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Pendulum Shoulder/Incline And More

Posted by Pendulum Strength on Oct 23, 2018 9:37:33 AM

How about having an exercise machine that you can shoulder press, incline press and can do a bench press on! A great way to Get Strong!

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Forward Head Posture And The Cell Phone

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Oct 18, 2018 3:50:45 PM

The issues with the use of cell phones while driving is well documented and regulated. Many studies are now linking cellular technology overuse with sleep disturbances, anxiety, stress and to a lesser extent, depression and personality variables such as self-esteem, impulsivity, self-identity, and self-image.

Physicians, therapists, trainers and physical educators are becoming concerned that increased muscle activity in the neck–shoulder region when texting or surfing on a smartphone increases the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. It has clearly been shown that two-handed texting is associated with increased cervical flexion while one-handed texting was correlated with an asymmetric neck posture. Changes around the neck caused by forward head lean and/or increased cervical flexion with habitual texting is not favorable and presents spinal complications over time. 

We may not be able to control or affect cellular usage in the population but, schools, coaches, personal trainers, gym owners, exercise physiologists and others can all effect how we view and strength train the head, neck and traps and scapula in our workout regimes. Inclusion of exercise for the cervical spine will decrease postural problems linked to constant use of this communication technology and is important for a healthy lifestyle. 

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Flexor Digitorum Profundis

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Oct 14, 2018 6:59:31 PM

With your hand open, palm up and the thumb pointed as if you are hitch hiking you can see and palpitate, the flexor digitorum profundis on the inside of the upper half of your forearm. The muscle originates from the anterior and medial elbow (ulna), then goes about half way down the forearm. The muscles long tendons extend through the carpal tunnel at the wrist and attach to each finger. The flexor digitorum profundis flexes the joints of the index, middle, ring and little fingers. Since all four tendons come together at or below the wrist a contraction of the muscle produces a mass action, whereby it allows for a powerful grip. To effectively train this muscle the Pendulum Power Grip Pro is the perfect tool to Get Strong. 

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Get the flexor digitorum profundis Strong... Train on the Pendulum Power Grip Pro.

 

 

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A Little Higher For The Tall Tall Folks

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Oct 9, 2018 11:06:33 AM

The length of the femur is measured in several ways, often from it's femoral head at the proximal end to its medial condyle at the distal end. Issues arise if their is a high degree of body fatness or muscle mass that may make these bony landmarks difficult or impossible to access. Some trainers measure from the the midpoint of the inguinal ligament to the proximal edge of the patella, which also has it's issues.  The simplest way to derive an approximation of what the average femur length of a given population is to divide height by 4.

The Michigan State Basketball team's athletes are much taller than the general population and they wanted their Pendulum Machine to reflect their average femur length and had Rogers customize their Pendulum 3-Way Row. 

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Never Stop Training

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Oct 3, 2018 10:03:24 PM

There is compelling evidence that exercise is medicine and physical inactivity 'has profound deleterious effects on health. Even late in life an increase in physical activity has striking benefits. The decline of structure and function of muscle mass over decades may represent the most dramatic change to our physiological system. Maintaining lean muscular tissue must be taken seriously, it's decline effects mobility, overall nutrient intake and status, disease, mastication, pulmonary function and much more including our independence in daily living.

In a meeting on biologic gerontology in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1988 Dr Irwin H. Rosenberg recognized the serious need to label this loss of lean tissue and introduced the the term sarcopenia, which originates from the Greek roots of the word sarx for flesh and penia for loss. Fighting sarcopenia should be a goal. Maintaining a normal body weight and maintaining functional skeletal muscle mass should always be at the forefront of any intervention strategy to achieve “healthy aging”.

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Training on the Pendulum 4 Way Head and Neck Machine

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Getting A Grip On Grip Strength

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Sep 27, 2018 9:15:07 PM

Each finger has a significant contribution to overall grip strength. It is obvious that the use of all 5 fingers (the 'power grip') enables the greatest hand holding ability. Grip strength without the thumb (the 'hook grip') is the second greatest way to provide hand strength. The largest contributor of the hand to developing power is the middle finger, next the combination of ring and little finger working together.  When gripping without all digits hand strength becomes lower. Knowing that each finger's power changes how you can hold on to, control or manipulate something, it is understandable that it is important to target each finger systematically during training. The Pendulum Grip Cart   http://www.rogersathletic.com/pendulum-grip-cart/  vigorously addresses each digit, as well as, the various ways the hand interacts with objects. 

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The Neck And The Bicycle

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Sep 22, 2018 6:04:03 PM

Swim/bike/run competition originated in the 1920's in France. In 1974 the first 'modern triathlon' was held with 46 participants in San Diego, California. The sport has grown into a World, Olympic and a Paralympic event. 

bike picThe neck is among the most common overuse injuries in cyclists. As this physically demanding, wonderfully challenging, sport has grown so has the number of participants that have visited neurosurgery clinics with neck and back pain. It is a reminder that it is always important to train the entire system. 

In a study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, "Neck pain in  multisport athletes." It was found in a questionnaire to triathletes that 64% had sport related neck pain.

The cycling portion of the triathlon requires neck extension posture. The neck extensors and traps are active for hours and as fatigue sets in the suboccipitals are stressed as the participant needs to keep eyes up and the  head often in full length neck extension to safely follow the road.

When preparing for biking, swimming, running or any sport, make sure head and neck is always an important part of your exercise program. Below Doug Scott the strength and conditioning coach for the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey regularly includes neck strength training as part of his race regime. Doug recently finished the Lake Placid, Ironman Triathlon. Exercising at a competitive pace for 13 hours with zero complications is a tribute to his method, knowledge and training approach. Get Strong and Stay Strong to finish Strong.

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

Things To Do On The Pendulum Shoulder/Incline

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Sep 18, 2018 12:36:22 PM

The Pendulum Shoulder/Incline was designed to do an overhead shoulder press and then simply with little effort, quickly convert the machine into an incline press. Many athletes like to take advantage of the apparatuses capabilities by changing it into a bench press or a one arm exercise.  Doing drop sets using range limitation is an experience in exercise all should have. Try the most versatile pressing machine there is to Get Strong.

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The United States Naval Academy

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Sep 11, 2018 9:22:48 PM

Training for Sport and National Defense    https://vimeo.com/288550350

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Bench Press

Posted by Pendulum Strength on Sep 5, 2018 8:12:08 PM

The purpose of the barbell bench press is to maximize the strength of the chest and anterior shoulder. The exercise includes multiple groups of muscles in the upper torso, arms and neck.  If you want to get extremely strong in the barbell horizontal bench press include the Vertical Chest Press in your workouts.

You will find if you train the exact bench press routine weekly on the Pendulum Vertical Chest - the athletes strength will keep pace with and most athletes will surpass - what they are accomplishing on a standard bench press. A great way to Get Strong.

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A Vertical Bench Press by Pendulum

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