The War Machine puts a twist on traditional bodyweight training – literally. Unlike Olympic rings or the TRX, it comes with an ingenious pulley system that means it moves in an extra dimension so you can do super-tough workouts that'll work your joints in directions they've never been pushed before.
For a mini-shoulder workout, try one of the following moves: do as many reps as you can in 30 seconds, then rest for a minute and repeat two more times.
- Stand facing the pulley with both arms extended, leaning backward slightly.
Keep one arm steady while you raise the other until it’s vertical.
- Lower your arm and repeat on the side.
Power shoulder rotation
- Perform a normal power shoulder move then, when your hand is in the top position, continue the rotation backwards and open up the shoulder to allow smooth rotation.
- Start in a plank position, holding both handles so that they face each other.
- Bring your hands apart, lowering your chest towards the floor. Stay under control for as long as possible.
- Bring your hands back together to complete the move.
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