If you’re going to work one joint, pick your hips. And if you want to do the single best hip exercise for men, choose the deadlift. 

Your hips are one of the body’s biggest weight-bearing joints. They’re also the epicenter of human movement, affecting everything that happens in your upper and lower body, as well as your core. 

Your hips also comprise 21 separate muscles, including some of your body’s largest and most powerful. And the deadlift works them all. 

“It’s a no-brainer,” says Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S., strength coach and owner of CORE training studio outside Boston. “Among all hip exercises, deadlifts are at the top of the pyramid.”