In the quest to crown a single workout as the absolute best for the male body, experts are split over which exercise goes the farthest. Here are the top two contenders.
Lauded as a great way to get in shape without much space or gym equipment, Mansome came out in favour of the burpee and demonstrated its series of squat-intensive moves in a recent video.
The burpee involves dropping to the ground, kick your feet out behind you, pull your feet back in and leap up as high as you can.
"It builds muscles. It builds endurance," Martin Gibala, chairman of the department of kinesiology at McMaster University, tells the New York Times. "But it's hard to imagine most people enjoying it, or sticking with it for long."
Livestrong is also a fan of the burpee, citing it as a great cardio workout that improves your body's anaerobic ability.
One of the best exercises you can do is a lot like lifting up a cat off the ground.
According to Carmen Sturniolo of Ambitious Athletics, the basic movement of the deadlift isn't actually all that different from scooping up a tabby. In the Washingtonian, he highlights the deadlift as "a fundamental exercise that's often taught at any of your home-improvement stores. Those guys are taught to lift with their legs and not their back. It helps build not just stronger legs, but a stronger back, abdominal wall, everything."
Livestrong describes the deadlift as a compound exercise that is often performed with a barbell or set of dumbbells. It works the hamstrings, lower back, quadriceps, glutes and is great for strength-training.
Men's Health is in particular favour of the wide-grip deadlift, calling it the "best exercise that almost no one does" and demonstrating the technique in a video. The magazine explains how the variation of the classic deadlift also works out the upper back, forearm and hand muscles harder and "boosts the range of motion of the exercise—a key for building more muscle."
But before you devote your entire workout routine to the burpee or the deadlift, consider the advice of Men's Health: "Fitness is like your investments; you need to diversify."
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