There are some timeless exercises and workouts which are always there in our routine schedule and they help us build our strength These exercises target many muscles at once and help you get the most bang for your buck when you are training. If you have recently had a workout program set up for you and some of these are not on the list, you need to reevaluate its validity and make some changes to incorporate these five timeless exercises into it.
Exercise No. 1: The squat
Why it is so effective: Squats have an effect on your entire lower body in one movement. This means that you are stimulating a large number of muscle fibers, which increases testosterone output to help your legs get big in addition to improving your upper body.
How to perform it: There are a number of ways you can perform this exercise. You can either place a barbell across your back or use a squat rack. If you don’t have a spotter or are lifting a heavy weight, a squat rack is probably your safest bet. Once you have found your balance, slowly bend at the knees, ensuring they are moving directly over your toes. Lower until you are at 90 degrees or less with your knees, and then rise back up to the starting point using your glute and quad muscles.
Exercise No. 2: The bench press
Why it is so effective: The bench press is a great exercise because it is a compound movement. This means that you will be working different muscles at once and therefore cutting down on the amount of isolation work you have to do. This exercise targets the pectoral muscles, along with your triceps and even your biceps to some extent. There are many variations of this exercise to ensure that you do not become bored or start to plateau. You can try a flat press, an incline press, a decline press, a narrow grip press, and a wide grip press — they are all beneficial. Each will target the muscle from a slightly different angle and provide a different stimulus to produce more results.
How to perform it: Lay flat against a bench press machine. Adjust the seat beforehand if you are doing an incline or decline press. Get a comfortable, firm grip on the bar and slowly raise it until it is directly above your chest. Next, slowly lower it until it is about one or two inches from your body. Hold for a second and then raise it again. Do not forget to breathe in as you bring the weight down and exhale as you push it up.
Exercise No. 3: The stiff-legged deadlift
Why it is so effective: Deadlifts are a timeless exercise because they improve your balance and strengthen the quads, hamstrings, glutes, and back muscles. This exercise also forms the basis of the major power-lifting movements, so any guy looking to train for power lifting should pay particular attention to this maneuver. Once you are able to execute it effectively, you can perform such lifts as the “clean and jerk” and the “snatch” more efficiently.
How to perform it: To carry out this exercise, place a barbell directly in front of your feet. Bend at the waist and grasp the barbell, keeping your knees slightly bent. Even though this is called the “stiff-legged” lift, you should never lock or hyperextend your knees, which will place too much stress on the joints. Next, focusing on your hamstring muscles, rise into a standing position, making sure the barbell moves up along your legs. Once you are upright, lower the barbell back to the floor to complete one rep.
Exercise No. 4: The military press
Why it is so effective: The military press is a fantastic lift because it works all the heads of the shoulder muscles at once. Each shoulder has an anterior, medial and posterior component. While this exercise primarily targets the anterior deltoid, the other two will still be utilized. This exercise also targets your abs, because you need to maintain strong abdominal core muscles in order to prevent your back from swaying and moving out of alignment. There are also a few variations on this exercise, including different hand positions when using dumbbells, and in front of the neck or behind the neck presses when you’re using a barbell.
How to perform it: To perform a military press, get a firm grip on the dumbbells or barbell. Then, keeping your abs tight and your back straight, push the weight directly above your head. Make sure you don’t lock your elbows at the top. Lower to complete one rep.
Exercise No. 5: The plank
Why it is so effective: This is a very effective core strengthener, because it calls every core muscle fiber into play while working your static strength at the same time. Static strength is defined as the use of force that does not require movement, such as holding something in one place. It is opposite to dynamic strength, which is demonstrated in most typical weightlifting exercises.
How to perform it: To perform this exercise, lie on your stomach. Then, bending at the elbows, place your forearms on the ground, lifting your stomach off the floor while balancing on the balls of your feet and your forearms. Your body should resemble a table. Hold this position for as long as you can, up to 2 minutes. To increase the difficulty of the action, try lifting one arm off the ground as well as the opposite leg. Another alternative is to place either your feet or your arms on an exercise ball. This is particularly challenging because you must maintain the stability of your body and the ball.