Does It Actually Do Anything When You ‘Pulse’ In A Workout Class?
Pulsing — i.e., moving a part of your body up and down in a tiny, repetitive motion — is a staple in barre, cycling and even yoga classes. It can burn like hell when you’re doing it. But have you ever found yourself in this bobbing motion, wondering: Is this doing anything?
Good news: Pulsing is definitely doing something for your body — and it actually comes with some pretty legit benefits.
“When you shorten your range of motion, your muscles are contracted the entire time, versus a full-range exercise, where there is a moment of release,” says personal trainer Tiffani Robbins.
Translation: Pulsing isolates the active muscles and fatigues them more quickly, which helps build their endurance. Plus, you’ll get stronger.
“Staying in a pulse brings more blood to them, which can increase growth,” says Robbins.
But don’t nix your full-range moves altogether, since those activate the entire muscle group. In other words, as with most exercises, doing a different variation will score you different benefits. And the ideal is to have a mix of both pulsing moves and full-range versions so that you can experience the best results of both worlds.
For a balanced workout, Robbins suggests pulsing at the end of a move in your routine: For example, complete 10 reps of a squat or lunge, then pulse for 10 counts. Repeat three times.
This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com