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Next project for Home Gym-a Hammer Incline press. Good choice?

bigman

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I finished building my Hammer Strength front military press machine to use in my home gym. I did a great job on it (yeah I'm bragging) and wouldn't hesitate putting it head to head with the "real" thing (I will post pics as soon as I can borrow a camera). Now I'm thinking about what my next project can be-I'm leaning towards a Hammer incline press. When I train chest I like to do the "bread and butter" exercises first-incline BB press and flat DB flyes. Since my chest is practically fried, wouldn't a machine be the way to go because all I have to concentrate on is pushing. Plus I can shake things up once and a while and use the machine first. I spent around $325 building the military press, so I asume an incline press would be in the same price range. Anyone like using Hammer equipment to finish off chest? Anyone think it's the stupidest idea ever?
 

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POWERTEC

I just bought a POWERTEC Leverage chest press a few weeks ago and I absolutley love the thing!
 

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Bigman!!

Man I will fucking pay you to make equipment for me.hahahhaa As for the Chest press I like the H.S Flat, Upper and lower. They all should be easy for you but, if you must pick one do the Upper.

RY
 

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Re: POWERTEC

A50# said:
I just bought a POWERTEC Leverage chest press a few weeks ago and I absolutley love the thing!
in my home gym, i would have ...
1)power rack
2) barbells and olympic plates
3) olympic adjustable db's
4) cables
5) chin/dip station and weight belt to ad weight to
6) powertec multi-station machine ( the one u can do everything on)
7) any and all old nautilus equipment that people like viator and mentzer trained on
 

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I checked out the Powertec chest press and it doesn't really do anything for me. With the pricetag of $499 US, it's gonna cost double what I'd pay for materials if I made the Hammer press myself. I agree 100% with you BigHeinz, Hammer machines kick ass (except legs). Never had the chance to try Med-X equipment. I remember on my post about the Hammer military press Ry, you complained about not being able to change a light bulb and here I was making equipment. Like I said, it's about the only good thing I got out of 12-13 years working like a slave on my uncle's farm. You like the Hammer flat bench press? You're talking about the one where you lie on your back like a "real" bench press. I've only "fooled around" tried it, but it didn't seem right to me. Hey, to each his own. I have everything you listed Mr Magoo. Dad and I made a power cage. I made sure the lowest the safety bars would go would give me about 1.5 inches of clearance so that when I did deadlifts , it would still be off the floor, but I wouldn't have to fight with the plates when I put them on or off. I have 510lbs of Oly weights (I have to get 2 more 45's) and around 500lbs of 1 inch plates. I can make DB's from 25lbs to 180lbs. I have a lat pulldown. Dad made me dip bars for Christmas last year. They are not too far apart or too close together. I have a home made chin bar on my cage. I lucked out and got a Nautilus pullover for an excellent price (believe it or not I would sell it if I could-I just don't use it much anymore). I also made an exact copy of a Flex T-bar row. That is a sweet piece. Also, Dad and I made a Hammer shrug machine. Big Kiwi planted that idea. I think machine shrugs are 100x better than DB or BB. When and IF I make a Hammer incline press I'll post a pic. Thanks guys.
 

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The POWERTEC Chest Leverage press only cost me $250 out the door w/ tax included @ Factory Fitness Warehouse here locally. I've had some of my best Chest workouts EVER with that peice of equipment.
 

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The POWERTEC Leverage Chest Press, Inclines, Declines, Flat Bench, and also has an attachment for doing shrugs.
 

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A50#

That's cool--I got sick of the gym and bought a Powertec Workbench leverage series, an olympic weight set, adjustable dumbbells and various accesories. I love being able to lift at home. Not being a "hard-core lifter" anymore, it's great for me and I can still push big poundages on the Powertec if I get the urge.
 

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