How do you get strong? First, you need to pick exercises that utilize the most amount of muscle during the movement. Second, you want to select exercises that allow you to move the most weight in a given movement. Third, we want to do movements that utilize the greatest effective range of motion. When using those three criteria for exercise selection we come up with the squat, deadlift, press and bench press. Its true that nothing gets you stronger than squatting. The way your body responds to heavy squatting both muscularly and hormonally is unlike anything else. A deadlift is probably the greatest test of strength. The press is an incredible exercise for upper body strength. The bench press allows you to move the most weight for upper body exercises. These four exercises should be the basis of your strength training routine.