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Grand Valley State University

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Aug 28, 2018 10:13:00 AM

Grand Valley State University Olympic Sports installs the Pendulum Rack System

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Topics: Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Utility Bench, Pendulum Power Stack, Announcements

A Visit To Tyler Hobson Places Your Name In Steel

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jul 16, 2018 9:07:26 AM

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Tyler Hobson grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.  His experiences, education and his participation in competitive powerlifting led him to become the inventor of Pendulum Strength.  He now lives in Conroe, Texas and continues to design the world's finest exercise machines. 

Visiting Tyler at his Gym/Shop in Conroe is an exceptional learning experience, as well as, an adventure.  You have the opportunity to train on new and original Pendulum equipment and play with prototypes that may or may not make it to the marketplace. Talking with the designer and expressing your exercise ideas and needs often leads to new interesting devices.

The visitor sign in sheet is a 1/4 inch plate of steel, 2 inches wide and 12 inches long in which Tyler welds your name on while you watch. The plates are then mounted on a wall in his shop as part of the decor. 

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For further information and a chance to set up a visit call Tyler at 936-203-9436 for an opportunity to learn have fun and Get Strong.

Topics: Announcements, Tyler Hobson

The Newberry College Barbecue

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jul 1, 2018 7:11:31 PM

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Once again Erik Schwagger (the number one Strength and Conditioning Chef in America) and the Newberry College strength staff invite you to their Annual BBQ Saturday, July, 21st in Newberry, South Carolina. 

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A unique gathering with the purpose of bringing strength and conditioning staffs together to talk shop, exchange ideas, learn from one another without any time restrictions and limited structure.

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It is a relaxing day with not good but great food prepared by Eric and his staff. The food ranges from pulled pork, ribs, brisket, barbecued drumsticks, burgers, to special salads. If you are able to make it please RSVP and let them know how many staff members you will have in attendance. Significant others are invited as well!  In addition, the coaches are only asking $40 PER STAFF Member. Please send check or money order by July 10th. This is only to help with the cost of purchasing food and drink.

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Date: Saturday, July 21st

Time: 1pm to ???

Location:

Newberry College Varsity Weight Room

2100 College Street

Newberry, SC 29108

Cost: $40 per Person

http://info.rogersathletic.com/get-strong/newberry-college

Topics: Announcements, Clinics, Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham

The Strength Of Barbecue

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 11, 2018 7:01:18 PM

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Once again Erik Schwagger (the number one Strength and Conditioning Chef in America) and the Newberry College strength staff invite you to their Annual BBQ Saturday, July, 21st in Newberry, South Carolina 

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A unique gathering with the purpose of bringing strength and conditioning staffs together to talk shop, exchange ideas, learn from one another without any time restrictions and limited structure. It is a relaxing day with not good but great food prepared by Eric and his staff. The food ranges from pulled pork, ribs, brisket, barbecued drumsticks, burgers, to special salads. If you are able to make it please RSVP and let them know how many staff members you will have in attendance. Significant others are invited as well!  In addition, the coaches are only asking $40 PER STAFF Member. Please send check or money order by July 10th. This is only to help with the cost of purchasing food and drink.

Date: Saturday, July 21st

Time: 1pm to ???

Location:

Newberry College Varsity Weight Room

2100 College Street

Newberry, SC 29108

Cost: $40 per Person

Topics: Announcements, Clinics

Hardpressed, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Posted by Mike Gittleson on May 22, 2018 11:01:05 AM

Strength and Conditioning Coach

We are looking for experienced strength and conditioning coaches who are looking to transition from the college or professional ranks to the private sector. Candidates must be comfortable running our workout programs and working in a team environment.

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The Company

Location: Chicago, IL

Contact: careers@hardpressed.com

Hardpressed Strength was established in 2011 with a mission to teach the world how hard, simple, and effective strength training. We provide an inviting and safe environment, one-on-one coaching, and all the necessary equipment for our clients to achieve their strength goals. In 2015 we opened Hardpressed Conditioning with the same ideal, just with cardio conditioning goals in mind.

The Position Our strength coaches provided two types of services to our clientele – one-on-one coaching through our strength training program and group conditioning class instruction. Starting salary $40,000-$50,000 depending on qualifications. Opportunity to earn up to $60,000 annually depending on performance.

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We are looking for two coaches to start by July 1st. Both men and women are encouraged to apply.

  • Easy transition from the intuitional to the private sector.
  • Join a growing team of coaches in a great city.
  • Opportunities for career advancement within the company.
  • Competitive pay.
  • No direct sales.

Qualifications Undergraduate degree in exercise science or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Experience in intercollegiate strength and conditioning as an athlete, intern, GA, and/or coach. Willingness to run our exercise programs and positively contribute to our team.

Applicants must possess as part of themselves personally:

  • Outgoing, friendly, curious, enthusiastic, and emotionally intelligent.
  • Strength and fitness must play a big role in your life already.
  • Ability to think on your feet in a fast-paced environment.
  • Generally positive person.

Preferred Skills/Prior Job Experience:

  • Strength & Conditioning Coach.
  • Great communicator.
  • Hustle.
  • Basic computer skills.

Topics: Announcements, Pendulum Leg Curl, Pendulum Pulldown

Strength, Conditioning And Fitness Club

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Feb 15, 2018 7:25:55 PM

Lock Haven University is located on 200 acres in central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna river. They are noted for teacher preparation and are strong in sciences, business and the humanities. They have over 130 clubs that provide the students with numerous experiences.

The Lock Haven University's Strength, Conditioning and Fitness Club recently arrived in Clare, Michigan to gain understanding of fitness manufacturing, weight room design and to become acquainted with the Pendulum exercise equipment. 

A great group, a great learning experience and a great day! Ask about bringing your strength team to Clare.

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Topics: Announcements, Strength Training, Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Power Stack, Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham, Muscular Strength, Pendulum Shoulder/Incline, Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum 4 Way Neck

Indiana Wesleyan University

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Oct 12, 2017 10:16:22 AM

Indiana Wesleyan University introduces their new Wildcat football program and new Pendulum weight room. They will be Getting Strong in Marion, Indiana.

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Topics: Announcements, Success

Superman, Strongest man, Strongman, Champion, or Just Loves Weights

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Aug 4, 2017 12:19:43 PM

Not long ago, a blog was written about one of the best kept secrets in the United States, Vernon Smith, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. http://info.rogersathletic.com/get-strong/who-is-the-strongest-strength-coach-in-the-world

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Vernon recently visited the Clare, Michigan factory and Pendulum showroom, and stunned America with a workout with enormous weightsmaking it look almost casual. During Vernon's leg workout Coach Smith lifted 1260 pounds for repetitions, and more than one set on the Pendulum Squat Pro. He squatted over 600 pounds pausing on the 5th rep to get the most out of the exercise as the weight was extremely light for him. 

Watching Coach Smith squat, we knew it would be worth a 5 hour drive to Marian University just to observe him pick up weight off the floor. Monday we called Vernon and requested to take a few pictures of a deadlift workout. Vernon said 'come on down,' but indicated he deadlifted pretty extensively a few hours earlier but would be glad to do a similar workout the next day. 

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Above Vernon is using about 635 or 655 as part of his warm up, following 225, 405 and over 500 pounds.

Vernon is a true gentleman. He welcomed us, and was truly unconcerned about lifting two days in a row a similar routine. We chatted with Vernon about a variety of subjects as he loaded the bar. Coach Smith, counted how much weight he was adding only for our benefit. The weight ended up being 725 or 745, which was actually irrelevant as it was just for pictures, not purposeful training.  We were watching, and probably should have been timing bar speed, because during each lift the bar appeared to move to the fully erect position at the exact same pace, indicating the weight was far far below his capabilities.

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Coach Smith Releases the Bar after Completion of the Rep

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What we enjoyed the most was how Vernon held the bar in the fully contracted position. He did so in order to make sure we got the appropriate picture before releasing the weight to the ground, and was curious if we saw any flaws in his technique.

So who is this Vernon Smith? We know of his coaching prowess based on his accomplishments at Marian University, his strength causes one to pause yet, he doesn't compete in lifting and when you meet him he never speaks about his abnormal power. The question is; is he Superman, the strongest man, a unique and extraordinary strongman, or a weightlifting champion unfolding? Or what most of us suspect a man and coach who truly 'Just Loves Weights' and 'Loves' to Get Strong!

 

Topics: Announcements, Success, Strongman

Newberry College Strength and Barbecue

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jul 6, 2017 11:43:21 AM

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.

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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, Announcements, Clinics

Who Is The Strongest Strength Coach In The World?

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 8, 2017 10:22:48 AM

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