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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate book on the ultimate body and strength building system, February 15, 2007
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This review is from: Isometric Power Revolution: Mastering the Secrets of Lifelong Strength, Health, and Youthful Vitality (Paperback)
Since I first became interested in Isometrics in the 1950s I have read every article and book that I could find on them. "The Isometric Power Revolution" is by far the best and most comprehensive book ever written on the subject. It features 284 information packed pages covering every aspect of isometrics. It contains 8 chapters, is fully illustrated, contains numerous photographs and exercise descriptions and will definitely become the classic of the field.

Isometrics may be the ultimate stand alone form of exercise,but certainly they are an indispensible part of any strength and muscle building exercise program. They got a bad rap in the 1960s when it was discovered that their main promoter and advocate, U.S Olympic Weightlifting Coach Bob Hoffman, in addition to training his lifters with isometrics was also using steroids and people wrongly assumed that the fantastic strength gains that the lifters were making were totally the result of the steroids.

Isometrics are being rediscovered and and their popularity has been increasing recently , however, the use of isometrics to develop muscle and strength goes back to ancient times. The Isometric Power Revolution has an excellent fully illustrated chapter on the history of isometrics that contains over 50 pages.

Isometrics are superior to regular weightlifting because of the 'synapse' effect . When you are performing a standard bench press, for instance, it will take you one or two seconds to move through the entire range of motion yet there is only one point in the range of motion where you are applying maximum strength and the duration of the effort at that point may last only a fraction of a second. Our bodies use only the minimum number of muscle fibers required to perform a movement so the maximum number of fibers are only used at that point of maximum intensity which lasts only a fraction of a second. Conversely with an isometric exercise you are applying maximum tension for the full duration of the contraction whether it be 10 seconds, 12 seconds or longer and as a result you are contracting maximum muscle fibers for the entire length of time that you are performing the exercise.

The "Isometric Power Revolution " is a must for anyone seriously interested in the development of strength and muscle.
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Initial post: Oct 8, 2008 9:38:31 PM PDT
M. Shao says:
Thanks for explaining the synapse effect, that was helpful to me.

Posted on Jun 13, 2009 8:49:54 AM PDT
S. Stoller says:
You should be aware that the author of this review is an overweight 70 year old man who is terribly out of shape. I know because I've seen pictures of him. I would strongly recommend against taking any kind of fitness advice from this individual.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2011 4:54:55 PM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Sep 1, 2011 9:01:12 AM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2011 8:36:36 AM PDT
He said the author of the review. Not the author of the book. Pay attention.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2011 9:00:57 AM PDT
Phil says:
Duel D. Christain, Jr., thanks for correcting me. You're absolutely right: I didn't pay enough attention to what the review said about who the supposed "overweight 70 year old man" is.

To S. Stoller: I apologize for the comment I made about your comment. I will delete my comment, but I wanted to apologize to you.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2011 9:13:56 AM PDT
The author of the post is going strong three years later and enjoying all of the strength and dynamism that Isometrics provide in all parts of one's life -physical, mental and emotional. They build NERVE FORCE.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2011 9:45:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 1, 2011 9:55:52 AM PDT
Phil says:
S. Stoller, this is my second comment in reply to your comment. I deleted the first one, because I had made a mistake for which I have apologized.

I find your comment about the review totally unhelpful. Your comment consists of one argument: You are sure you know who the reviewer is, and you maintain he "is an overweight 70 year old man who is terribly out of shape." You conclude by saying, "I would strongly recommend against taking any kind of fitness advice from this individual."

Your argument is an excellent example of "ad hominem" reasoning. It attacks the person rather than that person's argument. That is a type of fallacious argument. It earns no merit and deserves no respect.

So, let's assume for this example that the reviewer is exactly as you described him: overweight and terribly our of shape. That has absolutely nothing to do with the value of his review of this book. He bases the credibility of his review on his study of isometrics since the 1950s. He nowhere says his opinion of the book is relevant because he himself is in excellent physical condition.

Your ad hominem argument is totally irrelevant to the reviewer's claim that he has some credibility to write a worthwhile review of this book. Even if the reviewer weighs 500 pounds and is indeed in terrible shape, your comment is worse than worthless. It is misleading, because you are using fallacious reasoning.

I'll illustrate with a relevant example from my life. When my first daughter was a baby and then a toddler, her pediatrician was an extremely knowledgeable man who was highly respected in the medical community. He gave terrific advice for my daughter, who was much heavier than average for her age. We followed the pediatrician's advice and my daughter grew up to be a slim child through college and beyond.

Key fact for this example: That pediatrician certainly weighed more than 300 pounds. He was fat and in terrible physical condition. Did that mean he lacked the relevant knowledge about how to help a young child keep from becoming a fat older child? Of course not.

However, based on your ad hominem reasoning, we and everyone else should have ignored that pediatrician's advice. That reasoning is the same you used to criticize the book review. That reasoning is illogical and worthless. It is even misleading to people who are not fully aware of that type of fallacious reasoning.

Would the pediatrician have been a good role model for physical fitness if he had been in excellent shape? Sure. But being a role model for something and having the knowledge to offer valuable advice about that subject are two different things.

I hope I've learned to pay better attention to someone's comment before criticizing it. Perhaps you will be more aware of using ad hominem reasoning, instead of a logical argument. My best to you.
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