If you have decided to add lifting weights to your fitness routine, then you have added a challenging but fun form of exercise. There are so many different exercises and so many variations that you will never get bored. But there are some sites out there that only talk about something called “The Big 3”. No they are not talking about the 3-on-3 professional basketball league that I didn’t know existed until I researched this topic. They are talking about the 3 basic weightlifting exercises: bench press, weighted squat, and deadlift. Why are they the basic weightlifting exercises you might ask? Simply because they workout the major muscle groups. The bench press works out the chest & triceps, squatting works out the quadriceps and hamstrings, and deadlifting works out the back. The problem is that being the major muscle groups does not mean that they are the only ones, nor the most important. There are many more smaller muscles that are just as important, some you have probably heard of and some you might not have. In order to maximize the results of your weightlifting routine, you need to also workout these muscles. But you don’t want to eliminate these “big lifts” from your routine, you just want to add other exercises to compliment them. Such as with the bench press, which works the chest and triceps, you are missing all of the muscles in your shoulders plus your biceps and forearms. Forearms are not a muscle people think of often but you use them everyday whenever you open a door or carry a plate. So when you are planning your next workout, try and choose an exercise for each of the muscles listed below.
Next post will be about different exercises you can do for each of the muscle groups and how you can effectively group them. Until then, keep working!