Compound Exercises vs. Isolation Exercises | Candlelight Heroes
Compound and isolation exercises are routinely seen at many gyms throughout the country, but what are they? Compound exercises are those that engage two or more different joints within the body. Examples of compound exercises include rows, dips, and overhead shoulder press. In contrast, isolation exercises focus on a single muscle, for example the biceps. Examples of isolation exercises include calf and lateral raises. The choice between compound and isolation exercises can have a significant effect on any workout and can be the key to success or failure. When working out, compound exercises should always come first. This is because they are more physically demanding and require much more energy than isolation exercises. By doing them first you will be better able to complete them, which will increase the hormones secreted, and increase the effectiveness of your workout. Furthermore, isolation exercise ability does not translate into compound exercise ability. Just because