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solidgk

Hi all

It seems nautilus resistance machines are no longer available new.

What are some good machine companies that are still actively producing machines?

I am sick of techno gym and life fitness!

Thanks
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sirloin

solidgk wrote:
Hi all

It seems nautilus resistance machines are no longer available new.

What are some good machine companies that are still actively producing machines?

I am sick of techno gym and life fitness!

Thanks


I hate those brands too. Matrix and hammer are a wee bit better, but ive yet to find anything better than gravity.
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Nwlifter

solidgk wrote:
Hi all

It seems nautilus resistance machines are no longer available new.

What are some good machine companies that are still actively producing machines?

I am sick of techno gym and life fitness!

Thanks


Are you looking for machines to buy for your own usage or gyms with really good equipment?
For home gym, I love powertec's equipment, it solid smooth and not super expensive. If a person has a ton of money, I'm sure they could find better, but it would cost a lot more.
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ron33

sirloin wrote:
solidgk wrote:
Hi all

It seems nautilus resistance machines are no longer available new.

What are some good machine companies that are still actively producing machines?

I am sick of techno gym and life fitness!

Thanks

I hate those brands too. Matrix and hammer are a wee bit better, but ive yet to find anything better than gravity.


Yes , best simple machines that can be used anywhere , Dbells
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extremeone

https://www.seriousexercise.co...
These might be a good option. Good luck...
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Average Al

The gyms I've been in over the past 15 years have mostly had Cybex machines and Hammer machines. Cybex machines are just OK depending on the model and condition. Some feel better than others. But, having weight stacks, with cables, pulleys, and cams, the movement tends to feel sticky, noticeable friction. The Hammer Strength leverage machines have a better feel with respect to friction. It feels like you have a more direct connection to the weight. But the biomechanics don't always feel right.

In podcast interviews that I've listened to with facility owners, I've heard mostly positive reviews of Rogers Athletic machines - plate loaded and leverage based. I've only had one occasion to use a couple of those machines and they felt pretty nice.
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too old

Anything wrong with just barbells and dumbbells?
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Lioncourt

My gym has an assortment of plate loaded and weight stack Hoist machines. They're a little goofy with some of the seats moving when you use the pressing machines, but overall a very solid line that works the intended muscles.

Their leg press is probably the absolute best leg press I have ever used in my life. It's a bit of a mix between a leg press and a hack squat.
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MikaelPR

Yes.
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Michael Petrella

Ontario, CAN

Nothing on the market being made today is built as well, and feels anywhere near as nice as Pendulum made by Rogers Athletics.

Tyler Hobson designed them and has a gift. There are a few other companies making some really great one off stuff but for a complete line Pendulum is on it's own right now.

That's why you see them in all the NFL and Division 1 gyms.

Michael
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solidgk

Just found a gym 4 minutes away with a full line of nautilus nitro, matrix, and hammer machines. And a couple of pendulum! Very lucky
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extremeone

Just like any company Rogers has some hit and misses Makes no sense to promote one line of equipment. Their vertical chest is awful. Movement pattern diverges instead of converges. Biomechanics are completely opposite of the function for pectoralis major. Also, wrecked my shoulders on that machine.
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Bastion

I think most of the manufacturers have some real good and some not so good machines. I have 2 flex leverage pieces that are 2nd to none imo. Hammer makes great row and pulldown machines, as well as their decline press, the rest is pretty sub par imo. Atlantis, bodymasters, cybex, icarian, Paramount, Apex all make some pretty decent stuff. I have a Gary Jones Hammer preacher curl that is ok, but I've definitely used much better and more comfortable curl machines over the years. The Hammer ground base high pull has a nice natural feel to it. Very rare piece that they discontinued. I've yet to try a Nebula piece, they look really nice, especially their leg presses.
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ATP 4 Vitality

Michael Petrella wrote:
Nothing on the market being made today is built as well, and feels anywhere near as nice as Pendulum made by Rogers Athletics.

Tyler Hobson designed them and has a gift. There are a few other companies making some really great one off stuff but for a complete line Pendulum is on it's own right now.

That's why you see them in all the NFL and Division 1 gyms.

Michael


The Rogers Athletic 5-way neck machine is without peer!

https://m.youtube.com/...h?v=ITSlkMDB_Fc
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Grant D

Illinois, USA

With the latest techniques by Little and Dr. Darden machines NO LONGER MATTER. With micro/zero motion friction and range are irrelevant. What might matter is how to get your weight/load into a position for your hold. Recall that with micro/zero/near-zero speed/motion there is VIRTUALLY NO DIFFERENCE between a positive, negative, or hold.

I "suspect" that Dr. Darden will address these points in his epic "BackLoading" protocol. I cannot wait for this deepening or #greatawakening of the masses.

Cheers
Grant
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backtrack

Never being loyal to any particular gym I've tried a lot of machines over the years.

I suppose it depends on individual preference. My main gripe with most machines I've tested is that they can be maxed out quite easily or they don't isolate the muscles that well or a lot of bracing is involved. In fact there's a lot of inconsistency with machines, some of them I've struggled to even move the stack even though it might only be 1/4 of the total resistance. Barbells are more objective tools of progress if you change gyms a lot like I do

In my experience most seated leg extension machines and laying leg curl machines are pretty good at isolating the intended muscles. Same with standing toe press machines. I don't like donkey calf machines or these machines that have you seated at funny angles to train your calves. Of course, if it's all that's available I will use them. I feel most leg press machines do not compete with barbell squats.

I find bench press mimicking machines lousy. But I used to like the bench on the old universal machine. I find most fly and peck deck machines are pretty good. Tricep machines tend to be awful, pulleys are much better. Biceps curl machines are good, but Dumbells work better for me.

There's a lot of back machines out there now. Especially row machines set at all different angles. I like cable rows not keen on much else. Most pull down machines are alright. I tried a version of a pullover once made by a South African company. All their equipment was good in fairness and seemed to be medical grade. The only problem being I could easily max out the pullover with good form. I sensed the weight stacks were intended for an older audience.

I use both machines and barbells with a preference for the latter. My advice is if you're training at a gym where you don't feel you're getting much out of the equipment mix it up. Train at a different gym with different equipment once in a while. Don't go by name either, I went to a gym around 10 years ago kitted out with nautlius nitro equipment. I thought I'd hit the jackpot until I tried the machines and found them no different to anything else.

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Bastion

After my post a few days ago I decided to sell my Hammer strength preacher curl machine. It sold last night. I've pretty much decided that a curl is a curl is a curl. Db concentrations and db hammers seem give me the most noticeable results over the years. The hammer preacher just never felt right to me. I can close my arm in a full contraction with a dumbbell, whereas on the Hammer it always felt like I had another inch or so to go for a full contraction and it was hard on the chest when going heavy. The only real plus with the preacher machine was when doing heavy static holds.
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HeavyHitter32

I really like ez bar and DB incline curls. Sometimes I do both in the same workout although right now I alternate them.

For some reason, I have never been able to get into concentration curls. I cannot get a good feel with them and I never feel like they do much for me.

I have a leveraged curl attachment for my Powertec Multi-station. I'm pretty neutral about and sometimes I will do it, but never steadily.
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