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Old school machines- tampa powerhouse gym

Probably the first attempt at a computerized piece of exercise equipment (leg ext.). Never saw the light of day. Arthur scrapped it. Then came MedX which I will get to eventually.
 

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Avenger by MedX.

What I remember seeing in Gainesville was I believe was the Nautilus leverage equipment, not the Avenger pictured below.
 

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The world’s first gym machines designed by Dr. Gustav Zander, 1892
 

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Just unpacked one of my storage boxes.

Am thinking that maybe Gary designed at Nautilus these then went off on his own for whatever reason . . . then came Hammer.

Anybody know where the Avenger line came in or are they the same?

There has been a lot of bridge under the water for me since then. If anybody could fill in blanks for it would be appreciated.
How true this is I don’t know but it was my understanding This line came to be as lots of first floor units became available in factories etc around the mid 80s due to recession and a change in production lines which meant many old school gyms began to open on upper floors. They didn’t want to lug heavy weight based stack equipment up stairs so made the plate loaded leverage line
 
The world’s first gym machines designed by Dr. Gustav Zander, 1892

Stuff like this is awesome. Love that you have some of this old history.

Very thankful for the share too! If you ever get to York (I'm sure you've been) their museum and exhibits are awesome as well. Some very cool historical pieces there from early physical culture.
 
Stuff like this is awesome. Love that you have some of this old history.

Very thankful for the share too! If you ever get to York (I'm sure you've been) their museum and exhibits are awesome as well. Some very cool historical pieces there from early physical culture.
York, PA?
 
I am visiting tampa. I used to live here 7 years ago. I went to the powerhouse gym on Florida Ave. old school. Man the selection of equipment here is amazing. I have been to quads Chicago, and all though volume of equipment maybe more in quads, the tampa powerhouse for some reason hits the spot better.

If I ever wanted to take a leap into opening a commercial gym for the bodybuilding/physique niche is there a way to be able to get my hands on these equipments or are most of these out of production?

If someone knows of a similar gym close to Philadelphia/ south jersey area please let me know. I use atilis gym in NJ currently and it is good but this is on a different level.
Man these are classic. I love those older machines.
 
Stuff like this is awesome. Love that you have some of this old history.

Very thankful for the share too! If you ever get to York (I'm sure you've been) their museum and exhibits are awesome as well. Some very cool historical pieces there from early physical culture.

York Barbell is amazing. Old school company still kicking ass. Plus they have that museum. Love seeing the barbell dude when driving on 81.
 
Inflimetric bench press.

As far as I know, never made it out the lab door. Maybe someone here has seen one before.

Working one arm against another, no weight stack makes it difficult to measure strength progress unless you are Casey who eventually went on to bend the movement arm.

Edit. May have been released for production. Could be the plate with the serial number on it, see foto.
 

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I am visiting tampa. I used to live here 7 years ago. I went to the powerhouse gym on Florida Ave. old school. Man the selection of equipment here is amazing. I have been to quads Chicago, and all though volume of equipment maybe more in quads, the tampa powerhouse for some reason hits the spot better.

If I ever wanted to take a leap into opening a commercial gym for the bodybuilding/physique niche is there a way to be able to get my hands on these equipments or are most of these out of production?

If someone knows of a similar gym close to Philadelphia/ south jersey area please let me know. I use atilis gym in NJ currently and it is good but this is on a different level.
Hey bud you are correct this is a great gym. I have trained there in the past a bunch of times.
This is the North Tampa Powerhouse Gym. Not to be confused with the other Tampa Powerhouse gym.
It was once owned by Rick and Debbie Poston. A married couple who both competed and did very well on the National level.
All the ones you see with the red padding are the original pieces of equipment from when it first opened.
All the rest got added in thru the years. Glad to see the newest owner is keeping the place nice and is a great guy.
 
I am currently building up my small homegym where i intend to train my Pull sessions.
searching for machines ive stumpled upon an interesting machine from stairmaster

Stairmaster Arcuate lat pulldown​

does someone know this "Arcuate" line from stairmaster and esp. the lat pulldown?
thanks guys!
 
I am currently building up my small homegym where i intend to train my Pull sessions.
searching for machines ive stumpled upon an interesting machine from stairmaster

Stairmaster Arcuate lat pulldown​

does someone know this "Arcuate" line from stairmaster and esp. the lat pulldown?
thanks guys!
One of my old gyms in MA had a bunch of equipment from that line. The lat pulldown is actually very good. The shoulder press was also one of my favorites, was having shoulder issues and that was the only press that didnt hurt my shoulder. Tricep machine I didnt care for. Chest Presses I found kinda awkward because the machine arcs outward a bit at the start before arcing inwards, useable but I stuck to hammer strength. Seated Row was pretty good. Its been a bit but what I remember some of the machines weight stacks werent quite heavy enough. Shoulder press i hung a 25lb plate off the pin and put 10’s on the handles to keep progressing in the heavier rep ranges. Definitely unique and rare pieces you dont see often
 
I am currently building up my small homegym where i intend to train my Pull sessions.
searching for machines ive stumpled upon an interesting machine from stairmaster

Stairmaster Arcuate lat pulldown​

does someone know this "Arcuate" line from stairmaster and esp. the lat pulldown?
thanks guys!
Strong & Shapely in East Rutherford NJ used to (and might still) have this piece and I believe the Arcuate Row. Their ig might have some posts w/it. I recall liking it very much. There are some Youtube vids that I've seen of Bicep piece. Interesting line for sure.
 
@alfresco Thank you for the awesome photos and stories! I’m a big fan of Arthur’s work and the history of Nautilus! Sadly, I’ve never gotten to use any of the retro Nautilus equipment. However, I live about 2 hours away from STG Strength and Power, so I may have to check that out some time! If I do, I’ll make sure to get lots of pictures!
 
@alfresco Thank you for the awesome photos and stories! I’m a big fan of Arthur’s work and the history of Nautilus! Sadly, I’ve never gotten to use any of the retro Nautilus equipment. However, I live about 2 hours away from STG Strength and Power, so I may have to check that out some time! If I do, I’ll make sure to get lots of pictures!
Is that STG in Canada ? If so his collection is up there with some of the best. He has literally everything. Flex nautilus hammer H squat med x you name it.
 
Is that STG in Canada ? If so his collection is up there with some of the best. He has literally everything. Flex nautilus hammer H squat med x you name it.
Yep, it’s in Ontario. I think he even has some of the Nautilus prototypes. He brags that it’s the only gym in the world where you can recreate the exact circuit used in the Colorado Experiment. That would be a fun and probably very brutal experience!
 
Yep, it’s in Ontario. I think he even has some of the Nautilus prototypes. He brags that it’s the only gym in the world where you can recreate the exact circuit used in the Colorado Experiment. That would be a fun and probably very brutal experience!
Clue.

There was no ‘circuit’.

Every workout was different. A mixture of different exercise modes.

Is that is what he is referring to?
 

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