Growing up, we have all at least once fallen victim to the dreaded wall sit or front plank during PDHPE class as a measure of leg and core strength.
Whilst these are quick easy options for teachers/practitioners to use with their students/clients, this style of training can prove to be a game changer when it comes to overall sporting performance.
Before we get into that, you’re probably wondering, what is Isometric Training?
Let’s have a quick review of the types of muscle contractions:
- Concentric contraction – activated muscles shorten throughout movement
- Example: bicep curl during upwards phase
- Eccentric contraction – activated muscles lengthen throughout movement
- Example: bicep curl during downwards phase