Get Strong

Strength, Conditioning And Fitness Club

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

March To Minnesota




March 9 & 10th, 2018


Times and events for both days are subject to change

4:30 – 5:45pm Registration/Check-in

5:30 – 5:45pm Welcome and Introduction

5:45 – 6:45pm Keynote Presentation 1: Ted Dreisigner Ph.D. Isolated Strengthening of the Low Back as a Strategy for the Prevention and Clinical Management of Chronic Low Back Pain

6:45 – 7:30pm Special Topics Presentation: A Fireside Chat with Jim Flanagan

7:45 – 8:30pm Special Topics Presentation: Brandon Jonker Results and Application of the Repetition Duration Study; Comparing 30-30-30, 10-10, and 2-4 and Training Demonstration with James Fisher Ph.D.

8:30 – 10:30pm Social at Beacon

We invite all attendees to join for food and drink at Beacon (located in the hotel). Note: Drinks and food are an additional cost and are not provided.


Early Morning Workouts at the Downtown Minneapolis Location – More information to come

9:00 – 10:00am Keynote Presentation 2: Luke Carlson The Philosophy, Strategy, and Tactics that Drive Business Growth.

10:15 – 11:15am Keynote Presentation 3: Mike Gittleson Stretching is Not What We Thought it Was (and the Lost Body Part)

11:15 – 11:45am Special Topics and Tactics: Discover Strength Staff

11:45 – 12:30 Lunch (provided with registration)

12:30 – 1:30pm Keynote Presentation 4: Rob Morton Understanding Skeletal Muscle Hypertrophy: Protein Metabolism and Resistance Training

1:45 – 2:45pm Keynote Presentation 5: Michelle Segar Ph.D

3:00 – 4:00pm Keynote Presentation 6: James Fisher Ph.D Heterogeneity, Periodization and the Strength-Endurance Continuum


Pendulum Hip Press

Pendulum Hip Presses

Topics: Muscular Growth, Strength Training, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Strength, Muscular Strength

Foam Rolling?

In the past year two articles were published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy about foam rolling and performance. Foam rolling is a self- administered technique often used to increase range of motion and is found to be part of many weight room and pre-activity rituals.


Researchers examined the effect of  foam rolling during the inter-set rest period during sets of knee extensions while training. In both studies when foam rolling the quadricep or foam rolling the hamstrings between exercise bouts, the process decreased maximum repetition performance compared to the control groups. Based on these results there are implications in foam rolling prescription for rehabilitation and for athletic populations. 


Foam rolling does effect the fascia surrounding the musculature - how, when and why this exercise tool is added to a program must be well thought out to Get Strong.




Topics: Strength Training, Muscular Strength

The Rules Of Manual Resistance

Important Manual Resistance Considerations:

  • When training manually all athletes must understand the rules of performing each repetition properly.
  • The athlete should not only be capable of performing an exercise but have the ability to teach, as well as administer the exercise to others. 
  • Once an athlete understands how to execute manual resistance it demands the same effort and motivation as if trying to improve on a bench, squat, clean or any other strength training exercise.
  • When training manually to progressively overload it requires a strength measurement to track progress.  Taking a circumference, body composition and other physiological variables allows the coach and athlete to monitor results.
  • Remember when training the head and neck manually athletes should have clean hands especially during flu season.
  • The rules of Manual Resistance must be reviewed regularly! 


The Rules of Manual Resistance

1). If you use Manual Resistance make sure you and your spotter know and understand the rules.

2). The Lifter begins each exercise with the goal of 6-8 reps. This requires pacing, in other words, the first repetition is not an all out effort. The effort must be increasing for every subsequent repetition.

2a). The Spotter should allow the lifter to perform each repetition at the same pace or speed of movement. This will require different amounts of pressure by the spotter during the rep (because of leverage). The lifter will feel as though the resistance is similar at all joint angles (the resistance will feel smooth).

3). The lowering phase of every repetition should be slower than the raising phase. A guide in learning manual resistance is raise the involved limbs up in 1-2 seconds or at a 1-2 count and lower them in 4-5 seconds or at a 4 or 5 count.

3a). The Spotter must make sure that they feel more force by the lifter during the lowering phase of each repetition.

4). The Lifter should continually contract their target musculature during the raising phase and the lowering phase of every repetition.

4a). The Spotter must give feedback to the lifter to ensure there is always a constant contraction on every repetition performed. The spotter should identify any relaxation or loss of force by the lifter during the movement.

5). The Lifter should pause with pressure against the spotter's resistance at the top of every movement. Pausing with pressure and no relaxation is extremely difficult.

5a). The Spotter should insure the lifter is applying force at the top of the movement. The spotter must feel if the lifter is relaxing. The spotter must ease slowly into the lowering phase of the exercise. Slowly easing into the lowering phase or decent is extremely important.

6). The exercise is completed when the athlete reaches momentary muscular failure.


Topics: Muscular Growth, Strength Training, Muscular Strength, Manual Resistance

Don't Drop Drop-sets From Your Program

In April of this year the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness published - Effects of drop set resistance training on acute stress indicators and long-term muscle hypertrophy and strength. The findings were..."Superior muscle gains might be achieved with a single set of DS (drop set) compared to 3 sets of conventional RT (resistance training), probably due to higher stress experienced in the DS protocol."

Drop-sets are done in numerous ways, in general it is a simple technique whereby you perform a set of an exercise and then reduce or 'drop' the weight and continue for more repetitions with less poundage or greater leverage. 

There are many many methods how drop-sets are accomplished; stripping of weight from a barbell, quickly grabbing lighter and lighter dumbbells, changing pin settings on selectorized machines, continually changing grip or stance during an exercise, changing the range of motion and more.

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The Pendulum 'Set Extension Technology" is an ideal training method especially for in-season reduced training time and obtaining the desired results in a shorter interval. With an athletes normal weight, the spotter simply changes range of motion once the athlete cannot finish a repetition. All Pendulum strength machines with their 'S.E.T. Extension System' are made to simply and quickly change the length of movement. A Drop-set on the Pendulum strength equipment is an easy and efficient way to Get Strong.

Call or 'drop-in' at the Pendulum showroom in Clare, Michigan to find out about or try out the Rogers Athlete strength equipment.

 Pendulum S.E.T. Technology

Topics: Strength Training, Pendulum 3 Way Row, Muscular Strength

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.


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

Using The Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham

The Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham is an exceptional strength training device that targets the oft-neglected proximal end of the hamstring muscle, as well as, the glutes and hips. The Reverse Glute/Ham is an exceptional rehabilitative tool giving the athlete the ability to train when he or she has a knee, ankle sprain, casted foot or other lower leg injury. Continuation of training at a high level allows for the retention and development of tissue which enhances return-to-play from injury.

The Reverse Glute/Ham has another use beyond normal strengthening that few may be aware of.  The unique exercise device can be used to safely identify a muscular weakness in the quadriceps that is rarely picked up on any other exercise, test or exercise tool.

Begin the identification process by choosing a weight that he or she can perform 25 reps, pausing at the bottom of each repetition, with their knees bent during the entire movement. Keeping the knees bent targets and fatigues the glutes.

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25 reps with the knee bent during each repetition

Upon completion of the 25th rep (which should be difficult) the subject then, without rest, extends their legs straight out as if standing up. The additional weight of the lower limb adds weight to the movement allowing the lifter to continue performing repetitions. The athlete brings his knees back in the bent position then extending his legs pausing for as many reps as possible. If the first weight was chosen properly the number of repetitions that can be achieved will be some number less than 10.

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Each rep is from bent to an exactly straight paused leg

Once the athlete can complete the last rep in full extension as seen above, he or she is to slowly return at a 5 second count, with the legs kept perfectly straight, to a vertical position if possible.  In the vertical position (if flexible enough) the athlete pauses each rep for 15 seconds. The subject continues repetitions until failure.  If there is a disparity in leg strength the weaker quadricep will begin fibrillating often shaking dramatically.  This will be very visible and will require direct exercise such as leg extensions and straight leg lifts to correct and return to normal in the future.  

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Topics: Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham, Strength Training, Strength

The Problem Is Not The Problem. It Is The Symptom.

The knee cap (patella) and the thigh bone (femur) form the patellofemoral joint. Seldom do individuals make it through life without experiencing patellofemoral pain making it one of the most common lower extremity issues seen by clinicians. 
When there is patellofemoral pain there is usually a loss of muscular strength of the vastus medialis oblique (VMO) a quadricep muscle above the knee on the front of the thigh. If muscle strength is lost exercises like straight-leg raises, quad sets and short-arc leg extensions are often recommended.
Current research in the 2016 Manual Therapy Journal, "The outcome of hip exercise in patellofemoral pain: A systematic review." , indicates that the addition of hip strengthening exercises and in some cases hip exercise alone can have a positive effect on reducing knee pain.
The Pendulum Hip Press was designed to specifically target the hip region, as well as, improve flexibility in the low position.
If you top load the Pendulum Squat Pro the athlete strengthens their hips in the low position. If you do this movement with the knees always over the heel, keeping the shin perpendicular to the floor, their is less stress on the patellofemoral joint. 
The Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham can be used to directly target the hips.
Three great machines to Get the hips Strong.

Topics: Pendulum Reverse Glute/Ham, Strength Training, Pendulum Hip Press, Pendulum Squat Pro, Muscular Strength

Training The Upper Trap On The 5-Way Neck

The cervical spine consisits of seven vertebra numbered C1-C7. The back of the head or skull is called the 'occiput' and is numbered C0.  The occiput sits on the first vertebra of the cervical spine (C1), which is called the 'atlas'. The juncture between these two bones is called the 'occipito-atlanto joint'.

The second cervical vetebra (C2), is called the 'axis'.  The junction between atlas (C1) and the axis (C2) form the 'atlanto axial joint'. The axis is unlike the other cervical vertebrae, as it has a fingerlike projection called the 'dens' that protrudes through C1, so the atlas can rotate around it somewhat like an axle of a wheel (though the movement is far from a complete rotation).

The bones C0-C2 include the aforementioned joints and ligaments, but unlike the other cervical vertbrae have no discs. The lower cervical have intervertebral discs that do not allow for lateral flexion.

As a coach you can use this imformation to help identify when an athlete is maximally contracting during an upper trap movement. Since the occipito-atlanto and atlanto axial joints do not have discs they have the ability to move to opposite sides of lower segments.

The best movement for the upper trap is a one arm shrug. When the athlete reaches peak contraction the upper cervical vertebra can and will pivot on the dens and the athletes head will turn away from the elevating shoulder shrug action. The muscles of the upper cervical region at C2  have an individual specialized arrangement and when fatigue occurs and the upper trap is truly targeted the head will turn without any coaching. If the head does not turn the athletes form is incorrect or there is not enough effort. You only need to observe, asking the athlete to tilt their head would be a poor coaching cue, as the head tilt occurs naturally. 


One arm shrug

Training the Upper Trap on the Pendulum 5 Way Neck

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Neck training, Strength Training

Increasing Chin-up Repetitions

Kinematic analysis is used to find the range of motion and muscle activity of a given mechanical movement. When comparing a chin-up with a lat-pull down exercise you find there is variability to the response of the latissimus dorsi, bicep brachii, tricep brachii, pectoralis major, rectus abdominus and erector spinae muscles during the concentric and eccentric phases of the action. Because of this variability inclusion of an exercise such as the Pendulum Lat Combo Pull as part of a chin-up program will be complementary and you will quickly find the number of chin-ups that can be done will increase rapidly. A great way to Get Strong.


Pendulum Lat Combo Pull

Topics: Strength Training, Muscular Strength, Pendulum Combo Lat Pull