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3/20/14 3:33 P

thank you so much, Dean!

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3/20/14 11:32 A

Hello,

Isometric exercise is a kind of strength training that involves applying force without actually moving the bones the muscle is attached to. Instead of starting with your arm straight and then bending it while holding a dumbbell, you start with your elbow already bent to whatever angle you want, and apply as much force as you can while pulling on something you can't actually move, like the towel. Your arm doesn't move, but the muscle still has to work hard to do the pulling. It's actually a good way to make your muscle use maximum force without the risk that comes with using a weight that's too heavy to move. And it has the advantage of being something you can do almost anyplace, without any special equipment. But this kind of training does have some limitations. This article has more info about isometric training:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitnes
s_articles.asp?id=972


Hope this helps.

PAPAYAHEAD SparkPoints: (206,351)
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3/20/14 12:24 A

ok, I think I got it... it would be something like this: www.fitnessmagazine.com/videos/m/32072136/
dumbbell-curl.htm


the picture on sparkpeople wasn't very clear though... I thought it was the start position...

hope this helps.

Edited by: PAPAYAHEAD at: 3/20/2014 (00:40)
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3/19/14 9:49 P

Hi, I just started looking for the exercise demos on sparkpeople.com and came across this one for beginner, but don't quite understand how it works by just reading the instructions... www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp
?ID=129&from=fitplan&plan=79
, could someone shed some light? Thank you!

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