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Strength gains with ranges of motion

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Leg Press
The leg angle of an average high school athlete leg press exercise may varies from 250lbs effort possible at 90 degrees, increasing to 550lbs at 135 degrees and still improving to 900lbs at 180 degrees at full extension. Isokinetic resistance is the only way to build maximum strength throughout the full range of motion and making it possible to jump quicker and maybe 4 to 10" higher.

Vertical Jumping Exercises

Knee Extensions
Weights are limited to the maximum amount that can be moved at the weakest angle, thus only the weakest ranges are near maximally loaded, while the stronger ranges never receives maximum muscle loading. Usually the resistance is thrown ballistically through the stronger ranges. Because of the muscle and skeleton structure of the body the most common ranges of motion of exercises vary in each sport and this knee exercises middle range is maybe twice as strong as the beginning or ending of the exercise. Thus, for the first time in exercise history, isokinetics allows the individual to build maximum strength at every angle of the range of motio

Vertical Jumping Exercises

Curls
Curls are another exercise which angles also has been measured with a potentiometer, again illustrates the need of variable resistance. Isokinetic exercise allows individuals to work to a maximum at all ranges of the motion and accommodating the fatigue factor as well maximizing the total work load. As the individual increases leverage with the exercise the isokinetic resistance mechanism automatically increases the load to constantly challenge the skeletal muscle system for further gains. With isotonic (weights training) a weight is lifted for a specific number of repetitions but the athlete is only getting a maximum exertion at the end of the set and only lifting what can be moved through the weakest zone thus no where near the total work load that is achieved through using isokinetics.

Vertical Jumping Exercises

Bench Press
When benching weights, one is limited to maybe one half the iron that can be moved from the chest. One develops this weak beginning range effectively with Isokinetic resistance of the Mini-Gyms.

Isokinetic resistance provides advantages not possible with weight training:

Football Strength Training

Higher Jumping:
All athletes should train fast to be fast. We know the development of the White Quick Twitch muscle fiber is the key to jumping higher, and jumping quicker. We have had many athletes of 5’6” exceed the rim of a goal and dunk the ball within a matter of a few weeks. This is because we provide maximum resistance at the beginning of the exercise. And yet as one’s legs extend upward to full 180 degrees one gets maximum resistance through the full range of motion. This just not possible with weight training, and when athletes do 25-30 reps in 30 second and many reach 600-900 pounds of push in the last 2 inches of the extended range of motion. We provide max resistance at every point there for the full range of motion and with each fatiguing rep.

Football Strength Training

Speed Training
The isokinetic Mini-Gyms allows athletes to exercise at fast speeds and develop the white muscle fibers or “quick twitch” fibers necessary for consistence in repetitive moves with continued quickness and power. This isn’t possible with slow speed isotonic weight training which builds strength but not power because red muscle fiber “slow twitch” is activated which is the endurance fibers. With isokinetics the athletes who builds power which will turn also develop strength so he improves at all levels.

Safety
With isokinetic Mini-Gym the athlete sets the speeds at which they wish to work and that remains a constant resistance. Every repetition is fully exerted to their maximum but no more resistance is produced than the body can generate at that moment minimizing the chances of injuries. Also the body usually fluctuates from day to day in its power and the Mini-Gym automatically will accommodate the changes thus preventing overstressing on weaker days.

Football Strength Training

More Strength Development
Isokinetic exercise allows the athlete to work to a maximum at all ranges of the motion and accommodating the fatigue factor as well maximizing the total work load. As the athlete increases power, the resistance mechanism automatically increases the load to constantly challenge the skeletal muscle system for further gains. With isotonic weight training, a weight is lifted for a specific number of repetitions but the athlete is only getting a maximum exertion at the end of the set and only lifting what can be moved through the weak zone thus no where near the total work load that is achieved through using isokinetics.

 

No Muscle Soreness
With isokinetics the athlete only exerts force in the positive part of the exercise thus allowing the blood vessels to dilate slightly during the return or negative phase thus causing better blood flow to the muscle tissue and bringing nutrients in and flushing the waste materials out. The result is little to no muscle soreness from the build up of lactic acid which is mostly removed.


Train in Less Time
With the isokinetic Mini-Gyms no weights need to be set or removed. The resistance is automatically adjusted to the force exerted and continued for every repetition and set, therefore only short time periods of exercise are required to get maximum effect per exercise. The only simple adjustment necessary is if the athlete wants to work at a different speeds.


In Season Conditioning
This is necessary for injury protection and for continued optimal performance throughout the season. Many of the exercises can be performed at explosive fast speeds and if necessary cut back one timed session per exercise. Mini-Gym isokinetic program has all the benefits required for a safe, efficient and effective workout for the athlete both in and off season.


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*There is no guarantee that these results occur with every athlete. Results may vary from one athlete to another.