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Compound Movement Training

Compound movement training is used to help train you to perform compound exercises properly. When you do a compound exercise, it uses multiple muscle groups simultaneously to execute movements. Compound exercises differ from isolation exercises, which work one muscle group at a time. You must perform compound movement exercises properly. With compound movement training, a physical therapist or a trainer can show you the correct exercise technique to help reduce your risk of injury from improperly lifting or lifting too much weight at one time. 

The Benefits of Compound Movement Training

Compound movement training can benefit athletes and non-athletes alike due to the compound movements replicating movements used in sports and everyday life. In these movements, multiple muscles are being used and strengthened. Compound exercises can improve your overall strength by providing an efficient foundational workout. You can use isolation exercises to continue to strengthen certain muscles.

Compound exercises include other benefits such as:

  • You are burning more calories due to more muscles being engaged and used.
  • Increasing your heart rate during your strength training can help improve your cardiovascular system.
  • It can give you the ability to lift heavier weights, allowing you to build your strength quicker. 
  • It can help you improve your balance and coordination.
  • Due to the natural movement replication, compound movements can help you improve your joint stability and mobility.
  • It can help you to experience less fatigue during exercises despite continuing to work the same muscle groups. 

Working with a trainer or a physical therapist to learn the proper execution of the compound movements can help lower your risk of injury due to improper form or attempting to lift too much weight too quickly. You may eventually feel confident enough in your training to do the exercises on your own. While you may be able to do the compound exercises safely, having a partner as a spotter is still a good idea. Having a spotter with you can help prevent an accident or ensure that you receive help quickly in the event of an accident.

A physical therapist or trainer can evaluate your abilities and help you figure out a starting point for weights to begin lifting. They likely will suggest a lighter weight so you can start lifting weights comfortably without straining. As you gain stability and confidence, slowly increase your exercise weights. The compound movements should increase in difficulty through your repetitions but shouldn’t become impossible to complete. 

It is crucial to hydrate throughout your workout to replace any fluids you lose, and to follow proper recovery times to allow your muscles to rest, repair, and grow. Following adequate recovery can help prevent you from injuring or overexerting yourself. In addition to good recovery, fueling your body with protein for muscle growth and repair and carbohydrates for energy can help you achieve your strength and workout goals.  

Contact our team today for more information if you want to begin a compound movement training routine or would like more information. 

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