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Isochain: So how ya usin' it?

JLB

New member
So my Isochain arrived Tuesday, on Wednesday I did my first workout with it, I'm doing the Promethean (from the Ultimate Isometrics Manual) workout (deadlift, curl, shoulder press) three times per week. I still do bodyweight training, play with kettlebells, and work with resistance bands (gave up weightlifting a few years ago).

Finding it very easy to use, the one thing that could be improved is getting the chain length right for a given exercise, but as per a suggestion from Adrienne Harvey I'm going to label the link for each given exercise, that should make things even smoother. On subsequent workouts I won't have to hunt for the right length.

So how are you using the isochain?
 

Flattop

New member
Mine arrived earlier this week. I did the Program A in the quick start guide, 3 sets each of Deadlifts, Overhead Press, Bent Rows, Biceps Curl, and I added 2 sets of behind the head Triceps Extension. Since it was the first time I was using it, I set the load on the handle very low, and set the timer for 20 seconds as in the guide. It felt awesome.

For now, I will be using it once a week. I train 3 non consecutive days a week. One day I do kettelbell clean and presses, followed by kettlebell cleans, One day the Isochain, and one day a week I do Kung Fu basics in a self practice. Lots of basic strikes, some form punching a 10lb canvas bag, about the size of a paint can, filled with pea gravel. The Isochain is replacing Kettlebell Snatches in my routine. I will up the intensity of my Kung Fu self practice for the conditioning.

I did feel great the next day after my first Isochain workout. I will be sticking to this routine for a while, although I am considering lowering the time from 20 seconds to maybe 10, and making the target load heavier.

John and the rest of the Dragondoor staff, congratulations on another winner. I love this thing, and highly recommend it. I hope you people are working on Isochain Instructional DVD's.
 

JLB

New member
Agreed, this is a fantastic device, worth every penny. One thing I've noticed...so I've been doing the Promethean with the Worldfit Iso Trainer for at least a month or more, but the two workouts I've done with the Isochain tired me out much more. I wonder if the spring is reducing cortical inhibition so I really am working harder. Not sure, but in any case I'm getting a great workout.

Like you, my main workouts involve Chinese martial arts (xinyidao) and also bodyweight stuff and kettlebells, the isometrics is meant to be a strength building supplement that is easier on the joints than weightlifting.
 

AHarvey

Administrator
Staff member
Glad you're enjoying it. I need to write it up, but I've been experimenting with adding the Promethean workout to my training but also to one of my very advanced client's. It's been great so far - we should have some impressive numbers to report soon.
 

John Du Cane

Administrator
Staff member
Mine arrived earlier this week. I did the Program A in the quick start guide, 3 sets each of Deadlifts, Overhead Press, Bent Rows, Biceps Curl, and I added 2 sets of behind the head Triceps Extension. Since it was the first time I was using it, I set the load on the handle very low, and set the timer for 20 seconds as in the guide. It felt awesome.

For now, I will be using it once a week. I train 3 non consecutive days a week. One day I do kettelbell clean and presses, followed by kettlebell cleans, One day the Isochain, and one day a week I do Kung Fu basics in a self practice. Lots of basic strikes, some form punching a 10lb canvas bag, about the size of a paint can, filled with pea gravel. The Isochain is replacing Kettlebell Snatches in my routine. I will up the intensity of my Kung Fu self practice for the conditioning.

I did feel great the next day after my first Isochain workout. I will be sticking to this routine for a while, although I am considering lowering the time from 20 seconds to maybe 10, and making the target load heavier.

John and the rest of the Dragondoor staff, congratulations on another winner. I love this thing, and highly recommend it. I hope you people are working on Isochain Instructional DVD's.
Many thanks for all the kind words!
 

KDubya

New member
I just got mine and am looking forward to starting the Promethean as soon as I finish building my new well house patterned after a miniature version of my Sante Fe style house with terra cotta stucco and vega.

There was an issue in having it sent to my old address but DragonDoor sorted it out and solved the issue as soon as I contacted them. Great team, great community and a great product.
 

Flattop

New member
Here's what I've been doing. 6 Second holds, about a 20 second rest between sets. Training 3 non consecutive days a week.

Day 1
Straddle Lift
Overhead Press
Bent Rows
Shrugs or Reverse Curls
Hang from a pullup bar, lock your legs and hold the L shape. Lets call this exercise the Hanging L

Day 2
Dead Lifts
Chest Press
Curl
Tricep Press
Hanging Frog Kick Bob Hoffman Style.

Best of luck in your training everyone.
 

phv

New member
Hi all! I just joined the Isochain club last week. A bit of background:

I have an old shoulder injury from dropping a 24kg KB during an ill-advised attempt at a kettlebell armbar stretch, even though the instruction clearly stated "use a light KB". Ever since, soreness in this shoulder flares up at seemingly unpredictable times. I would progress in some drill, then the shoulder would suddenly feel too sore. The latest incident resulted from working up the progressions to Pseudo Planche Push Up, Handstand Pushup, and Front Lever Row, with regular pull ups to balance out the overheard pressing - practiced mostly on rings. About a month ago, I got DOMS in my shoulder, starting the day after my last training session in those exercises. The soreness lasted longer than usual. Even two weeks later, it was still painful to reach to the tuning pegs of my guitar to tune it.

I was pondering how to proceed from there, when I saw Isochain on sale for $50 off. I'd read up before on how isometrics is supposed to be great for ligament and tendon strength. Then I got a bonus from my new employer, read up on Isochain again, and was sold on "Benefit #4 Protect the Joints and Reduce Pain".

I like simple approaches to training, hadn't practiced deadlift in years, knew I had to do biceps curl anyway because it had been recommended before as part of shoulder physical therapy, so I was quickly sold on the Promethean program.

After my first week of Isochain training under Promethean, there is a noticeable reduction in shoulder soreness when I tune my guitar. Also, I was unable to position the bar at top of head height - which is the recommended middle position in the manual - for the Shoulder Press, due to the same shoulder issue, at the start of training, even with scapular protraction to turn activate the lats and reduce load on the shoulders. I had to set the bar about 3-5 inches higher. By the end of the week, middle position was pain-free. So in the early going, the Isochain/isometrics seems to be working to reduce pain, just as advertised.

Oh, and I ordered a bag of color-coded nylon cable labels that zip-tie, to more easily mark links on the chain for various drills.

My tentative plan is do work on follow Promethean for 6-8 weeks, then switch to Promethean Mark II. I may do an assessment of my progress towards handstand pushup after the first 6-8 weeks. At last assessment, my level was pike pushups with feet elevated on the stairs, a couple of steps up. I practice GMB Elements for active recovery and hand balancing preparation on my off-days. I also do a few GtG sets of an easier variation of Shrimp Squat, just to maintain my balance and coordination for single leg work, since I'm relying on Isochain now for my main lower body strength training.
 
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