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Outside-In Thinking

A man working out on pendulum equipment

Skeletal muscles are essential for physical performance and an important contributing factor in maintaining optimal health throughout life. The body consists of more than 500 skeletal muscles, which are involved in powerful movements and small and fine motions. 

Muscles are crucial in maintaining glucose homeostasis and providing a site for fatty acid metabolism and glycogen synthesis.  We use our muscles to offset obesity through exercise and to improve cardiovascular function.  Muscles interact with other organs via the excretion of myokines, which support the metabolic functions of different tissues, such as bones, pancreas, liver and adipose tissue.

The value of strength training and our health is unarguable.  Maybe we should reconsider how we approach our home gyms.  Home gyms are usually in basements or garages and sometimes dedicated rooms in our residential spaces.  Yet, most yards consist of swing sets, picnic tables, lounge chairs, play forts, gardens and the like. 

To address the importance of skeletal muscle fitness consider filling your yard with Pendulum Machines, not only can you increase your outdoor experience they look exceptionally well and work great outside year after year.

The Definition of Yard Work

The Pendulum Vertical Chest Press



The bench press is performed in multiple ways; a variety of grip widths, feet up, feet on the floor, different speeds of movement, variable ranges of motion, various percentages of 1RM and more. All affect muscle activation during the pressing...

All Five Fingers

Using a Power Grip on the Pendulum Rope Pull The hand has its greatest gripping strength when utilizing a ‘power grip’, that is squeezing with all five fingers. When the thumb is negated, grip strength has the second greatest capability...

Hip Engagement 

There are an abundance of techniques utilized and taught to target the hips when squatting. Ankle, hip and thoracic mobility, posture, quad dominance, bar weight, bar height, stance and form adjustments are just a few of the things coaches address....