Your Guide to The Manliest Exercises Ever

You will get strong and look badass doing it


Workout routines and exercises are as many as there are stars in the universe. Well, maybe not as many but there are a lot of them.

If done correctly, all of them could serve their purpose and can get you lean, big, and strong — that’s a fact. But how many of those exercises are manly looking? How many exercises can make you grow an extra testicle just by merely uttering their names? Not many, but there are some that make you look like you can tear the head off a lion.

Bench Press

Let’s start this list with the man-maker itself, the bench. It’s one of the bare bone basic compound strength exercises and the main measuring tool for how much more swole you actually are among gym bros.

When you’re the new kid in the gym, you prove your place among the meatheads at the bench press. When you’re trying to impress your bros with how much you lift, what’s the one stat that you refer to that ends all doubts that you’re jacked? That’s right, the bench press. It’s a great upper body strength building exercise and if you’re able to bench three plates, it looks very manly and alpha.


Another bare bone basic compound exercise that is an essential in strength building. You work your arms, back, legs, traps…well basically your entire body is used when doing deadlifts. Because you use your entire body when doing this exercise, you can also pull much more weight right from the get go. Meaning you look pretty damn badass doing it.


Staying in line with the compound strength exercise vibe we got going on here, next we’ve got squats. Despite what bro scientists across the globe would have you believe, doing legs is alpha and manly. It’s one of those exercises that puts hair on your chest with every rep you do. Squats are mainly a leg exercise but it also works out your back and your core. Being good at doing squats also has one cool benefit, picking up chicks.

Weighted Dips

Dips are often regarded as the upper body squats, they are a bodyweight exercise that primarily works your triceps but your entire upper body gets worked. What’s even manlier is doing weighted dips. Nothings says “I’m a strong bastard who’s too strong for his own body” like adding a chain around your waist with a 45lbs plate attached to it. Plus you improve your grip strength with dips and having a strong, vice grip-like handshake is as manly as manly gets.

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