Isometric Push-Ups – Martial Arts Strength Exercise
This page provides details on Isometric Push-Ups. This isometric exercise works on core muscles as well as chest, arm and back muscles. Therefore, it is used for core workouts as well as upper body workouts. This exercise is also called a push-up with an isometric hold.
An isometric push-up is basically a combination of a plank and push-up. However, it is tougher than a traditional plank or push-up. At the bottom of the regular push-up “cycle”, you should hold yourself barely above the floor for an extended period (i.e. 10+ seconds). After finishing this plank-like position, you will then push back up to your starting position. Repeat exercise for 10+ reps. This isometric exercise is used by martial artists to improve their punching power and grappling strength.
All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. For more exercises, please visit the main Martial Arts Physical Fitness section. If you are looking for additional push-up exercises, please visit the main Push-Up Exercises section.
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