Any solid beginner strength program uses these three as your core lifts. And if you're anything like me, you're left wondering "why?" What's so special about these that make them a beginner's dream in lifting?
1) They Target the Entire Body
In lifting, there are two types of lifts: isolated and compound. Isolated movements involve only one joint movement. Compound movements involve more than one. Because muscles are used for joint movements, we can then rightfully infer the more joints that have to move, the more muscle groups are being used for a single action.
Now that we grasp this, take a look at the muscles targeted by each lift:
In simpler terms, they target the front middle and bottom; the top; and the back middle and bottom respectively.This means you get more bang for your buck as you develop the muscles that are integral for later lifts.
2) They Provide All the Other Lifting Benefits
Increased testosterone, better balance, stronger stability, a boosted ego, a stronger core and bigger muscles are other perks that stem from pushing around heavy weights.
3) They Are a Great Introduction
No one wants to scare you when you first get in to lifting. There's new terminology, new moves and a new routine you have to follow. Now, imagine if on your first day, someone showed up with Dwayne Johnson's routine and told you to get on it. Though certainly not impossible, it's a lot to ask from a normal person who hasn't been lifting for years that also isn't paid to train all day, every day.
By focusing on the big three, you spend a max of 30 minutes to an hour only three days a week exercising while still achieving a full body workout. This is a far more realistic goal to achieve for the typical person.
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