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Readers know that, for the strength-building and maintenance part of fitness, we prefer compound exercises to the isolated muscle exercises which many gym machines offer.
We all see people going from machine to machine in the gym and wonder why they bother because they could get far more bang for their buck (and time) with compound resistance movements. Sometimes the machine-users are body-builders and body-sculptors, but that ain't us.
Accessory strength exercises are fine if you have the time, but the compound ones are the priorities: Deadlift, Barbell Squat, Bench Press, Pullups (or pull downs), Rows and Dips, Overhead Press. Five or 6 sets of each of those once (or even twice weekly if young or very fit) will produce a good sturdy foundation for life whether male or female, young or old.
No compound exertion stresses as many muscle groups at once as the Deadlift. Here's the list of the muscles challenged in the traditional Deadlift:
Gluteus Maximus: Butt Quadriceps: Upper front legs Adductor Magnus: Inner thigh Soleus: Smaller part of your calf muscle Hamstrings: Upper back of legs Gastrocnemius: Bigger part of your calf muscle Erector Spinae: Lower back Trapezius, upper: Upper neck muscles Trapezius, middle: Middle neck muscles Levator Scapulae: The muscle from your jaw to your shoulder Rhomboids: Upper inner back muscles right below your neck Rectus Abdominis: Abs Obliques: Side abs Forearms: Grip
If you punch in gender and age, you can get some average Deadlift standards here. I am in the Intermediate strength range now, aiming higher. I can not move 300 lbs. two inches off the floor. Point is, do one's best and keep advancing by small increments.
I do like doing deadlifts. Some weeks my hip pain will not allow heavy squats but I am always able to get my work in doing deads. One muscle group left from the list is the lats. Having severely injured my lats in my youth I do get achy if I do to much back work so I can definitely feel my lats working whenever I do deads.