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Neck Machine Training And The Adjustable Cam

Anthony Delli-Pizzi was hired as the first strength and conditioning coach in Saginaw Valley State school history. It was a great choice. After years of experience in Division One athletics, Anthony has been able to build SVSU’s program from the ground up. In actuality he is building the SVSU athletes from the top down. The first thing you notice upon entering the facility are neck machines. The athletes begin their workouts and end their workouts with a sophisticated head and neck protocol. 

In a several part series you will be able to take an in depth look into a program that epitomizes preventative sports medicine.

Neck Machine SVSU

Pendulum 4 Way Neck Machines at SVSU

Pendulum Equipment

The Pendulum Adjustable Cam

Located on the Pendulum cam are adjustment holes that allow a coach to target specific areas of the head and neck to maximize development. In the charts below Coach Delli-Pizzi instructs the athlete which hole settings should be used during each set and the tempo or pace of each rep that should be performed. He also makes sure each rep is paused or held with tension during the movement. Pausing when training the neck is critical for maximum recruitment of fibers, development and important for safety.

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In the above workout for neck flexion, the athlete is instructed to use the adjustment holes of 4,8, and 12 on the Pendulum Neck Machine. What this means is that the athlete trains in a range of 10-12 reps in hole number 4. When the athlete can no longer perform a rep he or she quickly moves the face pad adjustment to hole number 8 and performs as many reps as possible then moves the face pad to hole number 12 and continues until a rep can not be completed.  A difficult and rewarding routine to Get Strong.

Coach Delli-Pizzi has each athlete begin their workout and end their workout with neck training. This is a valuble method to manage weight room flow. Not only does this method expedite training but it also emphasizes to the athlete the importance of training the head and neck as a natural part of their development as an athlete.


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Closed And Open Chain

Open kinetic chain exercises of the lower limb are movements, where the distal segment is unloaded and free to move. The opposite is true of closed kinetic chain exercises, whereby  there is enough resistance to prohibit free motion.

Closed kinetic chain exercises are movements such as squats, Pendulum Squat Pro, leg presses and lunges, while open chain exercises are actions like leg curls, leg extensions and the Pendulum Reverse Glute Ham.

The kinetic chain can be understood as interrelated joints and body parts working with one another during motion. This creates a chain of events that affects the movement of neighboring joints and segments.

The advantage of open chain movements is that they tend to be better at isolating muscle and often are selected for specific rehabilitation and used to accentuate performance. While closed chain movements in general would be classified as more functional and closely approximating movements that are used in sport and daily life.

Pendulum Reverse Glute Ham Machine

Open Chain Reverse Glute Ham

Pendulum Power Squat Pro

Closed Chain Pendulum Power Squat Pro

Pendulum Power Squat Pro XT

Closed Chain Pendulum Power Squat Pro XT

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2-for-2 Method

Some trainers, coaches and athletes use what is called the 2-for-2 Method for increasing training load. The rule is if the trainee can perform two or more repetitions over one’s ‘repetition goal’ in the last set of an exercise, for two consecutive workouts, the weight is added for that particular exercise the next training session.

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