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Ludington High School

Ludington High School is located in Ludington, Michigan near the shores of Lake Michigan. The school's athletic department just added Pendulum strength equipment to Get Strong.

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The Pendulum Rack System

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The Pendulum 5 Way Neck

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Announcements, Pendulum Rack System, Success

Wrestling With Neck Strength

In the Journal of Clinical Sports Medicine it was reported that the risk of a collegiate wrestler sustaining some type of neck injury to be 20% for a first injury during the first year of practice and about 50% for subsequent years. 

While practicing and competing, strong cervical extensor muscles maintain the appropriate spinal curve in an arched position, which is deemed 'head position' by coaches. The wrestlers opponent applies powerful stressors to the neck and spine to disrupt his adversaries balance and to gain leverage and position.

Head and neck strength is of the utmost importance as wrestlers must manage their acquired grappling posture to be successful. Sustaining balance and stance during combative movements involves intensive isometric contraction of cervical muscles and often tremendous stresses on tendons, as well as the ligamentous structures.

Their is sound evidence that there is a relationship between cervical pain and cervical muscle strength. A weakness of the anterior and posterior head and neck muscles contributes to pain persistence and the occurrence of chronic neck pain which inturn causes muscle atrophy. Neck strength training has been shown to improve neck pain and is an asset in return-to-play with athletes. 

Having a solid head and neck training program not only protects the athlete from injury, aids in a speedy recovery and is extremely important in establishing form and leverage in wrestling. A great reason to Get Strong.

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Penn State 2016 NCAA National Wrestling Champs - Pendulum 4 Way Neck Machine

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Success

Eating Less And Maintaining More

To ensure young athletes gain muscle mass coaches provide advice and direction. They set up workouts, have goal meetings, implement training rules, discuss and suggest nutritional and sleep guidelines, track weight and strength progress. Eating more calories than you are used to is often difficult for athletes to maintain and gain tissue, yet rewarding.  Proper dietary intake drives the results of a well organized and participated in program.

When you reach middle age things change, behaviors associated with weight training and muscle retention are counterintuitive. For years caloric restriction has been studied in animals as a way to increase longevity.  Now, researchers are discovering how the aging muscle receives the most benefit by restricting calories. By eating less, there is what is called 'metabolic reprogramming', this means decreased energy from glycolysis and increased cellular dependency on mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. Metabolic reprogramming seems to help cells better use antioxidants and protect their retention. Don't forget a muscle is an 'organ' critical for movement ...and fuel metabolism as well. 

The message is - do not continue the same eating habits that you had as a young athlete. When you reach middle age reduce the calories that you have been eating daily and you will maintain more muscle tissue using your personal strength and conditioning protocol. Eat less and Get Strong.

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Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Pendulum Rack System, Success, Strength

Benton Harbor Football

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Last November, Benton Harbor High School in Benton Harbor, Michigan had their first winning season in 26 years and the schools first ever trip to the state playoffs. Prior to 2015 they had 4 wins in 8 years. Elliot Uzelac at the age of 74 returned to coaching and had become their new leader. Elliot had been an assistant coach at the University of Michigan for Bo Schembechler as well as the Head Football Coach for Western Michigan, The United States Naval Academy and other stops at major Universities in his distinguished career. 

Arriving at Benton Harbor Elliot's first priority was investment in the kids. He made sure they had tutoring and overall academic success. Through the courtesy of donations he upgraded their facilities. Community donors supplied food, and the volunteer Tiger Moms prepared it. The athletes knew they were important and loved. He then raised the expectations and set goals.

The Benton Harbor story is so dynamic that it gained National media attention which included spots on ESPN and a surprise gift of a trip to Walt Disney World for the team from Good Morning America. Coach Uzelac, his staff, his athletes, the community all demonstrated the adage, 'that when you truly give of yourself you always get much more back in return.' 

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Don't Miss The Best Clinic Of The Year

In 2015 in the Journal of Medicine Science and Sport researchers found that if you suffer a concussion the risk of a lower body injury is twice as great for months, a year or even longer.  In 2016 this information was once again reiterated in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

On June 25th and June 27th Kim Wood, the NFL's first full time strength coach provides a clinic that is designed to share techniques that will reduce sub-concussive forces that can cause head and neck injuries. Also, the clinic provides the most current research and newest techniques to train the head, neck and jaw from a wide array of professional coaches. 

It will be held in Pallet 23 Event Space, 3932 Spring Grove in Cincinnati. Pre-registration on footballstrength.com. The clinic begins Friday, June 24th at 7 p.m. and Saturday June 25th at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 which includes both sessions.

Register now: space is limited.

Some of Kim Wood's barbells. Kim provides a clinic that you do not want to miss!

Topics: Head/Neck/Trap/Shop, Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Clinics, Announcements, Success

Bringing Energy into Your Program

In 1850 Alfred Lord Tennyson published , "Ring out, Wild Bells".  His words, 'Ring out the old, Ring in the new', have been a stated dictum of change for over a century.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,

And ancient forms of party strife;

Ring in the nobler modes of life,

Coaches are always trying to add freshness and excitement to their programs to engage their athletes and motivate them to succeed. The techniques used are vast and some work better than others causing the coaching staff to analyze, reflect and evaluate the athletes response to the method used. 

If you really want to motivate your athletes simply invest in them and you will see a response that you may not expect. When the Rogers Pendulum truck pulled up to Washington Court House High School, in Ohio the hydraulic lift, dolly nor the driver were needed. The excited athletes simply jumped up on the truck and carried their new Pendulum Head and Neck machine into their weight room.

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Adding another Pendulum Neck Machine to their Weight Room to 'Get Strong'

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If you want your athletes to 'Get Strong' invest in them with the tools they need to be successful, it sends a clear message that you care and want them to be the best they can be.

Topics: Pendulum 5 Way Neck, Pendulum 4 Way Neck, Announcements, Success

Squatting Through The Roof

When something is very high or has increased dramatically the idiom "through the roof"  is often used. The number of techniques coaches use to improve an athletes barbell squat, it can be said is -"through the roof"!  To improve the barbell squat a coach may have the athlete; work on technique, different bar positions, work on core strength, upper back strength, adjust an athletes grip, build hip strength, change the type of bar used, change shoes, do pause squats, do box squats, speed squats, increase flexibility, revisit motivation, look at rest intervals, change the number of days per week training occurs, adjust routines and much much more.

The Pendulum Squat Pro allows each athlete regardless of limb length and skill level to quickly, with almost zero coaching, get into a position of what may be deemed 'perfect form'. Having great form through an entire squatting movement increases the strength of the structures that the coach is trying to augment by using many of the aforementioned methods.

If an athlete is weak in the bottom position simply top load the Pendulum Squat Pro machine during the squating movement. If the athlete struggles near the top of the movement bottom load the Pendulum Squat Pro. To improve squatting strength and form simply cross load the machine with barbell plates on the high and low weight sleeves.

Without question training on the Pendulum Squat Pro will make any athletes barbell squat go through the roof with little or no coaching......  A great way to improve technique and Get Strong.

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The Pendulum Squat Pro

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Best And Most Important Clinic Of The Year

In 1931 Paul Brown was the head coach of the football powerhouse Massillon High School in Massillon, Ohio. He lost only 10 games in eleven seasons and was hired as the head football coach at Ohio State University, where in 1942 his team won the National Championship. Paul Brown followed this by winning three NFL Championships as the coach of the Cleveland Browns.  Brown then co-founded the Cincinnati Bengals and became their head coach in 1968. His storied career included inventing the face mask, developing the taxi squad, running the draw play and installing a radio transmitter in the quarterbacks helmet. In 1975 Paul Brown made a lasting impact on the physical development of athletes, hiring Kim Wood as the NFL's first full-time strength coach. 

Kim Wood maintained the position for 29 years and his influence on the exercise world is unparalleled. Kim has built world leading companies, influenced equipment design and program implementation, he continues to fight performance enhancing drugs and has preserved the history of weight training with his vast collection. Wood's philosophy as a coach was effective simple and direct, "Prepare each athlete for the rigors of the game and get the most out of every repetition that is done."

Each year Kim runs America's best Strength Clinic

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Kim Wood's Study.....Photography by Ed Cicale

In 2015 in the Journal of Medicine Science and Sport researchers found that if you suffer a concussion the risk of a lower body injury is twice as great for months, a year or even longer.  In 2016 this information was once again reiterated in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. The clinic is designed to provide and share techniques that will reduce sub-concussive forces that can cause head and neck injuries and thus reduce the risk of injury throughout the entire body.  Also, the clinic provides the most current research and new techniques to train the head, neck and jaw from a wide array of professional coaches. 

The clinic is important enough that professional football players, major college strength coaches and writers from Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, NFL.com and the local newspapers have all attended.

It will be held in Pallet 23 Event Space, 3932 Spring Grove in Cincinnati. Pre-registration on footballstrength.com. The clinic begins Friday, June 24th at 7 p.m. and Saturday June 25th at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 which includes both sessions.

Register now: space is limited.

Topics: Head/Neck/Trap/Shop, Clinics, Neck training, Success

Kenowa Hills High School

Kenowa Hills High School is located in Alpine Township near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kenowa's football program won conference championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010. They recently added several Pendulum Glute/Ham's to their program to Get Strong.

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Muscle Tissue Middle Age

When strength training to gain muscular weight it is common knowledge you need to add calories to your diet to maintain the newly developed tissue. When you reach middle age things change. Ageing results in a gradual decrease in size and volume of lean muscle and its subsequent mass reduces each decade. Though part of the strategy for maintaining muscle mass in middle age is similar to when you were young, that is to habitually be active and strength train; to slow the gradual loss of muscle the nutritional approach necessary to maximize maintaining lean muscle is actually counterintuitive.

Researchers have found that caloric restriction attenuates age-related muscle loss. In aged muscle restricting calories leads to metabolic reprogramming of the pathways to derive energy. For the science based reader it means that there is a decreased dependency on glycolysis and an increased cellular dependency on oxydative phosphorylation. It is speculated that you should reduce the amount of calories you need by 8% when you reach midlife, which inturn allows you to maintain the highest amount of muscular tissue. It is also recommended by researchers that the protein you eat is high in leucine (leucine is the dietary amino acid that has the capacity to directly stimulate muscle protein synthesis) with foods such as cheese, soybeans, beef, chicken, pork, nuts, seeds, fish, seafood, and beans.  

The bottom line is as you age eat less to maintain more. Get Strong and Stay Strong.        

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