What are they?
A compound exercise is multi-joint movement that works several muscles or muscle groups at one time. An example of this would be a squat.
Compound Exercise Benefits:
Doing compound exercise is better for increasing bone mineral density. Having strong bones is especially important for healthy aging. Strong bones support us through daily activities and prevent injuries.
Compound exercises also have a greater effect on building lean muscle mass through handling greater loads as well as eliciting a greater release of growth hormone and testosterone.
Increasing lean muscle mass also increases metabolism by more efficiently burning fat. As muscle works, it burns energy derived from fat stores, in return reducing body fat.
What does this mean?
Overall, compound exercises are an added benefit to daily living. This form of exercise is also useful in teaching proper technique to prevent injury. Furthermore, these movements focus on muscle development that will support many important daily activities.
More examples of compound exercise are lunges, deadlifts, pull-ups/pull downs, pushups, chest press, shoulder press, etc. If you are interested in learning more about compound exercises, ask us HERE or book a free session at Tonicity Fit in West Chester. We are always here and ready to enhance your workouts and help you improve your quality of life.
About Bryan Niles:
Bryan Niles B.S. C.S. C.S. graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. Degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 1995. He attained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification in 1997 from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Bryan is an exercise physiologist at Tonicity Fit Personal Training Studio in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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