The argument regarding compound and isolation exercises and which is more beneficial for an individual undertaking resistance training has been around for years – and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere in a hurry! This article aims to highlight the potential benefits of both so that you, the reader, can make an informed decision as to where your loyalty lies.
First of all, it’s important that you understand the fundamental differences between the two exercise types. So what is a compound exercise? Compound exercises are multi-joint movements that work numerous muscle groups simultaneously. An example of this type of exercise would include a squat, which targets the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals and calves to name but a few during its movement.
Conversely, isolation exercises are single joint movements that target only one muscle group at a time. In keeping with the above example, this type of exercise would include a leg extension, which targets only the quadriceps muscle region during its given movement phase.
Let us know consider the proposed benefits of each exercise type independently;
Examples of compound exercises include squats, deadlifts, lunges, shoulder press and pull ups.
Examples of isolation exercises include bicep curls, lateral raises, leg extensions and calf raises.
Made your mind up yet as to whether you’re going with compound or isolation movements? Allow us here at FitnessBeans to impart our viewpoint and knowledge on the great debate.
Without sitting on the fence, the truth is, both exercise types are equally important and one without the other simply wouldn’t work. OK, so we may have sat on the fence a little with this debate, but most individuals will utilise a combination of both during each and every training session they perform, initially utilising compound exercises for the majority of the exercises before finishing off with a blast of isolation movements.
To fully stimulate your muscular system, you have to incorporate both compound and isolation exercises.