10 Timeless bodybuilding exercises

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jun 09, 2015

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When it comes to workouts and staying fit, new-age fitness technology and machines have become quintessential. But, before all that new techno stuff came up there were exercises that kept us fit. Here are timeless body building exercises that stood the test of time.
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    Still very much in use, push-ups has survived for over 100 years now. This exercise targets muscles of the chest, arms, and shoulders besides providing support required from other muscles. Do four sets of 10 reps and you will get a good workout.

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    Wide-grip chins

    Wide grip chins were once a very popular strength-training exercise. You don't see too many people doing wide grip chins anymore to pump their upper body. Exercises such as lat pulldown have made things easier but not all have still forgotten wide grip chins. It remains one evergreen exercise for bodybuilding.

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    Like push-ups, lunges remain to be one of the favoured exercises in a gym setting. The exercise is used for strengthening, sculpting and building thighs, the muscles at the back and hamstrings. This exercise is commonly used in cross-training in various sports by weight-trainers as a fitness exercise, and also by yoga practitioners.

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    Even though there has been a slight change in the form, squats remain one of the most preferred lower-body exercises. It trains the muscles of the thighs, hips and buttocks, quadriceps and hamstrings.

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    Dead lift

    Dead lift has for a long time been used by athletes and weightlifters as one of the primary weight-training exercises. It is quite effective for full-body strength building and remains one of the most popular bodybuilding exercises for men.

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    Bicep curls

    Can you imagine a strength training program without bicep curls? It is one of the most basic and oldest weight lifting exercises. As its name suggests, the exercise targets bicep muscles.

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    Burpee is another age-old full body exercise. It is used for strength training as well as an aerobic exercise. The exercise is performed in four steps, and is thus, often called four-count burpee.

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    Bench press

    Bench press is another ‘classic’ bodybuilding exercise. This upper body strength training exercise requires one to press a weight upwards from a supine position. It works the pectoralis majorly, but also gives a workout to the chest, arm, and shoulder muscles.

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    Plank is an exercise that still is a part of many workouts. It helps strengthen muscles of the abdomen, back and shoulders.


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