Top 8 Exercises for Muscle Building

Effective muscle building requires a combination of proper nutrition, adequate rest, and, most importantly, a well-structured exercise regimen. 

Below are the top eight exercises that are foundational for building muscle mass. 

Squats are a compound exercise that primarily targets the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes, but also engages the core and lower back.  

The movement mimics everyday activities such as sitting and standing, making it a functional exercise. 

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Proper form is crucial to avoid injury: feet shoulder-width apart, back straight, and knees not extending past the toes. 

Deadlifts are another compound movement that works the entire posterior chain, including the hamstrings, glutes, lower back, and traps.  

Start with feet hip-width apart, grip the barbell with hands just outside the knees, keep the back straight, and lift by extending the hips and knees simultaneously. 

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