Here is one of the biggest questions around physical activity that pops up every now and then: should you stick to compound exercises or isolation exercises as a part of your training schedule? Is one better than the other? If compound lifts are so good – how come there are so many gyms that offer a huge variety of expensive machines targeting specific muscles?
The truth is – both methods can be used to improve strength. Both methods can be used to build a better body. But there are scenarios where one would work better than the other.
Instead of taking sides, in this article we will explore advantages and disadvantages of both compound and isolation exercise and then try to boil everything down to a simple routine that utilizes the best elements from both camps.