Advanced Deadlift Training: Isometronics

I decided to mix up my training by incorporating some isometronics, which is a method that combines maximal isometric holds and isotonic contractions. Although not commonly used, it is actually a very old-school training method. I was first made aware of it through Charles Poliquin, who had picked it up from one of Anthony Ditillo's books, "The Development of Physical Strength" (I highly recommend getting that book. You will love it if you are a strength enthusiast as it really gets in to the details of sets and reps and is written in a style reminiscent of the old time strongmen.)  

I was conservative with the weights for this workout as this was the first time I had tried isometronics and I wasn't sure how fatiguing the isometric holds would be. Just for a frame of reference, I did 520lb x 3 about 10 days before I filmed with workout. When I come back to this workout, I'll probably add another work set at each position and boost the weight substantially. 

Besides deadlifts, you can also perform isometronics with any form of pressing (flat, incline, seated, standing), squats, barbell rows, barbell curls, and triceps extensions. If you decide to incorporate them into your training, leave me a comment to let me know how it goes!

Javier Garza

I'm a personal trainer by trade, working in the Midtown West area of NYC. I like to help people get big, lean, strong, and most importantly feeling good! Traveler. Gearhead. Human guinea pig.

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