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Traditional vs. Isometric Training Exercises

expressenchere   March 5, 2014   Comments Off on Traditional vs. Isometric Training Exercises

Exercise is a vital component to keeping healthy. Choosing the correct exercise, however, can be challenging. In today’s fast paced world many people find it hard to squeeze time into their busy schedules to visit high dollar gyms and few have room for expensive at-home equipment.

Exercise DVD sales are on the rise due to their relatively inexpensive price tag and their variety of exercise options. Traditional workout tapes feature cardiovascular, aerobic routines that include full range of motion exercises that work all muscle groups, elevate heart rate and burn fat. These traditional methods of exercise are perfect for all over conditioning, weight loss, toning and maintaining healthy bodies. Traditional exercises combine body movement and machine resistance to help achieve fitness goals meaning that you must have full range and use of muscle groups, flexibility and to a certain degree, stamina. Success with using these videos is dependent on how many times per week you use them and ensuring you are using the correct technique.

Isometric training is isolated contraction or use of resistant force to target specific muscle groups. Some people will ask, does isometric training work for us? Here for instance, for flatter abdominal muscles, this kind of training dictates contracting and releasing only abdominal muscles rather than a full body work out. Isometric exercises can also be done by exerting pressure against an immovable object such as a wall. Inexpensive resistance bands can also be used to add a degree of difficulty. Because isometrics can be done by simply contracting muscles or using objects found in everyday surroundings, they can be done anywhere, at anytime with little or no cost. Isometrics is particularly beneficial to patients recovering from orthopedic procedures or injuries because it is a low impact but highly effective muscle strengthening regimen.

As always you should check with your physician before starting any physical training routine.