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Best Hammer Strength Machines for Each Muscle Group

Cosmicdrifter

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I've been reading about Titan Training, and I like the idea of Base, Volume, and Rounds used reciprocally to enable growth. Since I'm over 60 and I've read a lot of stuff and tried everything, I think that everything works at some time, at different levels, for different people.

But, since I am over 60 I need to be careful about going to heavy, not getting enough rest, and diet. At the moment, I am doing upper-body one day - resting two days and then doing upper body again. I go heavy (8-10 reps) on one or two workouts, then do the same exercises using lighter weights (15 rep target) and rest no more than 15 seconds in between sets.

I use only Hammer Strength machines and only do compound exercises. When I go heavy (for me) I use about 330 lbs. on the Hammer Strength bench press. I do seated barbell curls and concentration curls but no tricep exercises - they get worked on chest, back, and shoulder machines.

I want to start using the routines in the Titan Training literature, but I wanted to ask the advice of some of you who have probably made a decision I have to make. Since the Volume, Base, and Rounds methods do not advocate multiple compound exercises for any body part (bench press for chest, or inclined BP - one or the other) which Hammer Strength Machines do you think provide the most benefit for each body part.

Chest, Back, Shoulders - Biceps and Triceps are less of a problem. This place has at least 3 machines for back and two for chest (wide and closer-grip).

Which machines do you recommend if you only choose one to do your compound movement?
 

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their decline press is the best for chest imo

the iso row for back is tits

:)
 

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We have a hammer wide grip press at my gym which is pretty solid. It really allows you to open up and get a good deep stretch and then contract really hard at the top. I used it for my widow makers a lot doing DC training and it burned like hell.
 

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We have a hammer wide grip press at my gym which is pretty solid. It really allows you to open up and get a good deep stretch and then contract really hard at the top. I used it for my widow makers a lot doing DC training and it burned like hell.
They have one at my gym as well.
 

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yes for chest the decline is best.. i have one in my home gym.. no shoulder issues with it.. back- high row.. shoulders - ill pass on the hammer equipment for them..
 

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yes for chest the decline is best.. i have one in my home gym.. no shoulder issues with it.. back- high row.. shoulders - ill pass on the hammer equipment for them..
I REALLLLLLLLY like the reverse grip pulldowns for lats....those things leave me disabled for days.
 

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their decline press is the best for chest imo

the iso row for back is tits

:)
No question iso row is bestest. If you can only use one machine for chest, I would prefer the flat seated bench. You can arch your back or put a pad behind your upper back to give additional angle changes (incline/decline).
 

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No question iso row is bestest. If you can only use one machine for chest, I would prefer the flat seated bench. You can arch your back or put a pad behind your upper back to give additional angle changes (incline/decline).
Im with you guys on the Iso Row. I love it. Also, after having shoulder surgery in 2007 for a bone spur, I did my chest routines on Hammer Strength Machines for the first month to get the feeling back. Really helped me get back into the swing of things. I mean the incline, decline, and flat press. The shoulder wasn't ready for freeweights just yet, so the HS machines really helped.
 

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their decline press is the best for chest imo

the iso row for back is tits

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yup i agree for the decline for chest. Its my new favorite movement i use it as my main press cuase my tries and shoulders dont over power my chest. best progress i have had is using the decline hammer cuase i have a lagging chest compared to my tries and delts.

SB
 

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will try...

their decline press is the best for chest imo

the iso row for back is tits

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Really? I have to admit, this is a poor attitude on my part, I like most of Hammer stuff, but whenever I saw that machine, I just couldn't believe it really worked like a decline and never tried it though... I'm quite happy with my DB declines, but may give this a go for fun sometime.
 

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Decline HS to DB decline

Those who tried the HS decline, how does it compare to you with DB declines?
 

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Tried HS Decline...

At the end of my normal workout I just threw a 45 on each side simply to get a "feel"... I like it, thanks for the suggestion guys. It does push me "up" a little b/c you can't really "grip" your legs/knee's like when they're bent/hooked on the decline, but I may give it a go soon... as I move up on weight on the dumbells it's getting harder to get the weights into the starting position w/out spending half my energy on that part alone.
 

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At the end of my normal workout I just threw a 45 on each side simply to get a "feel"... I like it, thanks for the suggestion guys. It does push me "up" a little b/c you can't really "grip" your legs/knee's like when they're bent/hooked on the decline, but I may give it a go soon... as I move up on weight on the dumbells it's getting harder to get the weights into the starting position w/out spending half my energy on that part alone.
The one I use has a seat belt....strap in and have fun :D
 

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myosin.. make sure you are in the seat (adjustment) for your height.. if you put a imaginary bar between the two handles the "bar" should hit you just at nipple level or a tad below.. i see this happen (pushing guys up in the seats) when the seat is adjusted too high..
 

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Good tips

The one I use has a seat belt....strap in and have fun :D
You know, I didn't even look :eek:

myosin.. make sure you are in the seat (adjustment) for your height.. if you put a imaginary bar between the two handles the "bar" should hit you just at nipple level or a tad below.. i see this happen (pushing guys up in the seats) when the seat is adjusted too high..
Good deal, I'll play with the seat height... and the seatbelt :D
 

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