When people talk about the basics in lifting, they usually refer to the Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift, and the Military Press or Rows…right? What I’m wondering is, why?
These “basics” should be called the muscle building “truths.” I would also add dips and pull ups to the list.
Anyway, how can you actually put on good mass without these lifts? Who is going to be able to gain appreciable mass with only iso movements? I think it’s safe to say that these “basic” lifts are necessary for every lifter’s program and more than that, they deserve the most attention.
I have a hard time believing anyone ever got big by neglecting those “basic” lifts and instead just did bicep and hamstring curls until they reached 8% body fat at 240 lbs…
In fact, it seems likely that a lot of skinny guys would make gains if they threw out all of their iso movements and instead just did the “basic lifts.”