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Compound or Isolation Exercise

Compound or Isolation Exercise

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Have you heard your trainer use the phrases “compound” or “isolation” exercise, and not sure what
they mean?
Here is a breakdown on each and what benefits each have:
Compound exercise is where you are using multiple groups of muscles. This is beneficial if
you are wanting to do a full body workout in less time and burn more calories for weight loss! These
also help build up strength in everyday living. There is less fatigue on individual muscle groups as
they are all working together and not individually. An example of a compound exercise is squats!
They use multiple muscle groups: glutes, quads, hamstrings and thighs!
Isolation exercises are when we only use one individual muscle group. Isolation exercises
are beneficial for when fixing up body alignment, imbalances or needing to activate a specific
muscle group – essentially all rehab-based training. They are also more beneficial for specific muscle
building, as you are able to focus your energy and attention into just working that one muscle,
rather than having to work on a group of muscles at once. An example of an isolation exercise is
Bicep curls! When doing a bicep curl we are isolating the bicep muscles to perform the movement.
Both compound and isolation exercises have their place in a well rounded workout regimen
and it is important that we are doing both. If you are interested in getting a complete, efficient
and functional workout, doing predominantly compound exercises during your training is
ideal. However, if you have imbalances with muscle groups, focusing more on isolation
exercises can help to fix up these imbalances, as well as reactivate the muscles that is not working
efficiently. This is vital to avoid injury from overuse of the predominant working muscle.

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