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BENEFITS OF MUSCLE ENDURANCE – isometric contraction

The training muscular endurance ( isometric contraction ), is getting more and more important. A lot of the benefits that are achieved and you get this kind of training. In the following, we will cover this topic and give a couple of very interesting and useful information.


Can you doing the long-run, but when you need to doing endurance squat for 20 seconds, that make the problem arises. This shows that isometrically contractions are not that easy. Today, isometric exercises regaining popularity in the fitness world.

First, to clarify what is isometric exercise and contraction? Isometrically exercises are those exercises that are performed without changing the length of the muscle. These exercises are performed when the body is in a static position and requires muscle tension without any real movement. There are 3 main modes of muscle (muscle contraction), in relation to any action of muscle fibers – Concentric contraction, which involves reducing or shortening of the muscle fibers; Eccentric contractions, which includes the extension of the muscle fibers; and Isometric contraction where muscle fibers taut and without any changes in the length. The exercises of yoga and Pilates classes are mostly isometric nature.

Exercises of isometric contraction is play important role in the thickening of the muscle fibers, and thus strengthen a muscle. It is very important in the body and their muscles, which suffer high loads, such as the spine and spinal cord, knees and neck. The fact that the spinal cord and the muscles surrounding it, can withstand compression from 200 to 300 kilograms, and the rotation of only 9 kilograms, it says that if the muscles of the spinal column weakens and just taking out the crates of beer from the trunk and rotation of the spine, can lead to serious damage to the spinal column. Research shows that 6 minutes of exercise isometric contractions can even replace 30 to 35 minutes classic forms of training in the gym. Power Plate exercise, Dead lifts, Squats and Lounge are very burdensome exercise for knee, therefore exercises to strengthen leg muscles (thigh and hamstring) isometrically contractions are very much needed and necessary. This type of training also stabilizes the pressure (arterial and venous), improves heart function and stabilize the heart rate.

The most common exercises that are performed are: PLANK ( on hands or elbows), SIDE PLANK, isometrically push ups ( endurance in push ups ), endurance of SQUAT ON THE WALL OR ON PILATES BALL, endurance IN CRUNCH position for ABS, isometrically endurance ON THE GROUND FOR STRENGTHENING back muscles …

Certainly that was required to continually change the way of training, in order to have more motivation and more effects on the body, but this type of training should be frequently present with you, just for these reasons that we mentioned above. Later, you can devote weights to form muscles or increase muscle mass, but without a strong spine and core muscles will all be in vain, and may cause serious injuries.


In addition to the frequent and high-quality training is very important to properly feed, also before and after training. From this depends on whether the training will be better and more effective later. The ratio of the importance of training and nutrition today might be in the ratio 50 : 50, though some believe that is 30 : 70 in favor of nutrition. It tells you how important nutrition is to achieve appropriate results, recovered your body of training and effort and also rest for the next. Today, professionals and top coaches professional athletes devote more attention to recovery than the training. Here are some groceries and nutrients that are essential before and after your workout.


Pre Workout Snack. Take the meal 1 to 2 hours before training ( those with a fast metabolism 1 hour before training, those with slower 2 hours before training ). 30 minutes before your workout, take appropriate supplements.

  • Dried fruits
  • Fresh fruits
  • Oatmeal
  • Sweet potato
  • Quinoa – 12% of protein, 55% of complex carbohydrates 
  • Rice Cakes with Nut Butter
  • Banana with Almond Butter
  • Smoothie
  • Whole grain cereal with a cup of almond milk
  • Granola of fruit and nut bar such as KIND or Larabar

These food boxes that are listed mainly contain complex carbohydrates and beneficial fats, that you need a source of energy during training. It is necessary to eat before your workout, 40-50 grams of carbs and 30-40 grams of protein is quite enough. Too much food will also slow down digestion and burden the stomach. It is best if there is no food in your stomach when you start the training.

Post Workout Snacks. Should be taken in the next 60 minutes after training.

  • Chocolate Milk
  • Boiled Eggs – one egg have 7g of proteins 
  • Protein Shakes
  • Protein Bars
  • Cottage Cheese with Berries
  • Greek Yogurt with Berries
  • Peanut Butter on Wheat Toast 
  • Hummus with Baby Carrots
  • Cheese and Whole Grain Crackers Nuts

Food boxes that are on the list after training contain complex carbohydrates ( Glycogen, which is the most important as muscle fuel ) that are used for recovery and energy recovery, as well as proteins that are food for muscle fibers, they recover and rebuild muscle tissue during weight training breaks down. Of course, taking sufficient amounts of protein after training can significantly increase muscle mass and muscle tone.


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