Barbell Bent-over Row is a great exercise as it involves a lot of muscels. A lot of muscles involved => a lot of muscels grow.
Barbell Bent-over Row isn’t realy a good exercise as it involves a lot of muscels. You can’t realy focus on your upper back, which leads to worse muscle gains.
The shoulders are involved in almoast all uperbody exercises. So you don’t need to do a lot of direct shoulder work, if any, as it already gets a lot of stimulation.
The shoulders are involved in almoast all uperbody exercises. So shoulder training will increase your performance in most upper body exercises.
You are confused because of too many trainers trying to make money off of flipping around basic info that was the backbone of building muscle for years. they have to make their program flashy and standout, thus why you have many throwing around terms like “functional training”. It is why Kettleballs actually made a comeback for a while and why bosu balls are used to sell personal training sessions.
Compound movements, as you seem to understand, involve many muscle groups to move a weight. Obviously, more muscles are involved doing that bent over barbell row than are being used sitting on a machine with a pad in front of you and pulling a weight stack towards you.
Isolation movements attempt to take multiple muscles groups out of the equation to allow you focus on one muscle group at a time. Preacher curls are a prime example of this.
Only recently has their been any sort of push to AVOID either one of these. Most bodybuilders for the past 40-50 years would do ALL of it. That is how they got huge all over and didn’t develop overly weak or lagging body parts.
It makes no sense to avoid preacher curls simply because you did bent over rows. While bent overrows involved the biceps, they didn’t allow complete and total mental focus on the development of that one muscle group.
That IS needed if the goal is a balanced physique.
One of the posters in the Physique picture forum is a very good example of this and I will try to find his thread. He had recently lost a ton of body fat but had avoided ANY direct shoulder work. As a result, his front delts are hugely overdeveloped compared to his lateral and rear delts. You don’t get big lateral delt heads by ignoring them. You end up with a lump on the front of your shoulders and no width. Therefore, he NOW has to bring up his lateral delts to match all of the progress he made by focusing on more compound movements.
A trainer more versed in what has worked for bodybuilders for the past half century would have known to avoid that from the start.