Elite and pro athletes train between five and six hours a day, six days a week. That’s right, 30 to 36 hours a week. That’s 30 plus hours of brutal work honing their skills and body. While weights, aerobics and other exercises and stretching build muscle and strength, isometrics is a special kind of strength training. Unlike “pumping iron,” or using machines to build strength, isometrics is an exercise in which the joint angle and muscle length do not change during contraction - adding a different kind of strength.
Endurance athletes not only need strength and power, they need muscle and cardiac endurance. The processes that occur in the body during Isometrics create a more efficient, lactic acid burning system and a more efficient blood pumping heart.
This makes for better endurance. That’s right. Burning lactic acid for fuel is a process that involves training your body at high intensities. If you can do that, you can become very efficient at shuttling the lactic acid back up to the liver and converting it into glucose. Once converted into glucose, that lactic acid can be used as a concentrated energy source by your muscles.
This process is called the “lactic acid cycle” or the “Cori cycle” and it’s only possible to do efficiently and effectively with isometric exercises. Endurance athletes already spend incredible amounts of time training. Maximizing results in 10 minutes per week with the PeakFitPro is an advantage for your gains, your recovery, and efficiently using your valuable time. There is no reason the endurance athlete needs to ever spend 3-6 hours a week lifting ever again. This is the greatest strength training for triathletes available today.
Bodybuilders train their muscles to the point of failure, meaning it’s difficult to do more than a set number of exercises. Isometric exercises however can be performed when the muscle is fatigued - and without the risk of injury.
Doubters in isometric effectiveness only need to go to the old Charles Atlas Training Courses, which were largely isometric exercises. Isometric exercises have several benefits for both strength athletes and bodybuilders - including advantages not possible through regular weight training.
Isometrics allows bodybuilders to recruit nearly all the muscle fibers during a maximal isometric contraction - something that doesn't happen with regular eccentric and concentric (down and up) repetitions. Any bodybuilder knows, the more muscle you can recruit the more damage you can inflict and the more growth can occur. This leads to a greater than normal increase in strength. In as little as 10-weeks athletes have been proven to show strength gains of 14-40% with isometric training.
Police officers, like many of us, have semi-sedentary jobs. Long shifts, odd hours, and irregular schedules, which doesn’t make it easy to stick to any exercise routine. Yet, officers are required to be fit, to move and to use their bodies every day. In spite of the intense demand for physical exertion, officers spend a lot of time behind the wheel of a patrol car or desk, as well as on the streets. Isometric exercises can be performed on the job, and give anyone, regardless of the job type or demands, the strength they need to perform.
One of the primary hazards of being a firefighter is low back pain. Firefighters main activities include the use of fire hoses, manual lifting, and the use of heavy tools for fire rescues. Other factors that cause low back pain may include, climbing ladders, lifting weights, moving the body while wearing heavy gear, stretching the body, or excessive firefighting work.
They are often forced into awkward activities in cramped quarters. Almost all of their physical activity on the job involves risks of musculoskeletal disorders that can be corrected, prevented or helped by performing isometric exercises. A study by the National Institute of Health on the effect of isometric exercises on actual firefighters showed an increase in abdominal strength and a decrease in back pain following regular isometric exercise.
Powerlifters often have difficulty training through sticking points during a lift. This is where isometric exercises can make a huge difference. Because isometric exercises have the most effect at a particular portion of a movement, they’re especially useful for and improving the transition between the controlled and explosive portion of a movement.
The two most common sticking points for powerlifters are the bottom of the bench press and the bottom of the squat. These, and other sticking points can be reduced or eliminated with isometric exercises. Isometric exercises are also far safer for power lifters, allowing the lifter to continue to exercise long after he’s reached muscle fatigue with free weights. You can easily train with significantly more weight than you could possible do in a full range of motion with the PeakFitPro. This will help you realize gains far beyond what you could have otherwise