Good Moves May 2003 Issue

Puttin’ On The Squeeze

Sore joints? Isometric exercise is easy and effective. Isotonic exercise delivers more bang for the buck in the least amount of time.

You may never look like Charles Atlas or Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you can use the concepts behind their exercise routines to improve muscle strength—which is essential to feeling better, experiencing less pain and increasing joint strength and flexibility.

Isometric, or squeezing, exercises are the basis of Atlas' Dynamic-Tension program, in which exercises involve tightening a muscle for five to ten seconds, without moving any other body parts, to tone, or condition, muscle fiber. …

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