Compound exercises are multi joint exercises that work more than one muscle group at a time.There are a number of benefits of including compound movements in your program including increased calorie expenditure, increased joint stability and improved sports conditioning.
As well this compound exercises can also have a cardiovascular benefit by keeping the heart rate elevated for longer periods of time compared to other types of resistance training such as isolation exercises.
There are a number of different compound exercises that can benefit beginners all the way through to advanced levels of fitness. Some exercise examples for beginners may include:
- dumbbell squats
- chest press
- assisted chin ups
- bench press
- kettelbell swings
- dead lifts