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Static Contraction Training [Paperback]

Peter Sisco , John R. Little
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1 Dec 1998
"This is truly an incredible discovery that could cause physiology books to be rewritten." -- Ironman Magazine "A thorough, productive weight workout in less than three minutes? You better believe it! Larger muscles. Stronger techniques. Fewer injuries. What more do you want?" -- Martial Arts Training Magazine From bodybuilding and fitness pioneers Peter Sisco and John R. Little comes this revolutionary guide to building maximum muscle size and strength--using workouts that last as little as two minutes! Based on the authors' groundbreaking new research, Static Contraction Training reveals how a program consisting of only six 15- to 30-second exercises per workout will build muscle size and strength more efficiently than any other method. Learn firsthand the concepts that are revolutionizing bodybuilding, including:
  • Why training more than once a week--or longer than five minutes--can compromise your progress
  • How to stimulate maximum muscle mass
  • Nutritional fact vs. fiction
  • Gaining muscle without fat
  • Your weak link and how to overcome it in your next workout
  • The "law" that guarantees you huge muscle growth Whether you are a weekend athlete, beginning bodybuilder, or champion, the information in this book will forever change the way you view bodybuilding and strength training exercise. Peter Sisco is editor of Ironman Magazine's Ultimate Bodybuilding series and co-author of Power Factor Training and The Golfer's Two-Minute Workout. John R. Little, the innovator of the Static Contraction Method of strength training, is the editor of the Bruce Lee Library Series and co-author of Power Factor Training and The Golfer's Two-Minute Workout.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809229072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809229079
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.6 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Sisco is the co-author of numerous fitness and bodybuilding books, including Power Factor Specialization: Abs & Legs (0-80902-2827-0), Power Factor Specialization: Chest & Arms (0-8092-2828-9), and Power Factor Training (0-8092-3017-2).

John Little is known and respected in martial arts and film circles as the world’s foremost authority on the life and philosophy of Bruce Lee. He is the author of The Warrior Within, which offered the first formal presentation of Lee’s philosophy. In 1998, Little produced, directed, and wrote the score for Bruce Lee: In His Own Words, which won the prestigious Toronto World-Wide Short Film Festival award for Best Documentary. Little’s shooting script for this film resides in the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, California, a branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A few flaws but otherwise excellent 20 May 2003
By A Customer
Static Contraction Training (SCT) may not be perfect but it does represent something of a giant leap forward in getting across good methods and underlying principles for strength training that can be applied by everyone.
Unfortunately the book contains quite a few pictures of some well known bodybuilders. Whether the aim is just window dressing or a serious attempt to link the 'look' of these bodybuilders with SCT the fact remains that these people did not achieve that look by training in this manner, and the authors acknowledge that, but only in a roundabout way. Indeed, as you read the book you will learn why using SCT without all the 'supplements' used by the top bodybuilders cannot make you look like them, and after reading the chapter on 'Reality Versus Perception in Bodybuilding' you may not WANT to look like them! Personally I would have preferred it if pictures of the trainees who went through the SCT testing procedure had been used, much as Ellington Darden did in some of his books. That way you gain a more realistic idea of what can be achieved by following the protocol for the same length of time as the original experiment.
However, this does not really take much away from the real meat of the book, which is the presentation of the SCT method. The authors have gone to some length to test the method scientifically, although I have some doubt over just how valid their testing procedure was, and have some reservations about how they presented the results of their testing, that in no way acted as a barrier to testing the method on myself!
From my own experience of training in a SCT manner for the last few months I have seen very large increases in the weights I use, with greatly reduced training time.
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I have always been an advocate of the principles of high intensity training, but I never before had an open view to how you should perform a rep.I always just presumed that there had to be movement of the weight for there to be a resistance to my(or anyones)muscles.How wrong I was!Where as before when training, I was happy with as little progress as a one rep increase per workout,I now realised that this was far too slow.I am now progressing faster than ever before and I am training less often than ever.If you like the writings and scientific principles of Mike Mentzer, then this book is for you,as the authors are like mentzer in many ways.Buy it now,progress now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice AND IT WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 18 Jun 2004
By A Customer
I felt i had to come & write a few things about this book to share with other people interested in body building.
I first heard about the book through Anthony Robbins ( a motivational speaker in the USA). He was telling people that this is the way to body build not by doing reps. Because what the basic theory is you don't do reps. If you do them whilst training you don't stimulate the muscle enough. So then it won't bring in the other muscles - which are the ones that cause you to develop muscle! What you do is get a dumbell that you can rep quite easy then get the second one above and HOLD the dumbell for no less than 15secs and no more than 30 secs.
You do this with you abs, thighs etc. Then the next week you do the higher one up and your muscles grow along side all this.
It explains it more and better detail in the book. I can't recommend it enough. If i could post a before and after picture on the site, to show you the results by doing this method, i would. Buy the book, develop the training method and enjoy. Because you'll love the results I do!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time Saving but Flawed 23 April 2004
By A Customer
I thought this was a very interesting book similar in
principle to the old style bullworker only more intense.
My major faults with this book are that it is extremeley
repetitive, and does not mention many exercises in too much
detail. In fact I got the impression that this was done on
purpose so that anyone who is interested will feel compelled
to keep buying books by the same author. I do however agree
with the basic principles behind this technique and just
wishthe author would have spent a little more time on the
actual exercises so that readers would know what to do
with this knew found knowledge. One example of this is the
cable barbell curl(p77) which is instructed to be at
90 degree's which contradicts another part of the book
which states normal curls should be about 2 inches up from
vertical. This is however a good book on the mechanics of
muscles growth, it just does not show the reader how to
do itor at least not in this book.
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