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Xavier Musketeers

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Nov 30, 2016 8:07:08 PM

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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Grip Strength And The Shoulder Rotator Cuff

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Oct 7, 2016 9:02:05 AM

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.

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Gamekeeper

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Mar 21, 2016 10:11:58 AM

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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Grip Cart Tools

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Dec 28, 2015 6:35:00 PM

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

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Nov 10, 2015 8:27:00 PM

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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Topics: Grip Cart, Running, Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Grip Cart, Wrist Roller

Grip Cart

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Aug 24, 2015 8:33:00 AM

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Getting A Grip On Life

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jul 12, 2015 9:01:00 PM

A person’s chronological age can be quite different from their biological age. Scientists perpetually are on the lookout for the biomarkers that they can put together to most approximate one's demise. Though there is no exact definition for biological age, it generally indicates whether the body is functioning better or worse than its chronological age.

Recently, Gretchen Reynolds wrote an article in the New York Times, 'Older Athletes Have a Strikingly Young Fitness Age.' The article discussed how researchers have surmised that athletic seniors are typically 20 years or more younger physically than their chronological age compared to their non-athletic constituents. Looking at epidemiological studies those who are fitter generally have a longer life span. Getting fit and having the ability to change one's fitness age should be a viable reason to exercise.

The 2015 Lancet Medical Journal recently published, 'Grip strength and mortality: a biomarker of ageing?'  It was discussed that grip strength is simple to measure yet a powerful predictor of future disability, morbidity and mortality at any age. It may go as far as identifying an individual’s risk for having a heart attack or stroke or dying from cardiovascular disease.

Researchers found that an 11-pound decrease in grip strength over the course of their study was linked to a "16% higher risk of dying from any cause, a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, a 9% higher risk of stroke and a 7% higher risk of heart attack."

This is the largest study to have made this connection, as well as it was determined that grip strength was a relevant measure across high-income, middle-income and low-income in all countries.

Keeping fit and Getting Strong changes your life.

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Grip Strength

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Dec 11, 2014 6:40:00 PM

Grip strength can be used as a tool to have a rapid indication of someone's general muscle strength. Grip strength is reflective of muscle mass and gives you an overall sense of someone’s vitality. In a clinical setting it can predict things in the future like post-operative complications and even death.

Looking at grip strength it is pretty obvious, using all five fingers that you are the strongest. Utilizing all five digits and making a fist is called the 'power grip'. The next most powerful combination is using all the fingers without the thumb this is called the 'hook grip'. Grip strength without the middle finger and without the ring and little fingers is the least forceful way to grasp objects.  

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Training the 'power grip' on the Pendulum Gripper

Looking at contributions of individual digits to the total percentage of strength of the hand, the thumb, index, and middle fingers are 17%, 22%, 31% of the sum total and the ring and little fingers are 29%, respectively.  As you can see the middle finger at 31% is the most important contributor to total hand power. The next most important is the combination of the ring and little fingers.  

Train your hands using different combinations of finger grips to Get Strong.

Topics: Grip training, Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Grip Cart

Chain Storage Cart

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Nov 9, 2014 6:13:00 PM

You do not always have to store chains, ropes, bands and other weightlifting accessories on your Power Racks. Keep them on Rogers Athletic Storage Carts and simply roll them where they are needed during a workout to Get Strong.

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Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Development Virginia Clinic

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Mar 5, 2014 11:40:00 AM

Annual Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Development Virginia Clinic

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The Virginia Clinic will be taking place on Saturday, March 15, 2014. SMARTER Team Training will host a dynamic regional clinic that is more hands-on and practical than your typical lecture only format. This year's speakers will create full engagement presentations that will have participants getting out of their seats and truly learn by doing. This will be a great opportunity for attendees to learn from those that work with professional athletes, collegiate athlete, and youth athletes. The clinic will highlight a multidisciplinary approach to sports performance training in a high energy and supportive learning environment. Attendees will leave with a true understanding of how to apply techniques to their training sessions immediately to add value to all their clients. This is going to be an exciting event - a chance to take your game to the next level!

Regency Sport & Health Club
1800 Old Meadow Rd
McLean, VA 22102

CEUs will be 0.8 NSCA, 7.0 BOC, 3.25 CSCCa and 8 NSPA

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Itinerary for Saturday, March 15, 2014 


7:00-7:45 Registration / Check-In – Drinks and bagels will be provided in Sponsor/Vendor Area

7:45-8:00 Opening Remarks – Kevin Boyle/Rob Taylor

8:00-8:50 "Drills To Develop Your First Step Speed" - Dave Brixius, Owner of Explosive Sports Performance

9:00-9:50 "Winning the Six Inch War" - Al Johnson, Assistant Director of Sports Performance for Northwestern University

10:00-10:50 "Med Ball Power Development Tips, Drills And Exercises" – Dr. Josh Funk, Founder and President of Lax Factory

11:00-11:50 "Weight Room Wisdom" - Mike Gittleson, Former Head S&C Coach at the University of Michigan

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11:50-1:00 Lunch Break

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12:00-12:50 “Round Table” for Q&A – Presenters will field questions, provide advice, suggestions, and guidance where applicable.

1:00-1:50 "Training Outside The Weight Room" - Jay Merlino, Tactical Performance Manager at Athletes' Performance

2:00-2:50 "Serious Training From The Neck Up" - Doug Scott, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Pingry School

3:00-3:50 "Get BIG! Enough Said." - Rob Taylor, Jr., Founder and Owner of SMARTER Team Training

4:00 Closing comments – Kevin Boyle/Rob Taylor

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

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