Below are some
isometric exercises examples that you can try. Isometric exercises are
somewhat of a lost art, having been replaced by newer forms of fitness
such as weight lifting and using fancy machines. To most people, these
exercises appear to be too simple to be truly effective, not to mention
old fashioned. However, nothing could be further from the truth. When
done with your full attention and maximum effort, you can achieve
incredible gains in fitness with isometrics.
When trying these isometric exercises examples, the key thing is to
really focus on what you're doing. If you are not focusing your mind on
what you are doing, you will be seriously handicapping yourself in your
efforts to achieve results. In order to demonstrate this fact, try the
following isotonic exercise. You will be performing the exercise the
same way each time, but you will be using your mind differently each
time. Does this lead to different results? You tell me :)
Exercises Examples #1 - Back
While standing, reach up with straight arms and imagine that you are
grabbing onto a couple of ropes. Imagine that these ropes are wrapped
around two pulleys and are further tied to two huge granite boulders on
the ground. Now, keeping your arms straight, pull these ropes down
until your arms are straight by your sides. Imagine as you do so that
you are raising the huge boulders off the ground. As you do so, you
should be contracting your back and lat muscles with the effort. Do a
few repetitions of this "boulder lifting" exercise.
Now, try this exercise again, but this time imagine there is an
exercise machine in front of you with a couple of pads. By reaching
forward with straight arms, you can place each arm flush on each of the
pads. Each pad has a fulcrum right next to your body, so that it is
possible to push them down and bring them to a position right beside
you (parallel to your legs). Begin to push those pads down, imagining
that you are rotating them down and back as you bring your arms to your
side. Do a few reps of this. Can you feel a difference in the way you
have channeled resistance? Never doubt the power of the mind, or its
role in proper training. Working the old brain muscle is often just as
important, if not more so, than working the muscle in question!
Isometric Exercises Examples #2 - The Isometric Chest Squeeze
Bend your arms and place your hands together in front of your chest.
Breathe deeply inwards as you count for 4 seconds. As you count, you
want to increase the pressure on your hands from nothing to maximum
intensity. Once you reach the 4 second mark, slowly exhale the breath
as you keep pressing your hands together with maximum effort for 7 to
10 seconds. When you exhale, keep your teeth clenched and make a
"sssssss" sound as the air leaves your mouth. Always focus your mind on
your chest muscles. Visualize them getting stronger in your minds eye.
Once you reach 10 seconds, release the pressure from your hands and
Isometric Exercises Examples #3 - The Isometric Neck Exercise
Stand tall and straight with your feet hip distance apart and your toes
pointing forward. Keep your knees slightly bent and keep your abs
tucked in tight. Tilt your head back as far as you can while placing
the interlocked fingers of your hands on your forehead. Begin to
breathe deeply for 4 seconds. As you do so, start to bring your head
forward as if you wanted to touch your chin to your chest. However,
your head will not move as you are resisting this motion with your
hands. Once your reach the 4 second mark you should have achieved
maximum tension between your hands and neck. Hold this maximum tension
for 7 to 10 seconds as you slowly exhale your breath through your
clenched teeth, making a "sssss" sound. When completed, slowly relax
and raise your head forward as you breath gently for 3 to 4 seconds.
Remember To Exercise The Neck!
This last exercise is particularly important and it's something I
really emphasize in my "POWER
training course. Your neck has a very important job to do, which is to
support your head. However most people have weak necks. This can lead
to health problems like migraines and headaches. With time your head
can also slope forward, pulling the shoulders with it. This leads to
poor posture as we age. Having a strong neck it vital (and I haven'
even mentioned injury prevention). If your following an exercise
program that DOESN'T include neck exercises, I suggest you find a new
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