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Barbell Exercises

Incorporate these Weight Training Exercises into your next Barbell Workout or Weight Training Routine

Welcome to our Barbell Exercises directory! 

Below we've sorted all of our weight training exercises that use barbells by primary muscle(s) trained. Each of the individual exercises comes complete with pictures, exercise instructions and tips so that you can get the most out of this online training and immediately add to your Weight Training Programs.


So Why should your Workout Routines include Barbell Exercises?

In general, Barbell Exercises are more conducive to building muscle mass than Dumbbell Exercises or Cable Exercises.  

barbell exercises

This is because you can train with more weight using a barbell and put more stress on your muscles.  Take barbell squats vs. dumbbell squats for example.  Can you hold more weight at your sides using dumbbells or on your shoulders with a barbell? 

You can also effectively exercise to lose weight with barbells, so what's not to like? 

All Barbell Exercises by Primary Muscle

Each weight training exercise is sorted by primary muscle(s) trained resulting in the following barbell exercise sections:

Upper Body Exercises

Lower Body Exercises

Click on the links above or continue reading below to view each section. 

Barbell Bicep Exercises

Exercises
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl. Equip
Required
Bicep CurlBiceps, ForearmsBarbell
Bicep Curl with DeadliftBiceps, Forearms, Legs, Lats, Back, Shoulders Barbell
Close Grip EZ Bar CurlBiceps, ForearmsEZ Curl Bar
Close Grip Bicep CurlBiceps, ForearmsBarbell
Drag CurlBiceps, ForearmsBarbell
EZ Bar Curl Biceps, ForearmsEZ Curl Bar
Lying High Bench Bicep CurlBiceps, ForearmsBarbell, Bench
Lying Incline Curl Biceps, ForearmsBarbell, Bench
One Arm Bicep Curl with Olympic BarBiceps, ForearmsBarbell
Preacher Bar CurlBiceps, ForearmsBarbell, Preacher Curl Bench
Seated Close Grip Concentration CurlBiceps, ForearmsBarbell
Spider Bicep CurlBiceps, ForearmsBarbell, Preacher Curl Bench
Wide Grip Standing Bicep CurlBiceps, ForearmsBarbell

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Barbell Tricep Exercises

Exercises
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl. Equip
Required
Barbell Decline Triceps ExtensionTricepsBarbell, Decline Bench
Barbell Incline Triceps ExtensionTricepsBarbell, Incline Bench
Barbell Reverse Triceps ExtensionTricepsBarbell, Bench
Behind the Head Lying Close-Grip Triceps Extension TricepsBarbell or EZ Curl Bar, Bench
Close Grip Bench PressTriceps, Chest, DeltoidsBarbell, Bench
Decline Close Grip Bench to Skull CrusherTriceps, Chest, DeltoidsBarbell, Decline Bench
JM PressTriceps, Chest, DeltoidsBarbell, Bench
Reverse Triceps Bench PressTriceps, ChestBarbell, Bench
Seated Overhead Triceps ExtensionTricepsBarbell, Bench
Skull CrushersTricepsBarbell, Bench
Smith Machine Close Grip Bench PressTriceps, Chest, DeltoidsBarbell, Bench, Smith Machine
Standing Overhead Triceps ExtensionTricepsBarbell

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Barbell Back Exercises

Exercises
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl. Equip
Required
Barbell Pullover Lats, Chest Shoulders, Triceps Barbell, Bench
Barbell T-Bar RowUpper Back, Lats, Biceps Barbell
Bent Over RowUpper Back, Lats, Biceps, Shoulders Barbell
GoodmorningLower Back, Hamstrings, GlutesBarbell
Romanian DeadliftHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper Back Barbell
One Arm Side DeadliftsHamstrings, Abs, Calves, Glutes, Lower Back, Quads, TrapsBarbell
Power CleanHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Shoulders, Traps Barbell
Reverse Grip Bent Over RowUpper Back, Lats, Biceps, Shoulders Barbell
Stiff Leg DeadliftHamstrings, Calves, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper BackBarbell
Sumo DeadliftHamstrings, Forearms, Glutes, Hip Adductors, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Traps, Upper Back Barbell

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Barbell Chest Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Barbell PulloverChest, Lats, Shoulders, TricepsBarbell, Flat Bench
Bench Press ExerciseChest, Deltoids, TricepsBarbell, Flat Bench
Decline Bench PressChest, Deltoids, TricepsBarbell, Decline Bench
Incline Bench PressChest, Deltoids, TricepsBarbell, Incline Bench
Wide Grip Bench PressChest, Deltoids, TricepsBarbell, Flat Bench
Wide Grip Decline BenchChest, Deltoids, TricepsBarbell, Decline Bench

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Barbell Shoulder Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Barbell Front RaiseDeltoid, TrapeziusBarbell
Seated Military PressDeltoid, Trapezius, Chest, TricepsBarbell
Barbell ShrugsTrapeziusBarbell
Barbell Upright RowDeltoid, Trapezius, BicepsBarbell
Clean and PressShoulders, Arms, Back, Chest, Forearms, LegsBarbell
Hang CleansShoulders, Arms, Back, Chest, Forearms, LegsBarbell
Standing Overhead PressDeltoid, Trapezius, Chest, TricepsBarbell

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Barbell Leg Exercises

Exercises
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl. Equip
Req
Barbell DeadliftsHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lats, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Traps, Upper Back Barbell
Barbell Hack SquatQuads, Calves, Forearms, Hamstrings, GlutesBarbell
Barbell LungeQuads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsBarbell
Barbell SquatsQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell
Barbell Squats to BenchQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell
Bulgarian Split SquatQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell, Bench
Front SquatQuads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsBarbell
Front Squat to BenchQuads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsBarbell, Bench
GoodmorningLower Back, Glutes, HamstringsBarbell
Jefferson SquatsQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell
One Arm Side DeadliftsHamstrings, Abs, Calves, Glutes, Lower Back, Quads, TrapsBarbell
Overhead SquatQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower Back, ShouldersBarbell
Power CleanHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Shoulders, Traps Barbell
Reverse Barbell LungeQuads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsBarbell
Rocking Standing
Calf Raise
CalvesBarbell
Romanian DeadliftHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper Back Barbell
Side LungeQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Hip AbductorsBarbell
Side Split SquatsQuads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Hip Abductors, Lower BackBarbell
Single Leg
Barbell Squats
Quads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell
Speed Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell
Standing Barbell
Calf Raise
CalvesBarbell
Sumo DeadliftHamstrings, Forearms, Glutes, Hip Adductors, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Traps, Upper Back Barbell
Stiff Leg DeadliftHamstrings, Calves, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper BackBarbell
Step Ups Quads, Calves, Glutes, HamstringsBarbell, Bench
Wide Stance Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell
Zecher Squats Quads, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower BackBarbell

Check out all our Leg Exercises or view our 
Calf ExercisesGlute ExercisesHamstring Exercises, or Quadriceps Exercises sections!


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