Isometrics and Maxick - the Isometrics FAQ no 16, part of the Readers Questions Sections, where each issue I'll highlight a new question and provide you with a detailed answer.....Feel free to contact me with your questions here - contact me.
This week I'll be answering several of Chri's questions on Isometrics Isometrics for Mass and Body Fat Loss and more...let's take a look ...
Thanks for contacting me and for your interest in Isometrics. It's an awesome and deep field of study.
How does one gain muscle and burn fat at the same time? That's a long and complicated answer but the simplest way is to address each point separately.
First how to build muscle. Muscle growth is primarily determined by the intensity of the stimulus the muscle is subjected to. There are many different ways of subjecting muscle to load and resistance. The most efficient of these is isometrics, which produces a maximal stimulation of the muscle tissue which in turn triggers massive muscle growth. You can learn more about that specific process here -
Now the second part - how to lose weight?
Weight loss is very simple - expend more calories than you consume. You can do this in 2 ways, take in less calories or increase calorie expenditure. The fastest and most effective way is to do both at the same time. Isometrics in addition to maximal stimulating the muscle use a HUGE amount of calories. I actually developed a specific isometric routine that burns over 8,000 kcals during a 2 day period. It's very intense but remarkably effective. You can learn more about that here - http://sliminseconds.com/
As you see Isometrics can produce a unique synergy in physical transformation - rapidly building muscle tissue, while burning a massive amount of calories to reduce body fat. In addition every pound of muscle you add increase your total calorie demand, further increasing your metabolic rate and reducing body fat for long term leanness.
There is no reason you could not gain the additional size you want using Isometrics and reduce your body fat while preventing injury. As you may know from my site I am NOT a big fan of weight lifting. It causes injuries, just as you experienced. Lifting weights is dangerous. It's why hotels rarely have a free weights section. Insurance sky rockets.
Obviously heavy free weights present a RISK. They can be dropped, flung around and used inappropriately. Poor form leads to serious injuries, rotator cuff blow outs, hernia's, spinal problems, joint damage and more.
However - weight training also has other hidden and less obvious dangers and damage. Aside from busted up weight lifters syndrome - something I see in my clinic nearly every week. Workouts with weights can also bust up your heart. I cover this in great detail here - http://www.isometric-training.com/Isometrics-and-Blood-Pressure.html but briefly, lifting weights cause a flow back in blood which in turn damages the heart. It's one of the contributing factors for heart attacks being such a common cause of death in young body-builders.
And of course Isometrics - my preferred method for workouts without weights - :
There are a few easy answers to this;
Those videos do not show any technique that can "make you run faster and jump higher". That's not what they are for or intended to do. In those videos I am only showing off how strong I am - just the same way I don't lift people with one arm to improve my shoulder strength - I do it to display my shoulder strength.
Isometrics build muscle and strength more effectively than any other method and I've written articles that show how it improves speed, and jumping vertical leap etc
I have many clients that play basketball and have used Perfect Body to increase their vertical jump. There are a number of excellent studies available on pubmed on improvements in vertical leap performance using isometrics on their own. The exercises I teach in my course for the legs work wonders for you strength and thus they will certainly increase your contractile ability because we train the fast twitch high glycolic muscle fibres used to launch you and thus dramatically increase vertical leap.
As for running speed - again, bigger stronger muscles become more efficient in movement and propulsion. In fact the entire focus of my isometrics programs is the development of the fast twitch fibres. Many sprinters and high level athletes have used my program with great success. The only way to become faster is through stronger muscles tissue and increased neurological efficiency. The stronger the muscle tissue, the harder it contracts. With the practice of isometrics as taught in the Perfect Body course the body learns to contract your muscles much much faster and as a result this increases your speed. This is just one of the reasons that Bruce lee practised isometrics so extensively.
It's all about having a strong kinetic chain. If you just focus on your quads for instance and build their contractile strength, that's all well and good, but failing to train the hamstrings, abs or back can easily lead to hyper extension, and your speed will also be reduced by slow movement of the feet though to the shoulder if they haven't been trained.
This is one of the reasons I focus on whole body training in 7 Seconds to A Perfect Body course which is the likely the best one of you to start with.
The ideal solution to improve running speed is to increase lean muscle tissue and perform frequent neurological adaptation training.
I'd also work at it from a neurological point of view and when I coach high level athletes I focus very much on this approach.
As for it "far fetched that you can gain enough strength to lift somebody over your head with one arm"...yep...it is....doesn't make it any less true though. ;-) And there are hundreds of examples of old school physical cultists doing the same and heck even on the private Perfect Body group we have pictures of our members doing insane feats of strength too. ;-)
I hope that answers your questions.
Paul 'Batman' O'Brien
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