- burns more calories during exercise
- improves coordination, joint stability and balance
- keeps your heart rate up and provides cardiovascular benefits
- allows you to lift heavier and build strength
Mick H. in California asks: "Hi Keri, how many crunches do you do?"
I almost never do boring crunches! Instead, I am constantly mixing up my training by doing compound exercises. Compound exercises are multi-joint movements that work several muscles or muscle groups at one time. A squat, for example, requires core and lower back stability while engaging your glutes (booty), hamstrings and quadraceps. A basic crunch is an isolation exercise. Isolation exercises work only one muscle or muscle group and only one joint at a time.
Some benefits of compound exercises:
Other examples of great compound exercises:
- Deadlift (hamstrings, lower back, upper shoulders, calves)
- Lunges (quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves)
- Push ups (chest, shoulders, triceps, back and core)
- Plank (core, back, arms and legs)
- Clean and Press (deltoids, triceps, biceps, hamstrings, glutes, calves, core)
*Please get clearance from your doctor before starting any nutrition or exercise program.