The Single Best Exercise?
Q: Looking around most gyms, what's the most beneficial but neglected exercise you can think of?A:
The snatch-grip deadlift, specifically a snatch deadlift on a four
inch platform. The idea here is to get a large range of motion by
standing on the platform and using the wide grip.
you told me you were going to jail and only had a barbell and didn't
want to get raped in the showers and could only do one exercise to
put mass and strength on, then I'd tell you to do the snatch deadlift
on a platform.
(Incidentally, at the last Biotest Christmas
party, TC told me that 72% of the men from his native village have
sex in the shower. That 's because the other 28% are not in jail
This exercise alone makes people gain weight like crazy.
Any time I have someone who needs to gain weight fast and doesn't
have a whole lot of time, I have them do snatch deadlifts. And with
the snatch grip deadlift, straps are okay because you'll be doing
reps above three, but don't use them until you get to your working
If you think about it, this is the opposite of the
sumo deadlift, which shortens the range of motion. Likewise, some
powerlifters will lift in ballet shoes to shorten the ROM. What we
want to do here is lengthen it. The snatch grip and platform will
take care of that.