There are several benefits to using compound exercises:
- Saves time
- Builds muscle and strength effectively
- Trains body for movements used in daily life
Examples of a compound exercises include the squat and push-up. When performing the squat, you not only work your quadriceps and glutes, but also your hamstring, calves, and lower back. A push-up works your chest, triceps, deltoids, and lower back.
Compound exercises are popular amongst bodybuilders for the effective way they build mass. Many compound exercises cause the release of testosterone which stimulates muscle growth throughout the body.
More compound exercises include:
- bench presses
- dumbbell rows
- shoulder presses
- leg presses