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Who Is The Strongest Strength Coach In The World?

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

The Pendulum Challenge

The latest studies show that women are approximately 52% as strong as men in their upper body and 66% as strong in their lower bodies.  A women having less strength in their upper torso in general is because they tend to have a lower proportion of their lean tissue distributed there. The differences in muscular strength in equally trained men and women is almost entirely accounted for by the difference in muscle size. 

This year at the Collegiate Strength Coaches Association, strength coaches competed against one another for $500.00. The event was deemed the Pendulum Challenge. Because the challenge included both men and women the performance guidelines were set based on the above factors of body weight and gender.

The winner of the  Pendulum Challenge at the National Conference and $500.00 cash was Northwestern University's Taylor Hynes. She performed an incredible total of 109 strict reps on the Pendulum 3-way Row, Seated Squat, and Shoulder/Incline. Taylor can be seen surrounded by members of the Pendulum Staff after her impressive victory. 

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Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Announcements, Pendulum Shoulder/Incline, Success, Pendulum 3 Way Row

The Fighting Irish

The University of Notre Dame upgrades their weight room with a wide variety of Pendulum Strength Training Machines.


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They are Getting Strong in South Bend

Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum Combo Lat Pull

Lowering Weight To Lower Injuries

When a muscle lengthens under load during training it is called the eccentric phase of the movement. The controlled lowering phase of training is not only important for muscular growth, but has other training benefits.

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Following years of systematic reviews of the scientific literature, it has been determined that the act of stretching has "limited effectiveness in preventing injury or reducing the risk of injury."  What is becoming apparent is that eccentric training is an effective way of changing range of motion, as well as, reducing injury. This is accomplished through strengthening the tissue and changing the compliant end of the tendon. Injuries are reduced when you have a healthy myotendinous junction, that is, the connection between the muscle and the tendon. Maintaining the health of this region requires adding movements of low velocity to your athletic program. Get Strong and stay injury free by emphasizing the lowering phase of training.

Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Strength Training, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Squat Pro

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

Don't Miss This Strength And Conditioning Clinic

10TH ANNUAL MSU STRENGTH & CONDITIONING CLINIC

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  • WHEN: Friday, Feb 10th 2017- FREE SESSION from 6-9pm.
  • Saturday, February 11th 2017-Registration & Check-in @ 7:15-8:00am. Clinic will run approximately until 3:00pm.
  • WHERE: Clara Bell Smith Academic Center (adjacent to the Duffy Daugherty Building).
  • COST: $95 Pre-registered by Feb. 10th (includes video links to all presentations & a Spartan Strength T-Shirt).
  • $30 Pre-registered Students (must present valid Student ID at check-in)

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  • CLINIC SPEAKERS:
  • Ted Lambrinides (Clinic Emcee-Director of Sports Science, Athletic Strength & Power
  • Allan Johnson (Head Strength & Conditioning Coach-East Tennessee State University)
  • Jason Novak (Strength & Conditioning Coach-Central Michigan University)
  • Tim Wakeham (Director of Strength & Conditioning Olympic Sports-Michigan State University)
  • Rick Court (Assistant AD for Football Sports Performance-University of Maryland).
  • Lorenzo Guess (Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach-Football Michigan State University)
  • Shaun Tahrebandi (Head Strength & Conditioning Coach-Warren (MI) Mott HS)

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Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Clinics, Announcements, Pendulum Rack System, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Power Stack

Rivalries

A rivalry increases focus, effort and performance and brings out the best of both sides of the competition. This is true not only on the athletic field, with siblings, in business, in establishing a territory, as well as, in many other walks of life. Rivalries can and do shape how we derive our thoughts.

A great example of this effect is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln purposely selected three men as part of his Cabinet, who politically ran against him and had sharply opposing views: Attorney General Edward Bates, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase and Secretary of Sate William H. Seward. Creating this "Team of Rivals" and listening to their conflicting opinions brought greater challenges and these men with their disconsonant interactions turned America for the greater good of all. 

Rivalries move us to think differently, compete differently, train differently and even test us in unsuspecting ways  This can be seen in the athletic training room during rehabilitation, whereby we are charged with working as hard as possible to equivocate the strength of the injured appendage with the strength of the uninjured limb. Pitting one side of the body against the other is not only for rehab, but coaches and healthy athletes have used this technique in training throughout the advent of strength development history to make sure results are maximal.

Adding paint and dedicating a special Pendulum Machine for a 'rival opponent' in your weight room will elicit greater challenges, an incredible training response to Get Strong for the greater good of all.

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The Pendulum Seated Squat Pro

Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum Shoulder/Incline, Success, Pendulum 3 Way Row

Hiring Now

Hiring now apply today!

Hardpressed is Chicago’s Premier Strength Training Facility with two locations in the heart of downtown.

At Hardpressed, we coach our clients through every minute of every workout. Whether they are lifting one-on-one in a strength training session or taking our conditioning class, our clients will get a full workout in only 30-minutes. Our workouts are short yet intense and made for any motivated individual regardless of their current fitness level. Our goal is to provide each client with challenging workouts that allow them to reach personal fitness goals safely and with less time spent training than ever imagined.

At Hardpressed, we decrease the common stress of having to constantly obtain your own clientele by providing clients for you. Your role is to simply retain clients through training them at a high level through our time proven strength and conditioning programs. We offer very competitive starting pay, health benefits, and an opportunity to continue your development in a team environment.

Hiring now, apply today!

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's Degree required. Master's degree preferred. Experience as a Strength and Conditioning Coach preferred. NCAA intercollegiate athlete a plus. Must be punctual, have a strong work ethic, and be highly motivated

RESPONSIBILITIES: Learning and coaching the Hardpressed strength training and conditioning protocol as set forth by the Head Strength Coaches; Educating clients on proper lifting and conditioning technique through verbal communication and demonstration; Conducting daily client training sessions and tracking progress via our Hardpressed app; Perform daily facility maintenance

Candidate must be able to: Coach and motivate clients to meet their full potential; Perform administrative duties as assigned by management; Set-up and breakdown strength training and conditioning workouts for Hardpressed clients

Professional attributes needed for the position are: Great communication skills with staff, administration, and clients; Organizational skills and detailed documentation abilities; Willing and able to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends; follow all policies, procedures, and regulations set forth by Hardpressed

COMPENSATION: Pay based on experience and performance. Commissioned based earnings range from $35,000-$65,000 annually and health benefits

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Please send resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references to careers@hardpressed. 

Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Announcements, Pendulum Hip Press

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

'Go West, Young Man, Go West'

West Virginia football started in 1891, since then they have accumulated a 727–482–45 record and rank 14th in victories among NCAA FBS programs. They have a rich tradition in coaching from Clarence Spears, Art "Pappy" Lewis, Bobby Bowden, Don Nehlen, Rich Rodriguez and Dana Holgorsen. The Mountaineer's are known for their quickness, overall team speed and hard play, much of which can be attributed to their 'Master' Strength and Conditioning Director, Mike Joesph and his Staff. Mike oversees one of the great strength programs and facilities in the United States. 

20160909_115754.jpgPendulum 5 Way Head and Neck Machines

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Pendulum Seated Squats

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Pendulum Hip Presses

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Pendulum 3 Way Rows

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Pendulum Lat Combo Pulldowns

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Pendulum Leg Curls

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Pendulum Leg Extension

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Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham an Squat Pro's

Topics: Pendulum Seated Squat, Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham, Pendulum Leg Curl, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum Gripper, Pendulum Glute-ham, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Pendulum Pulldown, Pendulum Squat Pro, Pendulum Combo Lat Pull