Author Topic: How shitty are isolation exercises really?  (Read 3937 times)


  • Getbig IV
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How shitty are isolation exercises really?
« on: November 27, 2017, 06:53:30 PM »
I know they can work but truly how necessary are they.   I've been seeing a new logic in training. if a body parts not lagging don't use any isolation exercises on it which makes a lot of sense.some guys have big arm or calve or pecs train or not if any part don't need training don't train it.


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Re: How shitty are isolation exercises really?
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2017, 09:45:10 AM »
Isolation exercises (actually no muscle is totally isolated by any exercise)  have a place in workouts.

Some will try to use isolation movement to "catch up" to a lagging muscle/body area. Extension style isolation movements used are mainly DB lateral,front, rear raises, DB flys (3 positions), leg extensions, crunches and bicep/triceps movements. With strictly BB'ing, even if arms respond well, some guy's will try to refine the biceps even more with can bring out extra highlights of development with isolated movements. Machines also have a important role in isolation of certain muscle areas.

Rehab centers have a variety of special designed isolation machines to strengthen/treat  muscles, joints, etc.. Which also have a stretching  protocol.  Machine that have never appeared on a regular BB'ing gym floor. Nautilus has designed , and included, many machines for rehab recovery.

With the Pre-exhause system, isolation exercise are of prime importance.  Idea being to first do a isolation movement followed by (no rest at all) a compound movement for the same muscle group. As DB lateral raises followed by presses behind neck. Or front DB raises followed by front overhead presses, DB fly's followed by benches, DB concentration curls followed by BB curls with a slight cheat, leg extensions followed by squats (preferred with heels on 2X4 with more focus on the quads), etc, etc, etc.  Lots of Pre-exhaust combos to select. Usually 3 sets of 8-10 reps on this method.

Good Luck