There are two ways to increase your squat, bench press, and deadlift: by perfecting execution of the lifts, and by building them with other exercises. In most training programs, every exercise done after a squat, bench, or deadlift is meant to build that lift. This is the topic of today's Table Talk.

In this video, Dave answers the question, "what are the best accessory movements for the squat, bench press, and deadlift?" For the purpose of this article, Dave classifies "accessory exercises" as anything other than the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift. In Dave's typical concurrent training protocols, there is a defined difference between a supplemental movement and an

— to learn all about this you can read and watch Dave's presentation from Learn to Train 8. But for this particular video, Dave groups all secondary training movements as "accessories" and gives you the best for each of the three main lifts.


  • Close Stance, Low Box Specialty Squat: Front Squat, SS Yoke Bar Squat, Cambered Bar Squat
  • Good Mornings
  • Glute Ham Raises
  • Hanging Leg Raises
  • Lifter-Specific Needs

Bench Press

  • Close Grip Specialty Bench: Boards, Incline, Full ROM
  • Overhead Press
  • JM Press


  • Deficit Deadlift
  • Block Pulls/Pin Pulls
  • Reverse Hyper

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