If you’re new to strength & conditioning, you might find our exercise naming system to be quite confusing. Some exercises are logical in naming, for example a high bar full squat, or a prone rear delt raise. Some are named after countries, for example a Bulgarian split squat or Romanian deadlift. And some are named after people, for example an Anderson squat or a Zercher squat.
You may have noticed that there are a lot of exercises named after bros. Interestingly, I can only think of one exercise named after a woman, but here they all are…51 different exercises and variations named after people. It should be mentioned that there are many innovative folks in our field who came up with exercises but didn’t name them after themselves (for example, Dan John invented the goblet squat). Nevertheless, here is a comprehensive list of exercises named after their inventors, in alphabetical order. This is the very first article to compile all of them together and provide pictures of each movement!