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When to use Isolation Exercises

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Isolation exercises can be useful for developing biarticulate muscles, which are muscles that cross two joints. These muscles might not achieve optimal activation in compound movements so it’s important to isolate them. This means that muscles like the rectus femoris – or middle quad muscle, the hamstrings, and calves, etc. might require isolation exercises for optimal development.

Source: Ema, R., Sakaguchi, M., Akagi, R., & Kawakami, Y. (2016). Unique activation of the quadriceps femoris during single-and multi-joint exercises. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 116(5), 1031-1041.

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