Some of My Favorite Building Exercises

“What exercise should I do to build (points to a random body part) this muscle?”

This is one of the more common questions I get as a trainer because after a while the people asking this feel they have tried just about every exercise on their own and are looking for something else.

Now here at Rowlett Transformation Center, we tend to focus on getting individuals better at big motions because we feel that this is what delivers great results when it comes to aesthetics; but it’s not to say that we don’t want to continue to bring up other “showy” muscles 😉

So I went on a bit of a video bender here and shot TWO of my favorite exercises to help build each particular body part. I must admit though, I do have about a dozen that I love to use but it all depends on the person and their specific goals.

What you’ll see is that I don’t use any pin or plate loaded machines just for the sole purpose that they don’t allow your body to move in its own natural movement pattern. We are all built biomechanically different so the unfortunate thing is that machines have a very limited adjustment ability to compensate for individual mechanics.

So below is MY personal favorite for having to build up or improver certain body parts.


Neutral Grip Incline Dumbbell Press

Bench Press



Front Leavers


Arm Barbell Rows

1 Arm Barbell Rows - Fitness Revolution Roweltt

Dead Lifts


Handstand push-ups

Dumbbell Overhead press (dumbbells to shoulders) “Arnold Press”



Step Ups



Single Leg Hip Extension 


Front Squats


Single Leg Calf Raises 

Donkey Calf Raises


Rope Pull-ups

Fat Gripz Dumbbell Curls


Body Weight Triceps Extensions 

Lying Dumbbell Floor Extensions


Band Rotations High to Low

Standing Band Crunches 


So NOT all video are of me, come on even I would get sick of watching my mug on camera all day lol, but this will give you a good idea of what are my “go to” exercises for certain body parts.

Be sure to check out Rowlett Transformation Center YouTube Channel because I did shoot a lot of exercises and not all are on this list.

If you want to find out exactly where I get my bands, take a look at the link below.

Resistance Band Training <=====


In Health and Awesomeness,

Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, (and other letters behind the name) is the Owner of Rowlett Transformation Center in Rowlett, TX.

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