Arms are the most common body part that is worked out at the gym.
Who doesn’t want to show off their guns after he walks out of an intense workout at the gym?
Many people face the problem of plateaus when training arms, meaning the results don’t notice after a certain point of time.
The body gets used to the same exercise routine, and it is time to shock the body with efficient methods of working out.
Isometric training is a very useful tool to make sure you notice impressive results.
In isometric training, more muscle fibers are torn so that there is more scope for growth of muscles.
Since there is more recruitment of muscle motor units, incorporating isometric mode of training along with strength training is recommended.
Isometric Exercise 1: Isometric towel curls
This exercise focuses on the biceps brachii that is a muscle having two heads in front of the arm.
- Take a long towel and stand midway so that the ends are at an equal height to the ground.
- Hold both the ends of the towel at 90 degrees angle to the floor.
- Contract your core and keep a slight bend in your knees throughout the exercise. Start to curl up the ends of the towel and hold at the upper position.
- Hold this position for 10-15 seconds, breathe in and out deeply while doing the exercise. Do 10-12 such repetitions and 3 more sets.
Isometric Exercise 2: Body Weight Resisted Tricep Push Extensions
- Clasp your hands together tightly and raise the right hand.
- Bend the right arm and resist it from pushing with the help of the left hand.
- Work against the load of this pulling force of the left hand by extending your right arm in the upward direction. Squeeze hard to feel the burn in your triceps.
- Hold the contracted position for 10 seconds and perform three more sets of 10-12 repetitions each.
Tip: Perform this exercise with the help of resistance bands.
Isometric Exercise 3: Isometric pull ups
- It is different than the regular pull ups.
- Use an underhand grip, holding the bar with shoulder width and raise yourself till your chin just touches the bar height.
- Hold your body in that position for 10-12 seconds and slightly increase the time as you get used to the exercise.
Isometric pull ups are more effective than concentric and eccentric versions of pull ups. Use them while doing regular pull ups too. Increase the weight with which you are working gradually.
Isometric Exercise 4: Breakfast table isometric biceps
Find something heavy and still, unmovable. Something like a table would do, where you should be able to hold onto the object without moving it.
- Stand ahead of the table and with a shoulder width stance, hold underneath the table.
- As if you are lifting the table, start building up tension in your arms. The amount of pressure exerted should be a simulation of the pressure exerted while performing dynamic bicep curls.
- After holding on to that position, your arms will start wobbling and pain will build up. It is your body responding to the isometrics.
- Keep the stable position for 30 seconds and release slowly. Perform two more sets of 5-6 reps each.
Isometric Exercise 5: Isometric triceps dips
- Suspend your body against two parallel chairs by holding on to them with your arms at a close grip width.
- Bend down so that your triceps are fully contracted and hold yourself in that position for 15-20 seconds to start with and gradually increase to half a minute.
- Make sure you exhale and inhale in a controlled manner while performing the reps. Do more 10-12 reps and two more sets of triceps isometric dips.
Isometric Exercise 6: Close grip isometric push-ups
- Assume a push-up position with your arms apart at narrower width than the shoulder width.
- Push your body down, exerting pressure on your triceps muscles and hold in that position for 10-15 seconds. Gradually lift yourself up.
- Make sure the motion is controlled. The more practice you do, the better you will get at close grip isometric push-ups.
Tip: If you struggle in doing this exercise, put your knees down on the floor and start off.
Isometric Exercise 7: Dumbbell Isometric Overhead Triceps Extension
- With a dumbbell gripped with both hands over your head, hold it with the arms extended fully upwards.
- Keep a slight bend in the elbows throughout this exercise.
- Lower the weight slowly behind and contract your triceps muscles entirely. Do the part of the motion slowly and in a controlled manner. Hold for 15-20 seconds, making sure you breathe correctly.
- Shoot off from that position upwards and repeat for 10-12 times and 2 more sets.
Isometric Exercise 8: Barbell isometric curls
- Place a barbell in front of you, with proper weights.
- Lift the barbell using a medium shoulder width stance and hold in the contracted position for 10-12 seconds. Gradually lower the barbell and repeat 10-12 times.
The key is to squeeze the biceps muscles.
People perform barbell bicep curls dynamically. Using the isometric hold method tears apart those micro muscle fibers in your body.
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