Have you heard of Occam’s Razor?
It’s often quoted as “All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best.”
Though this was originally a scientific principle it applies to your training just as well.
There’s a time and place to do complex exercises and some crazy feats of strength , but for the most part your training should be simple.
Simple, basic exercises are best. Pick up a weight off the ground. Put it overhead. You don’t have to do a two hand turkisk get-up or a Iranian twisting pushup to get stronger.
Don’t get me wrong, those exercises I just mentioned are great and have there place, but overall you should rely on the simplest of exercises.
The problem is too many people at one time or another fall into the overly complicating things. This takes away from training hard.
The most basic exercises are featured in all the training books. They have been around for many, many years. Why? Because they work.
I was just looking over some of my old training logs at specific exercises. I’m was not to surprised to find that the exercises I use for building a strong neck haven’t really changed in about two years.
The only thing that has changed is the amount of weight I’m putting up. Simple progression.