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If You Could Choose Four Workouts...


If you could choose only 4 workouts (non-cardio) to do for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Here are my choices:

1) Deadlifts
2) Pull Ups
3) Squats
4) Press Ups

  1. Deadlifts
  2. Squats
  3. Pull Ups
  4. Clean High Pulls


did you mean 4 workouts? or 4 movements?

4 movements:
4)overhead presses


Yeah, 4 movements I guess, so:

1- front squat
2- bb clean
3- deadlift
4-overhead press


2-Power Clean and Press
3-Front Squats
4-Chin Ups

Done and done...


Flies, squats, oh press and bench. But then my favourite exercises change quite regularly

  1. Clean N Press
  2. Pull Ups
  3. Dips
  4. Deadlift




3-Bent Row



1 dumbbell bench
2 Lat pulldown (narrow,neutral handle)
3 Seated Military
4 Hack Squat Machine


Power clean
Back squat


Is a complex only one exercise? If so:
Exercise 1
BO Row
(Snatch grip) RDL
Power Snatch/Power Clean(depending if Sn grip RDL or not)
OH Squat/Front Squat(depending if Sn grip RDL or not)
OH Press
Back Squat/Jump Squat

Exercise 2
Curtis Ps

Exercise 3

Exercise 4
Push-up plus

  1. Deadlifts
  2. Pullups
  3. Cleans
  4. Tire Flips(Does that count?)




Four is too limiting. If I had to:
- Squat
- Deadlift
- Pull up
- Bench press

I would love to up it to 6 though, in order to have
- Bent over row
- Military press


Squat, Deadlift, Bench Press, Pullups


I've got dumb injuries so I can't do the cool exercises.

1) Curls (not gonna lie)
2) Lunges
3) Bench Press
4) Pullups


Box squat slightly above parallel
Weighted chins/pull-ups

Don't do any dedicated springing outside of playing ball, but if I can only do 4 things forever you better believe sprinting is one of 'em. And, even though it might be breaking the rules you could add bands, chains etc to the squat and bench and boards to the bench giving you a pretty solid routine you could cycle through forever.


Now I should just force myself to those 4 exercises I listed as hard as I can.

  1. Knee extensions
  2. Smith machine calf raises
  3. lateral raises with pink dumbells only
  4. Last but not least Squat rack curls


^^The first one made me wonder, then the second one let me know it was likely a joke. The pink dumbbells removed all doubt.