Do Isometric Exercises and Plyometric Exercises Really Work?

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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 my interest. I was sure that Wing Chun was the “best” martial art out there and that it was all I needed to know. While Wing Chun is brutally effective for self-defense, it may not be the best competitive martial art. In martial arts discussion boards, some people find the need to boast about their martial art and why it’s the best. But as you learn more, you realize that all martial arts are good. In fact, most self-defense styles are equally effective at keeping you safe from a random attacker, but they aren’t all meant to be used in a grueling cage-style mixed martial arts fight where the goal is to pummel your professionally trained opponent into submission. All martial arts “work”, so it’s not right to ask if a certain martial art works, you need to ask what are you seeking to achieve. A lot of people wonder if isometric exercises (or dynamic strength exercises) really work. The truth is that most any fitness program, whether it is for cardiovascular health, strength training, muscle endurance, combat conditioning, or weight loss is effective if you stick to it. There’s no such thing as a workout routine that doesn’t work, it’s a matter of whether or not you work the workout routine. So yes, thousands of athletes, martial artists, and body builders around the world use isometric exercises to build strength. And the same goes for plyometric exercises. Here are a few testimonials of people that have tried isometric exercises and plyometric exercises and the results they have achieved so far. Testimonials:

“Anybody who’s ever used weights knows the biggest problem; they cost MONEY. Gym memberships are ridiculously expensive, free weights are relatively cheap but take up a lot of room. Also, weights may build muscle, but it’s easy to hurt yourself and the gains are hard to measure. You can’t tell if you’ve done any work; you hurt too much, even if you’ve done it right. This book is completely diffferent! I’ve been doing the program for one and a half months, and I notice a definite difference. I haven’t added much muscle mass yet, but my body feels much lighter and defter, not to mention looser and more relaxed. Also, it’s much easier to tell when it’s working; it feels like your body is doing it of its own accord. That feeling alone is incredible. I don’t do any form of martial arts, but this work-out is incredible and furthermore much easier to do and stick with. I recommend it to everyone, not just martial artists.”

    One thing to keep in mind about isometric exercises… “Slow controlled movement while tensing, (not only the muscles that are causing the movement, but also the opposing muscles, which has a braking effect), is an effective way to exercise. It is similar to the static tension of isometrics, but avoids the pitfall of only working a specific angle. It is limited: Unless you are supremely motivated you will need to include a weight workout every few sessions. The only tool to measure your effort in this system is your own sense of how hard you are working, and that simply can’t be trusted every time. Weights will monitor your progress with an inarguable constant; iron doesn’t lie. If you do these workouts to avoid the difficulty of lifting weights, you will also miss the benefits. Not only must you work just as hard as with any other style, but you have only yourself to judge the effort, which actually makes a proper workout even more difficult.”

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