You already own it’you already use it and chances are you haven’t even begun to realize its full potential. The best muscle building product is of course the human body. You don’t need an expensive gym subscription. You don’t need to waste money on extremely expensive supplements. All you need to do is invest a little time and some hard work, make some easy choices and you’ll be building muscle, burning fat and sculpting a physique worthy of praise and attention in no time.
Here’s how it works –
The human body is capable of building muscle at a rapid rate all by itself when properly stimulated. That means no supplements, no strange workouts, and no spandex. The only question is what’s the best way to stimulate the muscles?
Well there are lots of ways to stimulate your muscles. There’s weight training, sports, aerobics, body weight calisthenics and more. But if you really want to get the most value and the very best gains from your body you need to use your own body to give you resistance. A strange concept called Isometrics.
Isometrics is the contraction of a muscle without moving the joint its attached to. For instance tense your legs as hard as you can without bending them or straightening them. Go on do it right now under you desk ‘ no one will see and I’ll wait.
How did it feel? If you did it right you should feel the muscles of your legs getting warmer as the blood flows into them. We do this naturally everyday, the first thing in the morning stretch isn’t a stretch it’s a contraction of the muscles that quickly fatigues and relaxes them using the principal of isometrics.
Now the trick is to apply complete isometric tension when you are doing your regular workouts. For instance try a push up’okay maybe not in the middle of the office, but when you get home reread this article.
Do a push up and do it in the normal everyday way (if you don’t know how to do a pushup you can get animated instructions on how to do them and loads of other exercises for free on my website). Now get into the push up position but tense all your muscles, making them rock hard.
Your fingers should be white digging into the ground; your legs should be hard as steel, your butt checks clenched, your abs and back tight flat and straight. Actively pull your hands inwards without moving them. You should feel every muscle getting tired from the effort. Holding this tension, actively pull yourself down using you back muscles and push your self up with you chest.
Now ‘ how did that feel? Much harder? Far more intense? Well it should. What you’ve done is actively contract your muscle tissue while doing a standard exercise – supercharging its effectiveness and stimulating every muscle fiber. This builds really muscle really fast because it provides the most stimulation in your exercises. Best of all you can apply this technique of isometric tension to any workout anywhere! The best muscle building product is your body’s ability to use isometric tension ‘ try it and be blown away with the results!
Copyright (c) 2006 Paul J. O’Brien