Written by Mike Dewar
If it’s one thing strength athletes can agree on, it’s that sumo deadlifts are cheating. Kidding. We bet dollars to donuts that any strength athlete is drawn to the idea of building a big chest, bulging biceps, and rounded boulder shoulders — aka, a complete upper body. These muscles look impressive in a tank top or a sweater, and they’re also key players in pressing more weight and deadlifting heavier. So, it’s a win-win.
The best upper body exercises aren’t fancy or foreign to you. In fact, we also bet you’ve done every exercise on this list. But are you doing them correctly? If you’re reading this article, it’s safe to assume you want more in the upper body department. In the list below, we’re going to outline the absolute best upper body exercises, explain why they rock and then tell you how to execute them flawlessly.