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Calling all gym rats...

I'm looking to pick up a chest-supported rowing machine, like this:

http://www.egymequipment.com/inlerow.html

$500 is a little more than I wanted to spend but I like this design. Anyone have any suggestions? I've seen a few others but this design is the best so far.

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Re: Calling all gym rats...

That looks really sweet! IMO, when it comes to workout equipment you get what you pay for. 500 bones is a lot, but if you will use it it will pay for itself.

That's cool. I'd love to have one of those. My friend is a researcher for Pinnacle Supplements. He says that people should be able to pull just as much as they can push. And he's a strong compact dude.

I'd say that that is a good investment.

BTW, did you ever buy that squat rack?

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Re: Calling all gym rats...

I'm giving this piece some serious thought. Every gym at which I was a member had something like that and I loved it. For the time being I do bent-over rows with a barbell as part of my back workout. I like those but I was looking to add another movement.

Yeah, I did get the rack. I currently have the following setup:

Parabody squat-rack
" leg-press/hacksquat
" lat-pulldown
" adjustable bench (I use the rack for bench-press)
Old, commercial calf-raise
" hyper-extension bench
" silly hip-flexor -- still in pieces -- that I need to give away for $50
" stairmaster
3 sets of dumbbells with about 220lbs for them
500lbs of free-weight

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Add anything else to your setup?
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Re: Calling all gym rats...

Newest addition to my setup would be the cable attachement to the ParaBody squat rack. Oh, and we just bought a pretty nice stationary bike. Mostly for the wife, but I'm using it too.

I need to get some more dumbells as 50lbs isn't enough.

I've never been able to get into bent over barbell rows. For some reason the movement just doesn't seem to do what I want. You need to bend over far enought to pull the bar to your chest, which requires you to bend over pretty far and stress the back a lot. I've never had back problems, but I don't want to start either, so I still to dumbells for the bent over stuff.

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Re: Calling all gym rats...

Yeah, I understand. I'm big on free-weight movements but for back I usually preferred the bench-row over a bent-over row. I don't mind them now, though. When I was lifting heavier I wore a belt and I used 185lbs for reps of six. It wasn't a stress on my lower back; ironically, it irritated what I believe to be a hernia. Now I don't wear a belt and I use 95-135lbs and I'm fine.

I found the trick with barbell rows to be in the form. If you stand with your back about 15 degrees from parallel and keep it arched (much like a deadlift), I think that keeps your lower back locked and protected. I use an underhand grip about shoulder-width apart and I pull to my solar-plexis.

The chest-supported row allows you to use more of your entire back without your lower back tiring out first, though, and it allows you to add more weight safely. I'm going to enjoy having one whenever I decided which to buy.
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Re: Calling all gym rats...

I like it. We have this at the gym ..it hits the spot. Helped my bench out alot.

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Re: Calling all gym rats...

I'm going to bring this thread back from the dead! I like that machine a lot. Sometimes it's hard to find in gyms and they usually only have one so it can form a line.

Another thing I really like for back is widegrip chins with (or without) weights strapped to me belt. Also, deadlifts rule for back!

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Re: Calling all gym rats...

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I'm going to bring this thread back from the dead! I like that machine a lot. Sometimes it's hard to find in gyms and they usually only have one so it can form a line.

Another thing I really like for back is widegrip chins with (or without) weights strapped to me belt. Also, deadlifts rule for back!
That's one of the USMC's favorites... wide grip chin-ups, and then push ups.
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