I'm a newbie that's been reading on this site about the power and importance of the compound movements/Olympic lifts, etc. And I agree with just about everything I've read, but something got me to thinking:
I'm a pretty thin guy and I've only got one muscle group that generally is as good as anyone in the gym: my chest. I see a lot of the guys that can bench 3X my body weight with a chest that is not nearly as good as mine.
"So what??" you ask. Well, here's where I'm headed: I have very, very rarely done a bench press. My chest has been entirely built by dumbell flyes if you can believe that.
I also remember a high growth time (for me anyway) with my arms and all I was doing were simple preacher-curl-to-the-forehead-tricep-raises. Those would kill my triceps like no other excercise and I got all my growth out of that.
Anyway, I'm just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience? Are maybe the isolated movements getting somewhat of a bad rap?