Friday, November 12, 2010

POLL: Top Three Exercises?

With most of the polls/surveys I post, there are multiple choice answers. This is different. It requires you post your own three picks.

  • If you were only allowed to do three exercise movements for the rest of your life, what would those three exercises be?

The question is simple, but it is not easy. I want to you spend some time pondering your answers. Over the past evening, I have changed my answers several times.

To help you, here are some issues I'd like you to consider: The movements...
  • will be the only ones you can do for the rest of your life, so pick ones that will test as much as much as possible - most bang for your buck.
  • can include as much or as little equipment requirements as possible.
  • can be done with as much or as little weight as you'd like/can.
  • can be scaled for stamina, strength, skill, speed, or power.
  • are probably multi-joint/planar.
  • should include as many of the Seven Primary Human Movement Patterns as possible.
  • can include a combo lift such as "thrusters" (front squat-push press) but NOT a "complex" (such as a barbell complex that includes deadlift, power cleans, front squats, push jerks, etc). Be reasonable.
I will be posting my Big Three when there are ten responses to comments below.


Dan A. said...

1. The Deadlift
2. The shoulder press
3. The muscle up.

Close call between the deadlift and the backsquat for 1st.

Bob H. said...


Doug B. said...

1) Push Press
2) TGU Turkish Getup
3) SDHP Sumo Deadlift High Pull

Unknown said...

Clean & jerk (you may call invalid but I wont)
Push ups

0551-Ensing-OakForest said...

1. Thrusters
2. Pull ups
3. Farmer's Walk


Anonymous said...

pull ups
push ups

Anonymous said...

Pull Ups

Tom G said...

1. Squat (back, front, air, overhead... just squat)
2. Deadlift
3. Pullup

Anonymous said...

1.deadlift 2.pullup 3.shoulder press

Anonymous said...

Squats (loaded, air, one legged, unilateral loading, whatever, just bend your knees and stand up!)


Pull Ups

I'd put manmakers in but I think those would qualify as a complex?

Louis Hayes said...

No order. I had a hard enough time whittling this down to three.

Vinny said...

1. Deadlift
2. Muscle up
3. Running

Anonymous said...

1. Deadlift
2. push-up
3. Turkish get-up


Anonymous said...

I debated a lot over these exercises. A part of me was trying to keep a good strength movement included but then thought as I got older lifting weight other then my body weight may become too much. I will have to go with these three:

Reverse Burpee
Hanging Burpee