Clearly, I am not a body builder. But I am occasionally asked about the best exercises by body part…
What can I do to work my triceps?
Should I do crunches or sit ups for great abs?
Is there an exercise I can do to make my butt as firm as a bowling ball? (not joking, that’s a direct quote)
Unfortunately when someone typically asks about a body part (how do I get rid of my belly fat?!), they are asking about fat loss and not muscle building. They want to know how to change the appearance of a particular body part, and the best way to do that is through reducing body fat which is done primarily through diet.
For fat loss, you cannot spot reduce a specific problem area by doing an exercise that uses the muscles of that body part. So crunches won’t give you great abs, leg lifts won’t erase the cellulite on your thighs, and the shake weight WILL NOT fix those flabby triceps.
But with muscle building, you can target a specific body part through exercise. Having a clean diet is always important. But a clean diet without deadlifts, ketttlebell swings, or some other exercise using the glutes will not result in a bowling ball butt. With that being said, here are my favorite exercises by body part…