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Xavier Musketeers

Xavier University is a member of the Big East Conference and is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Musketeers Strength and Conditioning program is led by their 'outstanding'  Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Matt Jennings. Matt was a center on the North Carolina Tar Heels football team in the early 1990's.  Interestingly, he coaches at a University that their sports program no longer includes the sport of football. Matt has brought his leadership, toughness and sense of purpose to Xavier to the good fortune of their athletic program.

Xavier recently upgraded their strength and conditiong facility to Get even Stonger.

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Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum Leg Curl, Pendulum Leg Extension, Pit Shark, Pendulum Shoulder/Incline, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum Pulldown, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Grip Cart, Pendulum Power Stack

PENN Quakers

The University of Pennsylvania adds the Pendulum Squat Pro to their weight room.

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Topics: Announcements, Pendulum Squat Pro

Small And Powerful

The multifidis muscle starts at the sacral bone at the base of the spine and extends upward to the second cervical vertebra. The multifidis takes pressure off the discs and it's strength adds stability to the vertebral column. Though small it is the most powerful muscle that supports the region. 

Studies show that the size of the multifidis and the risk for head and neck injuries are associated in contact sports. Once a neck injury occurs there is a rapid degeneration of the cervical multifidis and MRI's show a fatty infiltration into the tissue. The muscle must be kept thick and strong along the entire spine and rehabilitated like any other region of the body post injury.

If you contract your shoulder muscles dynamically or isometrically there is an increase in thickness of the multifidis which serves to protect the head and neck. The muscle will thicken regardless of force direction to the shoulder or arm. This is a wonderful way our body safeguards us from excessive trauma - when an appendage is hit the cervical spine stiffens.

Take advantage of this small, but powerful muscle and make sure all athletes train and rehabilitate the multifidis....... Get Strong

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West Virginia Strength Coach Darl Bauer Neck Training Athletes

 

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Neck training

MX 4 Our Vets

Warrior Medical and Fitness, with a generous donation from Chadds Ford Rotary Club, Concordville, PA donated a beautiful MX-4 Multi-exerciser to the Philadelphia VA. We now have our sights set on the Ann Arbor, Michigan VA . We need additional funds to provide an MX-4 to support our Ann Arbor veterans. We have already raised half the funds to help our cause please donate at:

 http://www.warriormedicalandfitness.org/ JOIN OUR FIGHT !!!!

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Gabe Harrington former Colgate Strength Coach demonstrates one of the many exercises on the newly installed MX-4.

Topics: Announcements, Pendulum MX4

Learning to Get Strong

We all have a predominant style of learning whether it be auditory, visual, read-write, kinesthetic or a specific combinations there of. Coaching requires presenting information with a variety of techniques, experiences and activities that enhance understanding the skills they need to know and practice.

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Learning to Use the Pendulum Head and Neck

Rick Court the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the University of Maryland makes sure each athlete understands the skill required to maximize development when they enter into his program. Rick uses a wide variety of teaching experience that ensures that each athlete understands thoroughly the expectation of an exercise, especially when it comes to head and neck training.

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Pendulum Head and Neck Machines

 

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck

Marquette High School

Marquette Senior High School located in Marquette, Michigan uses the Pendulum Rack System to Get Strong.

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Topics: Pendulum Rack System

Frankenmuth High School Strength Training Facility

 

U.S.News_White.jpgFrankenmuth is located in Saginaw County Michigan, it is the home of the Bavarian Fest, 'Oktoberfest', Frankenmuth Snowfest, Great Lakes Regional Hot Air Balloon Championships, The Dog Bowl, Heritage Park, The Covered Bridge and one of the Nation's best High Schools -The Frankenmuth High School Eagles. 

The Eagles just built a strength training facility for it's students and in addition to their Pendulum Dual Power Racks they added a line of Pendulum Machines to Get their athletes Strong.

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Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Squat Pro

Hamstring Flexibility And Injuries

There is no doubt that flexibility is an important component of fitness and stretching programs change plasticity. In the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, "The effects of hamstring stretching on range of motion: a systematic literature review," the overwhelming evidence indicates that range of motion of the hamstrings is increased with a variety of stretching techniques, variations of positions and durations of training.  The question remains: Will flexibility reduce hamstring injuries?

In a study just published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine looking at 450 males who played amateur sport, researchers found there was no relationship between hamstring flexibility and hamstring injuries.  Studies such as this only reinforce that programs must be well rounded and that conditioning, strength, warm up, and all facets of preparation are important in making ready for athletics.

In maximizing the strength of biarticular muscles, such as the hamstrings, ensuring the upper and lower portions of the appendage are equally trained will lead to greater muscular adaptation.

The glute/ham machine preferentially targets the lower part of the hamstring, the reverse glute/ham targets the upper hamstring. Strength training the entire muscle, warming up, remaining flexible and conditioning are all necessary and will lead to a reduction of injuries.

The Pendulum Glute/Ham

The Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham

Topics: Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham, Pendulum Glute-ham

Grip Strength And The Shoulder Rotator Cuff

A common occurrence especially in contact sports is shoulder pain as a resultant of rotator cuff pathology. People move differently in pain. Pain causes alterations in muscle activity and reduces loads within the affected region to protect from further discomfort and injury. The handgrip, shoulder flexion and bicep brachii activity can potentially change 'internal loading' of the shoulder muscles as there is a co-activation of the proximal and distal arm muscles during gripping.  How you grip an object and the effort you apply results in a redistribution of force in the rotator cuff muscles, positively or negatively since shoulder stabilizer activity increases during handgrip actions.

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Knowing this about hand movement and the rotator cuff helps us not only in rehabilitation of an injury, but also in strength training. Having a program with many gripping movements with your shoulder in flexion strengthens much more then your hands. A variety of grip strengthening exercises as an emphasized regular part of your athletic program may in fact be one of the best methods of working the musculature to stabilize the rotator cuff. 

Train your hands and protect your shoulder - Get the Grip Strong.

Pendulum Grip Cart

Build your own Pendulum Grip Cart with a wide variety of gripping tools from Rogers Athletic 

Topics: Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Grip Cart, Strength

Getting The Most Out Of Your Grip Strength

Hand grip strength has a strong correlation with body position, which has implications in training. You can apply the most grip strength while standing, your grip strength then decreases in this order sitting, supine, side lying and prone. 

Use the Pendulum Standing Gripper to maximize your hand strength and Get Strong.

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Topics: Pendulum Gripper