Common weightlifting exercises include squat thrusts, bench presses and arm curls. Squat thrusts involve raising a barbell held behind the neck by moving from a squatting to a standing position to strengthen the femoral muscles of the upper thigh.
Bench presses involve lying on a flat or inclined bench and pushing a barbell or set of dumbbells away from the body to strengthen the pectoral muscles of the chest. Weightlifters perform variations of these exercises from standing positions. These exercises also develop the triceps muscles in the rear of the upper arm. Arm curls involve pulling a barbell or pair of dumbbells toward the body from a pivot point at the elbows. These exercises strengthen the bicep muscles of the upper arm.