Chronic Fitness' Bodybuilding & Nutrition Portal
Home arrow Bodybuilding Articles arrow Training arrow Isometric Exercise Background
 
 
Isometric Exercise Background
Isometric exercise means that you push against something that doesn't move, such as a wall. Thirty years ago, most weightlifters and athletes in sports requiring strength used isometric training to make themselves stronger. The strength gained through performing isometric contractions is only within 20 degrees of the angle you hold.

Isometric Exercises
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

What is Isometric Training?

Isometric exercise means that you push against something that doesn't move, such as a wall. Thirty years ago, most weightlifters and athletes in sports requiring strength used isometric training to make themselves stronger. Athletes don't use isometric training much anymore. The strength gained through performing isometric contractions is only within 20 degrees of the angle you hold. On the other hand, when you lift weights, you become strong through a wide range of motion. Isometrics cause your blood pressure to rise higher than the other methods of strength training. If you have weak blood vessels or heart trouble, you can rupture a blood vessel or develop an irregular heart beat.

Isometric exerciseIsometric Training / Exercise History

According to Dr. John D. Fair, Chairman of the Department of History at Auburn University, the popularity of isometrics was the result of the success of some weightlifters who took synthetic male hormones called anabolic steroids and then claimed that their isometric exercises made them strong. They claimed that they were doing a revolutionary new training method of pushing against bars that didn't move. The steroids made them stronger by helping them to recover faster from tough workouts so they could do more work. The only stimulus to make a muscle stronger is to exercise that muscle against resistance. You can lift heavy weights, push against special strength machines and push against something that doesn't move, such as a wall or bar attached to the ground. Isometrics are not used much any more, but the steroids are still used, even though they are banned by most sport authorities.

Dr. Gabe Mirkin has been a radio talk show host for 25 years and practicing physician for more than 40 years; he is board certified in four specialties, including sports medicine. Read or listen to hundreds of his fitness and health reports at http://www.DrMirkin.com

Free weekly newsletter on fitness, health, and nutrition.

 
 
 
Search

Main Menu
Home
Bodybuilding Articles
Nutrition Articles
Weight Loss Articles
- - - - - - -
Forums
Fitness Forums
Nutrition Forums
Gallery
Fitness Profiles
Member Blogs
Other Fitness
Resources
RSS Feeds
Fitness Graphics
Search

Poll
Where do/would you shop for supplements & protein?
 
Networking
MySpace Group || Join
Facebook Group || Join
Share

Fitness Links

| © Chronic Fitness 2006 |
Disclaimer