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At Daily Spot, we consider exercises to be the building blocks of workouts. These are singular movements, and as you combine them, you begin to create a workout. There are plenty of exercises that target specific body parts or use specific equipment. As you begin to master these exercises and understand their purpose and target muscle, you’ll be able to create workouts that leverage your access to equipment and focus on your personal goals. On Daily Spot, you’ll see hundreds (maybe over a thousand) different exercises. Let’s jump right in to some key differentiators.

Barbell Exercises, Dumbbell Exercises, and Bodyweight Exercises

Daily Spot is organized based on the equipment necessary to perform each workout. That means that some exercises will show up in multiple categories. A great example of this is the Squat. While the motion is the same, a barbell squat can offer other, significant benefits that cannot be achieved using a bodyweight squat. The exercises are also separated this way because it will make it very easy for you to identify exercises based on your access to equipment. Bodyweight exercises can be performed from anywhere: your home, office, or even a hotel room. On the other hand, most of the barbell exercises will assume gym access. The dumbbell exercises are split: some are perfect to do at home, whereas some require heavier weight found at your local gym. As you explore our site and learn more about each exercise, spend more time getting comfortable with exercises that match your lifestyle. As you put together your own workouts, or follow experts on Daily Spot, you’ll take solace in knowing that you know more than the form: you also have the insider tips.


Leg Exercises

Having proper technique when performing leg exercises is one of the most important things you can do when working-out. This applies to all fitness levels: beginners must make sure form is correct to avoid injury, advanced lifters must make sure form is dialed in because as the weight gets heavier, so does your margin of error for improper form. Legs contain the biggest muscles in the body, and leg workouts are often a staple of any workout plan. Invest the time to perfect your form, and we guarantee it will pay-off in the long run.


Shoulder Exercises

Quick PSA: shoulder injuries are among the most common injuries people get at the beginning (or well into) their workout career. There are a lot of reasons for this – not enough stretching, improper form, or straining. There are two mistakes you can make to make you more likely to sustain a shoulder injury: improper form and too much weight. There are some things you can do immediately that will help you prevent shoulder injuries such as invest the proper amount of time in stretching and recovery. When you begin these shoulder exercises, especially the ones with weight, remind yourself that this is a long, long journey and there’s not need to over-due it in the beginning. The bottom line is to listen to your body and, more specifically, your shoulders. Stop lifting at the first sign of pain. If you’re already experiencing some pain and came here looking for shoulder exercises to help alleviate pain or stretches to improve flexibility, try out Injury Prevention on Daily Spot. Dr. Doug, a chiropractor, offers daily movements to do at your office. No excuses to ignore your shoulders!


Back Exercises

The back is such a huge muscle. There are 3 key muscles that you train in the back. Each is incredibly important to hit during training. If you spend all of your time training one area of the back, do not be surprised when only that area develops. Focusing on training the lats will not have the roll-over benefits on the rest of the back that you may expect. Instead, it’s important to compile various back exercises into one workout that targets the entire muscle group.


Bicep Exercises

Bicep exercises show-up all over Daily Spot. Biceps are a popular muscle, they respond well to training, they gain size from strength training and definition from rep training, and there’s minimal fat on the bicep so they are one of the first muscles that shows improvement from training. We’re saying that there’s no surprise that bicep exercises are so popular for all of our users. As you include some of these exercises into your own workout, or follow one of the trainers on Daily Spot who uses them, there are a few things you shoulder keep in mind to help you maximize your results


Chest Exercises

Let’s leave the technical terms out of this one because we want to get a simple point across: it’s important to use a combination of chest exercises that work the upper and lower chest. That’s how you will get a well-developed chest and achieve the tone and definition that you’re looking for. Training upper and lower chest is not as hard as it sounds. In most cases, it’s simply modifying the position of the bench from flat to incline.


Tricep Exercises

In our overview of tricep workouts, we discussed that the best workouts hit each of the three parts of the tricep. Part of the tricep responds better to lower-rep strength training. Another part responds better to high-rep strength training. This is important to note as we discuss the various tricep exercises. As you create your own tricep workouts, make sure you’re pulling exercises that hit each part of the tricep. Or, if you want to see a new workout every day, check out our programs on Daily Spot.


Ab Exercises

If you were to run a full diagnostic of how developed each muscle is in your body, how confident are you that the abs would be rank among your strongest muscles? For a lot of people, abs are actually one of the more underdeveloped and weaker muscles. Couple this with the fact that your abs carry a higher amount of fat, and it becomes obvious why it’s easier to see training results in your biceps than your midsection. Ab exercises will help you build the muscle, but as we mentioned in the workout section, the only way to guarantee your abs pop to the fullest potential is to be very lean. That’s one of the main goals of ab exercises anyway, right, to improve tone and definition?