Great Exercises for Gaining Lean Muscle

Push ups
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While gaining bulky muscle may look impressive, lean muscle enables you to feel light and be more agile. Here are some effective workouts to help you gain the lean muscle you’re after.


While it may be a basic workout, pushups are excellent for helping you learn to support your own body weight. What’s more, this holistic exercise works your shoulders, chest, back, and core. You also don’t need any equipment.


Using either a barbell or a pair of dumbbells, deadlifts are a highly functional exercise. Just think of how often you bend over to pick things up or even tie your shoes.

Reverse Lunge

Not only is it important to develop strong leg muscles, but also to form a tight core and achieve good balance. Done correctly, the reverse lunge will help you do all three. Hold a pair of dumbbells if you’re looking for a more challenging workout.