If you have only just heard about Static Contraction Training (SCT) you might want to try a few of the exercises at your gym, just to satisfy yourself that there really is a difference. I'm really impressed!

The basics of SCT are to:
a) limit the range of motion to only your strongest and safest range
b) for just 5 seconds lift the heaviest weight you can within that range

The exercises themselves are common ones that you likely already do using your full, weakest range of motion. They can all be performed on regular equipment found in almost all gyms. You will also (happily) need quite a lot of iron plates.

Below are three great examples from the Train Smart e-book.

When you try these, you will suddenly realize how much your muscles really can lift and how many muscle fibres must be dormant and unstimulated during your normal, weak-range exercises.

Bench Press

This exercise is performed inside a Power Rack. Position the bar within 4 inches of your extended reach. Place 30 -100% more weight on the bar, than you normally use. Press the bar up one inch (do not lock-out) and hold it for at least of 5 seconds, while exhaling. Do not lock out. Experiment to find the most weight you can hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 days later, with 10 - 30% more weight and again 5 days after that, with another 10-30% more weight. Always use a weight that is so heavy that you can only hold it for 5 seconds. If you can hold it longer, it is too light. This applies to all three exercises on this page.

Barbell Shrug

This exercise is performed inside a Power Rack. Position the bar within one inch of your grasp, while standing. Place 30 -100% more weight on the bar than you normally use. Lift the bar off the support and use your trapezius muscles to raise the weight just slightly. Hold for a count of 5 seconds, while exhaling. Experiment to find the most weight you can hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 days later, with 10 - 30% more weight and again 5 days after that, with another 10 - 30% more weight.

Leg Press

Leg Press:
This exercise is performed with safety stops engaged at ALL TIMES. Position the seat so that the sled is within 4 inches of your full extension. Place 100 - 200% more weight on the press, than you normally use. Press the sled up one inch, off the safety stops. Hold for for a count of 5 seconds, while exhaling. Do not lock out. Experiment to find the most weight you can hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 days later, with 20 - 50% more weight and again 5 days after that, with another 20 - 50% more weight.

After you've followed these instructions you will discover that not only do you lift more weight, but you can exactly measure your progress with a meaningful number, for each exercise. When you train with SCT, you simply "train by the numbers" and can always see progress, or lack of progress and know whether or not you are fully recovered with mathematical precision. The full Train Smart workout consists of 10 exercises, that are divided into two different workouts, using just five exercises. An SCT workout consists of going into the gym and performing five exercises, lasting five seconds each and then either leaving the gym or spending your time working on some aspect of fitness, other than strength training. If you're a person who wants measurable results and doesn't like to waste time, then SCT is made for you.

Some Exercise Cheats

Those of you who have been training with SCT for a few months, often say that you are now so strong now, that you are maxing out the equipment at your gym. In other words, SCT has literally made you too strong for normal gym equipment. The first thing I tell people who say this, is "That's a great problem to have!."

Here are a few things you can do to cheat the machines and get even more intensity out of the exercises.

Lat Pulldowns:
Most of these machines operate by lifting a stack of plates, held in place by a locking pin. Sometimes you can add one or two dumbbells to the top of the weight stack. Obvious Warning: make sure the dumbbell isn't going to fall off the stack when you lift it. This can work for SCT because you only perform a 5 second exercise. Never try it for multiple, full range reps. Also, by using a single grip handle, you can perform lat pulldowns using one arm at a time, thus effectively doubling the weight.

Ab Crunches:
You can use the same cheat method as above, on the weight stack.

If you are using a machine, rather than a barbell, then you can use both hands to pull the weight into your strongest position and then release one hand and hold that position statically with only the other hand. This basically doubles the amount of weight and intensity, compared to using both arms.

Leg Press and Toe Press:
You can also perform these exercises using one leg at a time, thus doubling the weight. Be very careful not to torque your pelvis and spine - if you feel even a slight twinge of pain, don't do it. My preference is to place an empty barbell across the sled and then load it with additional plates. I've used machines that can accommodate two barbells.

The sad thing is that most humans are capable of getting too strong for conventional weightlifting equipment, yet the same machines get built year after year. Worse, the common advice is to risk a serious injury using a full range of motion, just so these machines can appear to have adequate weight for most people. There is a reason why you never see weights in a yoga class - heavy weights and flexibility training don't mix. The world needs machines that can provide adequate intensity for people lifting in the strongest, safest range of motion. Static Contraction = building muscle, without maximizing joint and tendon injuries - what a radical concept!

Pete Sisco has developed a better way to lift weights and build muscle, called Static Contraction Training. He wrote a training plan Train Smart. It's been proven to work by many, many thousands of people. Build muscle the easy way - with the world's fastest workout! Do 10 exercises, of 5 seconds each, for all the muscle you want - guaranteed. Now you should try it too. As Pete says, "train smart, train with your brain". See more by clicking here, or simply copy this link into your browser: http://dersalsites.eca.sh/TrainSmart

Clinton Robson is a South African Personal Trainer and fitness fanatic and is a qualified Personal Trainer. He has completed a contract to run the gyms on cruise ships. He has done a special higher level course and qualified as an Exercise Specialist, or Conditioning Coach. He manages a local gym, assisting clients with training plans. He has been working out regularly, since 1996. He writes articles on many fitness topics, such as training, bodybuilding, working out, losing fat, toning the muscles, nutrition, supplements and more. Visit his blog at Fitness And Fatness, by clicking here, or by copying this link: http://www.fitnessandfatless.yolasite.com