The 5 Best Workout Techniques I RARELY Recommend!

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There are definitely some workout techniques that, while effective, are not universally recommended for various reasons. In this video, I show you my 5 best workout tips and tactics that you can apply for more muscle gain if you have the workout confidence and space in your gym to get them done. I’m not holding back in this one, as I believe each of these techniques has the ability to deliver big results if you are able to do them.

I start with the issue of workout confidence however. Nobody knows what it feels like more than I do to enter a gym feeling self conscious. When I first started to train I always felt as if someone was looking at me no matter what exercise I was doing. They were looking to see if I was going the exercise wrong or if I was struggling with a weight that most people should handle rather easily.

When I started to focus more on me and not on what people were thinking of me, everything changed. In fact, I realized that most people do the exact same thing. They are focused on what they need to do and couldn’t care less what others are doing around them. Once you have this level of gym confidence to try new exercises and see how they work for your body, the restraints are lifted and the results start to go to another level.

The 5 best workout techniques that I rarely recommend are held back due to issues of equipment usage in commercial gyms and the fact that one of the exercises could make you feel self conscious if you are just a beginner. I’ll start with that one. The stuck reps used on squats is a tremendous way to bust through a plateau and take your squat strength to a new level. Instead of quitting after completing a set of back squats to failure, rest the bar on the pins and try to push it off as hard as you can. If you truly went to failure you will not be able to move the bar and this will become an overcoming isometric.

This form of static muscle contraction is great for recruiting extra motor units and overtime allowing you to get more out of the exercise when you perform it in the future.

Beyond that is the issue of taking up too much equipment in the gym. For instance, doing inverted rows requires that you use a straight bar in a squat rack (without ever doing a squat). Some people get testy about doing anything but squatting in the rack. That said, this is a great upper back and potentially explosive posterior chain exercise that really doesn’t work better anywhere else.

The same can be said about the run the rack technique for biceps. The combination of dropping the weight with minimal rest afforded by the proximity of the dumbbells to each other allows me to keep the overload coming even when the biceps have been fatigued and or taken to failure. Of course, a lot of people tend to use the dumbbells in the rack so it has to be carefully timed so that you are not obstructing others from getting their workouts in as well.

The same can be said for using two benches to perform the taps pushups or even a squat rack for squatting but doing so for 10 sets of 10, which can take up a good 20 minutes in one spot. The key is finding a way to not compromise your confidence, the effectiveness of the workout or the courtesy of others around you when you’re training.

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  1. Dalton Deverell on June 30, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Inverse row might be the best use of a Smith machine

  2. Gill Greetley on June 30, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    This video really shows yet another reason that having a home gym is the best. I’d recommend anyone with the space do so – it’s cheaper than you think, when you factor saved membership costs, gas, time to and from, etc.

  3. John Yu on June 30, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Pretty sure this is how to get kicked out of Planet Fitness :3

  4. Louis Payet on June 30, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    10 sets? ain’t that alot?

  5. Khashi on June 30, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Some of jeffs workout makes us look like shooting some gym fail video

  6. K. Brown on June 30, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    did he just say "simply" do a plyometric push-up? Ok Jeff *side eye*

  7. Brett Freshwater on June 30, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    I’m nearly finished the Special Tactix program and I’m pretty sure people are asking the what the questions… luckily I really don’t care lol; can’t wait to get stuck into AX-2!!!!!

  8. lulzmoose on June 30, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    4:29 your phone being on the bar while you do squats gave me anxiety. that’s a good place to put it if you want it to get broken.

  9. Ape X on June 30, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    If somebody says something to u, tell em "Jeff said do it", watch em bak off!

  10. Florian Bösch on June 30, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    We need a shirt for wearing in the gym saying „Sorry, Jeff told me to do it.“

  11. Zetsuke4 on June 30, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    LOL how to be frowned at by everyone at the gym unless you own a private gym even though you train properly and explosively

  12. A Tribe Called Quest on June 30, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    This chick at my gym does 10 sets of hip thrusters in the squat rack with two benches

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  14. PonyBoy Kurtis on June 30, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    most gyms are pathetic at policing these time wasters.’
    So many women and boy/men are on their phones more than they are working out.

  15. Duwayne Davis on June 30, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Starting on Monday, 10×10 Bench press, Bent-over rows, and Squats.
    Thank you!!

  16. Tristen Pitman on June 30, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    This will work for me cuz idc what people think😂

  17. Hanutej Sahu on June 30, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Guys, guys.. listen to me. Find locally owned gyms near you. They’re generally less populated and even during "peak hours" you won’t have to wait for equipment so you can do stuff like this without the fear of being judged. If anything, they’ll probably encourage you because they treat you a lot more like family than commercial gyms.

  18. Mark on June 30, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    I did squats to failure but not german volume training.

  19. MiJa B23 on June 30, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    1:21 LMFAO

  20. Paria Canyon on June 30, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    I like to talk and text on my cellphone when I’m in the squat rack.  #gymconfidence

  21. Luis Gonzaga on June 30, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    10 sets of 10 reps for squatting is the most intense exhausting exercise, (not for little boys)

  22. Abhishek Sharma on June 30, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    More videos like these Jeff . They are really amazing. Thanks.

  23. MrPtrlix on June 30, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    I do inverted rows at the smith machine, and I’d actually be saving people from squatting there. Double win

  24. Angel D. Torres on June 30, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Oh, I’m so gonna do 10 sets of 10 squats tomorrow!!

  25. Youssef Mikhael on June 30, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    The gym that i train at isnt that popular so its empty sometimes

  26. Berdt on June 30, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    I usually go to the past midnight when it’s empty, partly because I usually finish work, but mostly because it’ll be empty

  27. Glenn Nolasco on June 30, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    I know this may be late, but the 10 sets of 10 squats sounds good to try. All of the dudes that comes to the local gym only knows chest day like bruhh I’ve only seen 2 to 3 guys who knows leg day in that same gym

  28. m3zza9 on June 30, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    So good!

  29. Meysam Ghaderyan on June 30, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    usually there is plenty of squat racks in the gym? hmm, no!

  30. December Wulf on June 30, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    One question i do a 6 day prgm nw sir like arms,chest and back,legs which i repeat. This method was recomended by my father we train together. Is this method an ober training one? I have little problem with my tricep involved in it but nw i am luking to manage it by reducing the total volume for each workout hope u reply to this comment sir. Thanks for providing us this videos to help to better

  31. Ahmed Is King on June 30, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    What weight ratio do you recommend for the 10x10s

  32. M I on June 30, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Love it, Jeff teaches us empathy for all-round good health

  33. Night's King on June 30, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    I am not trying to make friends at the gym.

  34. Ruairidh McArthur on June 30, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    If your doing the 10 sets of 10 for squats should you drop the weight as you get to higher set numbers or pick a weight and stick to that for the 10 sets

  35. Zetsuke4 on June 30, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Wow these are very good advanced/elite techniques! Thanks a lot!

  36. Antolin Julian on June 30, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    How great is it that Jeff also worries that his viewers are courteous at the gym?

  37. Theodoros Iosifidis on June 30, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Doing them is fine every once in a while especially if it is not peak hour

  38. mike c on June 30, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Anyone ever try running the rack for all their excercises in their workout. Nothing gets my heart rate up or muscles burning like running the rack.

  39. Sidharth KM on June 30, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Can I ask a question, the isometric contraction in the stuck set or something, I don’t think I heard it clearly, can we use the same principle in any exercise?

  40. Lugohst Soto Fitness on June 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Looking sick at 2:22

  41. Jorge Arg on June 30, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    squad 10×10 with 60 seconds rest.. the only exercise of that day?

  42. Alex on June 30, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    I hug the squat rack and don’t care about it.
    The gym should just have put more squat racks instead of Smith machines and silly leg machines.

  43. GANDY EXPENSES on June 30, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Run out good things was training

  44. Buzzard Brotherhood on June 30, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    1:53 what if you want a showdown

  45. Kris Deyoe on June 30, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Dragging w his left side. Lol

  46. The Rapture 666 on June 30, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Is 10 sets of 10 effective for training other muscles

  47. CopernicoTube on June 30, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Is a fact. There is a bunch of things that I will never try in a public gym because I have sure that someone will bore me about it.

  48. GANDY EXPENSES on June 30, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    To time to time doing or working out

  49. MrCloudseeker on June 30, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Those are burpee’s from HELL!!!!!!

  50. Gary Hunter on June 30, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    The single arm inverted row is a brilliant idea n ashamed I didn’t think of it before

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