With so many great exercises available to choose from, picking the ten best bodybuilding exercises is a tough (and somewhat subjective) task. If you could only pick ten exercises to do the rest of your training days, the following (in no particular order) would be the ones I would recommend to pack on more muscle for a strong, powerful, rock-solid physique.
This is a favorite leg developer of old-school bodybuilders. For this squat variation, the bar will be up high on your traps and you will take a narrower stance. This will force your knees over your toes and allow your torso to stay upright, leading to a more quad dominant exercise. While this squat variation is more quad dominant, your glutes and hamstrings will still get a good workout (assuming you squat below parallel).
Obviously, this is the number one move for back development. There is nothing quite like a heavy-ass deadlift for adding slabs of meat to your back. On top of working the muscles of the back (and nearly every muscle in your body,) the hormonal response elicited by deadlifts is highly favorable to building lean muscle.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Doug Young, Ronnie Coleman, and Bill Kazmaier all had the bench press at the core of their chestroutine. This old favorite is highly effective for muscle building because it allows you to use more weight than any other upper body exercise, resulting in massive upper-body growth.
This is one of the best overall delt developing exercises. You’ll also get the added benefit of working your triceps. When performing this move, just make sure that you are not doing a push press, don’t bend your knees and explode up. By doing so, you will be making your legs the prime mover at the start of the lift rather than the inteded delts.
This can be done off the floor or off of an elevated platform. Experiment and find out what works best for you. Regardless of the style you choose, the key is to squeeze the shoulderOpens a New Window. blades together at top of the movement. This exercise works the entire musculature of the back and was a favorite of Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman.