Compound Exercise

What are compound Exercises? And why should I care.

Compound exercises require the coronation of multiple muscle groups to compete a movement.

That means..

movement occurs around two or more joints.

This is important for two reason…

First, compound exercises more closely resemble natural human movement. This is how your body moves naturally durning everyday activities and playing sports.

Second, and more important to busy men and women…

singing multiple muscle groups durning a single exercise is more taxing and time efficient. So you can get in and out of the gym faster.

Not to be confused with compound sets. Compound Sets are a training method used to save time.

Here are a couple examples…

the push up requires movement at both the elbow and shoulder joints.

Sitting on the toilet and squatting requires bending of the hip, knees, and ankles.

If you isolated all the muscles you did durning a push up,  you’d have to do…

  1. Triceps extension for you arms
  2. Pec fly for the chest
  3. Plank to hit the core
  4. Front raise for your shoulders

Examples of the Best Compound Exercises

  • Lower Body
  • Upper Body Push
  • Upper Body Pull
    • Pull Up
    • Pull Down
    • Bent Over Row

Related Terms

  • Isolation Exercises

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