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ISOLATION & UNILATERAL + COMPOUND & BILATERAL CORRELATION

It can be slightly confusing, but the way to think about each is what is involved in the exercise. An isolation exercise will involve one joint, and one muscle group. A compound exercise will ...
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How to use less abs/core in this exercise?

Other than bracing your midsection, you shouldn't be using abdominals at all in that exercise unless your form is very poor. The abdominals main function is to either curl the upper torso towards the ...
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Why do so many guys deny their lower body?

Many reasons, primarily because leg muscles aren't as visible and often not considered as important aestetically. This is the same reason people don't workout their back enough. Of course, in the long ...
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Can all isolation exercises be alternated side-to-side?

No, not all isolation exercises are alternatable, and not all alternatable exercises are isolation exercises. Examples of non-alternatable isolation exercises: Any articulation of the spine in the ...
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Is Isolation Work really useless?

"Pretty useless" might be too strong a phrase. The studies you linked actually show that people doing isolation exercises did see strength gains and muscle size. (bold added by me for clarity). https:...
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Best isolation exercises for general routine

Continuing the theme of free-weight work you could try the following (for 3-5 sets of 8-15 reps, tracking and increasing weight slowly over time), those in bold are strongly recommended. Outside of ...
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I have atrophied pectorals. How should I train them ? Pictures

First of all, we can not tell whether you have gyno or not while your BF is greater than, say, 15%. Only when you lose decent amount of fat will it be possible to tell whether it's gyno or not. Your ...
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I have atrophied pectorals. How should I train them ? Pictures

I believe you are overcomplicating things. You have a little bit of man boobs. You also have a bit of a gut. As you mention you may have to much estrogen in your body relative to testosterone. ...
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Hamstring isolation exercises

I would tend to agree with the advice given by your PT to concentrate on stationary bike. While it does primarily work the quads, you do get some hamstring work. However, if you feel that you can ...
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Best isolation exercises for general routine

When following a strength routine, like yours (the three big lifts), you should include some optional excersices in order to have balance. Especially when you train for bodybuilding. It's prefered to ...
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Why do so many guys deny their lower body?

I think there's many reasons: Some likely do leg work but perhaps run a split routine and leg day is a day you're not in the gym. Some may do a leg intensive sport and working the upper body in the ...
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