Fitness Tip: Know What Muscles You’re Training

A little knowledge—and isometric training—can prep your muscles the right way

“Do you know the names, orientations, and functions of the muscles in your body? If not, hit the books before your next workout.

The most common mistake I see people make when training is failing to properly prepare your muscular system. Start by thinking about the way you stretch. Athletes often stretch to reduce muscular tension but give little thought of the tissues they are stretching. The reality is that “stretching” creates joint laxity, impairs muscle function and impedes circulation and the removal of carbon dioxide, an inflammatory neurotoxin.

Instead, learn the names of the muscles you’re attempting to train so you can learn how to increase muscular tension on all sides of the joint. You’ll be able to make sure you loosen all of the muscles involved with every stretch and consider the outcome of your actions. The fastest and safest way to increase muscle tension is through the use of a strategically designed isometric exercise program.”

Brad Thorpe, RTSm, MATCS has more than 20 years of exercise industry experience and is the co-founder and president of Striation 6 Global Limited and creator of the Isometric Training System.

As reported by Bethany Marzewski.

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