Thread: Hammer Strength machines?
11-09-2005, 07:39 AM #1Member
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Hammer Strength machines?
I got a question for some of you, Are Hammer strength machines any good?
I am working some place now and they have them. I never have used them. Most of the old times there say they are the best. U can do one side at time.
I have only experience with Cybex machines and Free weights.
Also is the weight the same as a Flat bench HS compared to a Flat bench barbell bench press.
I did 4 plates on each side today on the flat bench
I did it once. I did 3 plates on each 2 sets of 8 then put the other 45lb on.
I am like Holly cow I did 405?
11-09-2005, 10:07 AM #2LORDBLiTZ Guest
I like HS machines. I use them at the end of my workout where i can just focus on pushing the wight, instead of worrying about balance. And no, the weight is not the same on the BP.
11-09-2005, 12:13 PM #3
They are better than the traditional machines (and that retarded Smith Machine) but should never be used as the bread and butter to a workout - free weights should be used when you are fresh and ready to push some serious iron. Use them as a supporting movement...
I remember when Hammer Strength first started to show up in the gyms. It was a refreshing alternative to the Nautilous and Smith Machines that use the chains... they give a much better approach to working the muscle IMO, and a better pump.
The big thing when using something with a fixed range of motion is to ignore that little instruction card (or simply use it as a starting point) and position the seat so that you ahave a comfortable/effective range of motion for your structure that does not feel akward or cause any pain... everyones different... different arm length... different torso size... different leg length... Get a couple warm ups in to find the right position then load 'er up!
11-09-2005, 05:54 PM #4Member
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damm it I thought I was strong!!!!
big diffrence eh?
Yeah I would never try 8 45lb plates by myself.
11-09-2005, 10:51 PM #5Originally Posted by kaorialfred
11-09-2005, 10:54 PM #6
i've heard a few times dexter jackson uses them to mix it up every once in a while... Regardless though, the benefits of free weights will always outweigh that of a machine(unless you're really old and just want to maintain your strength without risk of injury).
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