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11-14-2017, 06:03 PM
 
Hello Everyone,

I hope you will feel free to participate in answering the following question.

"John, What am I suppose to feel when I perform an Isometric exercise?"

Answer: Richard, you are asking a good question and I am not sure that I can adequately answer it so that it will resonate with you. But here is my best shot.

In an Isometric Contraction the idea is to contract a muscle or group of muscles to it's absolute limit in certain 'fixed' positions in which no movement occurs.

Example: Bend your left arm at the elbow so that you are at 90 degree angle with palm up. Now place your right palm over your left. Squeeze.You will then be pulling up with your left hand while pressing down with equal force with your right. As you pull up with your left hand you will feel the muscles in your left forearm and bicep---TIGHTENING. Continue pulling until you feel you have reached your absolute limit and that you can't possible 'tighten' the muscle any further and then hold for a slow count of "One Thousand...One", "One thousand...Two", "One Thousand...Three" all the way up to "One Thousand...Seven" the entire time you will feel the muscles in your left arm tighten...It is a great and intense feeling. At the end... shake it out and relax the left arm as much as possible. That is an Isometric Contraction. Whether you are pushing or pulling you will feel your muscles contracting and tightening to the maximum. So for me the best word to describe how it feels is that it T-I-G-H-T-E-N-S to the maximum.

What about the rest of you? How would you describe the feeling of an Isometric Contraction?

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11-14-2017, 07:32 PM
 
Your ability to feel the effects of isometrics will grow with time and practice. In addition to the strictly physical and muscular reactions you will get to the point where you can feel the increasing intensity of the intangible,but very real, flow of electric nerve current through your body. Your ability to experience this effect will grow and intensify over time and can be projected to any body part or muscle group and even beyond your body to effect other individuals and objects. It is the ultimnate feeling of control and personal power.

I remember reading that The Mighty Atom, the famous old time Jewish Strongman, used to visualize “light” pure energy flowing into the muscles that he wanted to influence. He also would visualize his arms as a fire hoses and visualize water under pressure flowing into them. Alois P..Swoboda referred to this FORCE as “Conscious Energy”.
 
 
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11-15-2017, 09:50 AM
 
Hey Gordon,

That was great!

In terms of concentrating energy, thought, and super human abilities that are not normally within the conscious control of the average untrained person, the mastery of Isometric contraction can also lead to total Psycho-Soma (Mind-Body) Mastery (as Frank Rudolph Young referred to it) in every other sense as well.

Example: I once read that the Mighty Atom befriended an Apache Shaman that taught him the secrets of strength that had passed down through the lineage of Apache Shamans. I can't help but believe that Isometric Muscle control was part of what was learned.

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