When a muscle exerts force but does not change in length, it is considered an isometric exercise. In other words, there is a constant and equal force on the muscles with no joint movement.
This type of contraction is very common in workouts such as yoga and stretching. Isometric exercise is a great option if you have limited mobility and joint pain. It is also a great way to challenge your muscles in a different way.
Isometric exercises will help strengthen and tone your muscles. It can produce deep muscle gains in a short period of time. Isometric exercise has gone out of fashion because of the new techniques and training products on the market and is primarily used for rehabilitation.
However, it is still an excellent workout tool. It is suitable for all age groups and fitness levels, requires little or no equipment and is easy to do.
Some examples of these types of movements are: squeezing and tightening the muscles of the leg, pushing your hands against a wall and squeezing a ball between your knees There are many benefits to this type of training which include: maintaining bone density, improving balance and flexibility, faster exercise times, significant strength gains. There are also a few disadvantages: these movements do not improve muscle endurance, they can be repetitive and they only provide localized strength gains. For these reasons, these movements should not be done in place of your regular weight training program rather they should be incorporated into your current regime for maximum results.