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10/10 A MUST HAVE!
By Lee Montgomery, CSCS / Newark, OH, USA

Compelling research and useful quick tips and programs to reestablish isometrics back at the forefront of meaningful training. Isometrics can serve every goal you can train for: pack on muscle, drop fat, or build pure strength....it's all here! This book excites me to return isometrics to a mainstay of my own training. The best part is, there is plenty here to work with whether you own an isochain or not. But I can also certainly see the value in acquiring one. Hands down, The Ultimate Isometrics Manual is an essential addition to my training shelf!

10/10 Wow
By Ian Hill / Arcata, CA, USA

I don't work in the industry, but I got a degree in kinesiology and I am obsessed with biomechanics and exercise physiology. I immediately saw the almost limitless potential of the Isochain back when I first read about it on Dragondoor's website and right away I became an advocate. I have been looking forward to reading this manual for months, and it is everything I hoped it would be. It has everything: it's full of practical information that's immediately applicable in the real world (even before you get your hands on an Isochain), it has the scientific theory to back everything up so you know why and how the exercises work, it covers the history of isometric training, it has great pictures, and it also acts as the user's manual for the actual device, explaining the various features. It is truly an encyclopedia of isometric exercise, and perhaps best of all, it gives you all the information you need to confidently adapt and expand exercises and routines to suit your needs. I don't usually write reviews, and I don't think I've been as impressed by something since I first read Convict Conditioning. Thank you Coach Wade, John Du Cane, and everyone else who had a part in this project. I can't wait to get my Isochain!

10/10 Again another outstanding book by Dragon Door.
By Stefan Milne / Arbroath, Angus, Scotland

This has been a particular Holy Grail for me as I have spent many years collating information from a great many resources pertaining to Isometric Strength and Conditioning.

When I was in my teens I studied as much as I could to regain my strength after a year long bout with Glandular Fever. The inevitable ME/CFS that followed then further reduced me to a mere shaky, weak teenager. I began experimenting with Bruce Lee's isometric exercises and holds using just what I could gleen from the photos in his books. I purchased my first Bull Worker and trained with Dynamic Tension and static holds. I found my strength grew. As I became older and learned to weld, I made my own version of the old school "chain and bar" similar to the IsoChain without the electronics. Again, I found my strength grew. I began studying Physical Culture from the early 1900's and started incorporating in my classes and to family members, as by then I had sufficient strength to teach my beloved martial arts. Even my much loved bed-bound family member was taught how to use isometrics to fight off the wasting away of muscle. In 2006, I became an RKC Instructor during a visit to Philadelphia and on my return I concentrated on helping others to regain their strength, rehabilitation and prehabilitation. 'The Ultimate Isometrics Manual' is the book I wished I had over 35 years ago. It is the one-stop-shop regarding Isometric Strength and Conditioning. Not only does it provide modern scientific research and background into the how and why Isometrics works but it provides sample plans, detailed instruction on how to deploy this knowledge making yourself strong and develop almost bulletproof tendon strength. This is the modern book of the old school, almost forgotten, training that can provide results in a relatively short period of time.This I can vouch for.

Although the book does refer to the use of the IsoChain, the amazing fact is the book is not written as a promotional tool for the IsoChain. There are chapters purely on body weight and Static Contraction training. There are references to the greats in the field of Static Contraction such as Mike Mentzer, Bruce Lee, Bob Hoffman, Charles Atlas and Maxalding to name but a few. The suggested training protocols can and will suit anyone from any walk of life in their endeavour to grow strong or turn the clock back and regain some lost musculature. The truth is in the title, in my opinion this definitely is the "Ultimate Isometrics Manual." Once you have this there is no need to look anywhere else for Isometric exercise as you will only find watered down barely comprehensible knowledge or techniques.

Being based in Scotland, United Kingdom is my only reason why I do not yet have the IsoChain. However, I endeavour to purchase one in the very near future for the benefit of myself, my family and my students. Thank you again Dragon Door... Stefan Milne PhD RKC MMA-CSCC

10/10 Strong motivation after a lifetime of isos !
By John McKean / Glenshaw, PA, USA

During the early 1960s, as I began a long career in competitive weightliftting, powerlifting, and All-Round lifting, Bob Hoffman started preaching isometric exercise as extreme strength training. It made sense then, and it continues to be powerful advice in this age.Through the extensive pages of The Ultimate Isometric Manual I was able to relive the rich history ,VERY compelling scientific research, and many of the IC strategies that I have so joyously experienced throughout the years. Dedication to these principles have yielded for me many National lifting titles, 9 IAWA world championship victories, and hundreds of National and World All-Round records.

I well recall one summer at college, working on my Master's degree in education, where I trained with nothing but a chain, as advocated throughout the new Ultimate manual. Returning to my lifting gym after such intense, limited training I was able to succeed with my all time best squat of 600 pounds (as a middleweight)! This work and much sweat within a power rack for various positioned ,limit holds supplied power that a small boned, natural hard-gainer," genetic blunder" like myself had no right to acquire !

In these hectic modern times, many of us hardcore iron men and women, have returned to home gyms. Nothing I've read makes anywhere near as much sense for garage (or even living room!) training as does the wonderful material and inspiring photos of " Ultimate Isometrics"!

10/10 THE Most complete Isometric Resource Ever!
By Tim Park / Fort Lee, VA, USA

I've been studying isometrics for years. As a retired military man, I've always looked for something to give me that edge. I never could stand to be just average. Isometrics has been a most valuable tool in reaching and surpassing my goals. But, until now, it?s been mostly experimentation and trying out things I could gleam from the minimal resources available. With The Ultimate Isometrics Manual I now have the resource I wish I had years ago. It not only shows you what to do, but why.
The photos are clear and the explanations easily understandable. It lays out everything you've ever wanted to know about Isometrics and many things you wouldn't know to ask. You want strength, it's in there. You want muscular endurance, it's in there. And, YES, muscular size too. It's got a full program to use for that rarely talked about benefit of isometrics, muscular size building. You'll never need another resource. Just buy it!

10/10 Buy this manual now and thank Paul Wade later!
By Nathan Day / Birmingham, West Midlands, England

This manual has quite possibly the most comprehensive and concise information concerning isometrics and it's application there is out there. You are sure to get huge bang for your buck with this book both aesthetics wise and strength wise. Within a short time, I've noticed marked improvements in my physique and I can L - Sit using my fingers (This didn't come by working on L- Sits specifically or trying to use my fingers while doing them, rather it was by working on full body tension with the very low level bodyweight isometric exercises found in this book).
This manual has shown through application of principles contained within that isometrics is a time efficient and effective way in improving your body's performance in many ways. Even if you haven't ordered the ISOCHAIN, you should still get this as it will still benefit you tremendously and you will be thankful for it!

10/10 Coach Wade strikes again!
By Dan Skully / Dublin, OH, United States

I'm a big fan of Paul Wade's prior calisthenics books, and this is of similar caliber. I believe that this will do for isometrics what Convict Conditioning did for calisthenics: allow a new generation of strength athletes to take advantage of time-tested methods that fell out of favor because they don't generate enough revenue for fitness companies.
While this book is probably best as a companion for the Isochain, it contains a wealth of information that makes it a solid standalone product. If you're looking to convert to isometrics as your standard strength training method, this is your book. Want to add isometrics to standard barbell/dumbbell methods? Coach has got you covered. Want to hybridize bodyweight with isometrics? No problem. How about isometrics and kettlebells? Check. Basically, if you think isometrics have a place in your training, this book will help you integrate them. And if you read the science behind isometrics, which this book also discusses, you're going to want to incorporate isometrics into your training.
A big thanks to Coach Wade for helping to evolve my training yet again!

10/10 The Best Isometrics Manual Ever!
By Matt Schifferle / Littleton, Colorado, United States

I simply cannot recommend the UIM highly enough. This is manual should be required reading not just by exercise enthusiasts and athletes, but anyone who's serious about reaching their full potential as quickly as possible.

10/10 Stupendous!
By Peri P / OC, CA, United States

Perfect marriage of motivation, theory and practice. The case for isometrics exquisitely made. This is followed by an exhaustive, encyclopedic collection of equipment/no equipment exercises. It's clearly written and logically presented.

Whether you are using an Isochain or no tech isometrics (or both), it is hard to see what can beat this approach for cost effectiveness, portability, time efficiency, joint health, and of course strength. Kettlebells may be great but not so much for a road trip.

This is capped by a collection of isometric programs that should suit just about anyone?s goals and keep them going for years.

10/10 A combination of Ancient Wisdom and modern science
By Matt Barkevich / Belle Isle, Florida, us

When you combine Ancient Wisdom and back it up with data, results and modern science, you have yourself a compelling book. The Ultimate Isometrics Manual (UIM) should be read by trainers, physical therapists, and anyone who wants to workout smarter, faster, and without injuring themselves.
There are interesting stories that detail the powerful results of using isometrics. My favorite story was about a frog's leg that was put in a splint for 6 weeks and the ensuing results. I told this story at a recent party and the attendees were surprised and amazed.

10/10 Fantastic ISO Manual!!
By George Newman / Arvada, CO, USA

This book truly covers everything in the ISO space. Theory, how to optimize your workouts and many options for doing ISO workouts, with and without the Isochain or any other equipment!. Includes warm up and cool down options too. I've used 1" climbing webbing for ISO's before. While waiting for my Isochain to arrive, put the webbing with the ground plate and bar from an X3 Bar set and had a grand time! The webbing has just enough give that it feels more satisfying than something with zero elasticity. Played around with quite a few of the ISO ideas in the book. Get the book!

10/10 The UIM is an amazing tool !
By Jim Barsul / Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA

Paul "Coach" Wade has blown me away!! This is a true encyclopedia for all things Isometric which I think will stand as a reference guide for everyone who practices isometrics at any level from beginner to expert. If you want to do isometrics correctly, you need this book!

10/10 Long anticipated encyclopedia of knowledge!
By Monte Young / Galveston,, Texas, United States

The first day Dragon Door sent notice unveiling the ISO Chain I was sold on the possibilities and made the investment. While waiting for final development and delivery I kept hoping the manual would be available sooner. Now I have a copy and it contains a judicious amount of information: full of history, application, and multiple programs for different goals.
I've read most of it, and will thoroughly study the entire book, ready to hit the ground running when my ISOCHAIN arrives.
The strength gains promised will absolutely be achieved! Strongmen of the past are proof!

10/10 A new must have book in every training library
By Robert Pazurek / Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Reading the book I realized how much I underestimated isometrics training in both a fitness and a health context.
While I knew isometric exercises and included them in my training from time to time, I didn't even get close to utilizing it to the amount it can and should be used.
With the isochain I'm now really psyched to not only boost my own progress, but more importantly to be able to integrate isometric training in a measurable way in the training with my clients.
In that area health is of a bigger concern than progress. I'm still baffled by the proven benefits and can think of so many ways now to help my clients thanks to the book. Especially when it comes to the untrained, a customer group quite easily repelled by a demanding strength workout, isometric training is a power house. Now I know the right arguments to convince them to try the training, the exercises to hand to them and the tools to measure their progress to keep them interested in the long run. All while injecting a ton of health benefits into their body through isometric strength training.
It also is super accessible to groups like obese people and elderly, because a strong foundation can be build with minimum prerequisites.

I have practiced lots of different stuff throughout my life and I know a holistic training will always be a composition of more than just (isometric) strength training, but I've not been this excited to add something new to my portfolio for a long long time.

Also the book is fun to read and easy to understand with a basic background in training theory.

10/10 The more you know the farther you'll go!
By Chrys Johnson / Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

This is an amazing read! Isometric training constantly gets overlooked by concentric and eccentric workouts and that's truly a shame! Sadly it comes down to lack of knowledge. If people were more informed of the value of "the third training style", they'd most certainly incorporate it! If you're into fitness and pass up on this book and the Isochain, you're missing the boat. Without a doubt!

10/10 Explained in the way You'll get the idea!
By Jean (Cyborggainz) Fallacara / Montreal, QC, Canada

While it's true that muscles respond best to concentric and eccentric contractions, another effective way to elicit a hypertrophy response (one that also builds muscles) is isometric training.
Too Many people erroneously believe that isometric training techniques don't build muscles because there's not enough movement or because it doesn't make them feel sore right after. Thanks Paul Wades for putting this together in a understandable way.
Like isometric training, this book, when correctly applied could dramatically improve your quality of life and help you meet your fitness goals.
Jean Fallacara AKA Cyborggainz, Author of Neuroscience Calisthenics

10/10 Outstanding!
By Rick Cody / Mesa, Az, United States

A must have. The price for this gem does not cover all the valuable and useful training information provided.

10/10 WOW great manual!
By Gary Miller / Underwood, Iowa, USA

Fantastic - Have learned a great deal and can't wait to get my ISOCHAIN. Perfect research book - Great job Coach Wade.

10/10 Build
By Chad Krause / Allentown, PA, USA

I thought the manual was really well thought out. Easy to read. The information that it provides seems to be very scientific on regards to isometric exercises and the benefits it will provide. Also, the routines are outstanding and explain how each you can give you different advantages if you apply them. Overall a joy to read. Can't wait to try the product.

10/10 A wonderful resource
By Matt Powell / Kalamazoo, MI, United States

This manual provides a width and depth of knowledge and research on isometrics not found elsewhere.

10/10 Highly recommended!
By John Augustin / McKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States

I purchased the ebook about a week ago. For the price, this book is a steal! Packed with many pages of info. Probably the most informative and detailed book on isometric training out there. I highly recommend it!

10/10 A great guide to isometrics
By Steve P / keystone heights, FL, United States

I've done isometrics for a long time but never learned how to do them appropriately. Yes this is the manual for the iso chain but it's so much more. This guide teaches you the correct way to do isometrics and how to set up a program. I'm a believer, I even preordered a iso chain yesterday.

10/10 Best of all
By Mark E / Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

This is an excellent manual that gives in-depth information and instructions about this type of exercise! The Isochain product sounds like a very good product when available. I'm using the Bullworker system now and works very well with the instructions in this manual. Get this ebook. Well worth the price and time to read!!

10/10 Must read!!!
By Paul Gordon / Selden, New York, United States

This book is jus a great example of all the great knowledge coach paul wade has and delivers. I own all his books and re read all them all the time finding new ways to get better. If your're looking for a great book to use for your training this is it

10/10 Amazing work!
By Marco Cassiano / Leon, Leon, Spain

This book is really a one of a kind. Very well written and backed by solid scientific research.
I am very anxious to the arrival of my ISOCHAIN.

As a pratictioner of brazilian jiu jitsu, I came to the conclusion of the effectivnesse of isometric work, as I noticed that in times when I was not working out with weights, and only practicing the martial art, I continued gaining considerable strength and size, doing a sport wich exerts tremendous forces but mainly isometric. And also in about 24-48 hours period I am ready to train again, something that with weightlifting was nearly impossible.

I believe that isometrics is a neglected part of training and is very efficient in building strenght an muscle.

As for the book, I highly recommend it to any fitness enthusiast.

10/10 Will integrate into my routine
By Kevin Potin / Le Mans, Sarthe, France

This book is really Wouaaw, exceptional, passionate to the end, it provides all the knowledge required in isometric training. Part 1 really presents the benefits of isometrics to us, especially in terms of health. The presentation of the Isochain is really Simple, it makes me want to buy it. Don't worry Paul Wade, i'm saving some Money to buy it. I was afraid to be limited on isometry, but in fact not at all, on the contrary, with isometry, de can do everything, and all this while being on good shape, even protecting us from injuries. Interested in strength, hypertrophy, endurance, you Will Always have something to your liking. An exclusive workout or mix it up with a Dynamic workout, you Can Do it. The only thing isometry Can Do for you improve your training. Thanks to the whole team

9/10 Encyclopedia of Isometrics
By s f / Tampa, Florida, USA

A detailed encyclopedic text of isometrics including the history, science and a multitude of exercise examples of this very underated modality. For anyone wanting to learn more about iso's, I would highly recommend this product.

10/10 Typical Paul Wade, excellent
By leo steving / LATROBE, PA, United States

i have only read bits & pieces of the e-book because i am not that good on a pc, but what i have read is excellent & cannot wait for the print version when it arrives. i have started to use the equipment-free drills awaiting the delivery of my isochain.

9/10 Very Informative , even for a guy age 67
By Jack McCarty / Louisvill, KY, US

I am 67 years old and I still love to go to the gym. I lift weights twice a week and attend exercise classes twice a week. I bought this ebook because I thought that isometrics might be better for me than traditional lifting of weights. The book provided me a broad overview of how to incorporate this form of strength fitness into my routine.

9/10 Paul "Coach" Wade does it again
By Morgan Smith / Perry, FL, United States

I love all of Dragon Doors publications but especially Coach Wade! As always, he has a very informative style and reads just as easy. His Isometric volume is no different. Definitely a good read and a must have for everyone's collection.

10/10 Simply the Best
By Paul Watt / Hartlepool, Durham, UK

IMHO this is far and away the best book on isometrics I have ever bought! And believe me, I have a lot of them. Yes, it focuses a lot on the Isochain, but you can make one yourself (minus the electronics) for a few quid. Then you will only have a few irrelevant pages out of over 600! Seriously, can?t recommend this book highly enough. Awesome

9/10 practical, out of the box!
By Mauro Napodano / ROme, Lazio, Italy

The book includes research and knowledge about isometrics, which is good. Yet if you want to go straight to the exercises, you can do it right away. The choice of training modules is large (I love the one that Bruce Lee used!) and those not necessarily need you to buy the picture tool. Good elastic bands would do. Five stars! Mauro from Italy

10/10 Comprehensive Review of Isometric Exercise
By Joseph Goldberger / PRESCOTT, AZ, United States

As a physician who specializes in musculoskeletal medicine I am particularly interested in various fitness publications. This book is both thorough and carefully documented. I can heartily recommend it.

9/10 Great
By Andrew Edhouse / Goldcoast, Queensland, Australia

I've been training in isometrics for quite a while, especially for tendon and joint health, this book really helped fill the gaps in my knowledge. Isometrics have helped me at 49 years old too be able to dunk at 6,1.Run around on concrete courts with no knee or hip pain, Isometrics have also helped me get over chronic hip pain, I had hip reconstruction surgery at 38. Many benefits to isometric training, this book shows you how and explaines the science behind it.

9/10 I'm no beginner, but definately no advanced lifter
By Jack McCarty CPA / Louisville, KY, US

At the beginning, I was totally overpowered by all the material contained in the ebook..

Slowly, I pieced thoough the book and started to incorporate sections of the book into my routine.

This ebook is an excellent value for anyone with an interest in either bodybuilding nor strength development.

10/10 Worth it
By Zach W / Springfield, MO, US

I got the book as part of preorder for the Isochain. The Ultimate Isometrics Manual goes into great detail on why isos work and how to use them. I have been using several of the Zero-tech methods since and will continue to use isos as part of my routine. I am also looking forward to when I finally get the Isochain itself.

10/10 Truly the ultimate ressource on isometrics.
By Amine Gueddida / Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Clearly talks about the history,science and applications of isometric training.
Highly recommended.

10/10 Nice
By Justin Blackwell / Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Been using for a month or so. Came up with some quick and effective workouts. It's been much easier to stick to than going to the gym. I do not have the isochain but the book supplies alternate exercises I have been using.

9/10 This is the Best I've Seen
By Charles Begin / Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Over the years I've developed quite an interest in the potential that isometrics have for healing injuries as well as dramatically increasing strength and stability. I've read many books on the topic as well as bought a few dvd's over the years. Many demonstrate countless exercises one can do and some provide some science to back it up and inspiration about what can be achieved over time.
The Ultimate Isometrics Manual is by far the best resource I have come across with a combination of the very best scientific research about isometrics in order to know exactly why and how to use them; great historical examples; many effective exercises and programs to suit different situations; and good pictures to aid visual understanding. There's even some inspiring examples to get you motivated. One of the sections is a little sales pitch for the isochain, but even if someone is not interested in buying one the information is very useful to understand and there are plenty of examples throughout the book of home-made solutions as well as isometrics without the need for any equipment. Well done.

10/10 excellent
By David Feig / Seattle, WA, USA

Very well laid out, explains the concepts of isometric training, but also the value of the isochain. To its credit, it also has a ton of resources for isometrics using other options. A must read.

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