high-speed ISOKINETIC machines
Until the introduction of isokinetic into the performance arena from the rehabilitation arena, resistance training for speed, quickness, velocity, rehab, etc., was limited to conventional exercise programs. These are highly useful, but only part of the equation-and limited in speed. If applied for athletics, the joint and muscle load from conventional training could eventually break down the musculoskeletal system and limit the speeds at which the athlete can train. With appropriate injections of isokinetic training, we can now achieve high speeds with pure (or dual) concentric load, mitigating muscular co-contraction, injury, and neurological glitches. This is accomplished via mechanisms that accommodates the different force/velocity outputs required throughout the range of motion, while providing full stimulus throughout said ROM. The nervous system is trained to selectively recruit muscle fibers, bypassing the slow-twitch and medium-twitch peripheral reflex arc, then fire using the type 2B Fast Twitch reflex arc. This immediate and deliberate training of the Fast-Twitch nerve fiber increases the speeds at which muscles react, further developing contract-and-relax cycles.
Many conventional weight training movements are great for loading structures, creating hormonal and metabolic reactions, but only some neurologically translate to sport.
The brain works on a protect to perform continuum-you cannot fully express the perform side if your brain is concerned with your survival. In certain heavy, slow movements, the brain places central and peripheral ‘governors’ or limiters on movement as a means to control or brake a movement. This is akin to driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the break.
We not only tailor our strength work to ensure transfer of training, but also provide the proper stimulus to the nervous system.
Performance Isokinetic training places athletes in strategic anatomical positions and neurological situations in which the brain is able to fire with maximal force applied against a proper load.
When the brain is able to be re-patterned to express the neuromuscular system maximally without concern for safety, the resulting effect is a rewiring of neurological software that translates to movement at the speed of sport.
While not the foundation of our training platform, this type of resistance training serves as both peaking tool and supplement for our strength & conditioning work-specifically peak performance and neurological corrective exercise. Additionally, we have the ability to properly surf the force/velocity curve to illicit a variety of neurological expressions, from starting/accelerating strength to speed strength.