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John Peterson 01-27-2020 08:10 PM

New Isometric Power Belt Course
 
Hey Everyone,

I will now tell all of you why I HAVE NOT YET RELEASED the new LIVING STRENGTH ISOMETRIC POWER BELT TRAINING SYSTEM.

As most of you know I have been applying myself with great vigor to Isometrics for the past three years.I can tell you authoritatively that Isometrics absolutely are a great addition to anyone's strength training that wants to achieve the maximum strength in minimum time while losing every ounce of excess fat weight they don't want to carry and to do so in complete safety.

Having stated what I have above I believe there are certain shortfalls of performing Isometrics alone.
These few weak points in Isometric Training are only if doing Isometrics SOLELY without other exercises.

YES, IT IS 100% TRUE that Isometrics will reduce your blood pressure in a magnificent way and keep it lowered if done daily as is taught with the KIVELOFF and CAILLIETMethod. BUT your blood pressure will go back up within a month if you stop the procedure of daily KIVELOFF FULL BODY ISOMETRIC Contractions. The other truth I discovered is that the ISOMETRIC POWER BELT makes the KIVELOFF far more effective than the freehand version. This is because you will simultaneously be PULLING-PUSHING & FLEXING when performing the exercise with the ISO POWER BELT as opposed to flexing only as Dr. KIVELOFF and CAILLIET taught. This, in turn, creates a gigantic increase in full-body strength BUT YOU MUST do other weight-bearing exercises using bodyweight exercises or bodyweight with a weight vest and other Iso-Dynamic Muscle Control exercises so that you will be able to apply that strength. If you don't you can lose a great deal of muscular strength-endurance that allows you to do high volume strength exercises.

Granted, at one point I wholeheartedly believed that I could perform Isometrics solely with the Power Belt and not see a significant drop in my Full Body Strength /Endurance BUT I WAS WRONG. In fact, just two months off of the Weight Vest Power Calisthenics made it impossible to match or come close to my previous strength records. I then applied myself until I had the complete answer and that is to combine Power Belt Isometrics with Weight Vest. I accomplished this by cutting back on the volume of my Isometric Work from 30 to 45 minutes to just 10 to 15 minutes daily and sometimes considerably less. You will discover that once you become truly adept at this you can restrengthen faster by combing the two methods than using a weight vest alone. I KNOW BECAUSE I DID IT.

So what will Isometrics accomplish if done alone? I have no doubt whatever that Power Belt Isometrics will help a person lose body fat faster than any other method one can do. In this, I agree with Steve Justa that lost a great deal of weight and saved his life. Some of you that don't know may not be aware that Mr. Justa had at one point intentionally increased his body weight to the point that he passed 400 pounds and ran into some very serious health complications as a result. He then used Isometrics primarily to lean down in a dramatic way and rebuild his health losing well over 100 pounds in the process. I won't say any more than the fact that he credits Isometrics as a lifesaver.

The above brings up my next point. In doing Isometrics alone I got down to under 155 pounds and looked like skin pulled over muscle and bone. I actually had a problem of blacking out or almost blacking out if I rose from sitting too quickly. I was not on any medications at all. No pain killers. Nothing.

After testing myself on all of my exercises I discovered where it was that I got weakest and then set about rebuilding functional strength with a combination of Iso-Dynamic Muscle Control Exercise that allowed me to regain an excellent measure of all-around muscle strength so that at 165 pounds I am fantastically strong as well as sculpted. In fact, I had gotten up to 175 but determined that I am best at 160 to 165 at this point.

The above health benefits can be accomplished by combining the right Iso-Dynamic Power Calisthenics and Iso-Dynamic Muscle Control Exercises (Self Resistance exercises of all types that pit Muscle against Muscle) and power belt Isometrics. The good news is that you don't need endless sets and reps to accomplish this. In fact, if you are using a weight vest at the right weight you can accomplish the extraordinary by using 40 to 50 rep sets on key exercises at which time you will be performing just 1 to no more than 2 sets to take yourself to total muscular fatigue in which at the end of your sets you are doing partial reps. This is something completely new for me because I grew up believing partial anything was worthless and counter-productive but I have learned otherwise.

So here's what I am going to do. I will be releasing the Total System so that it is 100% complete and you won't need to go back and forth between courses or spend more money.

LET ME ALSO REINFORCE that if your goal is weight loss and fat loss I seriously doubt that anything you can do will work as well as High Volume power Belt Isometrics for that purpose.

ALSO NOTE: I don't believe that Isometrics by themselves can help you achieve a great deal of added muscle size. This was something I wanted to disprove even though I was also told this by Coach James Baley. In fact, your perception may be the exact opposite. As you become dramatically stronger with Isometrics you will see your muscles becoming far denser and more defined before you add any appreciable size and then you will add only so much size because unlike exercises that are based on gravity that dramatically increase blood volume within the muscle tissue by creating a mega-pump, Isometrics instead do amazing things to the quality of your muscle.

This brings up a GOOD POINT. If someone were to ask me about building up size alone I would tell them to not perform Isometrics. For example, if Big Jim Forystek wanted to increase his size of 270 pounds at 6'1" I would tell him not consider Isometrics BUT that if he wanted to lose 50 or more pounds to switch almost exclusively to Isometrics and to just do One Maximum set on each of his Powerflex exercises because then he could lose weight in world record time while maintaining his ability for functional exercises. Believe me, a man with that kind of strength and muscle size that Jim has could put in some extraordinarily intense contractions and thereby accelerate weight loss while achieving amazing definition.

So the bottom line is that I will be announcing the release of the new course when all is tied together.




blackbelt 01-28-2020 09:39 AM

I'm looking forward to it John.

gbjj 01-28-2020 11:54 AM

Extremely great post John, my goal for this quarter is to lean down.. ( or at least until I accomplish it)

I'm a little curious about what your definition of

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muscular strength-endurance that allows you to do high volume strength exercises.
My current schedule has me doing HIIT every morning with a friend who is on the same path as myself, and I need to be able to maintain a high running pace for at least 12 minutes. I really feel as though ISO's alone will enhance my HIIT training and not hinder it, but need a little clarification of your definition of the above.

Would you consider running at the highest pace you can for a short period ( 1.5 miles) a high volume strength exercise.. it is anaerobic in nature but not sure if this falls into your definition.

Cheers and look forward to the new book/belt combo!

TimK 01-29-2020 08:28 AM

John,
I wondered why you had gotten so lean. I saw you a couple of weeks ago and you were looking great. On the other hand, at 175lbs you have a lat spread right out of "Muscle and Fitness." Just my observation.
Over the last few years you and I have touched on the topic of doing other exercises besides the isometrics. My thought has been that in order to look good one needs to get a "pump" which means higher reps. That isometrics is a strength exercise.
For me pushups are the pump. Isometrics and pull-ups are for strength. (At 210lbs pull-ups are a strength exercise)
When I quit weightlifting I was concerned that my ligaments and tendons were not being stressed enough. (on the other hand I could sleep at night without the pain in my shoulders waking me up.)
For me the isometrics provided the stress I was missing.
I do the pushups or DVRs, DSRs daily. I have been remiss and only do the Isometrics 3 times a week.
Thank you for introducing me to all the other exercise modalities outside of weightlifting.

Tim

Free 01-29-2020 10:26 AM

Hi John, what is great about you, is that you are after the Truth, no matter what, and are not afraid to change course and refine what you know. This is extremely valuable information, that we are all fortunate to be able to learn from you... thanks.

John Peterson 01-29-2020 03:55 PM

Hello Men,


Thank You ALL. I appreciate it.

And GBJJ, you asked...
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Would you consider running at the highest pace you can for a short period ( 1.5 miles) a high volume strength exercise.. it is anaerobic in nature but not sure if this falls into your definition?
Answer: How could it not be?

Anytime you are pushing close to the edge of your capacity you are emphasizing one capacity over another. In this case Strength more than endurance. For example, back in the days that I ran marathons and ultras in the late 70s and early 80s I did strength intervals once each week in addition to the high volume mileage (70 miles weekly for me with very high volume 84 miles a week but there were guys I knew that ran between 100 and 120 miles weekly) I was putting in. Those intervals were necessary to building strength so that I could pick up my overall pace during a race. I was never in the elite class of going under 2 hours and 36 minutes during a race so that my average pace was just under 6 minutes a mile for the whole race. My best race was 2:43:37 and I was terribly disappointed because I routinely ran under 72 minutes for 12 miles but couldn't maintain it for the marathon.

Anyway, Power Belt Isometrics would be GREAT for YOU because it would strengthen your muscles, tendons, and ligaments and protect joints by not having actual weight bearing down and compressing your spine or causing a hernia by trying to move a weight tht is heavier than you can actually handle. I mention the hernia thing because I knew 5 guys that were MDRA members that were doing high-intensity deadlifts, bench presses, cheat curls, swinging weight to the side and doing heavy weighted sit-ups, as advocated by Australian Olympic Coach Percy Cerutty. These guys were doing all of 5 those exercises for 3 to 5 reps each in a cheating manner (weight momentum with terrible form) because Cerutty said the objective was to develop tendon strength. They all wanted to know how I built myself up and when I told them I didn't touch weights but trained Charles Atlas style they didn't believe me and thought I was trying to keep a secret from them. Bottom Line: Years later When I told Coach James Baley about those guys and their hernias in 1989, he told me that those guys could have achieved far greater and balanced strength without the danger posed by weights if they had just used his Isometric Power Belt. I know he was right but it won't be long and you'll see that my method makes it even better. What Baley told me was this as related to his running athletes, "The goal of every runner should be to become as strong as possible while as light as possible and nothing comes close to Isometrics for achieving that goal. My runners were always by far the strongest runners on the field and everyone thought I had them lifting weights but I didn't, instead, I let the other coaches think they were lifting weights."

gbjj 01-31-2020 07:07 AM

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Originally Posted by John Peterson (Post 111352)

"The goal of every runner should be to become as strong as possible while as light as possible and nothing comes close to Isometrics for achieving that goal.



I find this really lines up with this years goal for me quite well, Lean and lithe is my goal. Longevity is really paramount for me and really I feel it should be for everyone.

We moved into a new house and at this point I can't find my belt, so I'm a little behind the power curve with a belt routine and right now it's a strict ISO and Power Flex routine for my strength training.

lionking 02-06-2020 12:00 PM

So to clarify, isometrics are good for absolute strength but not ideal for strength/endurance. If strongman type activities are the goal (ie. bending bars) then isometrics alone would suffice, correct? Alexander Zass comes to mind as I write this.

John Peterson 02-06-2020 04:18 PM

Hello LionKing,


You are asking/stating:

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So to clarify, isometrics are good for absolute strength but not ideal for strength/endurance. If strongman type activities are the goal (ie. bending bars) then isometrics alone would suffice, correct? Alexander Zass comes to mind as I write this.



In essence, I agree with what you are saying but I don't want anyone to think that Isometrics alone would in any way detract from endurance/strength because that is not the case. In fact, Isometrics when properly employed at different intensities and for different durations of time can absolutely enhance endurance strength in a big way.

Truth to tell in one of my many conversations with Coach James Baley, he indicated that there were/are ways that Isometric Contraction could be applied for achieving greatly enhanced athletic strength that no other method could really match due to the fact that Isometrics can be employed at angles that other methods and weights cannot.

For example, he told me about one of his wrestlers that had strengthened his legs in an extraordinary way by putting a sack of grain between his legs and applying what is called a 'leg scissors'. He said that this young man became so adept at it that he could make ANYONE 'Cry Uncle' or concede within seconds.

Another man that believed Isometrics was superior for sheer strength development at multiple angles was Dr. Lawrence Morehouse and for that, he recommended the 'Exer-Genie'.

Morehouse told me that if an athlete could develop the ability to contract his muscles at maximum intensity, that it was truly amazing to see how much strength could be gained and how quickly.

One thing that both Baley and Dr. Morehouse told me was that it was surprising how few people really knew how to contract there muscles at maximum intensity due to the fact that there was never a need for it in their daily lives and that therefore the ability to utilize isometric Contraction was an acquired skill that needed to be learned and applied with patience. Both men also agreed that where Isometrics was clearly superior to weight training was with regard to sports where added weight gain was counterproductive to achieving enhanced performance. Swimming, certain track events, and achieving maximum strength within lighter weight classifications was where Isometrics offered a distinct advantage.

Baley also pointed out that Isometric Contraction was truly amazing for developing one's ability to generate an amazing 'burst' of strength (SPEED) such was the case with Lou Riecke who relied on Isometrics to achieve his world record 'Snatch ' of 325 pounds in 1964 at a bodyweight of 181 pounds. Baley told me that the "Snatch" is the ultimate test for generating 'explosive strength'.

---John Peterson





Steveo81 02-07-2020 12:30 AM

Hey John,

When you stated :
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The above brings up my next point. In doing Isometrics alone I got down to under 155 pounds and looked like skin pulled over muscle and bone. I actually had a problem of blacking out or almost blacking out if I rose from sitting too quickly. I was not on any medications at all. No pain killers. Nothing.
Why do you think this was? Now I completely understand the fat loss, but it almost sounds like you were saying that doing isometrics alone emaciated or weakened you if you were having problems with blacking out.. Thanks, Steve


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