Best Exercises That Start With Each Letter: 217 Exercises From A to Z

Woman doing an exercise with dumbbells

Exercise can help the strength of bones and muscles, improve the cardiorespiratory system, control weight, and lower your risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease.[1]

It can also reduce anxiety and depression and relieve stress.[1] When you exercise, the body produces a relaxation response.[2]

Even activities that don’t seem like workouts — such as yard work, dancing, or swimming — can be very beneficial to your health.[3]

There are many different types of exercises to try out, whether you’re looking to build strength, improve flexibility, or keep your heart healthy.

Below, we list the exercises that start with each letter, A to Z!

We also provide some tips for creating your own workout plan.


  1. Ab wheel rollouts
  2. Arm circles
  3. Archer row
  4. Ankle flexion


  1. Bar dip
  2. Burpee
  3. Bench press
  4. Barbell front raise
  5. Barbell rear delt row
  6. Barbell upright row
  7. Barbell curl
  8. Bench dip
  9. Barbell triceps extension
  10. Barbell lunge
  11. Bicycle crunch
  12. Body weight lunge
  13. Box squat
  14. Back extension
  15. Barbell row
  16. Bicycling
  17. Barbell shrug
  18. Butterfly sit-up
  19. Block snatch
  20. Banded side kicks
  21. Barbell wrist curl
  22. Bar hang
  23. Barbell wrist extension


  1. Crunch
  2. Calf raise
  3. Cable chest press
  4. Close-grip bench press
  5. Close-grip feet-up bench press
  6. Cable lateral raise
  7. Cable rear delt row
  8. Crossfit
  9. Cable curl
  10. Cardio
  11. Chair squat
  12. Cross reach sit-up
  13. Cable close grip seated row
  14. Cable wide grip seated row
  15. Chin-ups
  16. Cat stretch
  17. Cross leg stretch
  18. Cross arm stretch
  19. Cross punches


  1. Deadlifts
  2. Double-leg side lifts
  3. Decline bench press
  4. Dumbbell chest fly
  5. Dead hang
  6. Dumbbell chest press
  7. Dumbbell floor press
  8. Diving
  9. Dumbbell pull-over
  10. Dumbbell front raise
  11. Dancing
  12. Dumbbell lateral raise
  13. Dumbbell rear delt row
  14. Dumbbell shoulder rotations
  15. Dumbbell shoulder press
  16. Dumbbell curl
  17. Dumbbell triceps extension
  18. Dumbbell lunge
  19. Dumbbell squat
  20. Dumbbell shrug
  21. Dumbbell wrist extension
  22. Downward-facing dog:
    yoga pose
  23. Dynamic push-up
  24. Donkey kicks


  1. Elbow roll outs
  2. Elevated heel touch
  3. Elbow plank


  1. Feet-up bench press
  2. Floor press
  3. Front squat
  4. Floor back extension
  5. Full jump squat
  6. Flutter kicks
  7. Frog jump


  1. Goblet squat
  2. Glute bridge
  3. Good-morning:
    involves holding a barbell or two dumbbells on the shoulders behind your head, then bending forward to bow at the hips as though greeting someone


  1. Heel raise
  2. Hammer curl
  3. Half squat
  4. Hip adduction
  5. Hanging leg raise
  6. Hip abduction
  7. HIIT:
    high-intensity interval training
  8. Hip raise
  9. Hanging knee raise
  10. Hanging sit-up
  11. High to low wood chop
  12. Horizontal wood chop
  13. Handstands
  14. Hurdle stretch
  15. Hook punches
  16. Hanging L-sit


  1. Incline bench press
  2. Incline dumbbell press
  3. Incline push-up
  4. Inverted row
  5. Inchworm
  6. Inverted shoulder press
  7. Iron cross push-up


  1. Jumping jacks
  2. Jumping rope
  3. Jumping lunge
  4. Jogging
  5. Jab punches
  6. Jumping squat
  7. Jumping push-up


  1. Kickbacks
  2. Kneeling push-up
  3. Knee-to-elbow crunch
  4. Kneeling incline push-up
  5. Kettlebell swing
  6. Kneeling ab wheel roll-out
  7. Kneeling hip hitch


  1. Lunges
  2. Leg curls
  3. Lying dumbbell shoulder rotations
  4. Landmine squat
  5. L-sit holds
  6. Leg extension
  7. Leg press
  8. Lap swimming
  9. Lunge jump
  10. Lying leg curl
  11. Lateral walk with band
  12. Lying leg raise
  13. Landmine twist
  14. Lateral medicine ball toss


  1. Machine chest fly
  2. Machine chest press
  3. Mountain climbers
  4. Machine lateral raise
  5. Machine shoulder press
  6. Machine crunch
  7. Monkey Row


  1. Narrow squats
  2. Navasana:
    boat pose in yoga


  1. Overhead press
  2. Overhead cable triceps extension
  3. One-handed cable row
  4. One-handed lat pulldown
  5. Oblique crunch
  6. Overhead arm pulls
  7. One-arm push-up


  1. Push-up
  2. Pull-up
  3. Power jerk
  4. Pilates
  5. Push press
  6. Plank
  7. Preacher curls
  8. Plank twist


  1. Quarter jump squat
  2. Quadraplex


  1. Running
  2. Resistance band chest fly
  3. Reverse machine fly
  4. Reverse dumbbell fly
  5. Rack pull
  6. Reverse crunch
  7. Reverse lunge
  8. Russian twist
  9. Raised leg crunch


  1. Sit-up
  2. Standing cable chest fly
  3. Seated dumbbell shoulder press
  4. Seated barbell overhead press
  5. Squat
  6. Squat jerk
  7. Seated leg curl
  8. Shallow body weight lunge
  9. Split jerk
  10. Swimming
  11. Seated forward fold
  12. Spider curl
  13. Safety bar squat
  14. Side lunges
  15. Seated machine row
  16. Shrugs
  17. Sumo deadlift
  18. Side plank
  19. Single-leg press
  20. Sitting twist
  21. Shoulder tap
  22. Stair climbing


  1. Tricep pushdown
  2. Trap bar deadlift
  3. Triangle push-up
  4. Tricep dips
  5. Tai chi
  6. Tricep extension


  1. Upright rows
  2. Unicycling
  3. Uppercut punches


  1. V-ups
  2. V-sit
  3. Vaulting


  1. Walking
  2. Weight lifting
  3. Weighted pull-up
  4. Wall sit
  5. Walking squats
  6. Wrist flexion
  7. Warm-up stretches
  8. Warrior:
    yoga pose


  1. X-punches:
    also known as “cross punches”


  1. Yoga
  2. Y stretch
  3. Y raises
  4. Y dumbbell press


  1. Z press
  2. Z drills
  3. Zig zag run

How to Design an Exercise Plan

With so many different exercises to explore, it can be difficult to narrow down your options and find a plan that works for you!

Use these tips to design your exercise plan:

  • Make a list of goals. Are you looking to maintain your health or improve it? Do you want to build a certain amount of muscle or increase your flexibility? Setting specific goals early will help you determine which exercises suit your needs best.
  • Rotate different types of workouts between days. Movement in general is good for the body, and doing something like going for a jog every morning isn’t harmful. However, there are benefits to switching up your workouts each day. For example, you might focus on upper-body exercises Mondays and Thursdays, lower-body exercises Tuesdays and Fridays, and go for a swim or yoga class on Wednesdays. You’ll work out more of your muscles, get proper rest in between rotations, and will be less likely to see your progress plateau.[4]
  • Be flexible. The best way to find the workouts you like most is to try a lot of different things! Don’t be afraid to change your routine as you learn more about what you enjoy and what works best for your body and fitness goals.
  • Make a playlist. Studies show that working out with music can increase your performance during workouts,[5] so load up your favorite music app with your favorite upbeat songs before you begin your workout plan!