The 3 Best Exercises for Building Lean Muscle
If you are sick and tired of looking ‘average’, at least in your own mind, then it might be time for you to get in the gym and do something about it. Many of us would give anything to have a lean, muscular, aesthetic physique that a Greek God himself would be envious of. As you know, in order to build muscle, burn fat, and make any kind of improvement to your physique at all, you need to be willing to put the hard work in at the gym. How many of you out there can honestly say that the exercises and routines that you are following are yielding the results you were hoping for? If lean muscle is your primary goal, you need to know which exercises to perform. That is where we come in. Below you will find 3 of the best exercises for building lean muscle.
1.Barbell bench presses
When it comes to building lean muscle, the barbell bench press is, without question, one of the most beneficial exercises you could ever wish for. The barbell bench press is a compound exercise, which basically means that it works multiple muscle groups at once. Primarily it targets the pectoral muscles, but on top of that it has works the triceps, the delts, and even your core stabilizer muscles. Proven to add thickness and definition to the chest, barbell bench presses, either on a flat, incline, or decline bench, are ideal. To perform this exercise:
- Lay on a flat bench and arch your back very slightly, while pinching your shoulder blades together.
- Next, place your hands onto the bar with a grip just wider than shoulder width.
- Lift and un-rack the bar carefully, and then slowly lower it down gently until it grazes your upper chest, making sure not to bounce it.
- Hold for a second and extend your arms, lifting the bar back into the air and repeating for as many reps as required.
- After several reps you should begin to feel a deep stretch in your chest.
If you are looking to build lean muscle on and around your shoulders and upper back, military presses are perfect. These are another compound exercise that targets many muscles in the upper body. What is more, they can be performed seated or standing. To perform standing barbell military presses:
- Take a barbell and place it onto a squat rack roughly shoulder height.
- Next, stand under the bar, grip it around 2 inches wider than shoulder width, keep your head straight, and lift the bar off.
- Now, slowly press the barbell up over your head, making sure to keep your head straight, as if you were trying to make a double chin.
- When the elbows are fully extended, hold for a second, and slowly lower the weight back down to shoulder height, and repeat for as many reps as needed.