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We are looking for current or former collegiate strength coaches that want to transition into the business world – but still coach. Hardpressed in Chicago was set up with the strength coach in mind. We are looking for coaches who want to strength train individuals, whether they are an athlete, former athlete or someone who never ever participated in sport. 

The client experience here is as great as the one experienced by elite athletes. Our employees are well compensated at Hardpressed, as we offer earning potential close to six figures annually. 

If you are a strength coach and enjoy coaching people hard and added job security appeals to you, we are accepting resumes.  Starting compensation is commiserate with experience. 

Squat Pro Dan resized 600

If interested, please email  We understand the athletic seasons may dictate the timing of career moves.  If you are interested, either now or in the future do not hesitate to send a resume.

3 Way (b) resized 600

 Pendulum 3-Way Row

Hip Press (1) resized 600

Pendulum Hip Press

Seated Squat resized 600

Pendulum Seated Squat

Pen Pulldown resized 600

Pendulum Lat Combo Pulldown 

Squat Pro resized 600

Pendulum Squat Pro

Bench resized 600

Leg Curl resized 600
Pendulum Leg Curl
3 Way resized 600

The Pendulum 3-Way Row

The Pendulum 3-Way Row is a multifaceted exercise device that allows an athlete to train in diverse manners.  When using the 'vertical handles' the latissimus dorsi muscles, the broadest muscles of the back become the prime movers.  Using the 3- Way's 45 degree 'v handles' the rowing motion becomes excellent for the lower traps and switching to an overhand parallel grip the posterior shoulder is trained.

An athlete can exercise one arm at a time or use the S.E.T. System to shorten or lengthen ranges of motion and without touching a plate easily do 'drop sets'.  Without question the Pendulum 3-Way Row is the single best strength training rowing machine ever built.... Get it and Get Strong.

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Training Pendulum 3 way row

Under Armour Performance Center

Under Armour Performance Center Powered by FX Studios at UA Global Headquarters is focused on increasing performance. Located on 1020 Hull Street in Baltimore, Maryland the Performance Center is a great place to Get Strong.

• Group Training sessions offered throughout each day

• State of the art sports, athletic and fitness training equipment

• Initial fitness, postural, and nutritional consultation using the latest technology

• Customized exercise program with measurable components to track your progress

• Focused attention from our trainers in a motivating, high energy environment

• Fitness and nutritional challenges

• Bring all or some of your current team 

• Work with Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists who build customized programs

3 Way Row

Pendulum 3 Way Row

Pendulum 3-Way Row

Pendulum Hip Press

Pendulum Hip Press

Under Armour Performance Center

Train Overlooking the Waterfront

The Pit FX Performance Center

The Pit

FX Studios

FX Studios Performance Center

Pendulum MX4

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 

Warrior Fitness

Train on the MX4 to Get Strong.

8th Annual Strength & Conditioning/Athletic Development Conference

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

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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

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Static Stretching

A Little Physiology           

A free nerve ending brings information from the body's periphery along the spinal column to the brain. Free nerve endings can detect temperature, mechanical stimuli such as touch, pressure, stretch and can also sense pain. A nociceptor is one such free nerve ending essentially used by our tissue to warn us of a potentially damaging stimulus that imposes the risk of injury. Nociceptors have a certain pain threshold; that is, a minimum level of stimuli is required before they trigger a signal.

Static Stretching

In this May's Journal of Clinical Biomechanics, researchers found that increased range of motion when static stretching is not due to changes in muscle and tendon structures. After a six-week static stretching training program researchers examined the musle-tendon unit junction which allowed them to determine length changes in the muscle as well as the tendon. They calculated muscle stiffnes, tendon stiffness, looked at maximum voluntary contraction, pennation angle, fascicle length, muscle-tendon junction displacement, and passive resistive torque. 


What they determined was that increased range of motion due to static stretching could not be explained by the structural changes in the muscle-tendon unit. This means that static stretching does little to the muscle or tendon. The researchers concluded that an increase in flexibility is largely due to increased stretch tolerance possibly due to adaptations of nociceptive nerve endings. 


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Training on the Pendulum 3 Way Row to Get Strong

Pendulum Equipment

Tyler Hobson,designer of Pendulum for Rogers Athletic, checks out the Pendulum Equipment at the Mississippi State University weight training facility.

Tyler Hobson Pendulum

Pendulum Rack with Pit Shark

Dual Pit Shark

The Pendulum Rack System with two clip on Pit sharks will Get you and keep you Strong.


Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Development Virginia Clinic

Annual Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Development Virginia Clinic

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The Virginia Clinic will be taking place on Saturday, March 15, 2014. SMARTER Team Training will host a dynamic regional clinic that is more hands-on and practical than your typical lecture only format. This year's speakers will create full engagement presentations that will have participants getting out of their seats and truly learn by doing. This will be a great opportunity for attendees to learn from those that work with professional athletes, collegiate athlete, and youth athletes. The clinic will highlight a multidisciplinary approach to sports performance training in a high energy and supportive learning environment. Attendees will leave with a true understanding of how to apply techniques to their training sessions immediately to add value to all their clients. This is going to be an exciting event - a chance to take your game to the next level!

Regency Sport & Health Club
1800 Old Meadow Rd
McLean, VA 22102

CEUs will be 0.8 NSCA, 7.0 BOC, 3.25 CSCCa and 8 NSPA

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Itinerary for Saturday, March 15, 2014 

7:00-7:45 Registration / Check-In – Drinks and bagels will be provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area

7:45-8:00 Opening Remarks – Kevin Boyle/Rob Taylor

8:00-8:50 "Drills To Develop Your First Step Speed" - Dave Brixius, Owner of Explosive Sports Performance

9:00-9:50 "Winning the Six Inch War" - Al Johnson, Assistant Director of Sports Performance for Northwestern University

10:00-10:50 "Med Ball Power Development Tips, Drills And Exercises" – Dr. Josh Funk, Founder and President of Lax Factory

11:00-11:50 "Weight Room Wisdom" - Mike Gittleson, Former Head S&C Coach at the University of Michigan

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11:50-1:00 Lunch Break

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12:00-12:50 “Round Table” for Q&A – Presenters will field questions, provide advice, suggestions, and guidance where applicable.

1:00-1:50 "Training Outside The Weight Room" - Jay Merlino, Tactical Performance Manager at Athletes' Performance

2:00-2:50 "Serious Training From The Neck Up" - Doug Scott, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Pingry School

3:00-3:50 "Get BIG! Enough Said." - Rob Taylor, Jr., Founder and Owner of SMARTER Team Training

4:00 Closing comments – Kevin Boyle/Rob Taylor

For additional information, email Coach Taylor at

Pendulum Shoulder Press

Get Strong Get Sleep

There is a view in coaching that getting athletes up early for strength and conditioning is a positive. This would be true if we could monitor when they went to sleep, how much they slept, it's quality and much of their daily and evening activities for an extended amount of time. 

We adapt to the cyclical day-night environment through our daily rhythms of our physiology, our sleep and wakefulness patterns, as well as our behaviors. These 'daily rhythms' set the circadian time-keeping system, which is a hierarchical network with the central clock located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus. The suprachiasmatic nucleus, the  "master clock" of the brain or usually referred to as SCN, is a tiny cone shaped region of the hypothalamus that synchronizes and coordinates peripheral clocks elsewhere in the body and regulates everything from sleep, to alertness, to hormone levels, body temperature, the immune system, digestion, cognitive function and physical activity. 

Sleep is essential, the rule of thumb is it takes 1 day to readjust for every hour 1-hour change in environmental time. You cannot cheat circadian time getting up without 8-10 hours of sleep requires the body to adjust.  Each athlete has a preferred sleep schedule that suits his or her circadian phase and this directly affects sleep length and sleep quality. The circadian phase is both genetically and environmentally determined. For those who prefer to go to bed late and sleep in and who then have to wake up at 5:30 AM to train at 6 AM, will curtail their sleep by 2 to 4 hours per night. These athletes' miss critical periods of rapid eye movement and slow wave sleep and do not develop optimally.

Athletes spend countless hours training, many in well-organized sophisticated programs having the latest technology, strength coaches, athletic trainers and dietitians. But when it is all said and done it is sleep that is essential for maintenance of skeletal muscle health.  Sleep debt decreases the activity of protein synthesis pathways and increases the activity of degradation pathways. Lack of sleep favors the loss of muscle mass and hinders muscle recovery after damage induced by exercise or injuries. 


Pendulum 3- Way Row

The best regulator of sleep patterns is the athlete educated about sleeps value. Having a program that allows the athlete to match their life long sleeping patterns and the rigors of school with their training and practice schedules, by giving them freedom to select conditioning times that best fit their sleep behaviors enhances their development.


In Greek Mythology Sysyphus was a legendary king of Corinth, who was condemned eternally to repeatedly roll a heavy 'rock up a hill in Hades only to have it roll down again as it neared the top. Working hard but never quite getting to the top is not what a coach or athlete wants. Sleep is part of the equation. Coaches cannot 'coach sleeping so to speak' they must educate and provide the training times for the athlete to get the most out of their development. Get the 'rock to the top and Get Strong.

Protein Timing On Muscle Strength And Hypertrophy

Protein timing is vogue throughout athletics and is a popular dietary strategy.  The idea has become to regulate the intake of protein with training in an effort to facilitate muscular repair. The protein consumed just before and/or immediately following a training session is to take maximum advantage of what has been thought to be a limited anabolic window.  This in theory, if properly executed, enhances muscular strength and it's hypertrophy related adaptations.  Some researchers have indicated that even the timing of food  intake with exercise may have a greater positive effect on body composition than ones daily nutrient consumption.describe the image

In this months December's Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, scientists decided to look at all of the studies to date related to protein timing and growth.  Statistically analyzing  the variables - "it turns out that the commonly held belief that the timing of protein intake in and around a training session is critical to muscular adaptations is at best speculative and  that consuming adequate protein in combination with resistance exercise is the key factor for maximizing muscle protein accretion."

Based on the research, if an anabolic window of opportunity for protein timing pre and /or post workout does in fact exist, the window for protein consumption would appear to be 'greater' than one-hour before and after a resistance training session.  

Sophocles wrote in 450 BC, "Success is dependent upon effort." Workout hard and have a good meal and you will Get Strong. It's not when you do it, it is if you do it!

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