I’d just add power cleans, if you participate in anything remotely sport-like, and consider this list fairly complete.
Geez man, why not include abs, tibialis, forearms, and traps while your at it? I don’t have anything against isolation exercises (because really, it’s stupid to “hate” a type of exercise), but if we’re looking for literally THE staple lifts (as in, the most uber-basic exercises to do and still see results), then rear delt raises and DB curls are certainly not going to top my list.
Right…because actually looking like an athlete is a horrible thing. ?!?!?
I agree with Power Cleans, these are great for sports, and they can’t hurt almost everyone else either. I also think High Pulls are great, but they are a different animal. I would add Power Cleans only if OP is competitive in a sport. Otherwise he’s better off throwing in the three compounds I added to the “classic big five.”
OP, tagged on something about doing the basics, and getting equal results in all muscles involved. This is not really possible. Someone has to say it. I’ve made my point twice now, that iso is something to look into for almost everyone, depending on goals. Of course one can get pretty large and muscular without iso, that goes without saying, Compounds are the foundation for any kind of muscularity. Iso is there to add that extra, something else to really take a muscle to an extreme, + or bring up a genetic weak link.
I didn’t suggest that looking like an athlete is anything to be ashamed of. It’s an equally admirable look to the extreme bodybuilder type if you ask me. How did you get the idea that I think looking like an athlete is horrible? The athlete ( what kind of athlete do you have in mind any way? ) look, nearly any kind of athlete look at that, is worlds apart from average or worse.
Any way, OP will most likely be thrilled with his results if he sticks to the “big five,”
variations. Chins/Pull up/Dip/GHR variations can only help him more. Iso is again, there only if he wants to really take his total body to it’s peak.