During the first few months of strength training, you may simply be doing squats and glute kickbacks to build your booty, shoulder presses, and lateral raises to build your upper-body strength, etc. To achieve significant results in the gym, you should assess how each exercise utilizes your joints and muscles. Hence it would be best if you considered isolation exercises.
Isolation Exercises: What Are They?
Laura Su, C.S.C.S., a strength coach in Seattle, says isolation exercises are single-joint exercises. The elbow is the only joint you move during this exercise, and you isolate the biceps. In turn, isolation exercises are often performed with a single muscle, the agonist’s muscle.
How Isolation Exercises Can Benefit You
Isolation exercises should not be ignored, as they hit multiple muscle groups simultaneously. A fitness routine incorporating isolation moves can provide you with the following benefits.
Enhance Muscle Strength After Surgery Or Injury: It is possible to regain strength after an injury or surgery by doing isolation exercises.
Enhance Performance During Compound Exercises: Su says performing isolation exercises regularly can help you push through plateaus during compound lifts.:
Achieve Aesthetic Goals: Performing isolation exercises can help you reach your aesthetic goals, like training for a physique or bodybuilding competition.
How To Include Isolation Exercises In Your Routine
Su suggests incorporating both isolation and compound exercises into your workout routine. She said, “Isolation exercises can handle much more volume since they’re less draining neurologically – you’re not asking a lot of muscles to fire at once.”
Su recommends performing one isolation exercise per muscle group trained. It is also possible to perform isolation exercises unilaterally or on one side of the body. A muscle imbalance may not be apparent until you simultaneously accomplish your favorite activities using just one side of your body because it’s normal.
Su suggests doing enough reps so your set feels challenging, but you can still do one to three more, if needed, with all isolation exercises. She said, “That way, you’re going to be stimulating the muscle enough to get optimal muscle hypertrophy and strength gains.”