When trying to build a bigger chest and biceps, guys will do workouts that consist of concentric and eccentric reps and still overlook one of the most powerful muscle building techniques. In this video, I show you how to get a big chest and biceps using an isometric exercise variation that you can start doing right away.
Isometric exercises can help you to recruit a large number of motor units by firing in asynchronous patterns. When one large motor unit fatigues, it is replaced by another which contributes to the prolonged strength of the muscle contraction. This intense contraction allows you to build bigger pecs faster due to the overload created by the technique.
Of course, I don’t just stop at chest. I show you how to build bigger biceps using another isometric exercise that you can do with a regular pullup bar. You will change the way you do the back exercise slightly to turn it into a bicep building workout staple.
Lots of guys will hit the gym to do their chest and biceps workout this week. Imagine how much more effective they could make it by incorporating the muscle building tip I show you here.
If you want to get a bigger chest and biceps you have to start putting the science back into your workouts. Here at ATHLEAN-X, we don’t just do that but we show you step by step workouts and exercises for your chest and biceps as well as the rest of your muscles. With the AX program, you can start training like an athlete and looking like one in just the next 90 days. You can find the complete program at http://athleanx.com
For more chest workout tips, exercises and ways to build bigger pecs and biceps be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel at http://youtube.com/user/jdcav24 What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.COM. What if I told you that the chest and biceps
could grow markedly bigger by having you guys stand around and do nothing? Well, not nothing, but not move. Right? We
have to always understand that there’s 3 different types of contractions. And if we’re not really including them all
in our workouts, then we’re missing a big component of our potential growth. And that is we have concentric contractions.
That’s the very common shortening of the muscle if we’re looking at the bicep. The eccentric, which is tension on the bicep
as it’s lengthening. And then we have an isometric. Now, isometrics
have gone by way of the dinosaur for a lot of guys. They just don’t include them anymore, and
a lot of people will point out the limitations of an isometric. They say that, ‘What’s the point of doing
them if you’re only going to strengthen yourself in the range that you’re performing the isometric?’ So, if I’m doing a Bicep Curl, and I hold
the bar down here, I can only really increase my strength in this range. Or if I hold it up here, I can only increase
my strength in that range. Recent studies have actually proven that to be wrong. The further away you are from contraction,
the larger the range of motion you actually begin to see strength increases in, almost
15 degrees above and below. So, if you’re looking at a Curl held here,
you’re actually increasing your strength a little bit up and a little bit down. So, don’t discount the strength-building benefits
of isometrics, but we actually have some really good size-building benefits of isometrics. And I wanted to show you today. Apply them
to the chest and the biceps to show you how you can do it. And first and foremost, it’s when you do it.
Guys, like any other strength-training technique. You do it at the right time, you get the best
results. You do it at the wrong time, you could get different results. With isometrics, I like to put them early
in the workouts when we’re really trying to create an overload, especially if we’re trying to create a different
stimulus. So, if I were going to do the chest here, the argument is if we lead off our workout, now, whatever minimum warm up you have to
do to get yourself ready, that’s all I want you to do, just enough to get yourself going. You do not want to start to fatigue your large
muscle fibers. You want to just get yourself into position and get ready to go. And you’ll do, we have our X-Crossover here,
and you’ll just perform a Crossover with heavy weight. And you get it out here and you overload. And you hold out, as hard as you possibly
can, really squeezing your chest as hard as you possibly can. And you try to hold it for about 45 seconds.
You should feel that. The intense contraction is one you’ve never felt before. Because you’re strongest, because you’re non-fatigued,
you have all of your ability to recruit as many motor units as possible. And that’s the advantage of doing them and
leading off your workout. In fact, I still feel as if it’s cramped up here because I
took the most motor units. And what happens with an isometric contraction
is, you’ll get a motor unit rotation, the ability to hold that contraction. Basically, one motor unit shuts off and another
one comes in and takes it place. That shuts off, or fatigues, another one comes in and
takes its place. You have this rotation going on, and it’s
a constant recruitment of the most muscle motor units you can recruit at one time. So, you want to talk about a strong contraction,
that’s as strong as it gets, ok. Now, we move on to the biceps. It’s the same
thing. You would finish your chest work after that,
but you lead off with a contraction. The same thing here. And if I’m going to do
a bicep training, you know, like a workout, lead off with a Bicep/Chin Up Hold. I’m telling ya’. One of the most intense contractions
you’ll ever experience with bicep training is going to be when you do this leading off before you do
any of your Curl work. You pull up. Right there. You lean back a
little bit. You should be at 90 degrees. And you can see. You can almost see every motor unit balling
up there in the biceps and I can feel a contraction I just don’t get any other time. And I hold it as hard as I possibly can. And
I’m actively squeezing here at the top, I’m actively squeezing as hard as I possibly
can to engage every single motor unit that I can. Guys, if you want to start seeing a difference
in your training, you got to start trying the right training principles at the right
time. And that’s what we try to do at ATHLEANX.
I try to, as I say all the time, put the science back in strength. You’ve probably done isometrics. You probably
stopped doing them a long time ago. A. You got to start doing them again. B. You should try to start doing them at the
right time. I would recommend you do them here. Now, you can always incorporate isometrics
to complete a burnout, you, to prolong time under tension. They’re all other applications that you can
use, but when you’re going for maximum muscle recruitment, this is when you do them. Alright, guys. If you haven’t already, and
you want a training program that gets you in the best shape ever especially as we hit
summer here, head to ATHLEANX.COM right now. Put the science
back in your strength and start seeing better results faster. In the meantime, if you liked this video,
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