On my training log I was talking to @carlbm recently about Zercher Squats and the fact I’d never actually seen them being performed in the gym. It got me thinking about how many times I’ve actually seen others performing exercises outside the more popular ones (E.G Bench, Conventional Deadlift, Back Squat, Bent over Row etc) and how common this was. I’ve trained at home for the last 12 months and will continue to do so but I’ve trained in several what I’d call hardcore gyms with people who are committed to lifting over the last 10 or so years.
I’m of course not knocking mainstream popular exercises as I do think people can overcomplicate things but I think there are a load of functional exercises (no I don’t mean fucking bosu ball curls/squats) which I’ve mainly learnt about from T-Nation.
From my training history from what I can recollect I’ve never seen:
SSB Good Mornings
Trap Bar Deadlifts
People using bands (admittedly I only started doing this post lockdown)
Swiss Bar Bench
Non machine or bicep unilateral movements