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The Heria team is always trying to optimize your workouts and take your training to the next level. This week, Chris Heria offers a quick tip on optimal upper body gains by going through the advantages and disadvantages of a certain exercise. It upholds the main message of quality over quantity. 

Even if an exercise can engage multiple muscles in one swift movement, it does not mean that it is truly maximizing the work of said muscles. Therefore, in order to truly achieve optimal gains, you must execute an optimal workout by staying informed of what each exercise offers to your body and how it contributes to the development of strength. 

This is not to say that all compound exercises are inefficient however. The incorporation of dynamic movements that simultaneously engage multiple muscle groups can indeed be effective. It is just dependent upon your goals, the exercise, and your training level. Generally, there exists a direct relationship between range of motion and the efficacy of an exercise. Consequently, some compound exercises limit this range of motion of particular muscles groups that would have been optimally overloaded given a different movement that allowed for a full range of motion as a stand alone exercise. 

Take home messages include an emphasis on staying informed about your body and what you do to it. Stay up to date on more tips and tricks on the Heria Pro App. This will ease the burden of building your own workouts and contribute to increased gains and skill level!



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