mixing a few sets of swings into your workouts.

These exercises may be underrated, but boy do they work! Add them to your regular training program to see some serious results over time.

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