[quote]Professor X wrote:
no one is ever going to sway the NO “isolation” or YES “isolation” crowd with words here. It always does make for a good pissing match though. It then digresses to “Your (sic) an idiot” “You need to do isolation alot (sic)”
For my nickels worth, do a balanced routine, compare what you are able to do every three weeks or less. Progressing, fine, don’t change a thing. Not progressing, change it. I am going to watch this thread with my pee pancho on and my shoe in the other hand held firmly in front of my web cam.
It shouldn’t be much of a debate. If the people ONLY doing compound movements are less developed overall than the guys who do both some compound and isolation over years of training, what is there to argue about? Most of these debates only go on for pages because people ignore real world results and start arguing theory.
Who are the really big guys in the gym, the ones who never do any isolation movements, or the ones who do it all?
I agree that isolation work is essential past a certain point of development. And it may be beneficial for some beginners as well. But I do think that it is not at all bad for someone with 14 inch arms to focus exclusively on compounds. Hit them hard and heavy and with intensity and go home. Till they’re bigger. If they have enough left to do some isolation work from the getgo at the end of the workout without ‘saving’ themselves for it or half-assing the really beneficial compound work, and the additional isolation work doesn’t unduly tax their recuperative abilities too much, so much the better.