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Originally posted by DocHolidaze
u ever heard of those machines that twitch you muscles for u using electricity, just a thought.
How to Strengthen Abs, Legs, and Shoulders
By Mary Stasiewicz
Isometric exercise is a form of resistance training in which the participant uses the muscles of the body to exert a force either against an immovable object or to hold the muscle in a fixed position for a set duration of time. In this type of exercise, the muscle is contracted but does not change length during the exertion of force. Additionally the joint most closely associated with the effort remains static throughout the exercise.
Although isometric exercises may result in a great deal of benefit to the individual, there are some precautions that should be noted. Specifically those with high blood pressure should not engage in this type of activity because isometric exercises cause a spike in blood pressure. Although the blood pressure typically returns to normal rather quickly once the muscle is relaxed, the spike in blood pressure can be dangerous to those who already suffer from elevated blood pressure. If you suffer from high blood pressure but you really want to engage in isometric exercises, please consult with your doctor for tips on how to lower blood pressure first.
Isometric exercises may be helpful to someone who's been injured or has a condition such as arthritis, which could make movement painful or be aggravated by using muscles to move a joint through the full range of motion. For instance, if you injure your rotator cuff, your doctor or physical therapist might initially recommend isometric exercises involving the group of muscles that helps stabilize the shoulder to maintain shoulder strength during recovery.
Isometric Exercises & Static Strength Training
Isometric exercises, also known as static strength training, involve muscular actions in which the length of the muscle does not change and there is no visible movement at the joint (1).
The term 'static contraction training' is sometimes used to describe isometrics. However, 'contraction' signifies a change in length (shortening) of the muscle belly, which does not occur during static strength training. The term 'static action' is preferred to static contraction.
Isometric exercises can be used for general strength conditioning and for rehabilitation where strengthening the muscles without placing undue stress on the joint is warranted.
Some actions within a wide variety of sports require isometric or static strength. Examples include climbing, mountain biking and motocross (grip and upper body strength), Judo, wrestling, alpine skiing (static strength required to stabilize the upper and lower body), shooting, gymnastics and horseback riding.
Isometric exercises can be completed with submaximal muscle action - such as holding a weight steady, out to the side. The force used to hold the weight still is not maximal as this would lift the weight further causing movement and a change in the muscle length and joint angle. Static strength training can also involve maximal muscle actions and examples here include pushing against an immoveable object such as a wall or heavy weight.
swimming might contribute to muscular development as your body adapts to the specific demands imposed on it.
You can think of swimming as the ULTIMATE low weight high rep workout. The resistance of the water ABSOLUTELY builds muscle. You should feel your shoulders, triceps (back of the arms), lats (back muscles), butt, quads, and hamstrings all get sore from a really good swim workout. In addition, it will provide a good cardio workout as well.
an hour is PLENTY of time to get a great work out.
Here are some suggestions:
Rather than doing all ten lengths several times, do maybe 4 lengths quickly (not a full sprint) to get your heart rate up.
Make sets for yourself. For example: do 4 lengths at a time (100 yards in a standard 25 yard pool) 5 times with 15-30 seconds between each.
If you get really good you can use the clock to standardize your sets. The way to do this is too swim 100 yards as quickly as you can while you time yourself. Then using this time you can swim at slower paces for more sets. For example: let's say you can sprint 100 yards in 1 minute and 30 seconds, then you could reduce the time and do this set: 4 lengths (100 yards) 5 times 2:00 minutes per 100 yards.
KICK!!! Grab a kick board and kick 2 lengths and do it fast! This should burn the quads. You don't always have to sprint kick, but kicking in general will help target those leg muscles. Some people have trouble moving anywhere when they kick, but as long as you keep your ankles nice and loose and you don't bend your knees too much, you should be fine.
These tips should be enough to keep your heart rate up and give you a great woukout.
Originally posted by angryamerican
reply to post by hapablab
Thank you very much. It has not been a fun time in my life that's for sure. I am trying to put a survival/learning spin on it tho. Its gets hard to remember sometimes that things are what you make them. I just know if a sit X does happen while I am in this condition I wont be any good to myself or anybody else. That's why I came here for advise.
Originally posted by Cancerwarrior
reply to post by Destinyone
Thanks for the tips, Im recently recovering from biochemo and my body ( which was healthy as a hore this time last year.) is shot. I think ill start off with ome of these exercise before going to anything more strenuous Definately before going back to work.
Isometric Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk
An excerpt from "The Entrepreneur Diet"http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/lifebalance/a/deskexercise.htm
Are you a desk-bound entrepreneur? If so, then you have to get a little extra exercise to make up for the fact that you're sitting all day. Exercise will also reduce stress, increase your energy and clear your mind. But the gym can seem like a waste of time. It's not the 45 minutes working out that's a problem -- it's the additional 45 minutes of prep, travel and cleanup.
In his new book, The Entrepreneur Diet: The On-the-Go Plan for Fitness, Weight Loss, and Healthy Living (Compare Prices), author Tom Weede offers eight simple exercises you can do to build strength, tone and flexibility without leaving your office, and no matter what condition you're in already.
At its most basic level, exercise is nothing more than your muscles, bones, and heart working as they were designed so well to do -- to move. And even with a crowded schedule, you can work physical activity into your life just about anywhere and with minimal equipment.