World's best muscle-building exercises - 1/3
We asked 100 leading trainers to name their top three moves for building muscle across your entire body. Here is their first choice
This move targets the whole posterior chain of muscles from yourcalves to your upper back, including your hamstrings and glutes. Italso hits the quads and core, and because there are so many musclesinvolved it prompts the endocrine system to release muscle growthhormone into your blood.
Bevan Viljoen, personal trainer at LA Fitness in London's Piccadilly, offers his deadlift tips…
- ‘Keepthe bar close to your shins as you lift it, and then to your hips, tomake sure that you are generating force vertically and not sending ithorizontally into your lower back.’
- ‘Make sure you’re breathing regularly by exhaling forcefully as you lift and inhaling continuously while you lower the bar.’
- ‘Brace your deep core muscles by tensing your abs, and keep them braced throughout the exercise.’
- ‘The lift isn’t finished until you draw back your shoulders at the top of the move to fully engage the upper back muscles.’