Think you need to bench, squat, and deadlift to make gains? Think again.
When it comes to building a strong, aesthetic body, weightlifting is king. Things like conditioning, mobility, and corrective exercise have their place, but most things boil down to picking up heavy objects, and setting them back down. The exact way you implement weights is up to you, but these days just about every good program out there involves some sort of strength training.
If you’ve ever looked into working out with the sole intention of getting jacked; that is, getting bigger and/or stronger, chances are you’ve read something that will tell you the big three lifts are king. Squat, bench press, and deadlift. You must do these exercises above all else; it is the ultimate pursuit of badassery. While this is good advice, there are plenty of other movements you can choose from.