Strength Training - The Secrets
Of The Old Time Strong Men - REVEALED!
A program of isometric
can help you build incredible
strength and power in very little time. Doubt it? The truth of the
matter is that many of the most famous old time strongmen used nothing
but isometrics to train and they were able to perform feats of strength
that cannot be replicated to this day. Consider some of the feats of
strength that Alexander Zass, the legendary "Mighty Samson", was able
- He could lift a 500 pound girder using only his
- He could lift and carry small horses
- He could break chains using only his chest
- He could bend steel bars in any number of ways
I'm not going to go into great detail about Alexander Zass as I've
already written about him at length HERE
(be sure to check out his
story though, as well as the accompanying video, it's kind of funny).
The key point though is that it is possible to build incredible
strength, as well as a formidable physique, using only isometric
Why Isometric Strength
Isometric strength training works due to the principle of the isometric
contraction. Consider this. If you press the palms of your hands
together it is possible to generate incredible force, even though there
is no actual movement. Your muscles are working, yet they are not
contracting. This is known as an isometric contraction.
Isometric Contraction Works
When you press your hands together your brain activates some muscle
fibers to accomplish the task. As your limbs do not move your brain
thinks you must be trying to move a very heavy object. It has no idea
that you are pitting one arm against another! Therefore it activates
more muscle fibers in an effort to move your arms. Of course your arms
still do not move. This forces your brain to activate ALL of the muscle
fibers at once in a vain attempt to contract the muscles and move your
arms. This is why it's possible to work an entire muscle group in only
seconds using isometrics.
Exercises vs The Gym
People often find this hard to believe, pummeled as they have been by a
fitness industry that claims you need to spend hours in a gym to
achieve any kind of results. The truth of the matter is that isometric
strength training allows you to achieve a contraction similar to when
you perform that last repetition using barbells.
The Last Rep First
It's that lasts rep, the one that is hardest, that is always the most
important. It ensures that you have worked ALL of the muscle fibers in
that muscle. However as I've explained above isometric exercises allow
you to get to that point within seconds. One way to look at it is that
isometrics allow you to get to the "Last Rep First".
and Backed By Science
Isometric strength training has been around in disciplines such as yoga
and the martial arts for thousands of years. It is the exclusive
training method that legendary strongmen like Alexander Zass used to
use to build their incredible physiques and great strength. Further it
has been backed by scientific studies showing it's effectiveness (You
can read more about this here
If you are looking to get stronger and
more defined in the least amount of time you should consider a program
of isometric strength training.