Whether your looking to give your body a toned look without putting on large amounts of muscle mass or your just trying to give your built muscle mass that cut and finished looked, Isolation Exercises are the way to go. Adding a few weight lifting Isolation Exercises to your daily workout can give you the sleek, toned body you have always desired.
What is an Isolation Exercise?
Unlike Compound Exercises, which work multiple muscle groups at once, Isolation Exercises work a specific muscle group. Because of their unique targeting mechanism Isolation Exercises are able to tone and cut your muscles giving them definition and visual separation from other muscles. Some examples of Isolation Exercises are:
Dumbbell Bicep Curls
EZ Bar Triceps Extensions also know as Skull-Crushers
V-Bar Triceps Pushdown
Side Lateral Raises
Dumbbell Wrist Curls
Although there are many Isolation Exercises out there, note that there are very few useful ones for the Back muscles.
Why should you do Isolation Exercises?
If you’re looking to build large muscles, especially in a short amount of time, then Isolation Exercises are not what you’re looking for. Despite this, Isolation Exercises are great for toning and creating visual separation between muscle groups. So if you’re satisfied with your how your muscles look but are having trouble making them look cut, then add a few Isolation Exercises to your workout routine. If your not looking to tone huge muscles and instead desire a sleek look, Isolation Exercises can do that too.
What is the recommended amount of Isolation Exercises?
The first thing to do is assess your goals. As said before if you’re looking to build large amounts of muscle in a short period of time then Isolation Exercises are not what you’re looking for. In fact a workout with a large amount of Isolation Exercises can make the routine take twice as long. However this does not mean you shouldn’t add Isolation Exercises to your workout at all. If you’re just beginning to workout add one Isolation Exercise for each muscle group to your workout routine to slightly tone as you build. If smaller, toned muscles are what you desire then do the opposite. Create a routine with a majority of Isolation Exercises and a few Compound Exercises. Just be prepared that your routine will take longer because you have to individually hit each muscle group.
*The information in this article is based on the author’s years as an experienced bodybuilder and expertise in the use of isolation exercises.