I want bigger triceps! I want a 6-pack! I want, I want, I want. Waaaaaaaaaaah! We all "want". The problem is that many of us aren't going about achieving those things in the most efficient way.
You can do dumbbell curls, EZ bar curls, skullcrushers, kickbacks, crunches and planks until you're blue in the face, if you want. But you STILL may not get what you WANT.
I get a lot of compliments on my abs. Wanna know how often I do direct ab work? Occasionally-to-rarely. I work them about 1-2x a month for 5-10 minutes (or between sets if I'm bored) - and that's on the high side.
What exercises contribute to all-over muscle and great abs? The ones that directly work neither:
Here's the "short list" of the benefits of incorporating deadlifts and squats into your workouts OFTEN:
Stimulate testosterone production (read: muscle growth)
Stimulate human growth hormone production (read: muscle growth)
Work every muscle in your body (read: all-over muscle growth)
Improved core strength (read: abs!)
Improved overall strength
Improved cardiovascular fitness
Improved functional fitness (read: the functions of daily living are just easier)
Oops...almost forgot the obvious ones: badassery, confidence, stronger legs and a great ass.
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