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    If you could only do 3 Isolation exercises. . .

    I've seen threads about the top 3 lifts, but never one about the top 3 isolation lifts. I'll exclude any exercise where isolation is basically the only way to hit that muscle, such as calf raises.

    I'm a newbie but I'm thinking standing dumbell curls, skull crushers, and lateral raises.

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    For Iso I'd say Skulls,Tri extentions and preacher curls. if we are talkin about upper movements.

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    Ha ha, this is a funny thread. Im sure youre gonna get a lot of negative remarks. Personally i dont like any of the isolation exercises. But id say close grip bench, tri pushdown, leg ext maybe idk
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    close grip bench isn't an iso is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBC13
    Personally i dont like any of the isolation exercises. But id say close grip bench, tri pushdown, leg ext maybe idk
    I don't like them either, that's why I am narrowing the list down to three
    Is close grip bench really an iso exercise?

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    For the most part. It mainly hits all tris but then again thats like saying even when you are curling your not using some tricep to steady it. So yes chest is involved but kept to a min.

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    CGBP isn't an isolation exercise.

    I'd have to say crunches and calf raises are two isolation exercises everyone should be including in there program regardless.
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    I'd have to say it completely depends on what bodypart you're obsessed with.

    Most men will say arms.

    The only things I isolate are my shoulders and my grip. Both because of my job and grip because I like grip work. Otherwise I do the big 2 or 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutz981
    For the most part. It mainly hits all tris but then again thats like saying even when you are curling your not using some tricep to steady it. So yes chest is involved but kept to a min.
    In a dumbell curl, the tricep is a stablizer. In a close grip bench, the pecs are a synergist. So that's not a good analogy.
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    calf raises, skull crushers, and lateral raises

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    Well this is not a particularly hard question to answer since I don't do any isolation exercises, so I vote for none.
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    Russ he didn't want us saying calf raises.

    Hammer curls (which I only do one set of per week), leg curls, and side bends(?). Yeah I'm not a real fan of isolation either.
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    i'd say wrist curls because they really beef up the hamstrings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez
    Well this is not a particularly hard question to answer since I don't do any isolation exercises, so I vote for none.
    You don't do any crunches (or leg raises), or calf raises?
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    err none. Isolation lifts are useless for my goals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by f=ma
    i'd say wrist curls because they really beef up the hamstrings
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    1. Pinky finger curls
    2. Thumb curls
    3. Ummmm....big toe curls.



    Seriously, what's the point?
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    triceps kickbacks f00

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    ...I don't want to know what your body's anatomy looks like...
    earth to fatr, this is sarcasm, do you copy
    Last edited by f=ma; 12-01-2005 at 05:27 AM.

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    True isolation is impossible anyway, so just stick with the biggest compound exercises you can find.
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    All you guys who say you don't do any isolation are wasting some of your time. I see no reason not to do crunches and calf raises. They can assist independant of your goals.
    "I added some db curls with the pink weights for a bit of a burn." - Rookiebldr

    "im assuming the holy (big) 3 are: curls, bench, legs?" - Saggas

    "had a huge ass burn on my triceps while I was doing those kickbacks, so they'll likely be staying with my exercise program." - Zearoth

    "most of my burned calories coming from something called Basal. Wtf does a leaf have to do with any of it?" - Votorx

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    Hammer curls
    Leg extensions
    Lateral raises

    But it's pretty impossible to get true isolation anyway since most muscle pairs are antagonistic and even a bicep curl uses your shoulders and triceps to stabilise.

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    For those of you who picked leg extensions, may I ask why you picked that exercise over leg curls? I ask because I feel like squats and leg press already hit the quads really hard, while leaving the hamstrings partially neglected. While there are some good compounds that hit the hams, they tend to be more complicated in terms of form IMO.

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    do calf raises at the end of a set of squats.

    if i had to choose, i'd pick barbell curls, direct abwork of any sort, and since calf raises are not included, lat raises (but what i've read to be tri-deltas, 3 front raises, 3 side, 3 bent; sets of 3).
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    Quote Originally Posted by f=ma
    earth to fatr, this is sarcasm, do you copy
    My bad, I just assumed you made a typo.
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