The barbell is the single greatest piece of exercise equipment ever invented, period. You will need access to a gym or will have to invest some money, but if these are options, the barbell is the King, Queen, and Jack of weight loss, bodybuilding, and power and strength development. Any athlete that does not train with barbells will be beaten by athletes that do. Ladies, barbell squats and deadlifts will give you legs that will drive men insane.
Okay, so we confess...we like barbell exercises...a lot. We organized our favorite barbell exercises into The Periodic Table of Barbell Exercises! This clickable infograph lists over 50 different exercises you can do with barbells. You will also need an adjustable bench and squat rack for some of the exercises, but we tried to keep the additional equipment minimal.
All of these exercises are in Barbell Stack 52 exercise cards (available in our store or on Amazon.com). The table is arranged by muscle group horizontally. There are barbell exercises for your arms, back & core, chest, legs, and shoulders. There are also compound full body movement exercises and Olympic weightlifting workouts you can do with barbells.
The barbell exercises are arranged vertically by difficulty. At the top are the simplest exercises that are the easiest to learn and master. As you move further down the table, the exercises become increasingly difficult, requiring more strength and/or skill to perform.
Click on any illustration for a quick video demonstration of that exercise. We hope you enjoy this infograph and spend some time learning these barbell exercises. We spent many hours putting this together, so please share it! You might also enjoy the Periodic Table of Bodyweight Exercises, the Periodic Table of Suspension (TRX) Exercises, the Periodic Table of Dumbbell Exercises, the Periodic Table of Kettlebell Exercises, the Periodic Table of Exercise Ball Exercises, the Periodic Table of Resistance Band Exercises, the Periodic Table of Stretching Exercises, or the Periodic Table of Yoga Poses.