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Isometric North Coast Miller
Thats's some cool stuff happening! It's interesting that you sleep better. Whean Ive been doing isometric exercises years ago, albeit different format with shorter and all out effort holds, Ive had troubles sleeping, full of energy all the time etc. Like on meth.General impressions update:
- still have not gotten used to the near complete lack of a "pump"
- waking up exuding heat the day after a session and sleeping very deeply, like some adaptive remodeling is happening
- mini HIIT intervals are becoming easy, might increase the work to rest ratio a little, 12:36 to 15:30.
- won't be testing vs last known sandbag lifts for another three weeks or so, but am noticing an increase in strength generally during the initial 'amortization' phase of day to day moving stuff around and in general better bracing. Left shoulder pain is diminishing, I believe it just hasn't been loaded with so much tension in years and is slowly acclimating. Also my form is self-tweaking to avoid undue stress.
Physique overall hasn't really changed aside (curiously) from my biceps developing a sharper peak then the norm. Bodyweight might be up a lb or two.
Yeah, I'm having a tough time just not doing anything stupid outside the plan, like grabbing my 100lb sandbag and maxing out OHP. Plenty of time for that in another month. Pretty sure I'm too late starting this to be Doc Savage for Halloween, but '22 looks promising!Thats's some cool stuff happening! It's interesting that you sleep better. Whean Ive been doing isometric exercises years ago, albeit different format with shorter and all out effort holds, Ive had troubles sleeping, full of energy all the time etc. Like on meth.
Me too. I get a teaser when I pick up my sandbag to use for a bench, but that's it. I have suspicion that right now most of my adaptive response is tendon remodeling and firing rate, which might improve bracing but maybe not leak over to dynamic movement as much yet...IDK! All will be revealed in 4-6 weeks time.Does not sound that stupid if you ask me. Am really looking forward to how the isos will transfer into "real" lifts for you.
Increased muscle fibre density? Or even bone density?My clothes don't fit any different but I look like I've lost mass (to me) although scale says + 1 or 2 lbs. Am also increasing definition in areas I don't normally see much, like across my delts and my quads. Hmmm
If i put it in numbers, and considering 70% of BW is the push up load, then it is 9 reps at 238 vs 12 reps at 241, i.e. 30% increase in reps which is pretty significant.Did a quick test to see where I'm at with isotonic crossover. Realistically I'm only about 5 weeks in. Did some loaded pushups, haven't done straight sets in a long time, but back when I weighed 205 I was hitting them for about 9 with a 95lb bag. With a 105 lb bag I just hammered out 12, this being approx 255lbs resistance on my hands at current bodyweight 195lbs, and haven't done a single loaded PU since August.
Very weird, the first couple reps felt like it was going to be unpleasant confirmation that isometrics can't stand in for isotonics, but the reps just kept coming. Was using this weight for Clusters at 5 reps, which was pretty reliably about 1/2 my rep max. Bare minimum I'm still hitting the results from my Clusters and maybe even improved, def stronger than I was in '19 and at 10-12 lbs less bodyweight.
If i put it in numbers, and considering 70% of BW is the push up load, then it is 9 reps at 238 vs 12 reps at 241, i.e. 30% increase in reps which is pretty significant.