If you’ve ever done a barre workout, you’ve probably experienced the “hold and pulse” pain… Yes, pulse exercises are super challenging, but are they really doing anything? Is the burning like hell you feel in your muscles truly worthwhile?
What are pulse exercises?
Pulsing is simply moving in a tiny “up and down” repetitive way (throbbing rhythmically) a part of your body.
Sounds easy right? You simply hold whatever exercise you are performing (most commonly a squat), then you start doing short pulses to engage the muscles to their fullest.
When you stay in a pulse, you shorten your range of motion and your muscles are contracting all the time, unlike a full-range move, where there is a time of release.
What are the benefits of pulse exercises?
Pulses are essentially performed in barre fitness as well as in yoga. Yep! Pulsing exercises surely come with some great benefits for your body! Thanks to light pulsing, you can achieve a toned and tighter body. But not only, you also can:
- build endurance
- get stronger
- increase muscle growth
- improve mobility and stability
First, pulses isolate the activated muscles which maximize fatigue, building muscle endurance. Second, it is also muscle exhaustion that generates a change in them, strengthening your resistance. Third, pulsing brings more blood to the muscles which increase their mass. Finally, pulsatile movements target muscles that are key stabilizers, enhancing your mobility.
Adding that extra pulsing effort into your exercise routine is of great value. The best is to combine pulse and full-range moves together to reap the most profitable results from both.
Full-range motions target an entire muscle group while pulsing motions bring the emphasis toward major stabilizing muscles.
As an example, for a balanced workout, after completing 10 reps of a move, I then stay in the pulse for 10 seconds. I repeat this pattern 3 to 4 times.
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