By Susan Howard
Creating muscle to burn fat is the most efficient way to spend your time working out. Maximizing results by working your large muscles in an active way, such as a squat, is the best. Most fitness professionals will agree. The more muscle engagement the better. Thus the birth of the compound move like a squat with a row. The issue I have with these compound moves are often times there is so much going on that the form is compromised. Watching a client trying to perform a reverse lunge with a military press leaves them with a wobbly mediocre version of both the lunge and the shoulder press.
I feel as though well meaning trainers and athletes alike make this mistake, so here is my answer for you all to keep it tight. Combine Isometric with Dynamic, so while one part is moving the other is stabilizing. One of my favorite examples is an isometric squat, like a skier swooshing down a hill with a resistance band row. This engages those huge quads and butt muscles while working the back and biceps. Too easy? Stand on a Bosu or an unstable surface. For upper body you could isometrically hold your weights at the half way mark of a bicep curl and then do alternating lunges.
With this system I think you are less likely to lose form because once you set up the stable part you can give all of your attention to the moving part.
Let’s do this thing!
Let me know if you have any questions and show me your favorite isometric/dynamic move.