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Rope Pull On The Pendulum Lat Combo Pull

Turn your Pendulum Lat Combo Pull into a rope pulling machine to Get the lats and hands Strong.

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Topics: Pendulum Combo Lat Pull

Newberry College Strength and Barbecue

Newberry College is located 44 miles northwest of Columbia, South Carolina. Their 2016 football team became the 16th team in the 42-year history of the South Atlantic Conference to win the conference title by going undefeated in league play.

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One of the best kept secrets of their recent success is their dynamic Strength and Conditioning Coach Erik Schwager. Erik a graduate of Lock Haven University has a Master’s in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania. Erik has coached at Princeton, South Florida, Michigan State, Hartford and for baseball's minor leagues. Bringing these experiences and his personal drive to Newberry has helped shape the entire athletic department's fitness programs in a positive direction.

IMG953676.jpgHaving a Master's in Exercise Physiology is commendable and is a measure of one's knowledge, yet adding to one's resume a Master of Barbecue is an entirely different story! Each year Erik puts on a strength and conditioning barbecue at his home for coaches around the USA. The idea is to meet one another, enjoy the afternoon in a relaxed atmosphere and talk shop. Because it is conversational all coaches and athletic trainers in attendance have input. Everything is low key and the interchanges are filled with experiences, coaching techniques and the latest research in exercise science.

The food ranges from pulled pork, ribs, brisket, barbecued drumsticks, burgers, to special salads.  Erik without question is a great coach and without question the number one 'Strength Coaching Chef' in America. Whether you love coaching or not, try to get to the Schwagger barbecue for at least the dining. It is hard to discern which is better the learning experience or the food.

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This year 18-20 male and female coaches from Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina attended and discussed head, neck and jaw training, the mechanics of running form relative to physics and limb weight, zero velocity and it's effect on the muscle-tendon junction as well as the art of coaching.

IMG953641.jpgA few of the coaches and athletic trainers hanging out in the backyard before getting ready to overeat.

Information flow in social settings has been studied for decades. We go to particular places for various reasons and end up sharing information, when we speak others add to the discourse and build upon it. Though this seems intuitive, it has led to 'information grounds theory' and the scholarly study of 'Information Behavior.'

Information behavior researchers have aligned 'Place' as relative to learning and identified that location, space, and culture are fundamental to information sharing. In 1989, Ray Oldenburg published the Great Good Place, usually a required reading if you are in a college enrolled in the School of Information. Reading Oldenburg helps you understand the significance of hanging out with good company and the transformation that occurs learning in this environment.

 Erik Schwager has developed the social setting for constructive dialogue so watch for this event next summer and don't miss.

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Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Clinics, Announcements

Whiplash And Neck Strength

The relationship between whiplash and cerebral concussion is known. Concussive trauma can occur when the head and brain shake quickly back and forth ending in injury. Whiplash injuries are common in sport yet more prevalent in daily transportation, as an auto accident occurs every minute of every day. The auto industry is relentless in studying whiplash to protect us against collision. Recently researchers looked at sized matched males in studying car rear impacts. Males who had greater vertebral dimensions had a more stable cervical spinal column capable of resisting inertial loading of the head and neck complex during automotive rear impacts. 

Muscle and bone are linked genetically, molecularly and mechanically. Bone is remodeled throughout our lives and a decrease in physical activity and circulating hormone levels is considered a significant factor. Loss of muscle mass and strength contributes to the changes in bone. Smaller muscles propagate less bone strain during muscle contraction and larger more.

Muscles subjected to increased loading, as in weight training, pull on your bones and over time lead to stronger and bigger bone tissue. The greater the loads you lift the bigger the bones. Rear impacts are commonplace in sport.  Strength training the head and neck gives athletes a more stable cervical spinal column. 

Train the head, neck and jaw to resist inertial loading and reduce the severity of whiplash while playing sport or driving to practice.

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Get Strong On The Pendulum Head and Neck Machine

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

Rocking It At Rockford

The Rockford Rams

If you watched High School football in the late 1990's in the State of Michigan you would remember a Belding High School running back namd Brent Cummings. He led his team to a State Championship scored 85 touchdowns before he left school and ended his career playing football for the University of Michigan. Not only was Coach Cummings a great athlete, he designed a special weight room to engage and develop the student-athletes.

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The Pendulum Rack System

The room also includes Pendulum Glute/Ham Machines, Pendulum Hip Presses and Pendulum 5-Way Neck Machines

 

The Thundering Herd

Marshall University the Thundering Herd

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Topics: Pendulum Hip Press

Who Is The Strongest Strength Coach In The World?

Vernon Smith is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has had been a part of 28 Championships, which include 2 National Championships in Football and 2 National Championships in Women's Basketball. Vernon has had an amazing career coaching, but there is something more amazing.... and that is his strength. Vernon Smith squats and deadlifts over 900, benches over 600 and can power clean 500 pounds.

These numbers require pause, yet are really only a reflection into Vernon's ability to move weight. Recently he visited the Pendulum factory in Clare, Michigan. Like all who love training he did not want to miss a weight lifting session as well as was motivated to train on the Pendulum equipment.

Understanding Coach Smith was strong, we took photos so others could get an idea how powerful this man really is. Hopefully the images and the following explanation will give you an idea about one of the strongest men on this planet.

Vernon doesn't use a lifting belt, wraps or a suit. He didn't ask for or require a spotter. The whole workout he did at Rogers Athletic was as casual as if you were to go to the gym with some friends and enjoy their company while you trained and socialized. This statement is important as it reflects how easily he lifts enormous weights without giving his best effort.

Vernon started with a warm-up of some rather large weights (around 400 and 500 pounds) then filled the bar with all the plates he could which was a little over 600 pounds. He easily did a set of 5 repetition deep squats pausing the last movement as if the weight was a little light and he needed to get more out of the set.  Vernon did not breath hard or have to sit down he just unloaded the bar and asked to try the Pendulum Seated Squat Pro. The Seated Squat Pro ended up loaded to 720 pounds where he did a couple sets of 10 with two legs and then some work using one leg at a time.

Following this Coach Smith went to the Pendulum Hip Press, which ended up loaded with the same 720 pounds and he performed two sets of two reps each at a pace of out on a 15 count back on a 30 count to get a real feel for the machine and what it offered.

Now as Vernon Smith casually talked he loaded the Pendulum Squat Pro tried it (800, 900,1000) and kept trying and adding plates until it was set at 1,260 pounds in which he did two sets of 3.

Because Vernon worked out with 600 on the Bench Press the previous day he just lightly trained on the Vertical Chest Press and some of the other Pendulum upper torso machines.

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Someone somewhere may be as strong or stronger than Coach Smith - someone somewhere, some place, maybe!

 

Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Announcements, Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Vertical Chest Press, Muscular Strength, World's Strongest Man

The Pendulum Challenge

The latest studies show that women are approximately 52% as strong as men in their upper body and 66% as strong in their lower bodies.  A women having less strength in their upper torso in general is because they tend to have a lower proportion of their lean tissue distributed there. The differences in muscular strength in equally trained men and women is almost entirely accounted for by the difference in muscle size. 

This year at the Collegiate Strength Coaches Association, strength coaches competed against one another for $500.00. The event was deemed the Pendulum Challenge. Because the challenge included both men and women the performance guidelines were set based on the above factors of body weight and gender.

The winner of the  Pendulum Challenge at the National Conference and $500.00 cash was Northwestern University's Taylor Hynes. She performed an incredible total of 109 strict reps on the Pendulum 3-way Row, Seated Squat, and Shoulder/Incline. Taylor can be seen surrounded by members of the Pendulum Staff after her impressive victory. 

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Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Announcements, Pendulum Shoulder/Incline, Success, Pendulum 3 Way Row

Top-load The Pendulum Squat Pro

There are seminars, videos, articles, lectures and book chapters all dedicated to methods for strengthening the hips, core and changing one's range of motion so that a trainee can perform a barbell squat into and out of the low position.

Utilization of the the Pendulum Squat Pro requires none of the above knowledge of techniques and limited or no coaching to solve the aforementioned issues.  An athlete simply 'top loads' the Pendulum Squat Pro and begins the exercise.  Each athlete will immediately find themselves in a low position with excellent posture.  All users will find their form is almost exactly what any Olympic or Powerlifting Coach would desire his athlete to be in. The lifter will quickly develop the desired musculature that often takes years of coaching to enhance.

If you really want to Get Strong the number one way to squat is the Pendulum Squat Pro!

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Topics: Pendulum Squat Pro

Start From Neutral

When training neck flexion start the exercise from neutral. In the neutral position the machine will be providing tension before the exercise begins. This means the lifter will have to push the face pad forward several inches and hold it with good posture before initiating the rep. Once in the fully flexed position of the repetition the lifter should always pause to recruit as much tissue as possible. While holding the movement paused in a fully contracted position all available fibers become active. 

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Below is Darl Bauer Assistant Director of Strength and Coaching of the West Virginia Mountaineers. Each athlete is in a neutral contracted position awaiting Coach Bauer's exercise initiation command. 

Neutral to Pause to Get Strong.

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

The University Of South Florida

The University of South Florida adds Pendulum to Get Strong.

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Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pit Shark, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Hip Press