Skip the Isolation Moves
We're not saying bicep curls or tricep kickbacks don't have their place in a good training plan, but training just biceps, triceps, and other smaller muscles can waste a lot of time. Doug Barsanti, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and owner of ReInvention Fitness, recommends doing compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, pullups, and pushups instead, as they target multiple muscles at once. "Working the big muscles creates a better metabolic environment for fat loss, and working more muscles with fewer exercises saves time in the gym," he says. Another bonus: "When using compound exercises, you're also working the coordination between the small muscles that stabilize you and the big muscles that move you, which is important for developing strength and fitness you can use outside the gym."
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