Why workout just one or two muscles at a time when you could workout entire muscle groups simultaneously? That’s the thought process behind compound exercises, which are—quite simply—exercises that stress and activate multiple muscle groups around your body. One common compound exercise example would be the squat. It works out your quadriceps, glutes, and calves all at the same time.
For isolation exercises that focus on just one muscle group at a time, you can also pair them together—like a lunge into a bicep curl—for a compound activation result when it’s all said and done.
Why should you be adding more compound exercises to your regime? Let us tell you.
Benefits of Compound Exercises
At the end of the day, time is money. We end up skipping workouts because the time constraint is stressful. “Will I make it to my meeting on-time?” “Do I have time for that?”
With compound exercises, you can kill two birds with one stone and shorten your workout time so you don’t have to miss out on anything.
Other major benefits include:
- Burning More Calories: It makes sense that packing two exercises together will double the amount of calories burned had you just done one exercise on its own. This is incentive to do compound exercises if you can only workout for 30-minutes instead of 60-minutes.
- Improving Muscular Coordination: When you workout multiple muscle groups at once, your brain really has to focus on coordination so you don’t lose your balance. It causes you to be more intent on your workout, and therefore, more accurate in your form and overall engagement.
- Elevating Your Heart Rate Intensely: The harder your heart beats while you workout, the more calories you burn now and even after the workout (that’s the entire premise of HIIT exercise). Therefore, working out two muscle groups at once will certainly get your blood pumping more aggressively than if you were just doing a singular isolation exercise.
- Improving Your Flexibility: Reaching down into a lunge and coming back up into a bicep curl will force your body to elongate muscles and ligaments to compensate for your coordinated movements.
- Improving Your Personal Strength: Intense workouts mean more muscle mass and therefore more strength when it’s all said and done.
- Packing on More Muscle: Who doesn’t want more muscle? The more muscle you have, the better you look and the more calories your body will burn when you’re not working out.
If you need assistance incorporating more compound exercises or workout routines into your day-to-day schedule, here at Ludus Actius, we can help. We’re Florida’s newest training concept, one that uses plenty of compound exercises to get you in shape.