Originally Posted by abett07
are there any extra benefits that can be gained by performing isolation exercises that cant be made with compound exercises ?
IMHO NO. Unless you are preparing for a comp, or are trying to isolate lagging bodyparts (but again that is if you are abouve the intermediate lifter level) and are trying to create a certain look.
Personally i dont think there is any isolation exercise that can hit a muscle 'better' than a compund exercise (although some muscles are hard to use out of isolation, like calves). I also think that if you are just starting or have only been training a limited amount of time (results wise, not actual time wise0 then I honestly dont think you should be worrying about isolation exercises at all really.
The bulk of anyones gains will come from focusing on compund exercises and progressing the weight on them.
hope this helps