After about ten takes demonstrating my homemade suspension trainer for my first YouTube video, my body is wired, and I can feel a deep muscle soreness creeping up on me. With so many ways to explore body movement and so many fun 'tools' to experiment with, it's easy not to give the basics the attention they deserve.
The exercises I demonstrate in this video are simple enough for anyone to perform:
-Chest Press, or suspended Incline Push-Up
-Incline chest flyes
Nothing complicated there, but whether you perform them with a piece of rope slung around a fence post or heavy iron, these are basic exercises which we all need to perform some variation of to hit major muscle groups of the upper body. Just as it is important to explore all the planes of movement, and to incorporate whole body exercises, it is important to directly address the specific actions of our muscles.
So while you're getting ready to swing around that homemade Macebell (you can read about how I made mine here: http://www.mosladder.com/2010/03/building-strength-and-grip-with.html ) or clean a sandbag from the floor, don't neglect to do your basic bodybuilding. The benefits will ripple outward and help in all areas of your strength training.
Now get to work and have fun!