HOW to BUILD MUSCLE
It's important to understand how muscle grows and why we lift weights. The fact is building new muscle is something that our bodies don't want to do without very good reason. There has to be a stimulus and that stimulus has to be strong enough to trigger a systemic response throughout the body. So if you just bend your elbow all day without holding a weight, your biceps will not receive a strong stimulus and will not increase in size. But if you bend your elbow while holding a 50 pound bucket of rocks the intensity of lifting is enormously higher and your body will trigger the muscle growth process.
To make a long story short, a great deal of research has been done to show that it is the intensity of lifting that is far more critical to muscle growth stimulus than the volume (or duration) of the lifting. This is why a 100 meter sprinter has quadriceps far larger and more powerful than a 26 mile marathoner's quadriceps.
And since we humans do not have infinite power and energy on tap, any time we increase the duration of an exercise we automatically decrease the intensity. That's bad. What we need is to maximize the intensity and minimize the duration - that would be the ideal exercise.
How do we do that?
Stated another way, how can we lift the most weight in the shortest time - and do it with maximum safety? The answer is to lift the maximum possible weight in our strongest and safest possible range of motion. That is exactly what the 1 REP GYM machine is engineered to do! And here is some more good news for busy people; when you train with maximum intensity on every exercise your body requires more time to recover so your workouts need to be spaced farther apart. Most of my advanced clients training on the 1 REP GYM are working out only two to three times per month. Yet they achieve the best results of their lives and get stronger than ever!
See why we call it revolutionary exercise performed on revolutionary equipment? Average, everyday people lifting two or three times more than they ever have in their lives, with maximum safety and with fewer workouts than any other training method and building leaner, stronger bodies than they've ever had in the past.
Benefits of Muscle
And what are the benefits of having more muscle and less fat?
We all know how being in better shape can transform our looks. And lean mass is good mass. A man can weigh 200 and look flabby or he can weigh 200 pounds and look fit and athletic. The difference is how much lean mass he has. The same goes for a woman who weighs 140 pounds. But there is so much more to the story.
A generally accepted medical fact is that the benefits of resistance training are a practical fountain of youth. Here is a partial list:
Osteoporosis: As we age our bones naturally get more porous and less dense. That makes them more brittle and prone to breaking. Resistance training reverses this process and adds density to bones.
Cholesterol: Exercise lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol and increases HDL (good) cholesterol. These are two key markers of heart disease that are improved by exercise.
Human Growth Hormone: We're not talking about the synthetic HGH that is constantly advertised over the Internet. Heavy resistance training causes your body to produce more of its own, perfect-for-you natural growth hormone. Increased HGH is known to boost sexual potency, improve your sleep, improve memory, decrease the wrinkles in your skin!
Testosterone: Resistance training naturally increases levels of testosterone which delays the onset of andropause, also know as male menopause.
Fat Loss: Adding muscle to your body increases your Basal Metabolic Rate which means you'll naturally burn more calories and lose fat 24 hours a day. Adding just 5 pounds of new muscle will burn off 20 to 25 pounds of fat annually.
More Energy: Having more muscle means that every activity throughout the day is less taxing. That means having extra energy to enjoy life more.
Look Better: Resistance training changes the composition of your body in two very positive ways. It increases lean body mass and decreases fat. In short, resistance training makes you look younger and fit.
The 1 REP GYM absolutely, positively delivers these benefits more efficiently than any other training method or exercise equipment in the world. We don't need to qualify that statement in any way. The 1 REP GYM equipment does what no other equipment or exercise method in the world can do: exercises of 3 to 5 seconds per muscle group can be performed at the absolute highest intensity any human (we know of) can achieve. Over three thousand pounds of resistance for upper and lower body isometric static contraction resistance exercises!
Of the inquiries that I've made about isometrics,all - except you - state that in order to gain strength in the entire range of motion in that muscle,the isometric contraction needs to be performed at multiple joint angles; but,as you state,the contraction need only be performed at the strongest joint angle. I would think that the opposite would be true - a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Please enlighten me. Thanks.
Nice to see the value of high load isometrics coming to light. Who knows, maybe in a decade or so it will be common to strength train athletes and make them better long term.
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Shawn Bennett, inventor 1 REP GYM™, & creator of "Measured Intensity Training", the World's FASTEST Strength Training System!