Best Exercises to Build Muscle: Top 4 Most Important

There is no magic exercise that is going to make you ripped overnight. Training is something you have to do consistently.

However, you can still do several things to improve your results. In this post, I’m going to reveal the 4 best exercises you should apply to your training routine for best results.


#1 Weighted Chin Ups/Pull Ups

Weighted chin ups/pull ups is the best exercise out there for your back. Start putting weight to your chin ups and you will see awesome results.

When putting weight to your exercises, I will suggest adding 0.5 to 1 kg every time you hit the gym.

Here is an overview of the exercise:


#2 Incline Bench Press

This exercise is literally all you need if you want to build up a nice chest. Incline bench press is a very natural pushing movement for the human body. It builds up the chest while focusing most on the upper chest, which is a part of the muscle that many people forget to train.

Here is an overview of the exercise:


#3 Standing Shoulder Press

Standing shoulder press is definitely an exercise you should include in your routine. This exercise is a must-have if you are someone that really wants big and wide shoulders. It builds up the foundation, side, front shoulders, and the traps as well.

Here is an overview of the exercise:


#4 Pistol Squats

This exercise is not only going to make your legs stronger, it will also keep your knees healthier. With pistol squats you can add weight by using dumbbells. But before you start using dumbbells, you should be able to perform 6 reps for each side.

Here is an overview of the exercise:


I Hope you enjoyed this post and feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions.

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  1. Endre S. Pedersen

    Wow, really helpful! I will remember this to the next time I hit the gym!

  2. simon

    Really nice! Great tips! 🙂

  3. Stuart

    I always begin my back day with pull ups to pre-exhaust the back and always start my chest day with the incline dumbbell press.

    I personally prefer the dumbbell shoulder press to the barbell shoulder press, what are your thoughts on doing these exercises seated instead of standing? What are the pros and cons?

    Why pistol squats and not the back squat/traditional squat? Thanks!

    1. Antonio Alessandro Bianculli

      Well, standing press is safer for your shoulders since it’s easier to get into position. Also, it has more focus on the lateral shoulders, which will make your shoulders look a lot wider.

      Seated dumbbell press is also good though. But it’s harder to increase the weight, because you can’t use micro plates (0.5 kg plates) on the dumbbells.

      Pistol squats are safer for your knees and you train balance as well, so it has more benefits. But I also like the traditional squat, they are both awesome exercises!

      I’m actually going to make a post related to the best leg exercises which includes both pistol squats and regular squats. Feel free to check that out next week if you are interested 🙂

  4. Oscar B.

    Never heard of pistol squats, gonna try it next time :p

  5. Une Clidose

    Nice content, thinking about making a gym in my town, so I could need some help from Greg. I’ll ask him myself 😉


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