The term compound training means working more than one muscle group at a time. Normally a small muscle group will assist the large muscle in these types of exercises. For example, with a bench press you are working your pecs as the main muscle and your triceps and deltoids are assisting, or with a squat, you are working your quads with your glutes and abs are assisting.
This type of training is really efficient for clients who want to train once a week, as many people do not have the time to train individual muscle parts on a daily basis.
Another really good reason for this sort of training is that it helps to prevent injuries especially when the movement with the weight is functional as opposed to isolated exercises which may not be functional. This also helps to keep the body in proportion.
Some of the best compound exercises are bench press, squats, lunges, chin ups, seated row and lat pull down.
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