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isometric exercise

exercise or a program of exercises to strengthen specific muscles or shape the figure by pitting one muscle or part of the body against another or against an immovable object in a strong but motionless action, as by pressing the fist of one hand against the palm of the other or against a desk.
any specific exercise of this type.
Origin of isometric exercise
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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isometric-exercise in Medicine

isometric exercise n.
Exercise performed by the exertion of effort against a resistance that strengthens and tones the muscle without changing the length of the muscle fibers.

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