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What are isometric exercises?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Isometric exercises are exercises that utilize pushing and pulling motions to keep muscles strong. Your athletic performance and speed will get no benefit from isometric exercises, so these exercises are often reserved for those with injuries or painful conditions like arthritis. Isometric exercises are often found in physical therapy situations to help maintain strength in a given muscle area.

Isometric exercises are those that generate internal tension but do not produce any movement. Any example would be pushing hard against a wall and producing tension but not moving the wall or a wrestler at a standstill with another wrestler in a match. Outside of rehabilitation settings isometric exercises are rarely used since they have very little application in real life or sports settings.
Isometric exercises are exercises that produce a muscle contraction with little to no bodily movement, and are often held for a period of time (generally 30-60 seconds). Isometric type exercises are commonly used in rehabilitation conditioning programs.

An example of an isometric exercise is the wall sit.

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