ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Health»
  • Exercise & Fitness»
  • Choosing a Workout

The Benefits of Compound Exercises

Updated on September 26, 2013
Example of a compound exercise
Example of a compound exercise

Compound Vs Isolation Exercises

Multiple Muscle Group or Compound Exercises: What are they?

When you first walk into a gym the first thing that you might notice is the sometimes overwhelming amount of machines. So many machines that work so many different parts of the body. It isn't an uncommon scenario to walk into a gym and see a machine that you have never seen before and have no idea what it does. There are many machines for different muscle groups but one thing holds true for most machines, they are designed for the most part as isolation exercises.

An isolation exercise is one that works one particular muscle or muscle group at a time. An example of this would be the leg extension machine. This machine is designed to focus on the quad muscles. You may well be sitting in a chair as you read this, extend your leg in front of you and see how many muscles in your body are at work. The answer is just your quads. The rest of your body is in a state of rest.

When trying to lose weight or get in shape, most often than not, the aim is to build muscle while losing fat. The best types of exercise to achieve these goals are multiple muscle group lifts, more commonly known as compound exercises. Compound exercises are movement that require multiple joints as well as multiple muscle groups to complete the exercise.

Examples of these exercises are:

  • Barbell Squats

  • Hang Cleans

  • Push Press

  • Kettle Bell Swings

  • Squat Jumps

  • Burpees

  • Deadlifts

  • Pull Ups

  • Dips

These are just to name a few of the hundreds of different compound exercises and variations of compound exercises that are out there. These exercises are highly effective because of the way that they require multiple parts of your body to exert large amounts of energy at any one time. Most compound exercises are also highly adaptable and can be performed with or the without the use of weights or resistance. The fact that these exercises can be used with or without weights or resistance makes them perfect for beginners or for people that are trying to increase their level of strength.

Isolation exercises are great for people who want to target specific aspects of their body that they want to improve. For example, for bigger biceps one might focus of bicep curls. However, in order to lose fat, the area with the fat needs to be mobilized and working at a high rate of intensity. The number one problem area for most people when it comes to fat is the midsection. The midsection or core of the body does not lose fat in the same way as the rest of the body, often times you need to do more than monotonous ab exercises in order to lose fat around the stomach. This is best achieved with the performance of compound exercises.

So the next time you walk into a gym, think about what your goals are and what kinds of exercises would best serve those fitness goals.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Adam 23 months ago

      Good post.please keep up the good work.

    • Linda Robinson60 profile image

      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Good morning Clay This is an excellent informative hub Clay, I really enjoyed it. You have included a lot of essential information for anyone and everyone interesting in exercising and the right ones. Nice meeting you. Looking forward to reading many more of your super hubs, awesome. Glad to be following you. Linda

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)