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Compound versus Isolation

Hey Guys,

A slight change in direction with the weekly tips today, away from diet and nutrition and onto exercise selection in the gym. I have talked about this before but like most things it never harms to revisit a certain area. I want to look at the difference between a compound exercise and an isolation exercise.

A compound exercise uses 2,3 or more muscle groups at a time. eg Squat, deadlift, bench press, chin up and dips to name a few of the most common. An isolation exercise uses only one muscle group and focuses purely on that one muscle, eg bicep curl or tricep extension.

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Compound exercises and supersets

1) Always use “Compound” exercises over “isolation” exercises

A compound movement uses 3 or more muscle groups at once eg A squat ( Quads, hamstrings, glutes and various others)

An isolation exercise will just use one muscle group eg Leg extension

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