Based on the theory of how it works, I can see how it could lead to becoming much stronger.
But to get to that point would take dedication of a different kind then what people do in the gym. I do know of several people who have performed muscle control in conjunction with other methods, or by itself for a period of time, and gotten positive results. Sandow liked to perform muscle control while reading the newspaper in the mornings. He also advocated lifting two-pound dumbbells while using muscle control to apply the real work in the exercises. Just how far can it be taken? Check out this photo of Professor Chandrashekhar where he has isolated a tendon in his abdomen and one side of his rectus abdominis while performing the abdominal vacuum.
Rather than the isolation of particular muscles, the idea in these exercises is to train the full body all at once. Thus the first exercise is full body relaxation and the second is a full body contraction. Stand tall and think in turn of each body part from the head down to the toes. Consciously find any tension in any muscle and relax it. Be careful when you relax that you do not accidentally cause any contraction of other muscles in your body.
Also note that muscles are not absolutely contracted or relaxed but are degrees of one or the other. Thus you can work to get more and more relaxed. Your legs should almost give out under you. Once you have attained full body relaxation, contract every muscle all at the same time. You can hold your breath while doing this, but then it should only be maintained for a short time.
Muscle control is for the most part a lost art. Yet a hundred years ago there was one man whose name was synonymous with it. That man was Maxick. The Art of Muscle Control [Tom Woodward] on uzotoqadoh.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Find more about muscle control from many other great.
Like with the relaxation exercise, scan your body from head to toe to note any muscles you have missed and contract them. Make sure no other muscles relax while doing this. An alternative way to practice this exercise is to start in full body relaxation, then starting at the head contract each muscle in turn as you move down the body, being careful to maintain contraction as you move downward.
Proper muscle control is also the key to being able to out-pose your opponents in competition.
Originally Posted by Wildtim. Static holds are no longer recommended since they discovered it raised blood pressure levels to unsafe levels relative to dynamic exercises. It's also easier to tear a muscle. Originally Posted by ptwa9. I mean in efforts not in gains. They were popular in the 60's until studies came out about their dangers. Although blood pressure goes up during any kind of exercise, the exact changes are different according to whether the exercise is static or dynamic. Static or isometric exercise is defined as a sustained contraction of a muscle group, and is typified by weight lifting.
Dynamic exercise is characterized by intermittent and rhythmical contractions; examples are running, bicycling, and swimming. Controlled Labs Rep nathan controlledlabs.
In controls such as the Central Isolation and the Single Sided Isolation of the Rectus abdominis, the external oblique muscles are relaxed. Here the process is reversed, with relaxation of the former and contraction of the latter. But the performance is not quite as simple as the and demands several supporting factors, including extreme refinement of the abdominal tissue and complete freedom of any adipose tissue, and, at the time of performance, an empty stomach and intestine. These photographs of Prof.
Most exercises also involve certain sequences of muscles firing and relaxing, so having more control of these will also help. The Lost Art of Posing and it's consequences I will match myself to lift against any man in the world, weight for weight on pure strength lifts. Massages the Internal Organs to help them do their job. Thus it will be observed that the controlling of the muscles reacts upon the mind and strengthens the mental powers in exactly the same proportion that the control of the muscles strengthens the body and limbs.
Chandrashekhar, and others that I have seen, leave us in no doubt as to his great ability as a muscle controller and show a splendidly developed physique. The following shows you how to do a simple biceps control. It comes from Muscle Control by Maxick.
Contract the biceps as shown in Fig. Note well that the shoulder is dropped low and the upper arm and elbow pushed well away from the body.
This position secures a magnificently full and powerful contraction of the biceps without much effort. The elbow may be lifted even further from the body, and the shoulders dropped still lower. This position will enable the student with a well developed arm to make the forearm and biceps meet. With practice you can not only flex your biceps stronger but get it to bounce between contraction and relaxation, either singly or both at the same time, as was shown in a few of the videos above. There are many great books on the subject.
What I found amazing is that no one every developed a video course on the subject. This comes with all of the following books, from many of the greats listed above, a follow along training CD and videos covering the exercises and other ways to use muscle control. You can check out my muscle control course here. Its half off for the month of December. Muscle Control by Maxick The classic book on the subject. After an introduction to his life story and how he came to develop muscle control Maxick shares 21 exercises, plus variations, with 50 photos. How to Learn Muscle Control by Otto Arco and Alan Calvert Originally from a collection of magazine articles this is one of my favorite books on the topic.
Otto Arco demonstrates the exercises, giving details, though it is largely written by the author of Super Strength, Alan Calvert. Maxalding by Monte Saldo Covers much more than just the exercises, this lays out many of the principles behind the Maxalding system including breathing, diet, nutrition, hygiene and more. This was featured in the Physical Culture Book Club so you can read many more details about it here. The Why and How of Muscle Control by Court Saldo Another collection of magazine articles, this short book was written later than many of the others, so it includes new details along with many exercises, and stories about Maxick and Monte.
Great Strength by Muscle Control by Maxick In this book you learn how to apply what you learn from muscle control into how to lift weights. Shows tons of the classic weight lifting exercises like the snatch, clean, one arm jerk, bent press, swing, military press, anyhow and more.
This book lays out three months of training, with new exercises for each month.