8 Unconventional Exercises for a Total-Body Workout

Sculpt a rock hard body with this killer muscle-building routine from IFBB figure pro Jelena Abbou.

Dial up your strength with a loaded mix of never-before-seen moves. This routine makes use of a tire, sledgehammer, kettlebell, and top-loaded barbell to hit your shoulders, bi’s, tri’s, core, legs, and more.  IFBB figure pro Jelena Abbou takes it to the limit to sculpt beautiful definition all over.

"Working out is a practice that never ends--I'm always fine-tuning my diet and exercise program," says Abbou. 


Works: Arms, Shoulders, Back, Core

  • Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder width.
  • Hold hammer in your right (power) hand, placing it closest to the striking-iron end and your left (support) hand closest to the handle end.
  • Hoist hammer 45 degrees over right shoulder (A)
  • With all your power, swing the hammer down to strike the tire while sliding your hands together to the handle end and centering your body (B)
  • Hoist the hammer back over your right shoulder without pausing after striking.
  • Perform two sets of 25 strikes over each shoulder, reversing hand placement for opposite swing.

Tip: You can also stagger your stance so that if you strike right, your right leg is back, rotating your hip on the downward strike.