I think that for an absolute beginner it makes far more sense to spend time perfecting and developing the main compound lifts. Thats why in my OPINION (just making that clear) calf raises for a beginner should be put on hold. Instead spend more time on your squat. That doesn’t mean I don’t think they are a valuable exercise at some point. For example front squats, I would say for a beginner not to do until they have mastered their back squat. Not because I don’t think they are a valuable lift, they build the quads like no other, I just think they will interfere with learning the proper mechanics for the back squat and are a little more technical so they should be learned later on.
And what I meant by compound movements being more bang for your buck doesn’t mean you should ignore assistance lifts altogether. I just think he should be more focused on his compound movements to build a solid base with some minimal assistance work thrown in to balance it out.
And as far as the RDL’s go, I think that the conventional deadlift should be mastered well before they are brought into the equation.
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Bulk, if you were a regular front squatter, you would know that front squat is incredibly fucking simple compared to a wide stance, low torso angle, big sit back type of squatting style. And RDL’s ARE a great hip hinge teacher when done correctly. Tell me, when you train to increase your bench, do you still do curls/extensions even though the biceps and triceps are ‘trained’ with floor presses, bench presses, rows, chin ups, ect?
The correct answer is yes, the biceps stabilize your bench, and the triceps are the most valuable muscle in the bench press even though both of them are ‘small’ muscles trained with ‘accessory’ exercises. I do it with other muscle groups that are valuable to me for one reason or the other.