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Strength Training Exercises

The Best Exercises to Build Muscle and Add to your Weight Training Routines

Welcome to our Strength Training Exercises directory!

Below you'll find our chosen best exercises to build muscle mass—steel bending, sleeve bulging, muscle mass. Use these exercises along with our Muscle Building Tips to move from lean to LARGE.  Before we get to the exercises, we'd like to give some quick insight on our methodology on choosing the strength training exercises.   


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Our Philosophy: Choosing the Best Exercises to Build Muscle

To build more muscle, you have to challenge your body to move more weight.  Makes sense right? The important distinction, however, is not trying to move from 20 to 30 pounds on dumbbell curls, it's moving from say 200 to 400 pounds on barbell squats

Compound Exercises like squats, deadlifts, military press, bench press, and others allow you to pile on the weight and engage large muscle groups to build functional strength.  Focusing on large muscle groups also releases more muscle building testosterone and growth hormone than isolation exercises, so what's not to love?   

To try and sum it up in four bullet points:



All Strength Training Exercises by Muscle Group

Below we've listed all of our strength training exercises sorted by primary muscle(s) trained resulting in the following sections:

Strength Training Bicep Exercises and Tricep Exercises

Bicep Exercises
Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Chin UpsBiceps, Forearms, Lats, Upper BackPull Up Bar
Gironda Sternum Chin UpsBiceps, Forearms, Lats, Upper BackPull Up Bar
Narrow Parallel Grip Chin UpsBiceps, Deltoids, Forearms, Lats, Upper BackPull Up Bar

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Tricep Exercises
Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Bench Tricep DipsTriceps, Chest, Deltoids, Lats, Upper BackTwo Benches
Close Grip Bench PressTriceps, Chest, DeltoidsBarbell, Bench
Decline Close Grip Bench to Skull CrushersTriceps, Chest, DeltoidsBarbell, Decline Bench
Machine Tricep DipsTriceps, Chest, Deltoids, Lats, Upper BackWeight Machine
Reverse Triceps Bench PressTriceps, ChestBarbell, Bench
Smith Machine Close Grip Bench PressTriceps, Chest, DeltoidsBench, Smith Machine
Tricep DipsTriceps, Chest, Deltoids, Lats, Upper BackParallel Bars or Dip Station

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Strength Training Back and Shoulders Exercises

Back Exercises
Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Barbell T-Bar RowUpper Back, Lats, Biceps Barbell
Bent Over RowUpper Back, Lats, Biceps, Shoulders Barbell
Climber Pull UpsLats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Pull Up Bar
Close Grip Front Lat Pull DownLats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Cable
Dumbbell RowsUpper Back, Lats, Biceps, Trapezius, Deltoids Dumbbell
Lat Pull DownLats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Cable
Pull UpsLats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Pull Up Bar
Reverse Grip Bent Over RowUpper Back, Lats, Biceps, Shoulders Barbell
Reverse Grip Lat Pull DownLats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Cable
Seated Cable RowUpper Back, Lats, Biceps, Shoulders Cable
V-Bar Lat Pull DownLats, Upper Back, Biceps, Shoulders Cable, V-Bar

Check out all of our Back Exercises or link directly to all of our Lat Exercises, Upper Back Exercises, or Lower Back Exercises!

Shoulder Exercises
Arnold PressDeltoid, Trapezius, Chest, TricepsDumbbells
Seated Military PressDeltoid, Trapezius, Chest, TricepsBarbell
Barbell ShrugsTrapeziusBarbell
Clean and PressShoulders, Arms, Back, Chest, Forearms, LegsBarbell
Dumbbell Shoulder PressDeltoid, Trapezius, Chest, TricepsDumbbells
Dumbbell ShrugTrapeziusDumbbells
Hang CleansShoulders, Arms, Back, Chest, Forearms, LegsBarbell
Machine Shoulder PressDeltoid, Trapezius, Chest, TricepsMachine
Smith Machine ShrugTrapeziusSmith Machine
Standing Overhead PressDeltoid, Trapezius, Chest, TricepsBarbell

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Muscle Building Chest Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
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
Chest DipChest, Deltoids, TricepsParallel Bars or Dip Station
Tricep PushupsChest, Deltoids, Triceps, Upper BackN/A
Decline Dumbbell Bench PressChest, Deltoids, TricepsDumbbells, Decline Bench
Dumbbell Bench PressChest, Deltoids, TricepsDumbbells, Flat Bench
Dumbbell Incline PressChest, Deltoids, TricepsDumbbells, Incline Bench
Hammer Grip Incline PressChest, Deltoids, TricepsDumbbells, Incline Bench
Smith Machine Bench PressChest, Deltoids, TricepsSmith Machine, Flat Bench
Smith Machine InclineChest, Deltoids, TricepsSmith Machine, Incline Bench

Check out all of our Chest Exercises!

Muscle Building Leg Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Barbell DeadliftsBack, Forearms, Legs, TrapsBarbell
Barbell Hack SquatForearms, LegsBarbell
Barbell LungeLegsBarbell
Barbell SquatsLegs, Lower BackBarbell
Barbell Squats to BenchLegs, Lower BackBarbell
Dumbbell Lunge LegsDBs, Bench
Dumbbell Step Ups LegsDBs, Bench
Front SquatLegsBarbell
Front Squat to BenchLegsBarbell, Bench
Jefferson SquatsLegs, Lower BackBarbell
Leg Press Exercise LegsMachine
Lying SquatsLegsMachine
Machine Hack Squats LegsMachine
Narrow Stance Leg Press LegsMachine
One Arm Side DeadliftsAbs, Legs, Lower Back, TrapsBarbell
Overhead SquatLegs, Lower Back, ShouldersBarbell
Power CleanForearms, Legs, Lower Back, Shoulders Barbell
Reverse Barbell LungeLegsBarbell
Romanian DeadliftBack, Forearms, LegsBarbell
Smith Machine Hack Squats LegsSmith Machine
Smith Machine Squats Legs, Lower BackSmith Machine
Step Ups LegsBarbell, Bench
Stiff Leg DeadliftBack, LegsBarbell
Sumo DeadliftBack, Forearms, Hip Adductors, Legs, TrapsBarbell
Walking Lunges LegsDumbbells
Wide Stance Squats Legs, Lower BackBarbell
Zecher Squats Legs, Lower BackBarbell

Check out all of our Leg Exercises or link directly to all of our Calf Exercises, Hamstring Exercises, or Quadriceps Exercises!


Well there you have it, all of the best exercises to build muscle.  Now that you've learned all our strength training exercises, check out some of our related pages below and get started on your quest for colossal gains. 

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