When you are an athlete and have spent the summer in preparation for the season it is fun to compete and show off your strength before participating in fall football camp. The Mountaineers of West Virginia finished their summer session with some strongman competition. The Atlas Stones were a great success, as expected the players competed hard and records were broken.
Placing heavy Atlas Stones over the yoke with the goal of as many as possible in 2 minutes. They Get Strong at the University of West Virginia.
At this years Strongest Man in Michigan Contest they rolled out the 190 pound Mammoth thick handled dumbbell for the one arm press.
Mammoth Dumbbell Clean and Press
Rolling out the Mammoth Dumbbell for Competition
Training on the Pendulum Power Rack System
The Pendulum 'Cam' on the 5-Way Head and Neck Machine and the 4-Way Head and Neck Machine allows the trainer to design programs that either isolate the muscles that move the head, isolate the neck muscles that move the cervical spine, or combine the two movements. The cam is also designed for doing drop sets. Drop sets are normally accomplished by changing the weight. On the Pendulum machine, the work arm is re-positioned to change the leverage used to move the resistance.
Re-positioning the face pad by using the selector pin
The Pendulum Cam is numbered 1-16 for precise training of athletes of all sizes and the targeting of specific areas of the head and neck musculature. To insure athletes are getting the most out of their training, many coaches use colored tape in addition to numbering in providing direction. Administering exercise to large numbers of athletes requires a system. It is easy for the coach to assign a specific number on the cam to use on a particular day to isolate an area or simply ask them to do a routine which requires them to move the face pad lever arm after each set. Below are three different workouts set by a coach using colored tape of blue, red, and black.
If an athlete was instructed to do a 'red routine', they simply move the work arm to each red hole for each set. A great way to Get Strong.
Matt Balis, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the UConn Huskies, adds Pendulum 5-Way Head and Neck Machines to the University of Connecticut weight room to increase athletic performance and lower the sub-concussive forces that occur in contact sports.
Rick Court, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Mississippi State University, runs a comprehensive head and neck program for increasing athletic performance as well a protecting the athlete by lowering subconcussive forces.
Pendulum 4 Way Head and Neck Machines
Training on the Pendulum Head and Neck Machines
Prescribing the weight and repetitions to be lifted and the volume of work to be done is key in designing resistance training programmes. Weightlifting percentage charts provide guidance for weight selection based on ones repetition maximum. They can also be used to predict a maximum based on the number of repetitions accomplished.
Charts are made with underlying formulas with varied multiplication coefficients. You can obtain a chart that provides percentages for a wide variety of exercises or a chart whose percentages were derived for specific lifts. You can choose percentage tables from multiple authors Stone & Bryant, Epley, Bryzcki, Prilepin, Westside, NSCA and others based upon who your training style most replicates or who you may deem as most credible. Weightlifting percentage charts of all types are provided on the internet and many render their mathematical derivation so the coach or athlete can be discerning. You can also procure weightlifting calculator apps for your cell phone.
In a recent study in the Biology of Sport, researchers looked at weight lifters and endurance athletes training on a leg press at different percentages of their 1 repetition maximum. They trained each subject at the maximum number of repetitions each could obtain at 90%, 80%, and 70% of their greatest singular effort and then analyzed the data. The endurance athletes completed significantly more repetitions at 70 & 80 percent of their best, but significantly fewer reps at 90% of their best compared with the weight lifters.
Weight lifting charts based on percentages are valuable as the provide direction yet, as found fail to take into account the physiology of individuals. If an athlete is not responding to workouts a coach can't assume that it is because of their efforts. A coach must also carefully look at the workouts provided and if utilizing a percentage based program reconfigure what the athlete is being asked to do. Individuals do respond differently to various workloads but all can ...Get Strong.
Pendulum 5 Way Head and Neck Machines
The Pendulum MX4 Modular Training System is a remarkable training tool that can be adjusted for athletes with many types of training limitations.
The people at Rogers Athletic strongly believe that quality exercise devices should not be limited to any particular group. Tyler Hobson along with engineer Ken Staton and the Rogers Group developed an extensible strength training system with the exact strength curves and the same smooth feel as the free standing equipment in their Pendulum line. They also included a motorized pulley system so an athlete in a seated position can adjust the range of motion with the push of a button.
Making the perfect fit
Train on the MX4 to Get Strong.
Athletes with a history of chronic or recurrent lower back pain often show less overall hip rotation as well as asymmetry, that is, a lack of equivalence of degrees of movement of right hip rotation versus left hip rotation, when compared to those without a history of lower back pain. The literature suggest 40 degrees of internal rotation and 45 degrees of external rotation normal for the right and left hip.
The conundrum for the athlete is that limited hip rotation range of motion and lack of symmetry may be one of the factors contributing to development or persistence of lower back pain in sports that require high degrees of change of direction movements. For an athlete who has had issues when the low back pain subsides hip strength must be addressed. Loss of range of motion is associated with a concomitant loss of strength and therefore athleticism will wane unless corrected.
The Pendulum Hip Press was designed to specifically target the hips and is a great exercise to help correct reoccurring conditions. Get the Hips Strong.
The Pendulum Hip Press
8th Annual Strength & Conditioning/Athletic Development Conference
CEUs will be 1.2 NSCA, 9.0 BOC, CSCCa 6.75 and 12 NSPA
Performance Training Center powered by UNDER ARMOUR (FX Studios - Hunt Valley)
11270 Pepper Road
Hunt Valley, Maryland
Itinerary for Friday, July 18, 2014
5:15-6:00 pm Registration / Check-In
5:50-6:00 pm Opening Remarks - Adam O'Brien, Director of FX Performance Training Center
6:00-6:55 pm ”The Meats And Potatoes”
Robert Taylor, Jr., Founder and Owner of SMARTER Team Training
7:00-7:55 pm "TBD"
Dr. Jan Dommerholt, President and Owner of Bethesda Physiocare
8:00-8:55 pm ”Think Fast. Be Fast. Perform Fast.”
Mike Wehrell, CEO of Vertimax
9:00-9:30 pm “Meet and Greet” – Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area
itinerary for Saturday, July 19, 2014
7:00-8:15 am Registration / Check-In – Drinks and bagels will be provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area
7:50-8:00 am Welcome and the “Kick Off”
8:00-8:55 am “O-Lifts From Beginners To The Big Time”
Drew Wilson, Director of S&C at the University of Maryland
9:00-9:55 am “Strength Training: Practical and Purposeful Applications”
Matt Brzycki, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, Fitness at Princeton University
10:00-10:55 am "Are Your Prepared For Combine Prep?"
Justin Kavanaugh, Head Coach at The Sport & Speed Institute
11:00-11:55 am “Strength Training: Did You Know?"
Mike Gittleson, Former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Michigan
12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch Break – Subs Provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area
12:10-12:55 pm “Round Table” for Questions and Discussion – This section of the event will allow for questions, provide advice, suggestions, and guidance where applicable.
1:00-1:55 pm ”Movement Screen And More”
Dr. Justin Funk, Founder and President of Lax Factory
2:00-2:55 pm ”Developing Your Training Template”
Doug Scott, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Pingry School
3:00-3:55 pm “Acceleration. Not Speed Training Or Conditioning. We Are Talking Acceleration!”
Dave Brixius, owner of Explosive Sports Performance
4:00 pm Closing comments
A stopwatch is needed for this full speed drill. The athlete starts the drill on the goal line. The Cougar Drive Sled is set on the 50 yard line facing the player.
The athlete runs to the Drive Sled at the 50 and pushes it as fast as possible 10 yards and sprints returning to the goal line touching it with his hand. Without stopping the player immediately returns to the sled at the 40 yd line and pushes the sled 10 more yards sprinting back to touch the goal line. From the goal line the athlete races to the 30 and pushes the sled 10 yards returning to the starting line. Running to the 20 the participant pushes the Cougar Drive Sled to the 10 touches the goal line and returns to the sled and driving it home across the goal line.
The total time is recorded. Anytime a new personal record time is accomplished 10 pounds is added to the sled. A great drill to Get Strong.
Some other ways to use the Cougar Drive Sled.....