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Hardpressed is Chicago’s Premier Strength Training Facility with two locations in the heart of downtown.

At Hardpressed, we coach our clients through every minute of every workout. Whether they are lifting one-on-one in a strength training session or taking our conditioning class, our clients will get a full workout in only 30-minutes. Our workouts are short yet intense and made for any motivated individual regardless of their current fitness level. Our goal is to provide each client with challenging workouts that allow them to reach personal fitness goals safely and with less time spent training than ever imagined.

At Hardpressed, we decrease the common stress of having to constantly obtain your own clientele by providing clients for you. Your role is to simply retain clients through training them at a high level through our time proven strength and conditioning programs. We offer very competitive starting pay, health benefits, and an opportunity to continue your development in a team environment.

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QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's Degree required. Master's degree preferred. Experience as a Strength and Conditioning Coach preferred. NCAA intercollegiate athlete a plus. Must be punctual, have a strong work ethic, and be highly motivated

RESPONSIBILITIES: Learning and coaching the Hardpressed strength training and conditioning protocol as set forth by the Head Strength Coaches; Educating clients on proper lifting and conditioning technique through verbal communication and demonstration; Conducting daily client training sessions and tracking progress via our Hardpressed app; Perform daily facility maintenance

Candidate must be able to: Coach and motivate clients to meet their full potential; Perform administrative duties as assigned by management; Set-up and breakdown strength training and conditioning workouts for Hardpressed clients

Professional attributes needed for the position are: Great communication skills with staff, administration, and clients; Organizational skills and detailed documentation abilities; Willing and able to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends; follow all policies, procedures, and regulations set forth by Hardpressed

COMPENSATION: Pay based on experience and performance. Commissioned based earnings range from $35,000-$65,000 annually and health benefits

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Please send resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references to careers@hardpressed. 

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Hand Grip Strength

A study to improve the reliability and validity of hand strength evaluations and establish clinical norms for adults aged 20 to 75+ years was published in 1985. The normative clinical data for hand grip and pinch strength has continued to be examined and compared, based on these results, since then.  When the data in 1985 was collected one of the concerns for the researchers and a limitation in their study was that stronger volunteers might be more likely to participate than those who thought they may do poorly. "This could cause a biased sample in favor of higher hand strength scores."  What should, in fact, give us all pause is that regardless of gender, power grip and lateral pinch grip strength has declined in millennials (age 20-34 years) since the original findings!

The National Center for Health Statistics just released that there has also been a "drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65." Are these two statistics related? 

The American Heart Journal published, "The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study: Examining the impact of societal influences on chronic noncommunicable diseases in low-, middle-, and high-income countries. Researchers measured the grip strength of 140,000 adults in 17 countries and followed their health for four years, their findings suggested "weaker muscle strength makes it more likely that a person will die sooner if he or she develops a chronic medical problem, compared with those who have more muscle strength."

As we have become more mechanized in agriculture, robotic in our manufacturing and automated in our lives we cannot forget the importance of exercise. Our musculature is the largest organ in our bodies and must remain strong and vibrant throughout one's life. Keeping strong and Getting Strong must always be a priority in healthful living.

 

 

The Pendulum Grip Cart custom designed for all your Gripping Tools

 

 

Topics: Grip Cart, Grip training, Announcements, Muscular Strength, Storage Cart

Lasting Gratitude

The heroism and sacrifices of our Veterans has earned our deepest respect and lasting gratitude, for without them we are a "plain people" and lack the right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Without our veterans and their gift of self we are no  longer the 'Land of the Free'.

Never forgetting and supporting the men and women who have served is important. Warrior Medical and Fitness http://www.warriormedicalandfitness.org/ is a non-profit organization that raises funds for fitness tools such as the Pendulum MX-4 for our wounded heroes. 

The goal is to provide quality equipment that fits the needs of our wounded Patriots in every VA facility in our country. 

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  Help our wounded warriors  http://www.warriormedicalandfitness.org/

Topics: Announcements, Pendulum MX4

PENN Quakers

The University of Pennsylvania adds the Pendulum Squat Pro to their weight room.

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MX 4 Our Vets

Warrior Medical and Fitness, with a generous donation from Chadds Ford Rotary Club, Concordville, PA donated a beautiful MX-4 Multi-exerciser to the Philadelphia VA. We now have our sights set on the Ann Arbor, Michigan VA . We need additional funds to provide an MX-4 to support our Ann Arbor veterans. We have already raised half the funds to help our cause please donate at:

 http://www.warriormedicalandfitness.org/ JOIN OUR FIGHT !!!!

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Gabe Harrington former Colgate Strength Coach demonstrates one of the many exercises on the newly installed MX-4.

Topics: Announcements, Pendulum MX4

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 http://smarterteamtraining.com/ clinic this year in Baltimore.

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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.

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

Ludington High School

Ludington High School is located in Ludington, Michigan near the shores of Lake Michigan. The school's athletic department just added Pendulum strength equipment to Get Strong.

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The Pendulum Rack System

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The Pendulum 5 Way Neck

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

Benton Harbor Football

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Last November, Benton Harbor High School in Benton Harbor, Michigan had their first winning season in 26 years and the schools first ever trip to the state playoffs. Prior to 2015 they had 4 wins in 8 years. Elliot Uzelac at the age of 74 returned to coaching and had become their new leader. Elliot had been an assistant coach at the University of Michigan for Bo Schembechler as well as the Head Football Coach for Western Michigan, The United States Naval Academy and other stops at major Universities in his distinguished career. 

Arriving at Benton Harbor Elliot's first priority was investment in the kids. He made sure they had tutoring and overall academic success. Through the courtesy of donations he upgraded their facilities. Community donors supplied food, and the volunteer Tiger Moms prepared it. The athletes knew they were important and loved. He then raised the expectations and set goals.

The Benton Harbor story is so dynamic that it gained National media attention which included spots on ESPN and a surprise gift of a trip to Walt Disney World for the team from Good Morning America. Coach Uzelac, his staff, his athletes, the community all demonstrated the adage, 'that when you truly give of yourself you always get much more back in return.' 

Topics: Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Announcements, Pendulum Rack System, Success

Don't Miss The Best Clinic Of The Year

In 2015 in the Journal of Medicine Science and Sport researchers found that if you suffer a concussion the risk of a lower body injury is twice as great for months, a year or even longer.  In 2016 this information was once again reiterated in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

On June 25th and June 27th Kim Wood, the NFL's first full time strength coach provides a clinic that is designed to share techniques that will reduce sub-concussive forces that can cause head and neck injuries. Also, the clinic provides the most current research and newest techniques to train the head, neck and jaw from a wide array of professional coaches. 

It will be held in Pallet 23 Event Space, 3932 Spring Grove in Cincinnati. Pre-registration on footballstrength.com. The clinic begins Friday, June 24th at 7 p.m. and Saturday June 25th at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 which includes both sessions.

Register now: space is limited.

Some of Kim Wood's barbells. Kim provides a clinic that you do not want to miss!

Topics: Head/Neck/Trap/Shop, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Clinics, Announcements, Success