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CD51

I have a half cage with a high & low pulley setup, 500lbs in Olympic plates and some standard bars, plate loaded dumbbell handles and around 200lbs in plates.
I am looking to add a multi function selectorized machine, I am hoping to get some ideas and thoughts on what others are using. I will keep my rack and free weight equipment so just adding variety, safety while doing to failure sets, faster transition between movements and easy ability to do drop sets. Additionally the overall ease of use will help my wife be more consistent with training.
So post what you have and your opinion on its relative strengths and weaknesses.
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Nwlifter

I use a powertec lever machine. "I' really love it.
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perrymk

My main items are a full cage, plate load pulldown/seated row, dumbbell rack 5-100, two benches with just about every attachment imaginable, custom grip machine, two Olympic bars (one with a Dave Draper TopSquat), Swiss bar, long curl bar for use in cage, several shorter curl bars, seated calf, heavy bag, some homemade by me stuff. I have no idea how much weight I have but it's enough for me, if there is such thing as enough.

This didn't all get purchased at one but was rather the accumulation over several years after the local gym I went to closed. It takes up close to half my two car garage. I have to move stuff around to use it but I'm used to that.
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sirloin

Ive a half rack aswell...

- 520kg of rubber coated of olympic plates.
- 4 sets of Mirco plates (1/4s,1/2s,3/4s,1.0kgs)
- Just got a new 1600lb rated barbell for rack pulls, and 2 small building trestles to lift off (to save the spotter bars on my half rack).
- Angled handled swiss bar, reduces shoulder impingement and less wrist strain when pressing.
- 2 Trap bars, normal sized and a heavy duty 1.6m one.
- Safety squat bar (for Hatfield squats)
- Landmine
- 2 Ez bars (different angles)
- Homemade deadlift blocks
- 3 sets of Kettlebells
- Resistance bands
All sizes and doubles of the small and medium ones. Honestly these make a greater difference than just dead weight alone. For example, using doubled reverse bands on deadstart bench presses, eases the strain on my bad shoulder at the bottom, had same effect as a slingshot.
One of the best investments ive made.

Ive also have body soild lever gym, but no longer use it. Also have dumbbells, but dont use them.
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too old

NWlifter, how does that leverage machine work for legs (squats/presses) ? How in general does it compare to free weights?
Is that the only equipment you use?
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HeavyHitter32

I use a Powertec multi-station, New York Barbell Leverage Leg Press, and free weights - mostly dumbbells.
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Nwlifter

too old wrote:
NWlifter, how does that leverage machine work for legs (squats/presses) ? How in general does it compare to free weights?
Is that the only equipment you use?


No leg press on it, but you can squat, works well, only thing (which doesn't affect me since I'm no monster) is the squat bar adapter has a max of 300lbs, but the lever is 500. I figured if I ever got THAT strong, I'd make a better stronger way to mount the squat bar.

Here is a good video of it squats at about 5 minute mark
https://www.youtube.com/...h?v=l8ov2Gt9oc8

I have a homemade leg press I also use, dumbells and and EZ bar. Also have a dusty oly bar from my days with my powerrack :)

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Bill Sekerak

California, USA

MedX hip and back
MedX leg extension
MedX pullover
MedX rotary torso
MedX pec fly
MedX lateral raise
MedX tricep
MedX bicep
Barbell for wrist curls
Grip machine
Pinch grip machine
Pro-flex stretch machine
Doorway punching bag
Century heavy bag
Bottom of stair for calf raises
That's it.

Wish list
MedX leg press
MedX bench press
MedX pulldown
MedX low back
MedX neck machine
MedX rotary neck or Nautilus rotary neck
Hammer decline bench press
Old Nautilus plate loading bi/trip machine
Nautilus combo pullover/pulldown
First Nautilus compound bicep
Nautilus combo behind neck/ pulldown
Nautilus duo sqaut
MedX seated dip machine
A modified wing chun dummy
A huge gym to put all of this stuff in
A huge pot of gold to pay for all of this
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1958

Texas, USA

Deadlift platform for barbell
Deadlift platform for trap bar
Chin up bar
Nautilus leverage row/shrug
Bench press w/ safety rack
Squat stands with safety arms
Chin/dip belt
MedX overhead press
Three fans
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HeavyHitter32

Nwlifter wrote:
too old wrote:
NWlifter, how does that leverage machine work for legs (squats/presses) ? How in general does it compare to free weights?
Is that the only equipment you use?

No leg press on it, but you can squat, works well, only thing (which doesn't affect me since I'm no monster) is the squat bar adapter has a max of 300lbs, but the lever is 500. I figured if I ever got THAT strong, I'd make a better stronger way to mount the squat bar.

Here is a good video of it squats at about 5 minute mark
https://www.youtube.com/...h?v=l8ov2Gt9oc8

I have a homemade leg press I also use, dumbells and and EZ bar. Also have a dusty oly bar from my days with my powerrack :)



I wish I could do cable rows on mine. :-(
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Nwlifter

HeavyHitter32 wrote:
Nwlifter wrote:
too old wrote:
NWlifter, how does that leverage machine work for legs (squats/presses) ? How in general does it compare to free weights?
Is that the only equipment you use?

No leg press on it, but you can squat, works well, only thing (which doesn't affect me since I'm no monster) is the squat bar adapter has a max of 300lbs, but the lever is 500. I figured if I ever got THAT strong, I'd make a better stronger way to mount the squat bar.

Here is a good video of it squats at about 5 minute mark
https://www.youtube.com/...h?v=l8ov2Gt9oc8

I have a homemade leg press I also use, dumbells and and EZ bar. Also have a dusty oly bar from my days with my powerrack :)



I wish I could do cable rows on mine. :-(


Oh that's right your style has no cable right? Just all lever? does it have a way to do rows?
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NewYorker

New York, USA

Nwlifter wrote:
too old wrote:
NWlifter, how does that leverage machine work for legs (squats/presses) ? How in general does it compare to free weights?
Is that the only equipment you use?

No leg press on it, but you can squat, works well, only thing (which doesn't affect me since I'm no monster) is the squat bar adapter has a max of 300lbs, but the lever is 500. I figured if I ever got THAT strong, I'd make a better stronger way to mount the squat bar.

Here is a good video of it squats at about 5 minute mark
https://www.youtube.com/...h?v=l8ov2Gt9oc8

I have a homemade leg press I also use, dumbells and and EZ bar. Also have a dusty oly bar from my days with my powerrack :)



Yikes upright rows
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hit4me

Florida, USA

NewYorker wrote:
Nwlifter wrote:
too old wrote:
NWlifter, how does that leverage machine work for legs (squats/presses) ? How in general does it compare to free weights?
Is that the only equipment you use?

No leg press on it, but you can squat, works well, only thing (which doesn't affect me since I'm no monster) is the squat bar adapter has a max of 300lbs, but the lever is 500. I figured if I ever got THAT strong, I'd make a better stronger way to mount the squat bar.

Here is a good video of it squats at about 5 minute mark
https://www.youtube.com/...h?v=l8ov2Gt9oc8

I have a homemade leg press I also use, dumbells and and EZ bar. Also have a dusty oly bar from my days with my powerrack :)



Yikes upright rows


nice machine....do you get a yearly supply of steroids and GH when you purchase this piece of equipment, so you can look like Priest using this machine at home, lol
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HeavyHitter32

Nwlifter wrote:


Oh that's right your style has no cable right? Just all lever? does it have a way to do rows?


All lever. You can do standing bent-over-rows, but the angle I have to do them on there bothers my lower back. You can also do a seated upright/bent over row where you lean forward against the back of the seat, but the angle of pulling feels a little odd to me. Lately, I've just been doing one arm dumbell rows with a slight incline...feels best on my lower back and seems to do a good job of hitting the the upper back. I don't like doing one arm at a time, but seems best overall for me. I might pick up that Body Solid seated row machine one day.
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Nwlifter

NewYorker wrote:
Nwlifter wrote:
too old wrote:
NWlifter, how does that leverage machine work for legs (squats/presses) ? How in general does it compare to free weights?
Is that the only equipment you use?

No leg press on it, but you can squat, works well, only thing (which doesn't affect me since I'm no monster) is the squat bar adapter has a max of 300lbs, but the lever is 500. I figured if I ever got THAT strong, I'd make a better stronger way to mount the squat bar.

Here is a good video of it squats at about 5 minute mark
https://www.youtube.com/...h?v=l8ov2Gt9oc8

I have a homemade leg press I also use, dumbells and and EZ bar. Also have a dusty oly bar from my days with my powerrack :)



Yikes upright rows


upright rows? we were talking regular rows (like seated cable)
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Nwlifter

HeavyHitter32 wrote:
Nwlifter wrote:


Oh that's right your style has no cable right? Just all lever? does it have a way to do rows?

All lever. You can do standing bent-over-rows, but the angle I have to do them on there bothers my lower back. You can also do a seated upright/bent over row where you lean forward against the back of the seat, but the angle of pulling feels a little odd to me. Lately, I've just been doing one arm dumbell rows with a slight incline...feels best on my lower back and seems to do a good job of hitting the the upper back. I don't like doing one arm at a time, but seems best overall for me. I might pick up that Body Solid seated row machine one day.


oh ok, I've tried the lean forward on incline bench with my lever too, didn't like it either. That's why I do cable all the time. A dedicated rowing machine would be really cool though
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Average Al

I gave up on training at home and joined a gym about 5 years ago. Before that, I mostly used dumbbells, weighted body weight exercises, a cheap barbell, and a homemade trap bar.

I did recently come across a home gym system that looked pretty amazing. It was sold by a company called TYTAX. Prices range from $3500 to over $12,000 depending on accessories. It looked like you could do a lot with it, if you were to invest in all the options.

I have never seen it discussed here, even though they have supposedly been in business for 20 years. I am curious if anyone has ever had a chance to use one?
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HeavyHitter32

Average Al wrote:
I gave up on training at home and joined a gym about 5 years ago. Before that, I mostly used dumbbells, weighted body weight exercises, a cheap barbell, and a homemade trap bar.

I did recently come across a home gym system that looked pretty amazing. It was sold by a company called TYTAX. Prices range from $3500 to over $12,000 depending on accessories. It looked like you could do a lot with it, if you were to invest in all the options.

I have never seen it discussed here, even though they have supposedly been in business for 20 years. I am curious if anyone has ever had a chance to use one?


Just looked at some of their stuff on Amazon. Everything looks WAY overpriced for what they offer. I think Powertec offers the best bang for the buck when talking plate loaded machines.
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Nwlifter

HeavyHitter32 wrote:
Average Al wrote:
I gave up on training at home and joined a gym about 5 years ago. Before that, I mostly used dumbbells, weighted body weight exercises, a cheap barbell, and a homemade trap bar.

I did recently come across a home gym system that looked pretty amazing. It was sold by a company called TYTAX. Prices range from $3500 to over $12,000 depending on accessories. It looked like you could do a lot with it, if you were to invest in all the options.

I have never seen it discussed here, even though they have supposedly been in business for 20 years. I am curious if anyone has ever had a chance to use one?

Just looked at some of their stuff on Amazon. Everything looks WAY overpriced for what they offer. I think Powertec offers the best bang for the buck when talking plate loaded machines.


Me too, powertec is priced good (especially if one can find a used one like on craigslist or something), it's smooth, feels good and very impressed with durability. I've had mine for like.. jeez has it been that long.. about 13 years!
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Mostly Dead

Kettlebells, weight plates w/ no bar, bodyweight exercises, concept 2 rower, medicine ball, and martial arts unarmed and armed.

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tsg2513

Florida, USA

I have an Inspire M3 Multi-gym (w/Leg Press), an Inspire FT1 Functional Trainer, 2 FID Benches, a set of selectorized Dumbells and assorted bars and cable attachments.
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Jesse Lee Otis

I have the following equipment:

1) An older Schwinn Airdyne exercise bike. I ride it for 12 to 20 minutes before workouts to warm up. It is awesome; if I ride it hard enough and long enough I am exhausted.

2) An early-generation Nautilus leg extension machine. Awesome equipment, that; great ROM and I can really work the quads.

3) A generic leg curl machine with a round pulley and a cable. I tried to buy a Nautilus version when I got it but the guy that was selling both sold the Nautilus one before I got there. Even though my machine does not have a cam, I can get a good job done on the hams if I use proper form and high intensity.

4) An early-generation Nautilus multi-exercise machine. Terrific machine; I do hip-belt squats, dips & chins on it. Love the squats that I do on it; when I get 'worn-out' in a set I can assist my ascents by pushing downward on the 'handlebar' structure with hands - thus really pushing through what I could do otherwise.

5) An early-generation Nautilus abdominal machine - the kind that you put ankles in back of lower rollers, grab handlebars with hands and 'clamshell' close. A problem, though, is that it will cause lower-back pain after a heavy set - so I keep the number of plates low and do the reps slowly, holding at the 'closed' position.

6) Smith machine. I do squats on it - and don't have to fight to keep my back straight. All the resistance is on the legs - and I love it. I can squat until I cannot get up - then just get out from under the bar and the brackets built onto the frame will stop it from falling.

7) Early generation Nautilus duo-legpress machine (the latter version of the duo-squat). Awesome machine equipped with an infimetric bar. I do the legpresses in an alternating-leg style and I also do a complete set with one leg at a time, holding the other footpad straight out with the other leg - then switch. That works very well. A problem, though, is that my breathing is hampered by the way the seat is constructed.

8) An Eagle/Cybex lower-back machine. This is another machine that I had to settle for when I could not find an early-generation Nautilus machine at the time I wanted to get a lower-back machine. It has a round pulley and cable; however, even though it has the round pulley instead of a cam it does a good job if used properly. With slow reps and pushing back hard at the top I work my lumbars quite hard - hard enough to result in soreness. A perceived drawback is that it involves the thigh hamstrings to stabilize me (along with the seatbelt); I would rather have one of the Nautilus machines that have big rollers that you get thighs under - those machines really isolate the lumbars.



Jesse Lee
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g0ld3nuncw

North Carolina, USA

4) An early-generation Nautilus multi-exercise machine. Terrific machine; I do hip-belt squats, dips & chins on it. Love the squats that I do on it; when I get 'worn-out' in a set I can assist my ascents by pushing downward on the 'handlebar' apparatus with hands - thus really pushing through what I could do otherwise.

Wasn't there a link on here awhile back that listed where you could by a platform made for the OME specifically for belt squats? Been looking for it and can't find it? Thanks
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MikaelPR

Bill Casto sent an email a little while ago asking anyone who wanted a squat platform for the OME to contact him as he has a source to manufacture them, contact him at ifr.net.
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g0ld3nuncw

North Carolina, USA

Thanks Michael, couldn't remember where I saw it.
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