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    Hammer strength Machines


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    I've just recently started using the Hammer Srength Machines at my Gym and really like them. Do people think these are just as good for building Mass. I find I can go really Heavy and not worry about a spotter however i dont' know how much weight i am lifting since I dont' know how much weight there is without the plates on it.

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    hey i have these at my school gym, exact brand and somewhere on the machines it usually states the starting weight. just look around on em
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    Yeah on a lot of them it will tell you but it really doesn't matter just keep track of the plates you have on. And IMO they are great machines, actually a blessing for my joints.
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    Even though they are not machines, the weight still travels in a pre-determined path. You are not going to incorporate as many stabilizer muscles vs. the use of free weights. Hammer strength units are essentially the same as machines, with the ability to isolate each side individually, and use standard Olympic sized plates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggravated View Post
    Even though they are not machines, the weight still travels in a pre-determined path. You are not going to incorporate as many stabilizer muscles vs. the use of free weights. Hammer strength units are essentially the same as machines, with the ability to isolate each side individually, and use standard Olympic sized plates.
    agreed. i would use them only if i absolutely did not have a spot.
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    They are great for TUT, which is one of the most important elements for hypertrophy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    They are great for TUT, which is one of the most important elements for hypertrophy.
    Sorry what does TUT stand for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggravated View Post
    Even though they are not machines, the weight still travels in a pre-determined path. You are not going to incorporate as many stabilizer muscles vs. the use of free weights. Hammer strength units are essentially the same as machines, with the ability to isolate each side individually, and use standard Olympic sized plates.

    One thing i like about them though is that I have the ability to lower the weight as slow as i want and not worry about not being able to get the weight back up.

    Also how do you feel about the new free form machines that use cables. my gym got a bunch of these a while ago and they don't seem to have a predetermined path.
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    I like them, however I would never recommend anyone use them soley for a workout
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    What are your goals? If it is to just look good naked then hammer strength machines are going to be a good tool for you. If your looking to bodybuild they are going to be great to isolate weak or lagging muscle groups and tweak your entire bodies proportions and symmetry. If your an athlete they may be great for keep your strength up during a season but are not going to be your best bet offseason. If you are looking to get big and bulky then they will make good finishers exercises but should only be done in addition to your bread and butter movements like bench, deadlift, squat, etc. Finally if your a powerlifter or train like one, they are awesome for your deload weeks or extra workouts to get blood going and enhance recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmiller383 View Post
    What are your goals? If it is to just look good naked then hammer strength machines are going to be a good tool for you. If your looking to bodybuild they are going to be great to isolate weak or lagging muscle groups and tweak your entire bodies proportions and symmetry. If your an athlete they may be great for keep your strength up during a season but are not going to be your best bet offseason. If you are looking to get big and bulky then they will make good finishers exercises but should only be done in addition to your bread and butter movements like bench, deadlift, squat, etc. Finally if your a powerlifter or train like one, they are awesome for your deload weeks or extra workouts to get blood going and enhance recovery.

    I Mainly use them at the end of a workout to rep out on and also to concentrate on slow negatives. on incline and decline pressess I also use the to Push Heavy weight 3-4 reps when i'm tired that i wouldnt' feel comfortable doing without a spot . and I like to use the shoulder machine to warm up my joints. Most of my work is done with free weights and i just recently started using these machines and realized they werent' bad at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by mixedup View Post
    Sorry what does TUT stand for?
    Time under tension, meaning just what it sounds like-the total time your muscles are subjected to the resistance. More is better for hypertrophy
  

  
 

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