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11-13-2017, 02:37 PM
 
Hello Everyone,

I just received an e-mail asking me about John McSweeney and whether or not he practiced Isometrics.

ANSWER: I did ask John about that the first time I trained with him and he taught me his Seven Tiger Moves + one, which was a toe touch exercise performed under great tension that he had used to rehabilitate his lumbar region from an injury that he had sustained 40+ years previous when he had been practicing Judo. It was actually that injury and its subsequent recurrence that caused him to switch to the Striking and Kicking arts that collectively have been classified as Karate in the USA. (That's your history lesson for today)


Now, as relates to Isometrics, John was well aware that Bruce Lee had mastered Isometrics during the last five years of his life and that Lee attributed a great deal of his striking power to his mastery of Isometric Contraction.

In spite of having Bruce Lee as an inspiration, John told me that he never felt as though he was able to contract his muscles to the intensity that would yield great results. He instead would practice his TIGER MOVES with such intensity that he was exhausted at the end of just a single set of 3 repetitions of each exercise. This, he told me, was for maximizing strength only and that he did not believe that any man could do more than 3 Ultra Intense repetitions. He also told me that he did that only once every 7 to 10 days because of how draining it was to the Central Nervous System. In essence, he was using so much tension that he was performing an ultra intense contraction that felt like an Isometric Contraction. He also told me that he had a 14 year old student that had developed most extraordinary striking power he had ever seen by doing just 3 ultra intense contractions of each of the Seven exercises BUT that he told this student to knock it off because he confessed to John that he was using so much tension that it would cause his nose to bleed profusely.

Anyway, to answer the question, "Did John McSweeney practice or incorporate Isometrics into his training?" The answer is 'NO!' Why? Because I had not yet developed my Isometric Power Belt.

---John Peterson

 
 
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11-13-2017, 04:54 PM
 
The most enduring qualities that Isometrics build when you get to my age are internal strength,tenacity, and confidence.
 
 
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11-13-2017, 07:21 PM
 
Hey Gordon.

AGREED! But the truth is there has not been anyone teaching Isometric Contraction or how to apply it with both precision and comfort in order to achieve the results that LIVING STRENGTH students will be achieving with the new Power Belt.

I have looked for decades for the answer of how to make Isometric Contraction the most productive form of exercise AND I HAVE FINALLY DISCOVERED IT hidden in plain sight!!!

Once ONE learns how to Master Isometric Contraction in absolute comfort and safety it allows for one to perform absolute limit intensity contractions that otherwise are simply not possible. I know this from personal experience. Up until I created my own version of the New Transformetrics Power Belt I was never able to perform 100% contractions that allowed for both my best possible leverage to apply full strength and to do so in complete comfort. That has all changed with the New Power Belt. My ability to grip to the absolute maximum while at any given angle and my ability to contract to the absolute limit never existed before. The NEW TRANSFORMETRICS POWER BELT has changed everything.

There is NO COMPARISON between what happens when one learns how to concentrate and achieve complete Isometric Contraction as your strength to body weight strength surges and you develop the deepest levels of mind/muscle control.

For me personally, Isometric Contraction is now everything that I hoped it could be.

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11-13-2017, 08:05 PM
 
John, Over the years I have often wondered why no one was teaching "Power Yoga" . The meditative and relaxing yoga seems to be all that has been available. And until now no one that I am aware of has connected yoga and isometrics even though "Power Yoga" has a history in combat.. The reason is that the other instructors don't have the knowledge to teach the "mental intensity" required. It is good to see you enterring the field as you are the only instructor who has the knowledge and ability to teach it. I look forward to your book and the new power belt because you are in a league by yourself. As W. Clement Stone advised you are adding "Something more" Gordon
 
 
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