To get the most from any men’s exercise routines designed to work and develop muscles, you first have to understand the impact and effect that different exercises have on your body.
All too often people haphazardly include muscle-building exercises in their workout routines without any fore thought or logic. This is not advisable, as you seriously increase the risk of injury, but not only this, you also run the risk of getting undesired results.
The two main types of exercise that help build, develop, and work muscle are Compound and Isolation exercises. Compound exercises help to build muscle mass, and overall body strength, whereas Isolation exercises help to define, develop, and tone specific muscles, and muscle groups.
A good mix of Compound and Isolation exercises are essential to build and shape the body of your dreams.
Compound exercises are multi-joint movements that require two or muscles actively engaged, and working simultaneously to perform an action.
A good example of this type of men’s exercise is the Bench Press: While mostly considered a chest exercise, bench presses also work the biceps, shoulders, and triceps. Other examples of common compound exercises are squats.
When performing Squats you are working the ankles, knees, hips, quads, hamstrings, gluteus, back, and core. Plus a host of other small muscles with only a handful of different compound exercises, you can get a full body workout that works not only your muscles but also your ligaments and joints.
As the name suggests Isolation exercises, single out one muscle group for strengthening and development, Isolation exercises allow you to achieve muscle symmetry, tone, and definition.
Not all muscles develop evenly and it is often the case that one muscle group will become more defined. E.g. your right bicep; may be more pronounced than your left, in such a scenario Isolation exercises will allow you build your left bicep so that it matches your right.
A good example of Isolation exercises are Dumb Bell side rises (Target shoulders), Bicep curls (Target the Bicep – Front of the upper arm), and Leg Curls (Target the back of the upper leg).
In the early stages of your workout program, you will probably focus more on cardio and compound exercises than Isolation exercises. However, as you develop your physique, and get into better shape, you will have to include more Isolation exercises to help you better shape and define your muscle.
Note to the wise!
Before you perform an exercise you should ensure that your body is properly aligned and in the optimum position to get the correct result and impact. The correct posture is vital for any men’s exercise to be effective, and to reduce the risk of injury.
When you start exercising and working-out, little is more. It is not a race but a marathon. It takes time to condition your body properly, and this can only be achieved by gradually building-up your exercise routines, pushing yourself too hard before your physically ready, is really not in the your best interest.
As your fitness and strength develop, you can increase the intensity and the pace of your exercise routines, by adding more weight training exercises, endurance exercises and cardio intensive exercises to your program.
A solid men’s exercise regime is designed form the ground-up, and must enable you to achieve your end goals based on your personal body building objectives.
Having an understanding of the different types of exercises, and what they can offer to your overall muscle-building strategy, will really help you get the maximum benefit from your exercise routines.