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Strengthening Health Issues

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Nov 16, 2018 10:12:43 AM

There are some 50 pairs of muscles and many nerves used to receive, prepare and move food to the stomach. Dysphagia is a medical term used to describe a difficulty that arises in swallowing. The problem is commonplace and can be related to health issues, the ageing process, disease, injury and more. One way therapists combat this problem is the Shaker Exercise. The Shaker Exercise is a head-lift and chin tuck from the supine position that consists of an isometric exercise of three consecutive sustained head raising movements for 1minute each with a 1 minute rest period between each head raising.

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The jaw-opening exercise (JOE) is also an exercise dealing with dysphagia where subjects open their jaws to the maximum extent and maintain this position for 10 seconds. This open-and-hold exercise is performed five times with 10 seconds of rest, which is counted as one set.

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The best deep flexor developer for strengthening, ageing, dysphagia and gerodontology is the Pendulum 4 Way (or 5 Way) Head and Neck Machine. Adjusting the cam to any setting #12-14, the user places their head first on the face pad and performs repetitions by applying pressure by pulling down and forward with their chin.  

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Setting #12 through #15 for Training Deep Neck Flexors

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Leading with the Chin Utilizing the last 4 Holes isolates the Deep Neck Flexor Muscles

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

Electromyography, The Bench Press, The Chest Press

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Nov 8, 2018 7:30:12 PM

The Public Library of Science (PLoS ONE) published, "A systematic review of surface electromyography analysis of the bench press movement task." After reviewing 3847 articles and looking at which muscles displayed the greatest activity during a standard flat bench press, they found the pectoralis major and triceps brachii had significantly higher action than the anterior deltoids.  Exercise intensity, mental focus, fatigue, velocity, stability all effect electrical activity with the tricep brachii showing the most fluctuation in increases and decreases. 

The Pendulum Vertical Chest Press has advantages over the standard barbell bench. When an athlete is seated properly on the Vertical Chest the strength curve does not have a sticking point unlike a flat bench.  If seat height is adjusted higher than normal on the Vertical Press there is shoulder relief with the exercise targeting the pectoralis major muscles. This is a tremendous advantage for returning an athlete post injury. Setting the seat lower than normal puts the stress on the anterior deltoid, which can be felt immediately. 

The Pendulum Vertical Chest Press is the ultimate upper torso machine that maximizes development and allows for step by step progress through rehabilitation. A terrific way to Get Strong.

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All-Pro Jake Long - Pendulum Vertical Chest Press

 

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The Pendulum Gripper And Powerlifting

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Nov 4, 2018 8:13:11 PM

In a study by Schoffstall et al., presented at Southeastern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Regional 46 Conference they observed nearly perfect correlations (r ≥ 0.97) between a competitive lifters hand grip strength and powerlifting strength. Powerlifting consists of the bench press, squat and deadlift, three common exercises in most sports programs. If you strengthen your hands while training these lifts, improvement accelerates beyond expectation. Add the Pendulum Gripper to your workouts to Get Strong.

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Topics: Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Grip Cart

Train The Hips

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Nov 1, 2018 11:59:19 AM

In the Journal of Athletic Training in November of 2017 the following study was presented, “Hip Strength as a "Predictor of Ankle Sprains in Male Soccer Players: A Prospective Study.” They looked at 210 competitive male soccer players and concluded, “Reduced isometric hip-abductor strength predisposed competitive male soccer players to non-contact lateral ankle sprains.”  Increased risk doesn't necessarily mean injury, but certainly reducing risk is an important consideration in all strength training regimes.

The Pendulum Hip Press is the only leg press that has been specifically designed to target and strengthen the muscles that control hip movement. When squatting coaches perpetually instruct their athletes to seek a specific range of motion to assure upper thigh strength. On the Pendulum Hip Press the athlete only needs to bring his or her knees towards their shoulders during the decent of the weight and then the hips are required to drive the weight to the extended position. 

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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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   The Pendulum Shoulder/Incline and More

 

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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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Topics: Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 3 Way Row

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

Topics: Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum 5 Way Neck

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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