Men's Journal

Upgrade Your Barbell Workout With This Easy Hack


While maybe you shouldn’t shout about it in a field full of people, a “landmine” attachment is one of the most versatile ways to get some extra oomph out of a basic barbell. Best of all, the attachment, a swiveling hinge with a tube extension in which to secure your barbell, doesn’t even need to be part of the equation — you can get the same results by just butting one end of the bar up against the corner of a wall, while the other end is loaded with weight plates.

Using a landmine is great for beginners since it teaches proper movement patterns, forcing your body to move exactly how it would with free weight. To get the most out of landmine exercises, here’s a simple but tough total-body program.