When it comes to exercises, in particular ones that can make you brutally strong..most will often think of the ones they can get the most amount of weight on. This is very unique to each person so the results could be varied, so what is the best way to get super strong in the gym?
The most immediate thought when thinking of ‘tests of pure strength’ are the 3 main powerlifts…squats, deadlift and bench press. The average lifter will squat 90% of their deadlift, i.e. if you deadlift 100lbs, you should squat at least 90lbs. However, this can also be body-weight dependent…The lower the body-weight, the more someone should be able to deadlift, and the higher the body-weight, the more someone should be able to squat…theoretically. So based on this the exercise you should be able to get more weight on is the deadlift, squat then bench press (although for some it may be the squat).
You may look at the size of a powerlifter compared to someone who exclusively trains bodyweight only and think that the powerlifter is clearly the stronger of the two. Yes lifting heavier weights makes you strong, but mastering your own bodyweight is a different kind of strong. Say for example you weigh 200lb, and can comfortably crank out 12-15 reps on pull ups. Then say you can even do that with some added extra weight, you could get close to 250lb. Transfer that over to a relative exercise in the gym like lat pulldown…and you may not be able to do the same kind of weight. This is why Pull Ups/Chin Ups should be in your routine.
I could go on all day about the numerous exercises that can make you strong, the points to remember are:
- A lot of exercises can be impacted by your own weight
- Your genetic make up can decide what you lift best (i.e. smaller limbs, less range of motion to move a weight etc.)
- You may personally see improvements on different kinds of exercises compared to other people.
So that being said, the real question is…”What’s YOUR strongest exercise”.
Regardless, here’s our top 5 exercises to help you get super strong in the gym.
- Pull Ups
- Push Ups
- Overhead Press