It is possible to build a muscular body through isometric training only, which involves muscle clenching repetitively. There are machines that work on some body parts to improve their tone, such as abdominal pads. These pads may also be used on the buttock and thigh muscles. They send an electronic signal to the muscle for it to clench and release repetitively. These expensive machines work to tone the body. Repetitive clenching and release of the muscle will eventually cause the body part to tone.
This can be useful for those people who want to improve their muscle tone before they join a gym. The more lean muscle tissue in the body, the higher the basal metabolic rate, which is the rate at which calories burn at rest. Isometric training works similarly to bodyweight training but is a lot easier. It is effective with overall body toning and building muscle bulk to increase the metabolism.
Isometric training is simple and muscle clenching can be performed anywhere, for example, while watching TV, cooking, taking a shower, waiting in a queue at the bank, or in the car while waiting at a traffic light. Contracting the muscle, for example, the abdominals or buttocks will gradually improve their tone. Hold for about a second or longer if you can and then release. Try to perform up to twenty reps a day, and for faster results, clench the muscle for a couple of seconds.
Many training exercises, especially free weight and bodyweight training require muscle tensing. Whenever free weight training is performed, experts always state to hold in the core muscles. This is isometric training and, over time will help the body grow back stronger. The muscles of the body can be clenched at any time and for as long as you want. The results may not be seen overnight but the muscles will gain significant strength over time.
The great thing about isometric training is that the whole body can improve in tone with this easy training method. If the exercise is performed regularly, the muscles will tone and the metabolism will heighten. This is great for anyone who wants to lose weight or has found it difficult to lose weight. Lean muscle tissue is attractive on both men and women. To work the whole body through isometric training, I would estimate it takes fifteen minutes. It could be evenly paced throughout the day. Work the top half in the morning and the lower half of the body later in the evening.
With any exercise, it is important to take a rest every two days. If you have time, try to perform a couple of sets. A great exercise to tone the pectoral muscles is to push the hands into a prayer position and press them together. The pectoral muscles will feel a slight pull. The inside of thighs can be a problem area for some women, but using a simple cushion between the thighs will work those muscles and strengthen them. Try to hold the position for thirty seconds or longer. Performed three or four times a week, this area will gradually start to tone.
Exercise equipment in the gym, for example, works on isometric training by adding resistance, through either weights or bodyweight training. To build muscle tone and boost the metabolism, you do not need to join a gym. Simple and very effective training exercises to perform from home are press-ups, crunches, and squat thrusts. The plank is a great example of isometric training because of the pressure on the core muscles and the strength the body undertakes to remain in position.