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|GDCCBAR - Great for certain exercises, but a few weaknesses - 4 / 5|
|I've owned this attachment for my GDCC200 cross-functional trainer for about a year. It enables many exercises (e.g., lat pulls, barbell curls, rows, squats, deadlifts, shoulder shrugs, etc.) that otherwise can't be done with the machine. The bar is very solid/good quality. My only two gripes are 1) the stitching in the straps that secures the attachment rings tears over time, and 2) the bar is not wide enough when the ring attachment closest to the bar is used to secure the bar to the machine (I think the bar length was designed with the narrower GDCC200 model in mind). Both of these issues lead to premature wearing of the straps. So why a four-star review...? Because one call to Body Solid's customer service center and they are sending new straps via their incredible lifetime warranty!
The only exercise that I've found a little misleading in the advertisements (not the bar's fault, but rather a limitation of the CFT's design) is squats. It's simply unrealistic to start a squat with any significant weight in the fully tucked position necessary to put the bar on your shoulders/back with the pulleys near the floor to create vertical resistance (free-weight and machine squats all begin with one standing upright). But otherwise, all exercises are as you'd imagine/as-advertised.
I do love this attachment and use it regularly. If the stitching was stronger and the bar was a few inches wider, I'd give it four stars, but given the lifetime warranty, I'm not terribly concerned and would highly recommend this accessory to others.
|SGH500 - Equipment For MMA / CrossFit Training - 4 / 5|
|via www.themmadigest.com Training for the MMA environment requires a comprehensive approach to training that includes strength, cardio, flexibility, speed and so much more. Much of this can be done with little or no equipment but certain key pieces of equipment can greatly enhance your training results, in particular for strength training. A key component of MMA training is building the core and lower body muscles to improve performance and prevent injuries. Fighters who strengthen their back, glutes and hamstrings are better suited to withstand the compressive loads on the spine along with forces that occur during training and competition. Another plus is that the basic exercises prevent back and knee injuries, especially to the anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). It is generally recognized that the glute ham exercise is far superior to the back extension for training as well as for rehabilitation. By working both functions of the hamstrings, the glute ham places minimal compressive forces on the spine, forces that can alleviate future back pain. The glute-ham machine is generally not going to be found at your local sporting goods retailer but many fine versions are available on line including the below pictured model (SGH500) from Body-Solid. The SGH500 features a contoured foot plate that is ergonomically designed to maximize leverage as the fighter raises his/her body. Other key features are the high density rounded off split upholstery pads for comfort and support. in addition, the SGH500 allows complete vertical and horizontal adjustability for workout resistant variations. Look for similar features in any glute-ham machines you are looking to purchase.|
|ESB250 - LACK of endurance - 1 / 5|
|The endurance bike's clean look, size and stability were some of the reasons why I ordered 15 of these bikes for my new club one year ago. SADLY they did not live up to the name. The noise that these bikes make peirces even the loudest music and instruction. After one year of patiently trying every spray, oil, and new pad reccomended by the Custumer Service department, I have no choice but to sell these bikes. There is no user solution when it is a equiptment error. NOT RECOMMENDED|
|EXM3000LPS - Awesome System!! - 5 / 5|
|I purchased the 3000 double stack home gym in December 2005 and still use it on a regular basis. It works as good as the first day. I absolutely love this machine. Don't buy anything else just to save a couple bucks!!|
|G3S - Body Solid is great - 5 / 5|
|I bought a body solid G3S machine and am very pleased with it. Most exercise equipment is designed to be used for 3 months before it is turned into a clothing rack, and then donated. Not Body Solid. They are built solid. My body solid G3S is built to last. Solid machine, ball bearing pulleys, solid construction. And the company is wonderful. They have gone above and beyond to help me. I highly recommend them to anyone in the market for exercise equipment.|
|PSM1442XS - 8 Years and still going strong! - 5 / 5|
|I am just writing you to let you know that my Body Solid Powerline Smith Gym is still my workout of choice. This has been in my basement for around 8 years now and still going strong. Now that my kids are older I am looking to expand with some new equipment and Body Solid is on the top of the list! Keep up the good work!|
|EXM3000LPS - You make a great product - 5 / 5|
|Four years ago I bought a Body Solid 3000 home gym. I am 63 years old and probably in the best physical condiiton I've been in since leaving the armed forces in 1976. I cannot say enough about your system. It is versatile, sturdy, and user friendly. I can easily complete a workout in 40 minutes that would require 90 minutes or more in a commercial gym waiting for equipment and making adjustments every time a machine became available. It has everything one can conceivably wish for resistance training in one simple compact package. It is one of the best investments I've ever made. You make a great product. Bruce Cole Virgin Islands|
|BSTVD - Vinyl Dumbbells - 5 / 5|
|These are great Vinyl Dumbbells|
|BFPR10 - Great Stand - 5 / 5|
|Great stand for the value. Heavy duty enough for professional gym|
|SBL460P4 - Great Leverage Gym! - 5 / 5|
|Pros: This is the best Leverage Gym available. Can do more exercises than the Powertec units, and can withstand more weight on the Lever arm. The Lever arm also has handles that pivot and can make most exercises feel like free weights. Includes some attachments that are not shown in the picture, and can use any bench with it. Nuts and bolts are extremely well packaged and labeled. Cons: The instructions do not say anything about lubricating the pillow bearings, even though all the bearings include nozzles for some type of grease gun. Some of the parts had scratches and scuff marks on them, however they do include touch up paint for that.|
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