I get lots of questions in my inbox all about getting faster, quicker and more explosive.
Some are good, some are bad, some are….whatever
And as of late, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about something called “isometric” strength training and how it relates to speed training and YOU getting faster (these are “good” questions).
Let’s talk about it…
Isometric is a type of muscular contraction.
It’s when you are contracting a muscle without any change in the muscle’s length.
What is a good example of an isometric strength training exercise?
Have you ever done a wall sit?
It’s when you line your back up against a wall, bend your knees so your thighs are parallel to the ground and you hold that position for a certain amount of time.
Your leg muscles have to contract to keep you in that position but you also don’t want to move up or down when you’re doing a wall sit, so you’re leg muscles aren’t changing at all in length.
That would mean that they are all “isometrically contracting”.
So, to recap, an isometric contraction is when your muscles are firing, but they’re not changing in length.
Can your muscles get stronger from isometric strength training?
Yes, they definitely can…
…but, you wouldn’t want to use this type of weight training exclusively.
Isometric exercises allow you to really focus on strengthening your muscles in certain positions and joint angles.
This can help you focus on your “weak spots”.
Also, if you go heavy enough, you can actually use more total weight in a isometric exercise than you can in a normal “up-and-down” exercise.
So, if you use that little tid-bit of knowledge sparingly, you can really amp up your strength using super-heavy isometric exercises at strategic times.
But, you don’t want to use isometric training all the time because when you do it, your muscle aren’t changing length.
In other words, you’re not moving when you do it.
And in all sports where you’re running and jumping, your always moving and your muscles are always changing length.
And, sure, while isometric strength training will make your muscles stronger, it teaches your muscles to be stronger when they’re not moving.
Because of that, the transfer over to the field or the court for your sport is limited.
When can I use isometric training?
Use it in your warm-ups to really help fire up your muscles.
Next time you warm-up, try getting down into a deep lunge and hold that for 30-60 seconds.
Repeat that for your other leg too.
Then try holding a deep pushup for 30 seconds.
After the incredible burning and shaking goes away, you’ll notice you’ll feel looser and more pliable.
Give it a shot.
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About The Author
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A Certified Personal Trainer and former college athlete, Alex is renowned worldwide for his ability to transform formerly weak and slow athletes into speed and quickness superstars who routinely dominate their competition.
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