What are compound exercises?

By September 6, 2011Fitness

Weight lifting exercises can be separated into two broad categories;

  1. Compound movements
  2. Isolation movements

Compound exercises are multi-joint movements that rely on the coordinated actions of several muscle groups to move two or more joints through a range of motion, where as isolation exercises target single muscle groups across one joint. Both have an important role to play in trainingΒ but weΒ love usingΒ compound exercises to maximise the results for ourΒ clients.

The squat is an excellent example of a compound exercise as it involves movement at the ankle, knee and hip joints simultaneously, thus requiring a large number of muscles to work in sequence including the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, muscles of the trunk and back, as well as a host of small stabilizing muscles.

At Eqvvs we think you should make compound exercises a part of your program no matter what your goals. Follow our blog and videos over the coming days and the team will introduce you to their favourite Big 7 compound exercises and their benefits.

Compound Exercise – Push Press
Compound Exercise – Cleans
Compound Exercise – Dead Lifts