Saturday, 4 January 2014
In exercise, there are essentially two kinds of movements: compound and isolation. Each movement has it’s pros and cons, but for a highly effective workout that best simulates the demands of the real world, compound movements are your best friend. A compound movement is any movement that involves more than one major muscle group at a time. Think of a squat. You’re mostly using your quadriceps, but you’re also using your core for stability, your hamstrings, your back, etc. The same can be said for the majority of the movements in CrossFit: cleans, snatches, jerks, thrusters, pull-ups…these are all compound movements.
So why are they good for you? Compound movements simulate real life. They also burn more calories, improve coordination and balance, decrease the risk of injury, improve joint stability, and give you a better workout in less time. There is a time and a place for isolation movements, but if you had to choose between the two, compound wins any day. So be 'Combat Ready', and get working on your compound movements.
Drew Hammond knocking out a 200k Deadlift: