isolation or compound exercises

Isolation or Compound Exercises – which is best?

It seems as though almost everyone on the gym floor has their own idea as to whether you should focus on isolation or compound exercises. Unfortunately, as with all aspects of fitness, there seems to be as much misinformation as information out there.

What we mean by isolation or compound exercises

To put it very simply, isolation exercises only work one muscle group and one joint at a time. (A muscle group is developed in isolation.) A compound exercise, on the other hand, works multiple joints and muscle groups at once. For example, a leg extension is an isolation exercise (knee joint and quadricep muscles) but a squat is a compound exercise (knee and hip joints; hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, and lower back).

When debating about whether isolation or compound exercises are best, some common myths are cited as facts. One of the most common is that doing compound exercises will give you bulky muscles, whereas isolation exercises help you get lean and toned. This is NOT true!

Why we recommend compound exercises to get a sexy body

  • Because compound exercises train more muscles at once, you get better results for the time you spend working out.
  • These exercises will help you burn more fat.
  • Your heart rate will increase more.
  • You can use heavy weights safely. (If you are worried that weight training makes women look bulky and masculine, read this.)
  • Compound exercises are more functional (mimic real-life movement patterns).
  • These exercises are way more efficient than isolation exercises.
  • You gain strength much faster because you are using lots of muscles and joints at once.
  • Even small muscle groups will benefit more from compound exercises than isolation exercises.

Now we’re not saying that there is absolutely no place for isolation exercises. We’re just saying that if you sign up with VL Fitness Essentials we will get you the results you want. And that means compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, lunges, rows, pull-ups, and bench presses.

It’s time to lift!

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