The 5 best compound exercises

In the world of fitness and strength training, compound exercises are an indispensable part of any effective training routine. These exercises, which use multiple muscle groups and joints, provide numerous benefits, including building muscle mass, strengthening the core and improving functional strength. In this blog post we will discuss the 5 best compound exercises that you should include in your training program.

Train multiple muscle groups at the same time

First of all, you train multiple muscle groups during one exercise. You probably know the saying, two birds with one stone. In the case of compound exercises it is sometimes three or four birds with one stone. Now that's efficiency. For people who want more muscle mass It is therefore definitely recommended, as you stimulate the body more than during an isolation exercise.

Become stronger as a whole

Compound exercises make you stronger. We are not specifically referring to becoming stronger for the specific exercise, but to becoming stronger in a general sense. You will notice that by doing compound exercises you also become stronger with dumbbells or on machines. Conversely, this is not always the case. So improve your overall strength by performing compounds.

Gain more control over your body

With almost every compound exercise it is important to maintain good balance and control over the movement. You will notice that you gain more control over your body and that your mobility even increases. You learn to contract your muscles better and separately and your overall stability and core stiffness increase. This can be useful not only for other exercises, but also for all kinds of scenarios in everyday life.

1. Squats

Squats are often considered the king of all exercises because they target virtually every muscle in your lower body, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calves. Additionally, your back and core must be actively engaged to keep your body balanced during the movement. Squats are great for developing strength and muscle mass in your legs and butt, but they also contribute to a strong back and core.

Execution tip: Make sure you use good technique to avoid injuries. Keeping your back straight, push your hips back and slowly lower yourself until your thighs are parallel to the ground.

2. Deadlifts

Deadlifts target the muscles in your lower back, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps and even your upper back and shoulders. They are an excellent exercise to strengthen your entire body and improve your grip strength. Deadlifts also help develop a strong core and good posture.

Execution tip: Start with light weights to perfect your technique and avoid straining your back. Lift the weight with your back straight, keep your shoulders back and pull your hips forward.

3. Bench Press (Bench Press)

Bench pressing is an excellent exercise for developing chest muscles, triceps and shoulders. It is one of the most popular exercises for building upper body strength and muscle mass. This exercise contributes to a symmetrical and strong chest.

Execution tip: Ensure good grip width and use a barbell or dumbbells. Keep your elbows close to your body as you push the barbell or dumbbells up.

4. Pull-Ups/Chin-Ups

Pull-ups and chin-ups are excellent exercises for training your back muscles, biceps and shoulders. They require no additional weight and can be performed anywhere with a pull-up bar. These exercises are crucial for developing a strong back and improving your posture.

Execution tip: Start with assistance if you are not yet able to pull yourself up. Keep your body straight as you pull up, then slowly lower yourself.

5. Overhead Press

The overhead press targets the shoulders, triceps and upper back muscles. It strengthens your shoulder girdle and contributes to a balanced upper body. This exercise can be performed with a barbell or dumbbells.

Execution tip: Stand tall with a neutral back and press the weight straight up above your head. Ensure a controlled movement and avoid excessive leaning.

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