Good morning Internet readers. I am so amazed at how our traffic is growing through this site. Today lets discuss exercise selection. Exercise selection is vital to your success in building your physique. I don’t know how many times I have been to a gym and seen a young person performing cable crossovers for chest work and there chest development was nonexistent. As most of my clients know I am into very basic movement patterns. When we look at the body wesee that basic, multi-joint movements activate a large amount of muscle tissue. When you are strength training activating a lot of muscle tissue is key to being efficient and getting results.
Lets cover very briefly my list of approved exercises:
Chest Dumbbell Presses (Incline, Flat,) Some machine presses
Upperback Pull-downs, pull-ups, dumbbell rows, cable rows, machine rows
Lower back Back Extensions, Dead lifts (if you can perform safely) dumbbells or barbell
Hamstrings Same as lower back. Adding leg curls
Biceps Standing Dumbbell Curls, Incline Curls, some machine type curls
Triceps Close Grip Presses, pushdowns, triceps extensions dumbbell, dips
Calves Calf Presses, Standing calves, Seated Calf Presses
Quads Squats (dumbbell or barbell) , dumbbell lunges, horizontal leg press, some 45 deg leg press
When choosing exercises make sure you choose exercises that don’t cause joint discomfort. You should feel the exercises recruiting the desired muscle group. I hope this information helps and please don’t get on a leg extension machine instead of performing a leg press, lunge or squat.
Have a Great Day and Stay Strong,