High-Tension Strength Training. — A few years back I attended an outstanding seminar at @ranfonetraining and was lucky enough to hear @bumtodd and @rannyron speak about ISO's and High Tension Lifting strategies. Since then I've utilized many of those techniques fairly often in my own training as well as with my clients. — The nervous system feedback provided by high tension exercises can help teach clients how to stabilize correctly without the burden of a huge external load. I find the unique combination of high tension and low system loading make them valuable for a few different scenarios. — 1). Beginners/In-Season/Initial Phases: Isometrics won't create a huge inflammatory response in the tissue making them a great option for beginners who often experience extreme soreness with eccentric/concentric work. I also like utilizing them with athletes that are in-season or returning to training following a de-training period. Some specific exercises I like with ISO holds are Squat, Split Squat, Lateral Squat, Push-Up andTRX Row. — 2). The ISO/High Tension approach can also serve as a great warm-up for heavier loaded lifts. Sustained tension is a great way to “prime” the nervous system for improved activation and efficiency. I really like using The Dunphy Squat that I learned at this past weekends @stickmobility course (post on that coming soon) as well as Bottom Up KB Squats to prime the squat pattern. — 3). Finally, I think this approach can be great when clients are feeling tired and beat up but still want to find ways to train. In the video above @autumnal_fire crushes some bottom up squats. On this particular day, we chose to call an audible and switch out heavy double bell squats for bottom up squats because she simply wasn't feeling it that day. This allowed us to generate a training effect on her nervous system without a huge external load and insult to the tissue. — Do you like to utilize ISOs and High Tension strategies in your training? Share your favorite exercises with us in the comments!