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Folks, this is a thread where all of Dr.Squat's SportsStrength equipment can be discussed. Questions, comments, answers.
I'd like to talk about this equipment line. It has a unique history!
WAYYYY back in the 1970's I can remember the first ab bench. It is a staple of the SportStrength line of equipment today, though it was not as good. It was the first piece of equipment that addressed the needs of stretching the abs out before doing a crunch. I must admit, it was pretty ugly! But it was a throwback!
Before SportStrength was "Power Systems". A company started in Madison, Wisconsin and moved to Louisiana. What you see today from SportStrength is a far cry from such equipment, but it is relevant to mention it.
Many of the old timers built their own equipment. They knew what they needed, but just happened to be terrible welders! While the equipment was never pretty, it was functional and exactly what the old timers needed. Lifters built their own equipment based on their needs! One only need go to an old school gym (like Black's Health World in Cleveland -- My all time favorite gym!) to understand this! While this gym has long since gone the way of the dinosaurs, it left behind a wealth of training knowlege still being explored to this day!
The biggest moment in SportStrength's history had to be sometime in the Mid 1990's. EJ "Doc" Kreis (my strength coach mentor and ISSA's Director of Sports Sciences) was the strength coach at the University of Colorado. Also in the Boulder, CO area was a welder and lifter named Trevit Smith, and pretty damn good at both! Doc and I flew out to Colorado for a week to hammer away on the the designs and get the project going.
So, you have one of the world's greatest strength coaches, a three time world champion who is both a Ph.D. and best selling author -- and an advanced bodybuilder and top notch welder and well -- and myself. A student of them all! What did I have to offer?
Well, I was the only one who was 175 pounds instead of 220 or heavier! Besides, I've been around quite awhile too!
But I mention my weight and size for a reason. Equipment must fit all types of athletes. Not easy to do! But many equipment companies fall way short in this respect! I can remember ads for Hammer equipment that ran in the NSCA journals. They would feature Shaq in one ad where he... A 7 foot, 300 pound guy looked comfortable, then feature a 98 pound gymnast whose feet didn't reach the floor and clearly was too small for the equipment!
As an assistant strength and conditioning coach, I had many opportunities to talk to equipment manufactoring companies. By no means will I insult a great idea, but many times equipment is developed from a marketing perspective. Furthermore, the marketers have more to say in the design of the product than the exercise physiologists do (if they even have one in their employ!).
SportStrength is different. It was developed by lifters and athletes, coaches and welders. Each of them was a former or active lifter and athlete, and a coach.
I want you to ask yourself something. Next time you are spotting someone benching, ask why no one ever solved the problem of that damned crossbar whacking your shins! Well, SportStrength did! Ask why glute ham machines are so difficult to get into, especially for the big guys, and look at what SportStrength did to change it. Think about why prestreching the abs for abdominal strength has never been addressed, and realize that it was SportStrength alone who has effectively addressed the issue.
My personal favorites are the glute ham machine, the double stack pulldown, the row machine and the incredibly tricked out squat rack (power cage). Each of them have something that is unique, vitally necessary and way ahead of its time. That you haven't seen these features before will surprise you, and you will wonder why it has taken so long for them to become a reality. That, friends, is where the SportStrength team came in!
I have several piesces of SS at TPS. We have a power rack, glute ham, and the twinstack with two 300 pound stacks (custom made for us). We abuse these items on a daily basis, and they show no signs of damage or wear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Theay are also several years old. The only modification I would make is to the seat on the Twinstack, I think it should have an adjustable post on the seat itself to accomodate taller athletes, we have a few 6'6" plus guys who could use an inch or two. I also would like to see the cable pulley adjustable up and down , we use it for things it was never designed for, so this is just an improvement, not an indictment.
All in all, we have the highest praise, and will continue to purchase equipment from SS as we grow bigger.
We also have several of the Doc's specialty bars such as the Super Safety Squat bar, and the mother of all Monster bar. Buy these now, you need them.
You get what you pay for, and we got a bargain!
I own the SportStrength ab bench, why doesn't every gym have one? Those flat decline ab boards not only give me a headache, but they don't work nearly as well as the ab bench.
I own the ultimate power rack. It works great for everything except rack pulls. There should be some kind of design that will allow an athlete to do them without destroying their bar! Maybe the spotter rails could absorb shock or something.
That being said, I have set countless PR's in the rack. I love it!
I am thinking about picking up the GHR in the next 6 months or so. Does anyone know of places I could try one out? I live in Minnesota, but I do travel occationally.
Just curious if the warehouse has any used items that it might be willing to part with for a cheaper price? Hey, it's worth asking!
Folks, Trevit Smith, Fred II and I spent a LOT of time doing this stuff. I mean, YEARS! Cost bothers you! Ugh! Y'know, ya spend a hundred bucks taking your gal out to eat. Eat at home two or three times instead! Damned! Learn how to do a London broil fancy, a rack of baby back ribs the RIGHT WAY! Save some bucks! WHATEVER! But save up a few bucks and get the BEST equipment so you can get the BEST results!
I did this all my life. If you can find any equipment, any supplement, any device, any method that will help you achieve your goal that is better than those HERE, at this site, then buy them!
That said, it seems simple to me. If you care enough about something, you will do whatever it takes to get you there. That is what I did, and that is what I recommend you do!
If you don't care, then I don't either.
Make that two of us Eric. I planned on saving up for the GHR for my own home gym by the new year.
A GHR is probably the last piece of equipment I need besides strongman equipment.
Anybody have a review of the Adjustable Sportsbench...I am looking at purchasing on in the next month...
I have the Ab Bench and it's amazing, next up I'm getting the Sports Bench. Similar shape of the pad, and it's a good time. Beats ANY kind of crunch.
I am thinking about getting tow of the powermakers. Does anyone have any experince using these? If so, what is the workspace for these units? I don't have a lot of room, so I thought I'd ask those who may have this unit.
Robert L. Brown
I want to buy a squat harness but, when I called, I was told that they are no longer offered for sale. Any suggestion as to where I might obtain one would be greatly appreciated. I have read reviews of this device and they are all glowing.
I have one which I use for lunges, have you checked ebay?
No, but i will - thanks for the tip!
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Is it the best? Once I get my degree and turn my basement into a full gym I want the best.
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