One thing the Isochain doesn’t get enough credit for is being insanely versatile.
This device produces the most effective isometric stimulus in almost every muscle in your body.
I’ve created a giant list of all the known Isochain exercises, so you can quickly see each of the different ways to hit certain muscles, allowing you to create your own perfect Isochain workout.
Big shout out to Chris of NoLimitSquad who I’ve used as the demonstration clips in this article. Make sure you head over to his YouTube channel and subscribe for an endless supply of Isochain content!
If you want more detailed instructions on how to perform any of these movements, he’ll usually have a video on his channel which explains it in greater detail!
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Isochain Leg Exercises
I find people are often surprised at just how many incredible leg exercises are possible with the Isochain.
Let’s take a closer look at each of the top Isochain leg exercises.
Isochain Belt Squat
The Isochain belt squat is the single exercise which allows you to output the maximum possible force using your legs.
The belt squat itself is an awesome movement because there’s no spinal compression. It’s pure leg drive.
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Be sure to check out my full article explaining the benefits of doing belt squats!
Isochain Back Squat
Most people thought it wasn’t possible to back squat with the Isochain, but most people were wrong!
Make sure you’re pushing through the quads when doing this exercise.
For the deadlift, you want to use a chain link length such that the Isochain is just above your knees.
Make sure your spine is neutral, core is engaged, and your chin is up.
Make sure you remember to breath!
This exercise doubles as an excellent grip strength movement.
The Isochain RDL is one of the most effective hamstring isometric movements there is.
Make sure you hinge at the hip and keep a neutral spine, so that all of the tension is on your hammies.
Isochain Front Squat
This variation of the squat is my least favorite with the Isochain because of how much pressure it puts on your wrists.
In a traditional front squat, you’re resting the bar on your shoulders and not your wrists like this.
It definitely still works well as a leg exercise, so long as you make sure you keep your wrists directly under the handle (so they’re not bent back as they would be in a normal front squat).
To be honest, just avoid this movement and do the zercher squat instead (see below).
Isochain Zercher Squat
This squat variation is much less taxing on your wrists and allows you to generate more power with your legs.
This is the easiest squat variant to do with the Isochain and I recommend it over the others, especially for beginners.
Isochain Austin Squat
The Austin squat was invented by an Isochain user and the idea is to use a low enough chain link that allows you to pull the handle over your kneecaps so it’s taught against your lower thighs.
Once the bar is locked against your lower thighs, you’re able to generate force using exclusively your legs.
No other squat variation has ever been able to get the load point so low on the human body, not even the belt squat (which attaches at the upper glute).
This allows for zero spinal loading and maximum quadricep activation.
Isochain Bulgarian Split Squat
The rear foot elevated split squat is one of my favorite unilateral leg exercises that I do every week.
This one’s great for seeing how big your muscle imbalances are in your legs.
Doing this movement with the Isochain will allow you to see how much force your left VMO can generate as opposed to your right.
Doing unilateral movements like this will help iron out muscle and strength imbalances over time too.
Isochain Standing Calf Raise
For the calf raise you’ll want to use the same chain link you use for the shoulder shrug or possibly one above or below that.
Use a double overhand grip and keep your feet a little closer together than usual.
Isochain Seated Calf Raise
You can also do seated calf raises using the Isochain if you want to hit more of the soleus as opposed to gastroc.
Use the same chain link as you would for the seated wrist curl.
You should be pushing your knees into your wrists when doing this movement,
Isochain Shoulder Exercises
There’s no shortage of amazing ways to build stronger shoulders when using the Isochain.
A lot of these movements are compound in nature and will work your triceps and back as well.
Isochain Shoulder Press
The Isochain shoulder press can be performed at multiple angles and I recommend not just doing them at the 90 degree angle (as below).
This is the easiest and most effective shoulder builder to begin with.
If you want to focus more on strength output, start closer to the bottom of the movement, with the handle closer to your upper chest.
Isochain Shoulder Front Raise
When doing the front raise, make sure you keep a neutral spine and generate force using only your shoulders.
Try to keep your arms fairly straight throughout the contraction.
Isochain Press Lockout
This is just the shoulder press except closer to the top of the movement.
Most important with this exercise is to make sure you keep a neutral spine.
Some upper back arch is okay, but you want to avoid excessive lumbar lordosis (curving of lower spine).
Isochain Push Press
Start the push press in a typical overhead press position using a double overhand grip.
Make sure your knees are bent considerably more than in the typical shoulder press.
You want to begin with the handle just above your chest, closer to the bottom of the movement.
Isochain High Pull
The EZ bar high pull is one of my favorite movements for anterior deltoids as well as the upper back and now you can replicate this movement using the Isochain.
This is great for developing strength and stability through the inner/upper back.
Isochain Chest Exercises
While the chest is one of the harder muscle groups to train using the Isochain, it definitely is still possible!
Isochain Chest Press
The standing chest press is the easiest way to work your chest using the Isochain.
Start with the bar roughly parallel to your nipples, and push the bar upwards and away from you.
Again, make sure you avoid excessive curvature of the lower spine.
You should feel a good pump in your chest when doing this one!
Isochain Bench Press
If you wanted a proper bench press solution, you can head to the hardware store and create a fairly inexpensive attachment which will allow you to bench more or less as normal.
It’s definitely not a perfect solution, but it is a brilliant chest pump!
Isochain Incline Bench Press
It’s also possible to target the upper chest using a standard gym bench.
This movement is a little clunky and you do have to press the bar back over your head, which limits how much force you can produce, but it works really well!
Isochain Back Exercises
There’s plenty of ways to hit your back using the Isochain.
Obviously a lot of these movements could be considered bicep exercises too.
Isochain Seated Row
The neutral grip seated row is virtually no different to how you’d do it at a gym using a cable machine.
Isochain Wide Grip Seated Row
You can also switch the grip up to target your lats a little more.
Admittedly it’s a little frustrating not being able to use a neutral grip when doing these seated rows, as you have to use either a supinated grip or double overhand.
Isochain Shoulder Shrug
The shrug is a fairly simple trap builder.
You can use either a double overhand or mixed grip.
Make sure you keep that spine neutral and focus on generating force using primarily your upper traps.
Isochain Bent Over Row
The Isochain bent over row isn’t quite as simple as it is with a barbell and takes a little finessing to get right.
The key is to make sure you’re hinging at the hip and using your upper body to generate power (not your hamstrings; this isn’t an RDL).
Isochain Clean Pull
Who would have thought you could do Olympic lifts using the Isochain!
The clean pull requires you to use a double overhand grip while raising up onto your toes.
You should feel this one deep in your upper back around your scapula.
Make sure you keep your elbows flared out to the sides and your chest needs to stay upright.
You really shouldn’t feel this in your shoulders too much.
This is my favorite movement for building that yoke/strongman upper back thickness.
Isochain Arm Exercises
The amount of arm exercises you can do using the Isochain is quite absurd.
Almost each of these can be modified to use different joint angles, which is something I recommend you do from time to time.
Isochain Bicep Curl
To perform the bicep curl, use a supinated grip and really focus on squeezing the peak of your bicep as tightly as possible.
Play around with using a low, medium, and high angle for these.
Isochain Finger Pull
The finger pull is one of the best ways to develop your grip strength.
Use a double overhand grip with your thumbs on top too.
Drive upwards using your entire body and hang on for dear life!
Focus on curling the bar into your wrists using just your fingers.
Isochain Reverse Curl
The reverse curl is a great brachioradialis builder.
However it is a frustrating movement because of how underwhelming your force output is, especially if you have weak wrists like me!
Isochain Dinosaur Arm Reverse Curl
One alternative is to completely sacrifice your wrists and just pull as hard as you can using your forearms.
This variation is better for developing the upper forearms, whereas the former variation is better for developing the muscles closer to your wrists.
Isochain Tricep Extension
Your standard tricep extension works great for the Isochain, however I’d recommend keeping your elbows more in front of you as opposed to flared out to the sides (as below).
Isochain Standing Overhead Tricep Press
This movement is one of my favorite tricep finishers at the gym and it’s also excellent for the Isochain.
In this movement, you do want to flare your elbows out to the sides as you’re focusing more on a pressing movement as opposed to an extension.
The scullcrusher is one of the toughest tricep exercises out there, but it’s the one I’ve seen the best results with.
Isochain Tricep Kickback
Although this movement doesn’t exactly look like your traditional tricep kickback, it still feels almost identical.
Kickbacks are no fun because they’re a unilateral movement that take forever to complete. But with the Isochain, you can do both arms at once.
This is one of the most effective ways to make your triceps strong in the lockout position.
Isochain Seated Wrist Curl
Find a chain link that allows you to rest your forearms on your knees, and then curl the handle in towards your torso.
You should feel an epic burn in your forearms.
Isochain Seated Pronated Wrist Curl
You can also do this with a pronated grip.
Your number is going to be much lower, but it’s important to include this variation to make sure you’re hitting your outer forearms and brachioradialis too.
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