Sunir Jossan has a Masters Degree in Exercise and over 20 years of fitness programming, much of it for the United States Government.  He has written numerous fitness articles and is certified as a SWAT Fitness Specialist.  He resides in the Washington, DC area.

shoulder incline

Pendulum Shoulder Incline

A while back I wrote a little review of the Pendulum Shoulder Incline, after I put it through the paces at the Rogers Plant before attending the annual Michigan State Strength Clinic.  I was blown away with the versatility and raved about the unique training tool that it is.  I pretty much wanted to purchase it on the spot, but I had no room in my training facility, and had an original Pendulum Shoulder Press.  Eventually I settled my enthusiasm, and kept the original, always eyeing the Shoulder Incline at the clinics that I attended.  As fate might have it, fast forward to today and the Shoulder Incline has just recently replaced my original Pendulum Shoulder Press.

The original shoulder press was no slouch, a great strength curve, spot on unloading of the shoulder joint, and built like a tank.  Now I am sure there are lots of you that will say “how could you get rid of such a great tool ?”  Well, I found a better one.  In fact, I do not know of any other tool built that even  comes close to what you can do with the Pendulum Shoulder Incline.

Pendulum Shoulder Incline

If you like to overhead press, front delt press, press at a slight incline, incline press, incline with a chest emphasis, use one arm or two, with the click of a seat manipulation, change of a movement arm and off you go.  If the exercise does not feel quite right, no problem slide the seat back or a little forward or change the seat angle slightly.  It’s endless, I think in time this might go down as one of the best training tools Tyler has ever built, and he has built some great ones, the reason is the versatility.

Pendulum Incline

One-arm or Two-arm Exercise

I have heard the argument that it is s better to have a machine for each bodypart being exercised, hence chest press for chest and shoulder press for shoulder, incline for upper chest and shoulder, but I disagree.  Most of the time we fit a client into a machine, and rarely do we get the chance to manipulate the variables to tailor the machine to the individual.

Pendulum Incline Shoulder

Case in point, one of my clients could not do the upright position in the shoulder press – as he had hurt his shoulder.  He had pretty much given up on any shoulder pressing,  with any other machine we are done.  No shoulder press, go find something else.  Not with the Shoulder Incline, with a quick seat change we are back in business.  Above the head pressing once again and no pain. 

Pendulum Shoulder

Just like an adjustable dumbbell bench by setting the bench in an upright position –more shoulder, lower it to flat – more chest with the ability to have greater shoulder or greater chest by varying the angle.  The shoulder incline is similar with many many more degrees of adjustability including forward and back to fine tune things.  Add in a great strength curve built to all of the three major movements: Shoulder, Incline and Chest.  It is truly amazing, and truly endless.  Every facility should have one of these just for the rehabilitative capabilities and the versatility.  Hats off to Tyler and Rogers for building this, and Tyler I think this is your new masterpiece!!