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Do Isometric Exercises and Plyometric Exercises Really Work?

18 June 2009

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I have been interested in martial arts ever since I was a kid. In grade school I studied Praying Mantis Kung Fu and got pretty good at it. I gave up when I was in high school but got involved in martial arts when I graduated college. This time it was Wing Chun that caught […]

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BJ Penn Plyometric Exercises for Speed and Agility

16 June 2009

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I’ve always liked BJ Penn. Not only is he a devastating fighter, but he seems like a friendly and personable guy. Here he is doing plyometric exercises for speed, strength, agility, and coordination. Important skills to have for fighters and athletes… If you’re an athlete and looking to increase your vertical leap, check out this […]

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Amazing Gymnastic Strength Videos…

12 June 2009

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This video shows the raw strength of gymnasts (developed mostly via bodyweight exercises). If you’re interested in more, Dragon Door publications has a comprehensive article about building strength for gymnastic tension exercises. The focus for gymnasts is body tightness, since a tightly contracted body is easier to move than a relaxed body. Almost all gymnastic […]

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The Science of Power… the Secret to Bruce Lee’s One Inch Punch

10 June 2009

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  Athletes are defined not only by their strength, but their ability to use their strength. So merely lifting heavy objects is not defined as athleticism. Again, the ability to use your strength dynamically and variably defines a great athlete. Muhammad Ali was not only incredibly strong, but he was quick, nimble, and agile. Martial […]

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Combat Strength Training with Plyometric Exercises

5 June 2009

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It’s no secret that plyometric push ups are one of the best upper body plyometric exercises around. Here’s a variation of upper body plyometrics for combat conditioning using a medicine ball. Here’s a video on plyometric push ups with a platform, and a set of lower body plyometric exercises for “ninja training”! And check out […]

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Plyometric Exercises for Ninja Strength Training…

4 June 2009

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Here’s a quick video of 8 lower body plyometrics exercises. Just do 10 of each and see how you feel afterwards. They’ll develop explosive speed and power and can be used for almost any sport: Squats Lunge Jumps Knee Tuck Jumps Lace Jumps Duck Jumps Frog Leaps Rocky 3-Steps Double Hop Jumps **Important note Plyometrics […]

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My Favorite Explosive Strength Training Exercise: Plyometric Pushups

29 May 2009

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Plyometric exercises are used by top athletes to develop explosive power. Basically, combining speed and strength gives you power. Isometric exercises are geared towards developing incredible power by enhancing  “explosive” reactions via quick and powerful muscular contractions, usually done by some sort of jumping movement. Watch these plyometric exercise videos… better yet, do 15 plyometric […]

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What We Can Learn From About Strength Training from Frog Legs and Isometric Exercises

28 May 2009

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Some people may be skeptical about the results gained from doing isometric exercises, but I’ll tell you, if done properly, you’ll notice a change in your physique and physical strength. Isometric exercises have been used for rehab for a while. In fact, Rutgers University’s CareCure Forum has posts about isometrics and rehabilitation. For anyone interested […]

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Nice Isometric Exercises for Natural Bodybuilding

24 May 2009

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BodyWeightCulture.com is a great site. They put out this demo of good isometric exercises and dynamic tension exercises using a simple ladder-type device. I prefer dynamic tension exercises over pure isometric exercises for strength training because of the range of motion. As with all isometric exercises, it’s easy to cheat yourself because you can’t easily […]

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Isometric Exercises to Treat Sleep Apnea

23 May 2009

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This blog is mainly about isometric exercises for strength training, but I came across a good article for people suffering from sleep apnea. “A recent study showed that playing the didgeridoo to train the upper airway muscles “significantly ameliorated OSA syndrome severity and associated symptoms,” With this in mind, the researchers chose a set of […]

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What Are Isometric Exercises

15 May 2009

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I’ve been involved in martial arts since I was in 7th grade and was always told that lifting weights would hinder my progress. I learned about isometric exercises and have been an enthusiast ever since. Isometric Exercises Defined Isometric exercises involve contracting your muscles without movement of your body. Common examples include: Pressing your palms […]

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