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Dynamic Tension

What is Dynamic Tension

The phrase "Dynamic Tension" was started by Charles Atlas in the 1920's but has come a long way since then. With the advent of Sports Science it has now been studied and compared to many other forms of exercise. The result is that Dynamic Tension has proven itself to work in building muscle.

There are a lot of similarities between Dynamic Tension and isometric exercise. But, the difference between Dynamic Tension and isometric tension is the movement involved with Dynamic Tension (the phrase literally means movement under tension). With isometric tension there is no movement whether you hold a weight or not.

How to do Dynamic Tension exercises

There are many examples of how to do an exercise using Dynamic Tension. But in order to give a simple explanation we will use push ups. It should be acknowledged that Dynamic Tension can be done on any body-part.

The essence of Dynamic Tension is actually in your head. Just like when doing an isometric exercise you need to concentrate and isolate the specific muscle group you are training. The more effectively that you can isolate the muscle the more muscle fibers you will recruit.

When you prepare to do a rep of push ups you first need to concentrate on your chest and triceps and not just on doing reps. You are then basically trying to make the exercise harder than it actually is. You are doing this by tensing the agonist and antagonistic muscle groups to the maximum.

The result is that you will get a "pump" into the muscle a lot quicker. The blood and the nutrients that supply the muscle will be forced to recruit the maximum amount of muscle fibers. This has proven itself to work very effectively and help increase the rate at which your muscle will grow.

Dynamic Tension relies completely on your ability to concentrate and isolate a specific muscle or muscle group. Here is an example of exactly how to recruit muscle fibers.

Stand with your arm at a 90 degree angle. Begin to tense up your bicep muscle as tight as you can. Go ahead, tighter…tighter…tighter! Keep it tight, now place your other hand on top of the hand that is tense and push down as hard as you can. You will notice that you just recruited more fibers in order to prevent your arm from going down. Now curl your arm up and down while still holding that constant tension.

To get a better idea of how a muscle works we should imagine that the muscle fiber has several layers around your arm. As you start to tense up each layer tighter and tighter starting from the layer closest to your bone. You will notice tremendous pressure beginning to develop around your bone. This improves bone density and helps you build muscle quicker.

In my book "The Muscle Experiment" I talk about how I was able to put on a solid 39lbs of solid muscle in less than 6 months with bodyweight training, and exactly how YOU can do it as well. In case you haven't downloaded The Muscle Experiment, I suggest you download it immediately and start implementing the little known techniques. This alone should put you on the road to massive size and strength.

To your success,

Mike Thiga

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