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The Pendulum Gripper And Powerlifting

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Nov 4, 2018 8:13:11 PM

In a study by Schoffstall et al., presented at Southeastern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Regional 46 Conference they observed nearly perfect correlations (r ≥ 0.97) between a competitive lifters hand grip strength and powerlifting strength. Powerlifting consists of the bench press, squat and deadlift, three common exercises in most sports programs. If you strengthen your hands while training these lifts, improvement accelerates beyond expectation. Add the Pendulum Gripper to your workouts to Get Strong.

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Getting A Grip On Grip Strength

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Sep 27, 2018 9:15:07 PM

Each finger has a significant contribution to overall grip strength. It is obvious that the use of all 5 fingers (the 'power grip') enables the greatest hand holding ability. Grip strength without the thumb (the 'hook grip') is the second greatest way to provide hand strength. The largest contributor of the hand to developing power is the middle finger, next the combination of ring and little finger working together.  When gripping without all digits hand strength becomes lower. Knowing that each finger's power changes how you can hold on to, control or manipulate something, it is understandable that it is important to target each finger systematically during training. The Pendulum Grip Cart   http://www.rogersathletic.com/pendulum-grip-cart/  vigorously addresses each digit, as well as, the various ways the hand interacts with objects. 

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

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

Get A Grip To Get Strong - The Neglected Movement

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Feb 28, 2018 12:05:07 PM

To maximize or test hand strength we utilize the power grip. The power grip allows for the extrinsic muscles of the hand to provide the major force, the interossei muscles are used as flexors and rotators at the metacarpophalangeal joints, and the thenar muscles at the base of the thumb become heavily involved. To train the power grip Tyler Hobson of Rogers Athletic developed the Pendulum Grip Pro.

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Finger spreading, bringing the fingers to the midline of the hand (that is, ab-/adduction) and squeezing are fundamental to many gripping tasks and occur simultaneously. if you firmly grab someones wrist or forearm using a 'power grip' and they begin to pull away, ab-/adductors come into play. Having these muscles strong is essential in maintaining power as the lines of force applied to hold the ulna and radius have quickly changed. 

Hand strength requires a multitude of muscular interactions. Grasping an object firmly and then twisting your forearm into supination, the index and middle fingers act as a pair and the ring and little fingers also a pair to generate oppositely directed tangential force, which requires digital strength as well as coordination. 

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Finger Walking To Develop The Ab And Adductors Of The Fingers

Strengthening ab and adduction of the fingers gives you extremely powerful hands. The following video is a demonstration of finger strength at the highest level. It is of a 19 year old Casey Gittleson demonstrating a 41 pound finger walk (a year later it was over 55 pounds). Training the sledge hammer movement allowed for a 168 pound teenager to bend steel and frying pans just out of high school. 

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Make sure your Pendulum Grip Cart from Rogers is loaded with sledge hammers to Get Strong.

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Topics: Pendulum Grip Cart, Pendulum Gripper, Grip training

Fast Fingers

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Nov 15, 2017 9:13:32 PM

If you play a sport you will benefit from training your hands. Getting the hands strong in all the various grips; power, hook, ball, pinch, precision, finger abduction, adduction and extension leads to tremendous hand and upper body power. Studies have shown, "Four Weeks of finger grip training increases the rate of force development and the maximal force in elite and world-top ranking climbers.", meaning hand and finger training will change performance.

Matt Jennings, the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Xavier University, understands that changing the rate of force development in a basketball players fingers can mean who retains the ball in a highly contested contest and even change the outcome of a game. His athletes train the various grips selecting particular training devices from their Pendulum Grip Cart. They also use the Pendulum Gripper to maximize their power, measure results and Get Strong.

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Go To The Grip Cart To Get Strong

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Aug 31, 2017 9:28:47 PM

The gripping capabilities of individuals are associated with heart health, longevity, overall strength and power, performance - even hormone levels, sleep and more. It is no wonder that hand grip weight training tools grace performance centers throughout the country. Keeping all these unique, seemingly simple training devices presented in an orderly fashion to accentuate their importance is imperative in administration of a program.  

To maximally develop all the musculature required to obtain powerful hands and forearms obligates us to address how we grasp implements.  Each grip -- hook, ball, pinch, precision, wrist extension, finger extension and finger adduction and abduction must be targeted. This necessitates us to train our hands in particular manners, which is by no means different than selecting from a wide variety of exercises to fully develop the upper or lower torso.  

The ideal storage area to keep all the handgrip equipment logically placed is the Pendulum Grip Cart. The 'cart' can be moved throughout the weight room during a workout, there the athlete easily finds and chooses which tool needed to augment the appropriate musculature.

Pendulum Grip Carts come in a variety of manners:

They can come empty for you to fill with your existing weight room tools.

They can come completely filled by Rogers Athletic addressing each hand grip.

They can be custom designed adding labels, team logos or inspirational quotes.

They can be built to a variety of customer specifications.

Get the hands Strong....at the Pendulum Grip Cart.

 

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The Pendulum Grip Cart

 

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Testing Grip Strength

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Aug 19, 2017 12:28:33 PM

Two important components of muscle function are muscular strength, that is, the peak force a muscle group can produce, and muscle power—how rapidly the force comes to fruition. Testing is accomplished in a multitude of ways: laboratory-based dynamometery, linear position transducers, force plates, Tendo units, Nottingham power rig, fly wheels and much more.

For those who like to test their athletes, assessment of upper and lower body strength and power can be derived with one simple tool, a hand-held dynamometer. In recent studies it has been shown that hand-held dynamometry has good to excellent reliability. It has demonstrated validity in most measures of lower and upper limb strength and power in healthy populations.

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The Pendulum Foot Pedal as seen above Makes the Machine a great Testing Device 

The Pendulum Gripper has advantages over hand-held dynamometry. Not only are you able to measure hand strength accurately, you are able to train and improve force as well. The following is a simple test to measure the grip strength of your team:

. First, you will have to find the amount of weight that only your strongest athlete can hold. The grip handles must touch and be held together with exactly zero movement, for 60 seconds. This weight will become the standard amount that your entire team must try to accomplish.

. With the standard weight selected, the athlete uses the foot pedal on the Pendulum Gripper to join the handles. The athlete squeezes the handles tightly and releases the foot pedal when instructed to begin the timed test. Using a stop watch the administrator carefully watches the 'attempted 60 second hold' looking for any separation of the steel handles. Once the handles break apart in any manner the test stops and the time is recorded.

.  Each athlete is aspiring to accomplish the 60 second hold of the teams strongest athlete.  Their test time reflects their grip strength in relation to the teams highest handclasp (ex.33 seconds vs. 60). The entire teams poundage is raised when the strongest athlete can hold the standard weight for 90 seconds. If 90 seconds is eventually achieved by anyone in the group then the teams 60 second testing load is increased by 2.5 pounds for the next grip evaluation.

. Upon appraisment you will find some athletes only capable of keeping steel on steel for a few seconds, many will be graded as average, and some athletes will hold the handles together not far off of the teams best. The results will inspire all to strengthen their hands, and all will quickly find hand training to improve other lifts.

. Administering this assessment, the Pendulum Gripper, and grip strength suddenly take on a new training importance very similar to what occurs when athletes know they will be evaluated by a bench press or squat.

Challenge your team.  Get them Strong.

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Use the Foot Pedal to close the Gripper to begin the Test

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The Handles are squeezed tight -Steel touching Steel.

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 The Handles have separated - Test is Over

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Train The Entire System To Get Strong

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Feb 17, 2017 10:31:13 PM

describe the image   Kaylee Gittleson ran hurdles for Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.  Their team won three out of four Division I State Championships during her four years.  She went to college at the University of Michigan.  Kaylee was told by her dad to write about training from her perspective on the Rogers Blog.

FROM THE COACH'S DAUGHTER

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Growing up in a home with 40 exercise machines and a father that was a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Michigan, I was always 'required' to lift weights and when I did, train my entire body. As a young women running track, instructed to train my grip just didn't make any sense as the only time I used my hands was when I got in my sprinter stance or handed off a 50 gram baton during a relay.

My father explained by having stronger hands during my weight training sessions I could handle more weight each workout and that would change the strength of my limbs used in running----also if I didn't do grip work I would not be allowed to have supper. 

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After college I moved to Utah and got involved in a sport that had many "hurdles', that is, the sport of rock climbing. I quickly found that having a powerful grip was everything he said and more. When your hands are strong you are able to do amazing things with your body and your overall strength and confidence accelerates. 

Now when I return home to Ann Arbor and see my dad struggling in the kitchen to open a jar I quickly say, "Let me get that for you old man." and of course remind him to Get his hands Strong and that he should be training the entire system.

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Train all of the musculature of your hands by using the Pendulum Grip Cart

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The New Jersey Strength and Conditioning And Athletic Development Clinic

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Feb 9, 2017 8:58:09 PM

The 7th Annual Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Development New Jersey Clinic is headed back to The Pingry School on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

 CEUs will be 0.8 NSCA, 3.25 CSCCa and 8 NSPA.

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7:45-8:00a Opening Remarks – Doug Scott/Robert Taylor, Jr

8:00-8:55a "Implementing An Impact Oriented Program"
Robert Taylor, Jr., Founder and Owner of SMARTER Team Training

9:00-9:55a "Speed Development For Athletes"
Edward Grayer, Former Director of Speed Development for Rutgers Football

10:00-10:55a "Add Intensity To Your Training Daily"
Rick Court, Assistant AD/Head Football Sports Performance At The University Of Maryland

11:00-11:55a "What You Need To Know About Current Research"
Mike Gittleson, Former University of Michigan Football Head S&C Coach

12:00-12:55p “Round Table” for Q&A – Presenters will field questions, provide advice, suggestions, and guidance where applicable. Lunch provided.

1:00-1:55p "Truths, Myths and Deceptions about Sports Supplements"
Mark Glazier, CEO of NutraBio

2:00-2:55p "Strength Training For Injured Athletes"
TBD

3:00-3:55p "Working With The Multi-Sport Athlete"
Doug Scott, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Pingry School

4:00p Closing comments – Doug Scott/Robert Taylor, Jr.

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You can pick up your CEU’s at the completion of the clinic where you registered by handing in your evaluation sheets of the sessions you attended. CEU’s will not be handed out prior to the end of the conference as directed by the NSCA.

"Mail-in" registration, hotel information, directions, etc for this event coming soon!

Refund Policy: Register on or before Friday, January 20 - 50%. After January 20, there is no refund.

For additional information, email Coach Taylor at coachtaylor@smarterteamtraining.com.

Address:
The Pingry School
131 Martinsville Road
Martinsville, NJ 07920, USA
Sidenote: GPS may recognize address as Martinsville or Basking Ridge.

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Topics: Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Pulldown, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum Grip Cart, Pendulum Glute-ham, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum Power Stack, Pendulum Combo Lat Pull, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Shoulder/Incline, Pendulum Seated Squat