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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.



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.
























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.



Topics: Pendulum Gripper

'Go West, Young Man, Go West'

West Virginia football started in 1891, since then they have accumulated a 727–482–45 record and rank 14th in victories among NCAA FBS programs. They have a rich tradition in coaching from Clarence Spears, Art "Pappy" Lewis, Bobby Bowden, Don Nehlen, Rich Rodriguez and Dana Holgorsen. The Mountaineer's are known for their quickness, overall team speed and hard play, much of which can be attributed to their 'Master' Strength and Conditioning Director, Mike Joesph and his Staff. Mike oversees one of the great strength programs and facilities in the United States. 

20160909_115754.jpgPendulum 5 Way Head and Neck Machines


Pendulum Seated Squats


Pendulum Hip Presses


Pendulum 3 Way Rows


Pendulum Lat Combo Pulldowns


Pendulum Leg Curls


Pendulum Leg Extension


Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham an Squat Pro's

Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham, Pendulum Leg Curl, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Glute-ham, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum Pulldown, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Combo Lat Pull

Neck Pain And Your Athletes

Athletes often have neck pain, yet we do not always understand the effect it has on performance. BioMed Central Musculoskeletal Disorders Journal, "Evidence for a general stiffening motor control pattern in neck pain: a cross sectional study.", describes how neck pain can effect us in many ways.  Athletes need to play at a high level and they, as well as their coaches must be in tune to it's effect on the execution of skill. 

Neck pain effects flexibility and 'conjunct motion'. Flexibility or range of motion is associated with mobility - conjunct motion is the smooth timed transitions that our musculature makes to perform movements. Pain inhibits the underlying passages of muscle to muscle contractions, which effects how our skeletal system operates. A simple test administered by researchers is to have subjects with neck issues stand on a balance pad versus healthy individuals performing the same task. Those with neck problems have more difficulty with motor control and maintaining posture.

There are other adverse problems associated with neck pain that effect performance, such as slower neck movement velocity, increased head steadiness and more rigid trajectory of head motion patterns.

When an athlete receives neck trauma they must get treatment from the trainer with regularity and make sure their neck strength also returns to it's original level. There is more musculature than 'degrees of freedom' in the head and neck region. Degrees of freedom represents our ability to move our head and neck in all the various ways that we normally can. Having more muscle than degrees of freedom allows for substitution of the injured musculature by other groups of head and neck muscles to perform the same movement - but not quite as well.  When an athlete returns-to-play even though only experiencing minor degrees of pain athleticism may be less then optimal. Like any region in the body each muscle must heal and regain strength so that we are no longer substituting and have normal conjunct motion.

Keep accurate records on the Pendulum 4 and 5 Way Head and Neck machine and if an athlete is ever injured make sure they can return to their previous levels of strength - Get Strong and Keep Strong.  





Topics: Head/Neck/Trap/Shop, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Strength


Sport requires year-round training for excellence. Practicing and playing with limited time off heightens the risk of injury. Programs with numerous tools for training allow an athlete to increase strength and remain strong by addressing each issue that may arise.

West Virginia's men's and women's basketball program use many different exercise devices to train their athletes. Having a variety of tools keeps and Gets them Strong.

20160909_094419.jpgThe Pendulum Seated Squat 

20160909_093841.jpgThe Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham


The Pendulum 5 Way Head and Neck

20160909_093938.jpgThe Pendulum Leg Curl


The Pendulum Row and Hip Presses


Pendulum Grippers



Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham, Pendulum Leg Curl, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Strength

Smarter Training In Baltimore

Rick Court has been the head strength coach at Bowling Green, Toledo, San Diego State, Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning at Ohio State University, head strength coach of Mississippi State and now the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the University of Maryland. He was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association this past year. 

At every stop during his career he has prioritized head and neck training to protect each student athlete and to enhance their athletic ability. Rick recently presented at the Smarter Team Training clinic this year in Baltimore.

IMG_8914.jpg                                                 Manual Neck Extension

IMG_8981.jpg    Training on the Pendulum 5 Way Head, Neck and Shrug Machine



IMG_9162.jpg Neck Flexion on the Pendulum Head and Neck Machine

IMG_8766.jpgBarbell Shrugs on the Pendulum Power Rack


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

Alma College Weight Room

NFL Hall of Famer George Allen, Denny Stolz, College football Hall of Famer Bob Devaney are just a few of the greats that played football at Alma College.  Located in Alma, Michigan, the 'Scots' installed Pendulum strength equipment to keep and Get their athletes Strong.

20160804_133852.jpgThe Pendulum Rack System

2016080495132756.jpgPendulum Power Stacks


20160804_132728.jpgPendulum Leg Curls, Pendulum Hip Press, 5 Way Neck, Pendulum Squat Pro


Topics: Pendulum Leg Curl, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Announcements, Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Power Stack

Using The 3 Way Row

The Pendulum 3 Way Row and it's 3 distinct hand grips was specifically designed to target the 'lats, posterior shoulder and adduction and downward rotation of the scapula. Developing these upper back muscular groups maximally is important for shoulder integrity in contact sports.

IMG_8548.jpgTraining on the Pendulum 3 Way Row

Mark Bihl is a former collegiate and professional football player and the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Washington Court House High School located in Washington Court House, Ohio. Mark makes sure that his athletes develop this critical area in training not only to enhance performance but also for the safety of each athlete.

Topics: Pendulum 3 Way Row