This is a common question most people new to bodybuilding will ask. Often, they will reach for one of the many excellent books on the subject of bodybuilding for an answer.
Unfortunately, most bodybuilding books will lump in scores upon scores of bodybuilding exercises in their pages as a means of making the book as comprehensive as possible.
There is nothing wrong with this because the ability to look up a great deal of information of a number of bodybuilding exercises is most definitely valuable. However, the important basics of a bodybuilding workout can be overlooked. So, for those that are seriously concerned over what exactly are the best bodybuilding exercises, here is a comprehensive look at those exercises that are the most important:
The Squat: Here is an undeniable fact that most people looking to develop lean muscle mass must become aware of as quickly as humanly possible: the squat is the most important of all bodybuilding exercises for building muscle mass. Why is this? There are several reasons and the most important is that heavy squat work will release an enormous number of natural steroids in the body. Essentially, the body’s growth hormones are naturally mass produced which has an enormously positive effect on the rest of the muscles in the body.
Additionally, the legs are the foundation of the body. They are needed to support the weight and mass that rests upon. As such, any serious mass building of the upper body must be followed by serious leg mass bodybuilding exercises since these properly developed legs are needed to support the weight of the elevated mass.
The Bench Press: Speaking of the upper body, performing the bench press regular helps develop the upper chest and torso to its best and most massive appearance. Really, what bodybuilder could even remotely be taken seriously if he did not perform bench presses?
The Military Press: The military press creates the massively powerful shoulders needed for a symmetrical upper body. In addition to the amazing physique benefit one will gain from properly developed shoulders, the enhancement of a person’s physical strength derived from these exercises will be significant as well. That is why the barbell and dumbbell military presses should always be linchpin exercises in one’s workout program.
The Biceps Curl: Honestly, you can develop significant mass in the biceps through bench presses and military presses alone. However, if you want to be sure your biceps have decent symmetry, working out the biceps with biceps curls (barbell and dumbbell exercises) remains strongly recommended.
Abdominal Crunches: The abdominal muscles make the core of the body. This is the part of the body most people’s eyes are drawn to since it is at the center of the body mass. As such, it is best to always develop your abs to their finest since many physiques will be judged on their abs.
The Dead Lift: The dead lift certainly helps boost muscle mass but it is suggested to perform this exercise with light weights to prevent injuries. Actually,
it may be advised to hold off on this exercise until one gains some strength and experience.