8 Best Barbell Exercises Ever (SURPRISE!)

Build a ripped athletic body training at home or the gym

Barbells are definitely one of the best form of workout equipment due to their ability to help you load up the heavy weights and build serious muscle. The confidence gained when using barbells also carries over to your entire workout since nothing makes you feel stronger than adding another plate to the bar. That said, choosing the best barbell exercises ever can be quite a challenge since there are so many to choose from. In this video, I picked the 8 best exercises with barbells and give you a reason why each has earned its spot in your next workout.

To begin, lets take a look at the best barbell exercises. They are:

Squats
Barbell Curls
Hip Thrusters
Barbell Dead Rows
Barbell Incline Bench Press
Landmine Thrusters
Deadlifts
Core Barbell Rollouts

Each of these exercises require either just a single barbell and some weight plates. They were chosen given their ability to work multiple muscle groups at once, fitting into any workout. The more muscles you can train in one workout the quicker your training session will be and the more impact you can have on your body in a shorter period of time.

Barbell only workouts can be incredibly challenging. In fact, some people think that you should limit your workouts to include just a few barbell exercises at one time given how physically draining they can be. That said, I wouldn’t recommend running out and trying to perform each of these in a single workout. You will want to work each of these demonstrated barbell exercises into its appropriate workout to avoid overtraining or haphazard training.

Some people say that performing barbell chest workouts and barbell back and arm workouts is not as effective as using dumbbells. They argue that the dumbbells allow you to overcome any one sided imbalances or weaknesses. While this may be one advantage of dumbbells, it doesn’t sacrifice the quality or effectiveness of the training session. That said, you cannot lift light barbells and think that you are going to get a great enough workout. Even if you are training at home, aim to lift the heaviest barbells that you can lift if you want to build muscle in your workouts.

Even if you don’t have barbells because you don’t train at a gym, you can still train like an athlete. If you are looking for a complete workout program that uses just a few dumbbells, a bench, a pullup bar and a resistance band then head to and get the ATHLEAN-X Training System. By using equipment like dumbbells or barbells in your workouts, you’re training your body to move and look like an athlete.

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  1. Scott Little / April 26, 2015

    how about that 405lb deadlift… 5:28

  2. MrFlakito52 / April 26, 2015

    This dude is one of the best fitness guys on YouTube. Maybe the best

    • SuccessU / April 26, 2015

      +Curt Curtf Yes he is the best by far but I also really like Joshua
      naterman he is very smart and Ross enamait is definitely the most strongest
      an conditioned youtuber

    • MrFlakito52 / April 28, 2015

      +Man Fish i never left reality… give me your top 5

    • Iron Knuckle / April 28, 2015

      scooby 1961, elliot hulse, buffdudes , jeff(hes in the top five) and omar
      isuf

    • MrFlakito52 / April 28, 2015

      +Man Fish so basically you agree with my original post lol. thanks for
      wasting my time

    • Iron Knuckle / April 29, 2015

      You dont have to reply lol

  3. jman8498 / April 26, 2015

    No wink. I guess he doesn’t read the comments ://////////

    • Freddy Saigh / April 27, 2015

      Can believe I actually found this comment ?

    • Beef410 / April 27, 2015

      +jman8498 He did blink a hell of lot, but I don’t think that counts.

    • amr fadel / January 10, 2016

      +Freddy Saighta ta ta you are dumb

  4. Anthony C / April 26, 2015

    Do form videos on all these exercises! Please if you haven’t all ready. 

  5. Dhanish Jabbar / April 26, 2015

    Could you do a boxing series? Like Floyd Mayweathers workout or Manny
    Pacquiaos etc

    • SuccessU / April 26, 2015

      Yes this would be awesome. I box an want to know should I keep my abs tense
      the whole time during sparring and fights or relaxed. I know he has talked
      about plugging the leaks for stronger force production but boxing trainers
      tell you to stay relaxed but I would trust Jeff over anyone

    • Ima WreckU / April 27, 2015

      +SuccessU Keep them loose, tighten them as you’re about to take a body
      shot, tighten them as you punch. If you keep them tight the whole fight,
      they will fatigue. If you tighten up as you take a shot, you’ll protect
      yourself from it. If you tighten as you punch, you’ll generate more force.

    • SuccessU / April 27, 2015

      +Ima WreckU Hey thanks for the reply and I will start doing that.

  6. belal mohammed / April 26, 2015

    Your squat looks awkward do you have an injury or something 

    • bob bill / April 26, 2015

      +belal mohammed He has bad knees

    • Haaris Majid Training / April 26, 2015

      Yea he’s been doing them his whole life his knees are bad and j don’t think
      he does them frequently

  7. Sufu Hashim / July 28, 2015

    Very good, strong basic exercises what we all can use. Thank you for the
    reminder

  8. 2012lel2012 / December 27, 2015

    on biceps, what about concentration curls and close grip chin ups with
    weight?!?!?!?

  9. Timer / December 31, 2015

    a 8 best resistance band exercises Ever

  10. Clan Reid / February 8, 2016

    Thx. Jeff, but I would love to see a tutorial on a clean and jerk, a power
    snatch, cleans, please!!!!!

  11. pk2hitman47 / March 16, 2016

    I noticed your grip on the deadlift … asymmetric grip 🙂 Care to talk
    more about that ? 🙂 (unless you already have and I missed that video)

    • Richard Piana / March 17, 2016

      A mixed grip keeps the bar from rolling out of the hands when deadlifting.

  12. VIVA LA PAINTING L.L.C / April 22, 2016

    your barbell curl is not correct
    you use your body to much
    and move your elbows to much

    • Benjamin Dan / July 17, 2016

      it’s called a cheat curl

    • Anthony DiEva / July 17, 2016

      Cheat curls are allowed, when you become experienced enough!

  13. VIVA LA PAINTING L.L.C / April 22, 2016

    your barbell curl is not correct
    you use your body to much
    and move your elbows to much

    • Masta Flow 2000 / June 12, 2016

      He’s doing cheat curls. You lean and sway a little more on those.

  14. arkhampatient76 / April 24, 2016

    I’d replace inclines with reverse grip bench press. A lot more upper chest
    activation

  15. Jorge Guadalupe / June 12, 2016

    As a college student that is broke, but wants quality advice and knowledge;
    this dude is keen. Vos es grande!!????

  16. tmanley111 / June 12, 2016

    Lol that hip thruster has important real life applications.. one in
    particular

  17. Nemanja Tutus / July 13, 2016

    I like these videos in 1.5 xD

  18. Anthony DiEva / July 17, 2016

    Jeff, how about talking about sets, and reps on some of these movements!

  19. Matt / July 22, 2016

    What kind of Squat is that ???? O_O

  20. max n / July 28, 2016

    oweesoooome

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