Are you tired of spending a lot of time at the gym, trying to look and feel your best? Would you give almost anything to reduce the length of your exercise sessions so that you have more time to do the activities you enjoy – such as spending time with family and friends? Add compound exercises to your routine and you can!
What Are Compound Exercises?
Compound exercises are exercises that involve more than one joint and more than one muscle group. Some of the most well-known options include squats (as they use knee and hip joints, along with thighs, hamstrings and core) and bench presses (think shoulder and elbow joints, with arms, chest, and back muscles).
These are very different than traditional isolation exercises which use fewer joints and muscles. Examples of these would include bicep curls and calf raises, just to name a couple. Click here for the 5 best compound exercises.
Their Many Benefits
Of course, the most obvious benefit of performing compound exercises and working more than one muscle group at a time is that it provides you quicker results although you are performing fewer exercises. This means being able to cut your workouts shorter, without looking like you did.
Also, because you’re strengthening and building more muscles, you’re going to burn more calories – even while you are at rest. It takes more energy to fuel a pound of muscle than it does fat, so each muscle group you work pushes your metabolism higher and higher, regardless of whether you are engaged in a grueling workout or taking the night off and relaxing with friends.
Additionally, compound exercises have also been known to improve your sports performance as a large number of them use movements that mimic the ones you same ones you use while engaged in the actual sport. Plus, they have also been found to improve your balance and coordination.
So, save time and effort in the gym by adding compound exercises to your routine today. Now, just what are you going to do with all your extra time? Relax maybe?