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10-31-2019, 01:02 PM
 
Hello Everyone,

Got a few phone calls today asking about the Isometric Power Belt and yes I am serious about having it out before Christmas.

Anyway, I also had a man ask me if Isometric Contraction is a replacement for lifting weights.

My answer is that Isometric Contraction is not a replacement for anything.

Isometric Contraction is Isometric Contraction. As a method of exercise, it activates more muscle fibers 'at will' than any other method. BUT realize that 'at will' is the key to Isometric Training and is literally self-directed 'MIND CONTROL TRAINING' . That is why Mike Dayton called his method of free-hand Isometric Contractions 'CHI MIND CONTROL'. CHI literally translates to 'Life Force'. Add to it 'Mind Control' and you realize that Mr. Dayton was literally teaching his students self directed 'mind control' . Properly applied to whatever endeavor you are trying to master Isometric Contraction can/will develop superior levels of strength in a fraction of the time that conventional weight training, machines, or calisthenics does.

I was told by Coach James Baley, the man that invented the original Isometric Power Belt that Isometric Contraction when properly applied surpasses EVERY other method of training for MIND/BODY DEVELOPMENT and he pointed to Lou Riecke's setting a world record in 'The Snatch' Olympic Lift in 1964 as an example of Isometric mastery. He pointed out that more than any other lift or athletic pursuit that 'The Snatch' requires one to be able to activate the maximum number of muscle fibers and that SPEED is of the essence to achieving success in that lift. Baley told me that 'steroids' had nothing to do with Riecke's speed but that it was mastery of Isometric Contraction that allowed Lou Riecke to achieve the world record of 325 pounds at a bodyweight of 181. Coach Baley also believed that one could contract at a level of intensity that surpassed the heaviest weight one could lift and hence be capable of setting new records. In fact, Baley told me that in a conversation he personally had had with Riecke that he was told that Riecke applied Isometric Contraction at three specific points in the Snatch for a grand total of 36 seconds (Riecke used 12-second contractions). Baley also mentioned in virtually every conversation that I ever had with him that Isometrics caused 'Zero Compression' to one's spine and because the contractions were at fixed positions one could go to his absolute limit because there was no energy spent in getting 'the weight' to the position in which the contraction was applied. He was also clear that one could then apply maximum strength without fear of being crushed or losing control and having an accident as could and often did/does happen with weights.

Now, getting back to the question, 'Is isometric Contraction a replacement for lifting weights?' The answer is, 'NO'! It can certainly help one to become a better lifter or enhance one's speed for other endeavors when properly applied but more than anything ISOMETRIC CONTRACTION will give one a level of MIND/MUSCLE CONTROL that is beyond any other method of training.

Can it be used instead of weights or any other method to maximize strength and muscularity? If one's goal is too achieve a 'ripped' physique without regard for adding a great deal of muscle mass or size that answer is YES! In fact, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in his book 'Education of Bodybuilder' stated Isometric posing was what was used to bring out shape and definition for a contest AFTER one had built the maximum amount of muscle mass. The exercises I feature in Isometric Power Revolution are exactly those same exercises.



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11-01-2019, 09:21 AM
 
So I've been doing a chest routine every day for several weeks now ( Started out with the Atlas routine, then started to integrate PYTP variations). It's been great and I've made some great progress, not where my ultimate goal is for my pushups, but making great strides.

I'm toying with the idea of changing it up now to only do the Pushups and then turn the other atlas and PYTP exercises into 3 stage ISO's ( at 3 angles each).

Have you experimented with this John? Or anyone else for that matter..
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Hello gbjj,

The one-man that I saw literally do what you are suggesting in your post was my Uncle Milo. He started doing that with the Charles Atlas exercises after he read an extensive article about President Kennedy being prescribed 'Isometrics' in 1962, by White House Physicians. In the article, President Kennedy was quoted as having said, "These are just like the Charles Atlas exercises I did to get in shape for the Navy." Milo read the article and then went to the library to learn everything possible about isometrics and he even ordered his own copy of 'The Physiology of Strength' by Theodore Hettinger that I feature here in the classics section on our forum. He began that same day he read the article to do Isometrics. He got so ripped as a result of Isometrics that he looked like an anatomy chart. But get this, even though he got totally ripped because of his obsessive commitment to isometrics and looked as though someone had pulled skin over muscles he did not lose an ounce of actual bodyweight but had, in fact, gained 3 pounds during that first year of Isometric training. This was at a time that bodybuilders were just big and not ripped. It was amazing how many young guys at Lake Calhoun wanted to know his secrets. Rather than use the term 'Isometrics' he just told people that he did 'Dynamic Tension' exercises. Lots of people said that he lifted weights to which he would respond, "Well, I sure lift my own body a lot."

In 1943, Milo was featured on a recruiting poster in which he was loading a 45-pound shell into one of the huge guns on a ship. The caption said, "Man the Guns Boys". Milo's flawless physique was perfectly displayed. Charles Atlas even referred to that ad in one of his own ads and told the world, "This is what the Atlas System can do for you." The truth is that Atlas was having his heyday from the early 1940's to 1965 beginning with England entering WWII and continuing through 1965 and the Isometric fad that swept America to which his business partner 'Charles Roman' cashed in by getting an article published in LIFE Magazine titled, "Atlas Was Right All Along!"

Bottom line: The Isometrics you're planning on doing will work wonders.

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In 1943, Milo was featured on a recruiting poster in which he was loading a 45-pound shell into one of the huge guns on a ship. The caption said, "Man the Guns Boys". Milo's flawless physique was perfectly displayed.
John, I'm sure I speak for many here. We'd love to see a photo of that, especially on Veterans Day, but any photo of Milo would be great. We've heard so much about him over the years.

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well...
here you go...
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Man-the-G...clay/443101852


and the person responsible for the creating the poster...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McClelland_Barclay


looks as though there is a page here for him and this photo is the front splash screen.
https://web.archive.org/web/20150313...d-barclay.html
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WOW!!!


That was a beautiful illustration and yes My Uncle and several other young men with the right body type posed for photos that were used by illustrators for the purpose of recruiting posters. And YES!!!! that is very close to the type of physique my Uncle Milo had. He was 6'3" and weighed only 210 pounds because he had such a tiny waistline. He was extremely triangular in his physique.


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11-12-2019, 07:38 PM
 
Let's see a pic of Milo in his day. None of us have ever seen one. If he was as ripped as you say, give it a whirl John.
 
 
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Hey BennyB,

If I had a photo of Milo I would do it in a heartbeat. The truth is that back when I was a little kid even though he had what I believe to be a perfect physique, being that ripped, at that time was not something to which bodybuilders aspired. Because of that, there were people that thought that Milo was too skinny.

Bottom line; back then there were guys telling Milo, "Just think what you'd look like if you put on 30 pounds?"

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Hey BennyB,

If I had a photo of Milo I would do it in a heartbeat. The truth is that back when I was a little kid even though he had what I believe to be a perfect physique, being that ripped, at that time was not something to which bodybuilders aspired. Because of that, there were people that thought that Milo was too skinny.

Bottom line; back then there were guys telling Milo, "Just think what you'd look like if you put on 30 pounds?"

---John Peterson

So there's no family photos, nobody had a camera at a family BBQ and nobody ever thought it would be a good idea to get a glimpse of what Milo achieved? Either that's really messed up or Milo hated to have his picture taken. It would give us a true idea of what helped you do what you do today. We've always heard stories about Milo but it seems like you never wanted to show us any pics of your childhood or the people that influenced you at that period in time. They're awesome stories but we've always wondered if they were just that.
 
 
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Hey Benny,


I don't have a single photo from my childhood but I am going to ask my sister Diane if she has some. She may and if she does I'd be happy to share them. There will be plenty of photos of me in my new courses that will be coming out on several physical culture topics. One of the best things I have going for me is my age and the shape that I maintain NATURALLY.

Personally, I think the most important thing for any author writing on health and fitness is to show the kind of results his teaching has brought him personally. That's what I will show.

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