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The Perks and Pitfalls of Isometrics

How to Add Isometric Exercises to Your Strength Workouts

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  • For some reason this article was spread across the info on the left and right side. The info on the right side still showed but it was over top of the article. It made it very difficult to read. - 10/19/2015 9:29:06 AM
  • I pressed my palms together as hard as I could for 1 minute only and I couldn't believe how many muscles I could feel engaged in my neck, back, shoulders, biceps and probably more. Amazing! - 9/10/2015 8:39:58 AM
  • Thanks for sharing. - 5/11/2013 7:21:03 AM
  • Thanks - I particularly like the core exercise where you lift your legs off the floor and press down on your knees - gonna give that one a try.

    - 5/5/2013 6:19:52 AM
  • These are some great tips - thanks! - 9/22/2012 6:35:10 PM
  • I love this! Thank you for giving me some ST tips that I can do from my own home. SP is awesome! - 3/3/2012 1:02:30 PM
  • I know nonisometric excercises are in a sense better for you to do, but I just canīt get myself motivated. But I can do these suggested isometric ones. Thannks for the additions.
    - 3/3/2012 9:43:39 AM
  • These are very gentle on joints, tendons, ligaments, and other moving parts. - 2/23/2012 9:57:33 AM
  • I like the way you always have that "sure you can" way of saying things in your articles. I really needed something to keep me motivated to do strength training. I know its good for me but sometimes I flake out because of boredom.

    Now, I have no excuse. This change with the Isometric excercise infused into my regular strength routine will surely take it up a notch. I even did the core strenthening at my desk. Thanks for you the article and your suggestions, spot on!

    Dee Dee
    2 Peter 3:9 - 8/30/2011 9:22:00 AM
  • I like what I am learning from this article. Holding the concentric contraction and alternating the count on the contraction as I am either midway in the exercise position or in the exercise position; this is effective and I can feel the intensity of the contraction and as the song goes "sure feels good". Makes me feel tighter. Only problem is, after I relax the contraction, the firm sensation disappears; I guess I got to keep working the concentrics. Thanks - 3/23/2011 7:15:34 AM
  • I can still remember doing stretches when taking karatedo and my sensei walking up to me and simultataneouly screaming at me to "BREATHE!! BREATHE!!" while driving nikites (open hand finger strikes) into my stomach. GREAT TIMES. - 11/2/2010 9:16:37 PM
  • INDIANAGAL1
    Since I sit at a desk for 8 hours a day, this article gave me some ideas that I can incorporate. Thanks! - 9/29/2009 12:27:32 PM
  • Just please add some pics for the "at desk" exercises please. - 2/20/2008 4:31:25 PM
  • With a new job, I need the extra exercise. I can count on SparkPeople to give me that help! - 12/9/2007 9:28:45 PM
  • BETTSI
    Thank you, Coach Dean. I sit at a desk all day- I will definitely be trying these! - 12/5/2007 12:02:32 PM

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