What is the best exercise you’re not doing, but definitely should? Hang out a bit longer to find out the answer to it.
You don’t actually need to stay too long to figure it out. The hint was in the first paragraphs. The answer is the “hang” or “dead hang” depending on where you are from. This is an exercise that any person can do to varying degrees of difficulty. Case in point, see the link below.
The dead hang or hanging exercise is a straightforward yet highly effective strength training exercise that primarily focuses on the upper body muscles, particularly the back, shoulders, and grip. To perform this exercise, you simply hang from a stable bar or object with your arms fully extended and your feet lifted off the ground.
But, why is this the best exercise you’re not doing at the moment? To answer that, we take into consideration what Alex Lorenz had to say.
is a sports teacher and YouTube fitness guru. He is the co-founder of and has trained since 2012, uploading videos regularly for those people interested in getting in shape using only their body weight. In his opinion, hanging is the best exercise you’re not doing but should
Hanging is fundamental. If you think it might not be that important for your health, think again. Why would you want to hang? Lorenz says this is how he trains his grip strength, decompresses his spine, stretches the pecs and lats, works on core stability, and strengthens his back. All at the same time.
Hanging regularly can not only help with shoulder mobility and stability, but it can also minimise or even eliminate shoulder pain.
Hanging is also great for people who don’t have access to a gym. They can do it at home on a pull-up bar, rings, a tree branch, a door, or even a wall.
You could also do passive hanging or active hanging:
Lorenz talks about other variations of the hanging, such as tucked knees or the .
There are many difficult hanging movements you can do that are active, such as the hanging sideways, human flag and one arm-hanging.
The best way to practice active hanging is to go on a playground or anywhere where there is a white pull-up or monkey bar. Do transitions and play around while hanging, change the grip, move laterally and swing.
See the video for more information.
Regularly performing dead hangs can indeed benefit a variety of lifts and exercises. Here’s how dead hangs can specifically enhance other movements:
The frequency of dead hangs depends on your fitness level, goals, and recovery capacity. While dead hangs can be a valuable exercise, it’s generally not recommended to perform them every day, especially for beginners or those with limited grip strength.
You should always take into account your recovery, training goals, and individual factors such as injury-prone, genetics, or ability.