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abett07 07-20-2011 01:19 PM

best exercises for functional strength ?
 
For most people what are the best exercises for functional strength ?

IMO the deadlift would have to be number 1

Aurik 07-20-2011 01:23 PM

The two biggest I would go with would be the deadlift (picking heavy stuff up off the ground) and the overhead press (picking heavy stuff up over your head.)

BendtheBar 07-20-2011 01:28 PM

For me it's squats.

One year of squatting from age 18-19 improved my vertical jump by at least 8 inches, and dramatically improved my sprint speed. I entered college a sub-par basketball player, and left college with a greatly improved game.

This also helped with baseball as well.

BigJosh 07-20-2011 01:35 PM

If I could only pick one, I would say for me, deadlifts.

Off Road 07-20-2011 02:59 PM

Squats

I think there are far too many guys out there with a 500 lb deadlift that didn't even have to train hard for it. And in the long run it didn't improve their functionality above what they had before acheiving the lift. Show me a guy that can squat 500 lbs and I'll be looking at a guy that earned it.

storm1507 07-20-2011 03:05 PM

I would most definitely say deads now.

30 years ago I would have said speed hammer curls with short ROM.

5kgLifter 07-20-2011 04:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by abett07 (Post 154523)
For most people what are the best exercises for functional strength ?

IMO the deadlift would have to be number 1


For functional strength, a good core exercise; since without a solid and stable core pretty much everything else goes to pot...no deadlift, no overhead press, no squat...

abett07 07-21-2011 05:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 5kgLifter (Post 154556)
For functional strength, a good core exercise; since without a solid and stable core pretty much everything else goes to pot...no deadlift, no overhead press, no squat...

whats a good core exercise ? I thought the deadlift hits just about every muscle in your body

what about the bench press ? lots of people say that its over rated but it must be great for pushing strength

abett07 07-21-2011 05:17 AM

would these be the top 6 ?

squats,deads,cleans,bench,oh press, rows

storm1507 07-21-2011 05:43 AM

You sure won't go wrong with those.


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