A hell of a lot gets made of squats, bench presses and deadlifts. How they’re the holy grail of strength training and bodybuilding, and how absolutely everyone needs to do them. You even get some folk say that you only need these three exercises, and that everything else is secondary.

In all honesty, the big 3 are all great moves. When talking about bang for your buck, you don’t get much better. Between them, squats, bench presses and deadlifts do hit almost every major muscle group, and if you could only choose three exercises to ever do again for your lifting career, these would be a smart choice. That said, not everyone can (or even wants to) squat, deadlift and bench press.

Look – if you want to get bigger and stronger, you do need some kind of big 3 movements in your program, but they don’t necessarily have to be the barbell back squat, the conventional or sumo deadlift, and the competition bench press.

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