Athletic vs Aesthetic, Part 4 - Compound vs. Isolation Movements

Dave Ayres


South Africa

Bodyweight Exercise, Strength and Conditioning

Today's culture pushes the idea of having a body that is aesthetically pleasing. To that end, in this video series we've been discussing the difference between aesthetic goals versus training for athletic performance and efficiency.


This week we look at compound (or multi-joint) movements versus isolation movements. Neither is wrong, but let's look at when to use them and for what purpose. The compound movements we will discuss (in detail) are the deadlift, front squat, and overhead press. We will also discuss the merits of the barbell curl and the skull-crusher (supine triceps extension).


Don't miss out on the rest of the series:

Video: Athletic vs Aesthetic, Part 1

Video: Athletic vs Aesthetic, Part 2 - Endurance vs. Strength

Video: Athletic vs Aesthetic, Part 3 - Why and How to Stretch


For additional reference:

Video: The Push/Pull Relationship - Comparing Pull Up and Press

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