Fitness & Exercise

Compound Movements and Weight Lifting

Lifting weights is daunting for some, boring for others, and still one of the most popular and enjoyable things for certain segments of the population. If you are not one of the latter, but wish to engage in weight lifting because you believe it will help improve your health, it is a good idea to consider what kind of regimen you are doing. Under most circumstances, compound movements are the best and there are many reasons why.

weight liftingFirst of all, if you are engaging in compound movements, it means that you are lifting the weight with your entire body. By having your entire body working in a single fashion, you are going to get the best results because it is a single unit. Everything is working in conjunction with each other, which means your heart is racing, your muscles are trying to keep up and your tendons and ligaments are being strained equally. So long as you are doing the exercise correctly, compound movements are most efficient form of weight lifting.

Most people who engage with compound weight lifting movements find that they are able to get much stronger in a short period. It doesn’t mean you will get bigger (this is a concern for many people) so there is no need to worry in that department. Nonetheless, it is important that you are able to get stronger as it improves your health, reduces your risk of injury and disease.

Now that you have a basic understanding of what compound movements are, it is important to learn the right form. For any of the compound movements, it can be very difficult on your joints if you are not adequately doing the movements. This might mean you go too far and put strain on your tendons and ligaments.