- Deadlift – My favorite exercise! Great way to develop overall strength!
- Push up – Great upper body and core move! Plus it is super functional. Everyone should be able to press themselves up from the ground!
- Pull up – One of the hardest exercises in my opinion, which also makes it one of the best. Increase your upper body strength and strengthen your core! Plus, if you ever want to go rock climbing or even just fall over a cliff, you can pull yourself up! ;-)
- Squats – Ok I’m cheating a bit here because I think that back squat, front squat and overhead squat are all really good. If I had to pick just one though, I would pick front squat. It honestly is the best to develop upper back strength, core strength and leg strength. Plus with deadlift on the list, it isn’t bad to have a squat that is more quad focused.
- Sprints – A super intense, efficient way to get in cardio! It also helps you develop your type II muscle fibers and a strong cardiovascular system. The only cardio I love to do.
Brian’s Top 5
- Push up
- Pull up
- Clean to Jerk
- Lunge – A great way to work the lower body but not let one leg dominate and become stronger.
Nick’s Top 5
- Planks – A great exercise especially if you are in a sport that requires great core strength. It is also an essential move for all beginner exercisers!!
- Push ups
- Pull ups
- Clean to Press
Candy’s Top 5
- Push ups
- Clean to Press – A great power move that is similar to the deadlift but does more to strengthen your type II muscle fibers. The press is also a great upper body move that really strengthens the core!
- Front squats
Ok I do understand that pull ups are hard…I mean they really really SUCK.
I also understand that most women hate them and really struggle with them.
BUT for MARINE FEMALES to not be required to be able to do at least one!?! That is ridiculous.
An article called “Pull-ups for women? Not going to happen” states that, “A plan that would toughen the Physical Fitness Test for women by adding pull-ups has been put off indefinitely.”
My question is…why? Why aren’t women being required to perform an exercise which is a GREAT demonstration of upper body strength?
Because we can’t on average do as many as men? Because they are super hard?
Why are we simply not using pull ups as a test instead of TRAINING women to be able to do them!?!
Seriously, this is ridiculous! Pull ups are something I firmly believe that everyone…I repeat…EVERYONE should be able to do AT LEAST one of.
What are your thoughts? Do you think that the fitness standards for Marines should be that different that women aren’t even required to do pull ups AT ALL?
P.S. The picture is also incorrect. What she is actually doing is a chin up…..