Compound Movements vs Isolated Movements


No physical training periodization, even the simplest one, should forget the importance of working the body as whole unity, but I am sure you have heard about leg day, chest day and so on.

For those favorable to functional training studios this is not very usual, as most of the athletes are used to working with compound movements, which work multiple muscle groups at once.

For instance, when you work with a front squat, you’re not only working your legs, as well as core and back muscles.

When you think about safety, efficiency and effectiveness, every single exercise, doesn’t matter if we are talking about compound movements or isolated resistance movements, all of them are functional in someway.

Biceps curls for example, by a first glance, can look like not functional at all, but if you are a bodybuilder, it’s totally functional!

I do believe that biceps curls are an excellent way to not only get bigger guns as well as a stronger upper body, which would be able to perform even more pulling and pressing movements.

If you are interested in losing some weight, getting a more symmetrical body, focusing on health and physical conditioning, compound movements might be the way to go.

Now, if you’re new to training or you’re just interested in aesthetics, getting bigger arms or rounder and firmer buttocks, than isolated movements might be the best option.

As a physical trainer, I would suggest a combination of both.

Keep Strong. When in Doubt, Go on Training.