Originally Posted by jarude
There's nothing against isolation if you've been training for awhile - I've always been of the school of thought that you should try and reach a certain level of strength before attempting hypertrophy-based training.
From what I've read, hypertrophy is more effective with heavier weights being moved with lower rest intervals. To build up that level of strength and conditioning, you've gotta get your bench, squat, and deadlift up before you can worry about 3x15 hammer curls with 30 seconds rest between sets.
That and the tendency for beginners to go crazy on bicep curls for the girls while neglecting the compound lifts. I know I did, and I suffered for it.
Yeah, this is pretty much the case. It's a much better idea to build strength first and then do some isolation/sarc hypertrophy stuff once you have a good base. This way the trainee can use substantial weights and already has some muscle balance and coordination. Most people who start off doing a Starting Strength type program (or Bill Starr or Madcow or WS4SB) tend to understand the concepts well and should have no problem finding info on trad. BB stuff if that's what they choose to move to. The average curl monkey with no direction is generally clueless.