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Forward Head Posture And The Cell Phone

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Oct 18, 2018 3:50:45 PM

The issues with the use of cell phones while driving is well documented and regulated. Many studies are now linking cellular technology overuse with sleep disturbances, anxiety, stress and to a lesser extent, depression and personality variables such as self-esteem, impulsivity, self-identity, and self-image.

Physicians, therapists, trainers and physical educators are becoming concerned that increased muscle activity in the neck–shoulder region when texting or surfing on a smartphone increases the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. It has clearly been shown that two-handed texting is associated with increased cervical flexion while one-handed texting was correlated with an asymmetric neck posture. Changes around the neck caused by forward head lean and/or increased cervical flexion with habitual texting is not favorable and presents spinal complications over time. 

We may not be able to control or affect cellular usage in the population but, schools, coaches, personal trainers, gym owners, exercise physiologists and others can all effect how we view and strength train the head, neck and traps and scapula in our workout regimes. Inclusion of exercise for the cervical spine will decrease postural problems linked to constant use of this communication technology and is important for a healthy lifestyle. 

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Topics: Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 3 Way Row

A Little Higher For The Tall Tall Folks

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Oct 9, 2018 11:06:33 AM

The length of the femur is measured in several ways, often from it's femoral head at the proximal end to its medial condyle at the distal end. Issues arise if their is a high degree of body fatness or muscle mass that may make these bony landmarks difficult or impossible to access. Some trainers measure from the the midpoint of the inguinal ligament to the proximal edge of the patella, which also has it's issues.  The simplest way to derive an approximation of what the average femur length of a given population is to divide height by 4.

The Michigan State Basketball team's athletes are much taller than the general population and they wanted their Pendulum Machine to reflect their average femur length and had Rogers customize their Pendulum 3-Way Row. 

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Topics: Pendulum 3 Way Row

Louisville Basketball

Posted by Mike Gittleson on May 16, 2018 5:58:16 PM

The University of Louisville upgrades their basketball weight room with Pendulum to Get Strong.

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Topics: Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum Hip Press

Pendulum - Kuwait And All Around The World

Posted by Mike Gittleson on May 6, 2018 8:09:30 PM

Though living six thousand seven hundred and forty miles away from the United States, people in Kuwait found the best exercise equipment in the World. They ordered Pendulum strength training machines from Clare, Michigan. The new machines can be seen below assembled, checked, waiting to be wrapped for shipping. They will be Getting Strong in the Persian Gulf.

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Topics: Pendulum Utility Bench, Pendulum Combo Lat Pull, Pendulum Leg Curl, Pendulum Vertical Chest Press, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Leg Extension, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum Shoulder/Incline, Pendulum Squat Pro

Seton Hall

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Mar 14, 2018 11:38:35 AM

Seton Hall University - South Orange, New Jersey

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Topics: Pendulum Shoulder/Incline, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum Grip Cart, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Vertical Chest Press, Pendulum 3 Way Row

March To Minnesota

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Feb 13, 2018 3:14:40 PM

THE SCIENCE AND APPLICATION OF STRENGTH TRAINING

FOR HEALTH & HUMAN PERFORMANCE

 

March 9 & 10th, 2018

DAY ONE

Times and events for both days are subject to change

4:30 – 5:45pm Registration/Check-in

5:30 – 5:45pm Welcome and Introduction

5:45 – 6:45pm Keynote Presentation 1: Ted Dreisigner Ph.D. Isolated Strengthening of the Low Back as a Strategy for the Prevention and Clinical Management of Chronic Low Back Pain

6:45 – 7:30pm Special Topics Presentation: A Fireside Chat with Jim Flanagan

7:45 – 8:30pm Special Topics Presentation: Brandon Jonker Results and Application of the Repetition Duration Study; Comparing 30-30-30, 10-10, and 2-4 and Training Demonstration with James Fisher Ph.D.

8:30 – 10:30pm Social at Beacon

We invite all attendees to join for food and drink at Beacon (located in the hotel). Note: Drinks and food are an additional cost and are not provided.

DAY TWO

Early Morning Workouts at the Downtown Minneapolis Location – More information to come

9:00 – 10:00am Keynote Presentation 2: Luke Carlson The Philosophy, Strategy, and Tactics that Drive Business Growth.

10:15 – 11:15am Keynote Presentation 3: Mike Gittleson Stretching is Not What We Thought it Was (and the Lost Body Part)

11:15 – 11:45am Special Topics and Tactics: Discover Strength Staff

11:45 – 12:30 Lunch (provided with registration)

12:30 – 1:30pm Keynote Presentation 4: Rob Morton Understanding Skeletal Muscle Hypertrophy: Protein Metabolism and Resistance Training

1:45 – 2:45pm Keynote Presentation 5: Michelle Segar Ph.D

3:00 – 4:00pm Keynote Presentation 6: James Fisher Ph.D Heterogeneity, Periodization and the Strength-Endurance Continuum

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Topics: Muscular Strength, Strength, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum Hip Press, Muscular Growth, Strength Training

Notre Dame Athletics

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jan 31, 2018 7:04:33 PM

Notre Dame upgrades their Strength Training Facility

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Pendulum 5 Way Head and Neck Machines

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Pendulum Combo Lat Pulldowns 

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Pendulum Hip Presses and Pendulum Seated Squats
 
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Pendulum 3 Way Rows

Topics: Pendulum Combo Lat Pull, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum Hip Press

Don't Drop Drop-sets From Your Program

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Oct 5, 2017 10:33:33 AM

In April of this year the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness published - Effects of drop set resistance training on acute stress indicators and long-term muscle hypertrophy and strength. The findings were..."Superior muscle gains might be achieved with a single set of DS (drop set) compared to 3 sets of conventional RT (resistance training), probably due to higher stress experienced in the DS protocol."

Drop-sets are done in numerous ways, in general it is a simple technique whereby you perform a set of an exercise and then reduce or 'drop' the weight and continue for more repetitions with less poundage or greater leverage. 

There are many many methods how drop-sets are accomplished; stripping of weight from a barbell, quickly grabbing lighter and lighter dumbbells, changing pin settings on selectorized machines, continually changing grip or stance during an exercise, changing the range of motion and more.

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The Pendulum 'Set Extension Technology" is an ideal training method especially for in-season reduced training time and obtaining the desired results in a shorter interval. With an athletes normal weight, the spotter simply changes range of motion once the athlete cannot finish a repetition. All Pendulum strength machines with their 'S.E.T. Extension System' are made to simply and quickly change the length of movement. A Drop-set on the Pendulum strength equipment is an easy and efficient way to Get Strong.

Call or 'drop-in' at the Pendulum showroom in Clare, Michigan to find out about or try out the Rogers Athlete strength equipment.

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Topics: Pendulum 3 Way Row, Muscular Strength, Strength Training

The Pendulum Challenge

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 1, 2017 8:52:51 PM

The latest studies show that women are approximately 52% as strong as men in their upper body and 66% as strong in their lower bodies.  A women having less strength in their upper torso in general is because they tend to have a lower proportion of their lean tissue distributed there. The differences in muscular strength in equally trained men and women is almost entirely accounted for by the difference in muscle size. 

This year at the Collegiate Strength Coaches Association, strength coaches competed against one another for $500.00. The event was deemed the Pendulum Challenge. Because the challenge included both men and women the performance guidelines were set based on the above factors of body weight and gender.

The winner of the  Pendulum Challenge at the National Conference and $500.00 cash was Northwestern University's Taylor Hynes. She performed an incredible total of 109 strict reps on the Pendulum 3-way Row, Seated Squat, and Shoulder/Incline. Taylor can be seen surrounded by members of the Pendulum Staff after her impressive victory. 

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Topics: Announcements, Success, Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum Shoulder/Incline, Pendulum 3 Way Row

The Fighting Irish

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Apr 7, 2017 10:02:55 PM

The University of Notre Dame upgrades their weight room with a wide variety of Pendulum Strength Training Machines.


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They are Getting Strong in South Bend

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum Combo Lat Pull, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Seated Squat