Getting to know your Compound Movements

Probably the most important routines a beginner, intermediate & even advanced lifter need to incorporate into their program to start building muscle.

WHAT ARE COMPOUND MOVEMENTS?
It is a movement which works multiple joints of your body at the same.

WHY DO WE NEED THEM?
These movements assist in the development of muscle strength & will increase technical proficiency of your lifts. Especially for beginners as establishing compound lifts will help you to learn PROPER MOVEMENT PATTERNS and also allow for lifting of heavier weights which is needed for Progressive Overload to help build muscle. 

SO WHAT ARE THE MOVEMENTS?
There are four main lifts when doing Compound Movements.  These are;

SQUATS: Works Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes.

DEADLIFTS: Works Glutes, Hamstrings, Quads, Back Muscles.

BENCH PRESS: Works Chest, Pecs major & minor, and Triceps.

Standing Overhead Press: Works Front/Back & middle deltoids, Triceps & Core.

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Over time your capacity should increase and you should be able to lift more weight.  For beginners this will develop your foundational strength & increasing strength will always come hand in hand with increasing muscle size. So doing Compound Movements will be the quickest way for you to do this.

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