General questions about Isometrics

Hi Paul,

I have some general questions for you about doing the isometric exercises presented in "7 seconds to a perfect body".

1- During a session, do we need to take 10 deep breaths between each and every one of the exercises, or just when doing an exercise on the same muscle at different angles?

2- Why is it necessary to make a 10-breath pause between the iso's?

3-Do iso's correct postural deficiencies, such as kyphosis, lordosis, scoliosis, poor posture, and bad hip alignment?

4- Does doing the same isometric exercises twice in a single session overwork the muscle and bring 'negative' results?


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Aug 25, 2011
On repating an exercise
by: Paul from

In general repeating an exercise interferes with recovery and growth - both VITAL to increasing mass and strength. Read my answer entitled Rest and Recovery for more on that.

That said there are some exceptions to that rule due to the fiber ratio in the muscle, for instance I advise repeating the stomach flattener and vacuum up to ten time in a row, due to the high number of SO and FIG fibers in the tissue.

These are accounted for in the program however. As such follow the guidelines in the book and the Rest and Recovery post.

Aug 25, 2011
Isometrics for spinal problems
by: Paul from

The Perfect Body course is no designed to treat or remedy any medical complaints. That is far far beyond the scope of the program.

With that said I frequently will use isometric techniques including those in Perfect Body with my patients, however it is only a supplement to strengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments following corrective treatments administered in my clinic.

Aug 25, 2011
Why Ten Deep Breaths..Answered
by: Paul from

The Deep breathing between contractions, and that includes between angles is mainly for beginners.
Some find the exercises extremely demanding. Especially those out of shape.

It's fine to do some deep breathing between exercises, sometimes you need it. This is good, it shows you're creating an oxygen debt, encouraging increased heart rate output and improving cardiovascular health.

On the other hand as you get fitter and stronger you can increase the intensity of your workouts by reducing these rest stops. Personally I tear through em and blitz myself when I do my big training sessions. Instantly switching from exercise, no breaks total exhaustion, incredible intensity and awesome results.

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