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isometric exercise is best described as applying force?

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Dr. Ray Tidman
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Iso=static, fixed: Metric = length, so isometric = static length. Exercise in general involves applying a force. In isometric the application of force is against a fixed unchanging length.

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What is the best way to do isometric exercise?

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Dr. Vic Kalman
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Depends What Muscle: Isometrics focuses on isolating muscle groups and strength training without changing the length of the muscle like you would with range of movement type workouts. The resistance can be from your own body structure, an fixed object such as a wall, or work out equipment that provides this resistance. The beauty of this particular exercise is that you could do it almost anywhere even sitting a desk.

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