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Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity

Posted by Pendulum Strength on Aug 30, 2018 3:43:27 PM

Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity founded in 1832 subscribe to 'manus multae cor unum' - many hands, one heart. As a national organization they expect each chapter to contribute to the intellectual atmosphere of their campus and to their members. 

In an article published in Psychology Today, Can physical activities Improve Fluid intelligence?, scientist link fitness  with improved cognition in healthy young adults. 'Fluid intelligence' is defined as "the capacity to think logically and solve problems in novel situations, independent of acquired knowledge."  Through extensive research it is indicated that certain hormones, which are increased during exercise, may help improve memory.  Pursuing non-academic activities such as aerobic exercise, and strength training are key to enriching not only cognition but someone's long-term success in life.

Alpha Delta Phi located in the heart of the University of Michigan campus just built a strength training facility in their frat house for their student members - strong bodies, strong minds, strong hearts.

 

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Topics: Pendulum Utility Bench, Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Power Stack, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Seated Squat

Grand Valley State University

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Aug 28, 2018 10:13:00 AM

Grand Valley State University Olympic Sports installs the Pendulum Rack System

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Topics: Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Utility Bench, Pendulum Power Stack, Announcements

Muscle

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Aug 10, 2018 9:17:01 AM

In February of 2014 the Journal of Investigative Dermatology , published the article 'The skin not the largest organ.' a good read. The Journal of Comprehensive Physiology in a published article - 'Muscle as a secretory organ.' - states,  "Skeletal muscle is the largest organ in the body."

As strength coaches we tend to think of muscle exclusively in relation to muscle fiber contractions, posture, breathing and the locomotion of our activities. Seldom do we think of skeletal muscle as a secretory organ and it's ability to communicate with other organs such as adipose tissue, the liver, pancreas, our bones and the brain. 

Myokines are small proteins released by muscle cells in response to muscular contractions.  They are involved in  tissue regeneration and repair, inflammation reduction, reduction of the risk of chronic metabolic diseases and maintenance of healthy bodily functioning. Skeletal muscle as an endocrine organ produce and release these proteins, which like hormones, exert specific endocrine effects.

Understanding that inactivity leads to an altered myokine response and muscular work a positive healthy molecular return, illustrates the far-reaching effect of strength training regularly and continually throughout life. 

In our modern environment with televisions, computers, advanced technology, cell phones a sedentary behavior with little or moderate muscular work is commonplace.  With the physiological knowledge of the skeletal muscles contributions in Getting Strong more than walking and running alone are necessary to achieve what is deemed a 'healthy lifestyle'. 

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Topics: Muscular Growth, Muscular Strength, Strength Training, Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Chin-Up Bar, Pendulum Rope Pull

Wayne State University

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 16, 2018 4:21:08 PM

Ruben Mendoza is a former NFL offensive guard who is now the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of Wayne State University. Ruben has coached at South Carolina, Tennessee - Chattanooga , Clemson, Ole Miss, Mississippi and Notre Dame and as you can ascertain has a vast experience in the profession. Under Rueben's guidance Wayne State is a perennial contender for top-10 honors in the NACDA Learfield Sports' Directors Cup. With Mendoza's direction the University just completed their new Athletic Department weight room. The Warriors will be Getting Stronger in Detroit.

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Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Combo Lat Pull, Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Utility Bench, Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum Vertical Chest Press, Pendulum Glute-ham, Pendulum Gripper

Something Old, Something New

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 3, 2018 3:38:29 PM

The University of Akron's, Matt Gildersleeve in May of 2014 became the youngest Division 1 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Before coming to Akron, Matt played at the football powerhouse Mount Union and was a part of four straight Conference Championships and a National Championship. Matt has a masters degree in sports science, unique coaching skills, tremendous drive and an excellent aptitude.  Head Football Coach, Terry Bowden recognizing his attributes quickly promoted him from within his program to lead the 'Zips' Strength and Conditioning.

Matt and his wife Ana and dog 'Rock' recently visited the Rogers Pendulum factory and had the opportunity to see the latest manufacturing tools, how equipment was designed, fabricated, constructed and assembled. Nathan Rogers, President and Chief Operating Officer and Mike Gittleson, the first Strength and Conditioning Coach in the Big Ten, were the Gildersleeve's hosts. 

In the Rogers Pendulum showroom Matt and Mike spent time examining equipment, blending ideas, styles and the training techniques of coaching old and new, which led to an interesting day. Ask about touring the factory, a must addition to your 'bucket list'...... - a great place to stop on your vacation when travelling through Michigan.

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Topics: Pendulum Rack System

A Great Way To Finish

Posted by Mike Gittleson on May 12, 2018 6:03:35 PM

Once an athletes exercise routine is completed - time them pulling the rope in both directions. A great way to finish and Get Strong!

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Topics: Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Rope Pull

Pulling Ropes With Pendulum

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Apr 6, 2018 3:36:01 PM

Begin the exercise by using the Rope Pull on the Pendulum Lat Combo Pull. Once completed, quickly move to the rope pull on the Pendulum Power Rack and pull the resisted rope in both directions to Get Strong!

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Topics: Pendulum Rope Pull, Pendulum Rack System

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

Bench Press Intensity

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Nov 22, 2017 6:31:44 PM

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PLOS ONE is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science. Unlike traditional peer-reviewed publications it does not use the perceived importance of a paper for acceptance or rejections. Instead it rigorously reviews how  experiments and analysis were done and the significance of the research is left up to the scientific community. Recently researchers published in PLOS One, "A systematic review of surface electromyography analyses of the bench press movement task."

The bench press is arguably the most popular lifting exercise. It is used in homes and gyms throughout the world, in athletic development for competition and as a standard criteria to measure upper body strength in individuals. The methodologies used to enhance development are complex and wide ranging.

The authors of the aforementioned study looked to answer two questions, "Which muscles show the greatest activity during the BP? Which changes in muscle activity are related to specific conditions under which the BP is performed?"  They defined 'intensity' as percentage of ones 1 repetition maximum (1RM).

Looking through 3847l citations and 2635 articles the researchers determined the most relevant articles and examined velocity, intensity, range of motion, stable and unstable surfaces, fatigue, mental focus, sticking points, compression sleeves and sticking points. They concluded that the triceps brachii  and pectoralis major muscles had  similar electrical activity during the bench press and their activity is significantly higher than the activity of the anterior deltoids. Of all the various constructs of training that were listed above (from velocity to sticking points) that effect muscle activity, the most important factor is exercise intensity. The load on the bar relative to ones strength effects all other factors when bench pressing and Getting Strong.

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Topics: Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Vertical Chest Press

Who Is The Strongest Strength Coach In The World?

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jun 8, 2017 10:22:48 AM

Vernon Smith is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has had been a part of 28 Championships, which include 2 National Championships in Football and 2 National Championships in Women's Basketball. Vernon has had an amazing career coaching, but there is something more amazing.... and that is his strength. Vernon Smith squats and deadlifts over 900, benches over 600 and can power clean 500 pounds.

These numbers require pause, yet are really only a reflection into Vernon's ability to move weight. Recently he visited the Pendulum factory in Clare, Michigan. Like all who love training he did not want to miss a weight lifting session as well as was motivated to train on the Pendulum equipment.

Understanding Coach Smith was strong, we took photos so others could get an idea how powerful this man really is. Hopefully the images and the following explanation will give you an idea about one of the strongest men on this planet.

Vernon doesn't use a lifting belt, wraps or a suit. He didn't ask for or require a spotter. The whole workout he did at Rogers Athletic was as casual as if you were to go to the gym with some friends and enjoy their company while you trained and socialized. This statement is important as it reflects how easily he lifts enormous weights without giving his best effort.

Vernon started with a warm-up of some rather large weights (around 400 and 500 pounds) then filled the bar with all the plates he could which was a little over 600 pounds. He easily did a set of 5 repetition deep squats pausing the last movement as if the weight was a little light and he needed to get more out of the set.  Vernon did not breath hard or have to sit down he just unloaded the bar and asked to try the Pendulum Seated Squat Pro. The Seated Squat Pro ended up loaded to 720 pounds where he did a couple sets of 10 with two legs and then some work using one leg at a time.

Following this Coach Smith went to the Pendulum Hip Press, which ended up loaded with the same 720 pounds and he performed two sets of two reps each at a pace of out on a 15 count back on a 30 count to get a real feel for the machine and what it offered.

Now as Vernon Smith casually talked he loaded the Pendulum Squat Pro tried it (800, 900,1000) and kept trying and adding plates until it was set at 1,260 pounds in which he did two sets of 3.

Because Vernon worked out with 600 on the Bench Press the previous day he just lightly trained on the Vertical Chest Press and some of the other Pendulum upper torso machines.

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Someone somewhere may be as strong or stronger than Coach Smith - someone somewhere, some place, maybe!

 

Topics: Announcements, Muscular Strength, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum Vertical Chest Press, Pendulum Squat Pro, World's Strongest Man