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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

Getting A Leg Up On Leg Extensions

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Apr 27, 2018 11:16:29 AM

The short arc knee extension is a partial leg movement that has been used for decades to target the vastus medialis oblique. This oft-spoken muscle, located above the inside of the knee cap, in rehabilitation has earned the byname 'VMO'.

The VMO is important in keeping the knee cap tracking correctly. During a knee extension the quadricep muscles are all active. From a 15"-0" arc, the VMO has about 56% more electrical activity. It is important in exercising to target the last 15" of movement. This is done by making sure you fully extend the legs and pause them at the top of a knee extension. Post injury the vastus medialis oblique atrophies noticeably and quickly - attending to the final degrees of motion hastens recovery.

The Pendulum Leg Extension machine has 'SET' - Set Extension Technology - which allows for VMO range limiting. When training, one simply adjusts the range limiter to it's last setting and the short arc movement can be prioritized. 

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Topics: Pendulum Leg Extension, Muscular Strength

Pause At The Top Of The Movement

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Mar 8, 2018 9:35:18 PM

The quadricep's vastus medialis, often called the vastus internus, is located just above the knee on the medial side of the leg. During a leg extension movement it is active whether you are at 10 degrees, 30 degrees, 60 degrees or 90 degrees of motion. But in order to maximize it's develop make sure the athlete extends his or her legs completely and pauses at the top of the movement.

Pause at the top of the movement to Get the Medialis Strong.

Topics: Pendulum Leg Extension

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

The University Of Michigan

Posted by Mike Gittleson on May 30, 2016 3:41:12 PM

The University Of Michigan

2016042095111344.jpgTo run a comprehensive weight training program you must have head and neck machines to develop all the structures that lower the sub-concussive forces in contact sports.

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The Pendulum Rack System

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Pendulum Seated Squat Machines

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Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum Leg Extension, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Rack System

Iowa State Strength And Conditioning

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Mar 2, 2016 10:14:00 AM

Iowa State University adds more Pendulum equipment to it's strength training facility.

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Pendulum Seated Squats

Iowa State Leg Extension

Pendulum Leg Curl, Leg Extension and Reverse Glute/Ham

Iowa State Weight Room

Pendulum 3 Way Rows 

Iowa State Squat Pro

Pit Sharks and Pendulum Hip Presses

Iowa State Combo Pulldowns

Pendulum Combo Lat Pulldowns

Topics: Pendulum Leg Curl, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum Leg Extension, Pit Shark, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum Pulldown, Pendulum Squat Pro

Knee Extensions

Posted by Mike Gittleson on May 16, 2015 7:58:00 PM

The kneecap anatomically called the patella is the small bone embedded in a tendon in the front of the knee. The patellofemoral joint is where the kneecap and thigh bone meet. Below the kneecap there is a large tendon (patellar tendon), which attaches to the front of the tibia or shine bone. This mechanism allows the quadriceps, the large muscles of the front of the knee to extend the knee joint with a very slight rotation. 

From a flexed position of around 135 degrees the knee extends or straightens to 0 degrees. Fluid-filled sacs called bursae serve as gliding surfaces for the tendons to reduce the force of friction as tendons move. Each meniscus, that is, the cartilage serves to evenly load the surface during weight-bearing, which also adds to the reduction of friction by disbursing joint fluid for joint lubrication. Having strong thigh muscles is important in reducing patellofemoral stresses during activity.

Until recently there has been disagreement in the literature as to which exercises and ranges of motion best accomplish the goal of low patellofemoral stress.  It has been found that performing knee extension from 90° to 45° has significantly lower stress then isokinetic knee extensions and squatting movements.  This is confirmed in the May 2014, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.  Therefore when prescribing exercise, non-weight-bearing quadriceps exercises are extremely important in managing joint stress especially in persons with knee pain.

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Pendulum Leg Extension Starting from 90 degrees

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Pendulum Leg Extension to 45 degrees

Training between 90° and 45° causes the least amount of patellofemoral stress and often allows pain free training enabling an athlete to re-strengthen the quadricep. Once knee pain dissipates and knee strength is normalized or increased the athlete can resume full range exercise. 

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 Full range Pendulum Leg Extensions 

Topics: Pendulum Leg Extension

Illinois Strength

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Mar 16, 2015 9:24:00 PM

Aaron Hillman, the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Illinois has a vast experience in strength and conditioning, he has coached at Ball State, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Michigan and has had stints with the NFL. Aaron has numerous power racks in his facility, but understands the value of tools. Football is an aggressive sport and to participate at the highest level having a wide variety of exercise devices allows a coach to augment his athletes training. 

Not only does having a wide range of equipment allow an athlete to reach his potential, but there are always periods whereby a coach has to address the health of each individual. Athletes may need to reduce the load on the spine, thay may need to change training modalities to accommodate for casts on an appendage or may be undergoing rehabilitation for an injury. Having head and neck machines is important, as well in all programs to keep athletes safe and Get them Strong

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Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum Leg Curl, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum Leg Extension, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Glute-ham

Pendulum Rack System Loudoun County High School

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Dec 13, 2013 10:07:00 AM

Pendulum Rack System Loudoun County High School

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Topics: Pendulum Leg Curl, Pendulum Leg Extension, Pendulum Rack System

Toledo St. John's Jesuit High School

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Nov 1, 2013 9:04:00 PM

Toledo St. John's Jesuit High School is located in Toledo, Ohio.  The Titans have won seven state championships in four different sports, along with countless other league, district and regional titles.

Toledo St. Johns Pendulum Rack System

The Pendulum Rack System designed for St. John's High School

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Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum Leg Curl, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum Leg Extension, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Shoulder/Incline, Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Pulldown, Pendulum Squat Pro