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Tug Of War

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Etymology is the study of words and how they change throughout history.  The word ‘tug’ is said to be garnard from an old English word “teohan” meaning ‘to pull or drag’ or more likely from the Proto-Germanic  word “teuhan” to pull – (Proto- Germanic is a prehistoric language from which all the Germanic languages, including English are thought to be derived).

The origin of tugging or pulling against one another is speculated to originate from ancient ceremonies and eventually ended up evolving thousands of years ago into a contest of physical strength with a rope. As the competition evolved it became known as tug of war. Tug of War became so popular world wide that specific rules were adopted and it became part of the Olympics from 1900-1920. In 1904 during the St. Louis, Missouri summer Olympics, America won the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the sport.

Though absent from today’s Olympics tug of war is still popular.  The Tug of War International Federation (TWIF), has 53 countries participating including the United States and will hold the World Championship in Getxo, Basque Country, Spain in 2021.

Experience the Difficulty of Competition Rope Pulling

To ‘finish’ a workout and experience the difficulty of competitively pulling a rope against resistance Rogers Athletic designed and patented the – Rope Pull. The device can be placed at any level on the Pendulum Rack System or be adapted for use in your gym.

Not only can the Pendulum rope pull be adjusted quickly to any height or pulled at any angle, the resistance level can be adjusted from almost zero to not being able to pull the rope at all.

To obtain excellent back, arm, grip and improve leg strength – finish a workout with the Pendulum Rack System Rope Pull and Get Strong.

The Pendulum Rack System Rope Pull


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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