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A Neck Machine That Trains The Traps

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 7, 2018 8:53:06 AM

By simply disengaging the face pad lever arm from the adjustable 'Cam', via it's pop pin, the Pendulum 5 Way Head and Neck machine instantly becomes a seated one or two arm shrugging device.  

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IMG_5656                  Shrugging on the Pendulum 5 Way Head and Neck Machine 

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck

Strong Hands Make Strong Players

Posted by Mike Gittleson on May 28, 2018 7:29:23 PM

Maximizing the strength of the hands requires an athlete to train the various grips of power, hook, ball, pinch, precision, abbduction and adduction.  Having tools designed for each movement and a place to house them is important. The Cincinnati Bengals are Pros and as expected have a professional approach when it comes to their hand strength.

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The Pendulum Grip Cart at the Cincinnati Bengals Training Facility 

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Grip Cart

Train The Entire System

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Apr 16, 2018 3:08:10 PM

In April of 2018 the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published "Feasibility and Effect of Cervical Resistance Training on Head Kinematics in Youth Athletes: A Pilot Study."  Their goal was to see if there was potential for utilizing neck strengthening exercise to reduce youth athletes' risk for sport-related concussion by increasing neck girth and strength.  

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It has already been determined that neck girth and strength is associated with a lower risk of sport-related concussions. Having a stronger and/or larger neck mitigates head acceleration and dissipates force. The findings were published in the Journal of Pediatric Exercise Science several years ago - "The relationship between impact force, neck strength and neurocognitive performance in soccer heading in adolescent females." - and in Sports Health, "Sex Differences in Anthropometrics and Heading Kinematics Among Division I Soccer Athletes."

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Knowing neck girth and neck strength are factors that may limit head impact kinematics, it only makes sense that neck exercises are included in workout programs for all participants. The neck is part of our muscular system and should not be excluded from exercise regimes.

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Administering an exercise program requires it to be safe and effective, in other words -well thought out. One of the best programs in the United States is administered by the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, NJ.  Read the following blog to get insight into putting together a program that trains the entire system to increase performance and protect the athlete. 

http://info.rogersathletic.com/get-strong/bid/102205/Neck-Develop-Progressions-From-6th-Grade-To-12th

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Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Neck training

Discover Strength

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Mar 20, 2018 11:53:25 AM

One of the best Clinics you can attend to obtain the latest scientific research on muscular development is held each year in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The clinic is put on by Discover Strength. Attendees learn how to strength train effectively in the least amount of time, through presentations and demonstrations. There are morning workouts and additional information for those who run or want to learn learn how to run a fitness business.  

Discover Strength brings a team of Personal Trainers holding certification from the American College of Sports Medicine with degrees in Exercise Science focused on exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning, and nutrition. http://www.discoverstrength.com/

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Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Clinics, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Vertical Chest Press

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

Maximize Range Of Motion - Neck Extension

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Feb 22, 2018 11:29:07 AM

The trapezius muscle is complex and is involved in many functions, posturally it is a counterbalance against the forward flexion of the head, due to the head's slight anterior center of gravity in relation to it's axis. The trapezius elevates the pectoral girdle, rotates the scapula upwards, retracts the scapula, depresses the shoulders - it is involved in side flexion of the neck, axial rotation of the upper thoracic spine and extension.

For safety, when we are startled, we quickly shrug elevating our shoulders using our traps to safeguard our head by not allowing the occiput to be thrust backwards. This movement is natural and reflexive. Training on a neck machine we unconsciously elevate our shoulders as a protective mechanism restricting the normal range of motion of neck extension. To maximize neck strength hold the handle in front of the Pendulum 4 or 5 Way Neck machine's seat pad or hold on to the bottom of the seat pad which depresses the traps. Keeping the shoulders down during neck extension strength will grow quickly.......use good form to Get Strong.

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 The Pendulum 5 Way Neck Machine

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Neck training

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

Helmet Load

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Feb 7, 2018 11:49:18 AM

Advanced combat helmets, night vision goggles, forward head posture from carrying heavy loads, G forces when flying, all effect neck muscle strain and over time can promote neck pain. These activities leave military veterans with more cervical complaints than the normal population. It is extremely important that neck strengthening protocols are included in exercise regimes for military personnel and neck strengthening a life long pursuit. 

To improve neck muscle strength and endurance there is no better exercise device than the Pendulum 4 and 5 Way Head and Neck Machines.

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Reduce Helmet Load and it's Effect by Increasing Neck Strength.

 

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Neck training, Manual Resistance

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

Technology Age And Coaching

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jan 10, 2018 9:46:38 AM

The semispinalis capitis is a posterior neck muscle with a long moment arm that functions as a main head and neck extensor. Acting unilaterally the semispinalis capitis rotates the neck to the opposite side. When we sit at our laptop computer or gaze at our cell phones there is lower activity in this muscle due to forward head posture. Over time as this flexed position persists we lose power and thickness in this important extensor and rotator. 

Forward head posture is not only a cause of muscular weakness but is associated with headaches, carpel tunnel syndrome, balance, neck range of motion, shoulder pain, chronic nonspecific neck pain and more.  It is estimated the average person checks their cell phone 35-75 per day and this does not include other electronic device use, which can mean from 2 to 5 hours per day we are in a 'text neck' position. To counteract this atrophy of tissue a neck extension movement should be commonplace in all exercise programs.

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Neck Extension on the Pendulum 5 Way Head and Neck Machine

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Neck training