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Do YOU think that compound exercises make you bulky?

  1. jclaffee profile image79
    jclaffeeposted 5 years ago

    Do YOU think that compound exercises make you bulky?

    I recently heard a personal fitness trainer make the comment- "compound exercises make you bulky". Before I write a hub on this topic, I wanted to see what people thought about this perspective on compound exercises. Please comment below.


  2. Ingar Filinn profile image61
    Ingar Filinnposted 5 years ago

    compound exercises are extremely effective and basically work like any other exercise except they have one big advantage: they help to move blood around the body faster as you're using different muscle regions. Blood carries a lot of protein + amino acids to the muscles, the faster it moves the more of these the muscles get. This works best when you train an upper-body muscle followed by a lower-body muscle, vica versa. Also gives different muscles a chance to rest in between different exercises, allowing you to train for longer and recover faster.

    1. jclaffee profile image79
      jclaffeeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree Ingar Filinn, compound exercises are best for momentarily improving circulation and all that goes along with that, but what about becoming bulky?

    2. Ingar Filinn profile image61
      Ingar Filinnposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If the muscle tissue gets more nutrients and less build up of lactic acid(caused by poor circulation) it allows them to repair faster and get bigger- giving you pure muscular bulk and not just a layer of fat over muscle

  3. Alphadogg16 profile image92
    Alphadogg16posted 5 years ago

    Your diet and exercise/workout program plays a significant role in appearing bulky. Using improper training techniques and not monitoring your caloric intake, you can increase the amount of muscle underneath your fat tissue giving you an appearance of being bulky.

    1. jclaffee profile image79
      jclaffeeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, Alphadogg. Diet and exercise are key.

  4. rodney80 profile image77
    rodney80posted 5 years ago

    Compound exercise really makes muscle mass. For instance, squat or deadlift alone can stimulate more that 300 muscle. For short time you get most stimulation and max amount of HGH and testosterone. For hardgainer and ectomorhic person gains better. Endomorphs with cardio will get benefit if done with high intensity.

    I don't can't get what dos it mean bulk, is it muscle mass or fat. Whatever may be, I and my students all got best result from compound exercises. You may read late Mike Mentzer for the effect of compound exercises.
    A good read - http://www.squidoo.com/whole-body-worko … s-the-best . ( I am not promoting this link, it is a really good read with some unusual information.

    1. jclaffee profile image79
      jclaffeeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      rodney80- bulk means thick, undefined and even chunky. I agree with your comment on squats and deadlifts- these are two primary movements that shouldn't be ignored.

  5. personaltraining profile image51
    personaltrainingposted 5 years ago

    This is a very common question, and very common misconception as to the effects of weight training, strength training, and in particular performing heavy compound exercises.
    While it is becoming a lot more common for women to utilise resistance... read more

  6. profile image60
    JeetSinghDhamiposted 16 months ago

    Compound lifts generally will build more overall mass bc multiple joints moving thru multiple planes stimulating tendons ligaments, and muscle. Isolation type lifts will build that specific range of motion and the muscles ligaments and tendons associated with that , but little carryover in other areas. For example, a seated calf raise will train the calf muscles to a degree, vs a heavy barbell front squat hold calf raise . Not only are the calves being stimulated but the whole body is working to stand up with balance throughout the range of motion leading to a greater muscle growth stimulus. Results will vary largely from the fuel used for growth, quality of nutrition, macro nutrient breakdown, hydration and proper rest. Isolation lifts are useful for correcting natural imbalances .