The use of isoknetic dynamometers, and their protocols, has been in use for over 30 years, mostly in the rehabilitation of injuries in a clinical setting. But it is quickly becoming a widely accepted form of resistance exercise for performance enhancement (19). For our purposes, the question then becomes; if these machines can rehabilitate an injured athlete, then why not train a healthy athlete, using the same principles, and maximize their gains, often at velocities similar to that which is required in their sport? That has been the premise of our training protocols for over 8 years now.
This manual will attempt to bridge some of the knowledge gaps between training with isokinetic machinery, and using it clinically for the rehabilitation of injuries. The ability to bridge those knowledge gaps has come from years of training athletes, and fitness clients, from a multitude of sports and varied backgrounds, on this equipment, and from years of researching the subject. Most of that experience is empirical, yet our results coincide with the known studies on the subject of how isokinetics can be used to increase athletic performances. This manual will define some of the attributes of this type of training, as well as present scientific studies that can back-up the results that the coaches, and athletes alike, will see on the field of play.
What you have in your hands will be just a starting point for your journey of discovery in the world of isokinetics. This, along with the hands-on training that you will receive, should put you well down the track to becoming the best trainer you can be to your athletes, and fitness clients. There are thousands of athletes out there already who can testify to the efficacy of this type of training regimen, so we know it works. And our fitness clients are amazed at their ability to lose weight, utilizing this regimen. You will see it too! We hope that this manual will be a useful source of information, and reference, for years to come.