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You Have To Stand By Your Gripper

Tyler Hobson And The Power Grip Pro

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Tyler grew up outside Anchorage, Alaska.  His experiences, education, and his participation in competitive powerlifting led him to become the inventor of Pendulum Strength. He now lives in Conroe Texas and continues to design the world’s finest exercise machines. Tyler explains his Pendulum Gripper.

One limiting factor in all athletes is grip strength. Grip strength is often difficult to train and is often overlooked in weight rooms. The Pendulum Power Grip Pro was specifically created to give the hand more closing strength and increase the time you can keep the hand closed in a crushing or choke position.

To train with increased weight, I added a foot pedal to safely and comfortably assist the athlete to train in the closed hand position. The machine was created to perform static holds , traditional training, training individual digits, forced repetitions and negatives.

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I also wanted the athlete to be able to easily load and unload the machine as well as stand up during the exercise. What I like about the machine is that not only can it be used for the weakest of  rehab situations, but it will also accommodate the strongest of the strong.

I love the static hold test, it is a simple test to administer to examine team or individual  hand strength, it will also help develop a crushing grip.

Begin the exercise by reaching out with hands open and curl fingers around the stainless bars. While pulling with hands, simultaneously step on the foot pedal bringing the hands together. With your foot still on the pedal wrap your hands around the handles squeezing them closed. Slowly remove your foot from the pedal transferring all the weight into the hands. 

handYour goal is to hold the heaviest weight possible for 90 seconds with zero movement…ZERO!  After some trial and error the weight should be set so only the strongest hands on the team can reach 90 seconds. Test your team and see where everyone is.

To train with static holds, just add weight, when you can reach 90 seconds, you know what?…the athlete will Get Strong.


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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