According to Men's Fitness, the best way to build strength is to perform four basic exercises: the squat, deadlift, bench press and shoulder press. While these four exercises are not the only ones that should be performed, they should make up the core of a workout regimen.
Men's Fitness states that lifting heavier is one of the first steps towards increasing strength. As such, most workouts should include exercises that use barbells, as they allow the most weight to be added. After performing barbell exercises, individuals can then progress to other exercises involving dumbbells and body weight. Workout routines should be kept simple. It is also beneficial to keep a log in order to track progress.