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The Muscles Involved in the Key Barbell Lifts


Sometimes it is nice to have a quick resource that outlines the major muscles working in the key, compound lifts.  Look no further, here is such a resource!  5 Key Lifts are outlined with a ranking of the all the various muscles on a scale of 1 to 5; 5 is hugely involved (the agonist), 1 is very minimally involved.  In general improving anything that is ranked a 3 or more likely to help your performance on the lift.


The Squat:


The Bench Press:


The Conventional Deadlift:


The Sumo Deadlift:


The Overhead Press:



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