The Best Piece of Gym Equipment You’re (Probably) Not Using

I want to take today to talk about one of my favorite pieces of equipment in the gym, and one that I don’t think gets used enough:

The Landmine

Half home-plate half machine-gun-turret… How does this thing belong in the gym?

When my gym first got one, I probably spent a good two or three months just staring at it every time I went into the weight room. What the heck do I do with that thing? I would wonder, but of course never bothered to ask anyone (why would I ever do that?). Instead, I turned to some big names in the Strength and Conditioning world, watched some videos from Tony Gentilcore and Ben Bruno, and realized all of the potential that this little piece of equipment has. And did I mention why I think that you’re probably not using it? Because in all of the time that I stared at it wondering, and in all of the many months since then, I have never seen another person in my gym using it. I swear everyone stares at it with the same questions I had, and I get a few odd looks when I’m using it sometimes as well.

Why is it one of my favorites?

  • It’s Versatile. You can incorporate the landmine into upper body days, lower body days, it’s great for core work and just gives you a little bit of a different twist on some basic exercises. Basically, it’s a jack-of-all-trades of the weight room.
  • Anyone can use it. You don’t have to be a bodybuilder to use this, and you certainly don’t have to know any fancy techniques. Basic form cues will do here, and whether you load it up with plates or just use the weight of the bar, it can be valuable for any strength level.
  • It’s excellent for supplemental work. Supplementing your compound lifts, such as squat, deadlift, etc. is essential, and this is a great tool to do just that. Even if you don’t squat/deadlift/bench on a regular basis, this is a great tool for increasing strength and stability for those at any level.
  • It’s totally badass. What?

So, what can you do with the Landmine? As I stated above, it is so versatile. It can be used for a multitude of lifts and movement patterns, so I’ll show you a few of my favorite ones that I’ve been using lately, but just know that there are many more out there!

This one is a great movement for core stability, and you’ll also get a little shoulder/upper back work in as well:

This next one I use a lot, and you can also do it from a half kneeling position for a little bit more of a challenge.

A few shoulder press variations:

This next one is a great supplemental lift for your squats, and includes a little bit of upper body work too:

I’m really loving this last one at the moment. However, my grip strength is not great in my right hand due to an injury, so I’ve been holding the bar up on the shoulder of my forward leg:

I also tend to use this a lot for single-arm bent over rows, but I couldn’t find a good video for that one. I’m sure you can imagine, but if you have any questions about form on that please ask in the comments!

And if your gym doesn’t have a Landmine specifically, that’s ok! You can still take advantage of these types of lifts. All you need is a barbell and a corner, and you’re all set. Just place one end of the barbell in the corner (so it doesn’t roll around), and you can do just about all of the exercises listed here.  Now get after it and try something new!

Do you ever use a landmine? Does your gym have one? Do you see many people using it? What are some of your favorite lifts to do with this piece of equipment?

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8 thoughts on “The Best Piece of Gym Equipment You’re (Probably) Not Using

  1. I love landmines 🙂 Except we don’t have one, so I often set up in a corner or against a wall with a heavy dumbbell over the base of the bar. My clients always wonder what the heck is going on when I start setting that up for them, but I love all the variations!

  2. i love the landmine!!! we just got on at the gym at UM – the only people to use it are the strength & conditioning crazies and huge guys doing awkward rows with 45’s hahaha typical. i love it though for all the reasons you mentioned. we even invented a transverse split snatch exercise with it.

    ps what’s the deal with the wrist did you get it figured out?!

  3. I just saw someone at the gym yesterday doing a bunch of the exercises from your videos. I was fascinated. I am going to have to try some of them the next time I’m at the gym!

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