15 Isometric Exercises for More Core Strength and Full-Body Stability

Anytime you hit a lift, you’re thinking about lifting it and then lowering it. Those up and down movements are known as concentric (up) and eccentric (down) phases. But there’s a third phase that doesn’t get much attention from the general lifting population — isometrics. Isometrics is a fancy way of saying "pause." It refers to a static hold, but incorporating isometric exercises into your training can make your gains the opposite of static.

By performing exercises with pauses or doing movements that have you hold tight in one spot, you’re teaching your body control. You’re also strengthening supporting and stabilizing muscles, which will help your regularly-paced lifts when appropriately trained.