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Fast Fingers

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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Pendulum Grip Cart

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Pendulum Gripper

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Go To The Grip Cart To Get Strong

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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Power Grip Wrist Roller

The Pendulum Grip Cart

 

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Testing Grip Strength

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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Pendulum Grippers Getting Ready to be Shipped 

 

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Train The Entire System To Get Strong

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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The Grip Cart

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

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

Xavier Musketeers

Xavier University is a member of the Big East Conference and is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Musketeers Strength and Conditioning program is led by their 'outstanding'  Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Matt Jennings. Matt was a center on the North Carolina Tar Heels football team in the early 1990's.  Interestingly, he coaches at a University that their sports program no longer includes the sport of football. Matt has brought his leadership, toughness and sense of purpose to Xavier to the good fortune of their athletic program.

Xavier recently upgraded their strength and conditiong facility to Get even Stonger.

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Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum Leg Curl, Pendulum Leg Extension, Pit Shark, Pendulum Shoulder/Incline, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum Pulldown, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Grip Cart, Pendulum Power Stack

Grip Strength And The Shoulder Rotator Cuff

A common occurrence especially in contact sports is shoulder pain as a resultant of rotator cuff pathology. People move differently in pain. Pain causes alterations in muscle activity and reduces loads within the affected region to protect from further discomfort and injury. The handgrip, shoulder flexion and bicep brachii activity can potentially change 'internal loading' of the shoulder muscles as there is a co-activation of the proximal and distal arm muscles during gripping.  How you grip an object and the effort you apply results in a redistribution of force in the rotator cuff muscles, positively or negatively since shoulder stabilizer activity increases during handgrip actions.

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Knowing this about hand movement and the rotator cuff helps us not only in rehabilitation of an injury, but also in strength training. Having a program with many gripping movements with your shoulder in flexion strengthens much more then your hands. A variety of grip strengthening exercises as an emphasized regular part of your athletic program may in fact be one of the best methods of working the musculature to stabilize the rotator cuff. 

Train your hands and protect your shoulder - Get the Grip Strong.

Pendulum Grip Cart

Build your own Pendulum Grip Cart with a wide variety of gripping tools from Rogers Athletic 

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Gamekeeper

In the 1950's the term  'gamekeeper' was used to describe an injury to the metacarpophalangeal joint of the thumb. It originated as a description of a work related injury of Scottish sport estate gamekeepers, whereby the gamekeeper as a necessary part of his employment sacrificed birds and animals such as rabbits by breaking their necks for their sporting guests. The gamekeeper would hold the creature's legs in one hand and wedge the animal's neck in the cleft between the thumb and index finger and pull forcibly. Many keepers after years of work would injure their thumbs even going so far as to rupture the ulnar collateral ligament. Today this injury is often called 'skiers thumb' as a consequence of a skier's hand driven into a ski pole upon falling. Though the term has been labeled as such, injuries to the ulnar collateral ligament and/or thumb are common in many sports such as football, volleyball, basketball and others.

The thumb acts as a primary restraint to an opposing stressors and is injured if hyperabducted and hyperextenened. In the Journal of Orthopedic Surgery, "Injury to ulnar collateral ligament of thumb.", researchers indicate that the injury is often missed by inexperienced health care personnel. When thumbs are 'jammed' or strained by an athlete in sport' he or she may resume activity without reporting the injury as well.  Like any other joint or muscle once injured it must be examined properly, rehabilitated, retrained and strengthened to normal levels to prevent further injury.  

Pinch Grip

Training with 'pinch grip' wrist rollers of varying grip dimensions strengthens the extrinsic thumb muscles of the hands and very small pinch blocks the intrinsic muscles. Keeping the adductor musculature strong helps guard against hyperextension. If a thumb is strained use a variety of pinch grip wrist rollers to Get Strong.

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 Pendulum Grip Cart

Add a Variety of Pinch Grip Wrist Rollers to your Pendulum Grip Cart

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Grip Cart Tools

Men in general have stronger hand-grip strength than women, even when taking into acount lean body mass. Females have different distinct features in hand size and shape and men on average have greater hand length and hand breadth than women.  Since hand size relates to grip strength having longer bones, longer muscles, hence a greater number of contractile units, that is, sarcomeres gives the majority of men more than a mechanical edge. This advantage is without discussing moment arms, tendon lengths and proportions of the forearms and wrists The male advantage is such that even female National elite athletes rarely surpass the 50th percentile in hand dynomometry of untrained or not specifically trained men. 

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Though the hand-grip strength of males and females differ from one another the good news is that all can change their strength dramatically. If you measure a population of athletes regardless of gender that do not emphasize grip training, you will find the preferred hand will often be about 10% stronger than the non-preferred hand.  By addressing and changing this strength deficit an athletes' overall body strength will change as well. 

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Erase this 10% deficit by filling your Pendulum Grip Cart with an assortment of tools to address the power, ball, hook, pinch and precision grips, abduction, adduction and wrist extension. Attacking each way we handle an object to assure the associated musculature is maximally developed is the best way to Get Strong.

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Preparation For A Challenge

Crawling through mud, diving into ice water, leaping over fire, scaling giant walls, avoiding barbed wire are just a few of the obstacles you may encounter when you run the Savage Race, the Tough Mudder, Rugged Maniac Spartan Race or one of the many challenge courses across America.

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Hardcore obstacle courses require strength and endurance. Having strong hands and a strong upper torso is as important as having lower body strength. Challenging yourself in event preparation and making sure you develop grip strength will go a long way in ensuring success.

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Use the Pendulum Grip Cart and it's implements to train the various classifications of grips power grip, hook grip, ball grip, pinch grip, precision grip, as well as, abduction and addiction of the fingers to Get your hands Strong and ready to compete.

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