Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2017)
Dreaming of Big Guns!!!! Curls Might Not Help
Author(s): Dr. Navin Kumar, Dr. Alka Singh
Abstract: Every regular gym member will tell you, in start of summer every gym gets most populated. With time to wear half sleeve T-shirts and shirts, majority of college going youngsters gets motivated for workouts in a bid to flex arms. Be it impressing any individual or get attention in public, good muscular arms are always a fashion statement that never goes outdated. As a strength coach, it pains me to walk into any commercial gym and see some skinny kid performing endless isolation movements. I want to pull him aside and teach him the ropes. I’d show him how to hit those deep squats, how to hammer out some dead lifts, and how to press, chin, dip and row. Surely this would enable him to finally start making some gains. Every regular gym members must have noticed, group of young college students doing numerous curl, all types of curls with some tiny weight and that too in almost their every gym sessions. The desperation of getting big arms in no time, bad selection of exercises (normally searched from internet), overtraining small bicep muscles, all these combine to cause a serious frustration in young mind, ultimately making them reluctant to their fitness goals. So a never ending debate of what exercises are best for gaining lean muscles comes into play. Isolated exercises or compound exercise, Bodybuilding routine or power lifting routine which makes muscles grow more is been a hot debate and research topic for decades. In this research report, the study of isolated versus compound exercise was studied. Two groups of eight students were trained on two different workout routines. One group underwent pure bodybuilding routine comprising isolated movements and other group was subject to compound power lifting moves. The diet plan of both the group was same and so was their rest periods and sleep hour.