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Compound Exercise: Strength Training Exercises That Work Groups of Muscles

Fit Tip: Compound Your Workout

Compound exercises are exercises which work a group of muscles rather than targeting just one muscle.

I love to do compound exercises because they save time along with training my body for everyday movements. Body builders are keen on compound exercises because they stimulate the maximum amount of muscle fibers. Those of us not looking for the body-building effect mainly do it because of the whole time-saving effect.

An example of a compound exercise is a squat — when performing the squat, you not only work your quadriceps and glutes, but also your hamstring, calves, and lower back.

For a list of other compound exercises you may want to include in your workout,

  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Deadlifts
  • Push-ups
  • Dips
  • Bench presses
  • Pull-ups
  • Dumbbell rows
  • Shoulder presses
  • Leg presses


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rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
i do bench press, dumbbell row, military press, and chin ups one day...and squats, lunges, and deadlifts another day and then some tricep, bicep and shoulder exercise on the third day...on some days i'll incorporate planks, push ups and glute kickbacks and ab exercises dependin on wht i'm in the mood for!!
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
elle86 - dumbbell row is the bent over row Fit posted yday
elle86 elle86 9 years
What's a dumbbell row?
suebree96 suebree96 9 years
Great info!!!
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