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Are Compound Exercises Better Than Isolation Exercises?

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Are Compound Exercises Better Than Isolation Exercises?

If you want to know if compound exercises are better than isolation exercises for building muscle and strength, then you want to listen to this podcast.

You want to build muscle.

You want to get strong.

And you want to do these things as quickly and effectively as possible.

What exercises should you do and why?

Ask different people and you’ll get different answers.

Some will say that compound exercises are all you need. They train every muscle in your body and are “highly functional” to boot.

Others will say compound exercises are overrated or even dangerous, and that the right isolation exercises can give you everything your little heart desires.

Who’s right?

Well, in this podcast, we’re going to find out. By the end, you’ll understand the pros and cons of both compound and isolation exercises and how you should use them in your workouts based on your goals.

Let’s start with a simple question: what exactly are compound and isolation exercises?

Would you rather read about compound vs. isolation exercises? Then check out this article!

Time Stamps

4:13 – What is a compound exercise?

10:04 – What is an isolation exercise?

15:36 – What are the advantages of compound exercises?

22:15 – What are the advantages of isolation exercises?

References

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21975179

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10521610

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8346760

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8866272

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11782267

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1555898

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9006698

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9548116

http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Abstract/2000/02000/Nonuniform_Response_of_Skeletal_Muscle_to_Heavy.18.aspx

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17326698

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16287373

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