Category: Fitness

Dual Adjustable Cable Column Strength Equipment

Weather you are looking at a piece of weight training equipment for use in your home gym or you are in need of a center piece for your commercial fitness center having a dual adjustable cable column is a must.  Many times it is going to come down to how much room your strength equipment area has.  Home gym areas, fire stations, personal training studios, therapy clinics, and smaller clubs do not necessarily have the space for elaborate Jungle Gym-style cable crossover units such as the Life Fitness MJ8 Multi-Jungle Gym.  Although, it’s nice to look at and a very impressive piece of fitness equipment hardware not all workout rooms will allow for something that large.  Now enter the functional trainer. Not only does a functional trainer resemble a shrunken down cable crossover in looks and function, but it takes up about half the space and allows for other unique motions.

Different Types of Cable Crossovers

  • Standard Cable Crossover – This consists of two adjustable pulleys situated facing each other connected by one or two cross-bars.  Just about every manufacturer has something like this from Body Solid with the GDCC250 Deluxe Cable Crossover with its low stature that is designed for home use as well as light commercial applications to Cybex with 17110 Free-Standing Cable Crossover that is designed for use in some of the most high demanding commercial gym equipment environments.
  • Jungle Gyms – These units are more of the modular design.  They take a Standard Cable Crossover and allow you to add additional stations to give the ability to create 4, 5, 6, 8, all the way up to 12 station monster units such as the Precor CW2912

Different Types of Functional Trainers

  • Cabinet Style – Originally made popular with the now discontinued Cybex 9101 FT-360 that had a single weight stack and Preying Mantis-like arms (many times you can still find these units re-manufactured), companies such as FreeMotion with the F624 Dual Cablecross and Paramount Fitness with the PFT-200A took them to a new level by having two independent weight stacks.  Cabinet Style Functional Trainers do not take up much floor space when they are not in use, but they do require a lot of space around them for maneuvering the arms and doing certain motions.
  • Dual Adjustable Cable Column – Most of the functional trainers on the market now are this style.  These are the ones that resemble a shrunken down cable crossover with the two adjustable pulleys with weight stacks that face each other and are connected by cross-bars.  Most of these systems now have very unique sub-sets such as the Cybex Bravo Functional Trainer that has the patented Progressive Stability Pad and the Advanced Cable Adjustment System, the Batca Fitness LD-9 Free Trainer that has a Total Body Stretching Station and a Weight Assisted Chin-Up Station, the York Barbell 55017 Functional Cable Crossover that has a Modular Design allowing for up to 8 total stations, the Matrix G3-MFST3P Functional Trainer that has Rock Climbing Pull-Up Grips and a Swiveling Accessory Station, and the Life Fitness CMDAP with Console that has a Video Screen with over 60 exercise videos.

What is the Best Dual Adjustable Cable Column Exercise Equipment?

This comes down to two factors, your needs and your space.  A small club or a home will be better off with a functional trainer or functional trainers.  You can fit two functional trainers into the same space as one cable crossover.  This would make the functional trainer ideal for personal training studios, sports performance facilities, or clubs that rely heavily on personal training revenues.  In a home setting, since a functional trainer does the same motions as a cable crossover it only makes sense to go the route of the functional trainer and free up space for other home fitness equipment.

In conclusion, it is up to the end user’s needs as to which Dual Adjustable Cable Column unit is the best.  They are all constructed of the same high-quality raw materials and basically do the same motions with some individual variations.  Take a look at your usable floor space, the people who will be working out on the equipment, and your budget since many times a functional trainer can be less money than a cable crossover.

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Total Body Workout Made Simple on One Piece of Strength Equipment

If you have a health club, training studio, municipality workout room, corporate fitness center, or high-end home gym where exercise space is a premium and a cable crossover will not fit take a look at the Cybex FT-325 Functional Trainer.  A dual cable column functional trainer is nothing more than a shrunken down cable crossover to begin with and you can do all the same motions, and more, in half the floor space.  Incorporate the Cybex 16000 -10 to 80 Degree Bench or an Aeromat Stability Ball and you can do all the same motions that you could with dumbbells without the risk of damaging the floor.  The Cybex FT-325 Functional Trainer comes with 21 selectable exercise positions, clearly illustrated exercise placards of some of the more popular exercises, and a selection of standard accessories such as a triceps rope, ankle strap, and 2 nylon “D” handles to give your workouts variety.

Designed in America and Built by Americans for the World

Designed through research completed at the Cybex Institute for Exercise Science the Cybex FT-325 Functional Trainer delivers outstanding results through the natural movements of the body.  Built in the Owatonna, MN production facility in a plethora of customizable colors within a couple of weeks.

Cybex FT-325 Functional Trainer Specifications

Product Number
34″ X 67″ X 83.5″
86 cm X 170 cm X 212 cm
Machine Weight
695 lbs (315 kg)
Weight Stack
170 lbs (77 kg)
Cable Travel
81″ (206 cm)
Maximum Effective Load
85 lbs (38.5 kg) maximum per side
Minimum Effective Load
5 lbs (2.25 kg) per plate
Lifting ratio
Cable Position Adjustment
19 positions with 3″ spacing
Standard Accessories
2 strap handles, ankle cuff, triceps rope, optional lat pull bar
Available in 5 standard or a virtually unlimited variety of custom frame colors


In closing, if a high quality piece of commercial strength equipment is needed in a small space, then the Cybex FT-325 Functional Trainer will deliver proven results with quality American design and construction.

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Heavy Built Free Weight Equipment for Use in a Home or Light Commercial Application

For serious development of explosive power and strength the free weight squat is considered the king of exercises.  What happens if an injury is suffered or leverage factors keep you from doing squats?  How do you still develop impressive lower body strength without damaging your body?  You look for a piece of fitness equipment that allows you to compensate for those limitations.  The plate loaded hack squat and leg press allow you to work the legs intensely without damaging the body.  With the use of the Body Solid GLPH1100 Leg Press/Hack Squat combination unit you are able to do two excellent motions for developing the hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteals, and calves with minimal stress to the joints.  The Body Solid GLPH1100 Leg Press/Hack Squat is engineered to be smooth, comfortable, and solid.  Constructed of 11 gauge steel just like exercise machines in all of the top health clubs the Body Solid GLPH1100 Leg Press/Hack Squat will hold up in any home gym or light commercial application such as personal training studios, fire stations, therapy clinics, etc.

Technical Specifications on the Body Solid GLPH1100 Leg Press/Hack Squat Exercise Machine

  • Quad track roller system operates smoothly and distributes weight evenly.
  • Both back pads utilize a quick flip-and-lock mechanism.
  • Extra-heavy gauge Diamond Plate foot platforms for both Leg Press and Hack Squat positions.
  • Easy-access under-carriage plate load system.
  • Extra heavy-duty 2″x 4″ 11-gauge steel mainframe minimizes torsional flex for maximum strength and stability.
  • Ultra-tough, double-stitched DuraFirm! Back and Shoulder pads are 4″ thick and contoured for maximum support of the lower back and shoulder areas.
  • Three lockout positions for user safety and convenience.
  • Capacity of 1,000 lbs.
  • 3 safety lockout positions
  • Ideal for home and commercial use.
  • 56″H x 83″L x 34″W

In closing, if you have a hard time doing squats or are just looking for something else to supplement your workout the Body Solid GLPH1100 Leg Press/Hack Squat is an ideal piece of fitness equipment.  Built strong enough to be used in the most hard-core of home gyms to any light commercial application.

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Commercial Quality Fitness Equipment for the Home Gym

For those looking for a Health Club feel in their home fitness equipment the Life Fitness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer is the best choice to make.  Bearing a strong resemblance to the ultra-popular Life Fitness 9500HRR-NG Next Generation Elliptical that was in just about every major health club in the 1990’s the Life Fitness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer has melded the old with the new.  By adding  iPod® compatibility and 27 different workout programs Life Fitness has taken the home elliptical trainer to the next level.  Some of the key features that make this unit so popular is that its elliptical motion is identical to their health club units, it has wireless and Lifepulse™ digital contact heart rate monitoring system that also has the wireless chest strap, synchronized upper and lower body movements for a total-body workout, over-sizes dual accessory tray with built-in reading rack, and ErogGrip™ stationary handlebar provides stability during lower-body only workouts.

Life FItness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer Specifications:

Maximum User Weight 350 lbs (158 kg)
Maximum Step-up Height 10″ (25 cm)
Unit Length 83″ (211 cm)
Unit Width 28″ (71 cm)
Unit Height 61″ (155 cm)
Unit Weight 235 lbs (107 kg)
Stride Length 18″ (46 cm)
Power Requirements Plug-in (All major voltage configurations)
Safety CE, CEN, CSA, TUV, UL certified
Warranty Lifetime warranty on frame, 3-year on parts, 1-year on labor (warranties outside the U.S. may vary)
Frame 4″ x 4″ (10 cm x 10 cm) and 3″ (7 cm) robotically welded steel frame
Pedals 16″ x 7″ (41 cm x 18 cm) oversized pedals
Resistance System Alternator

Life Fitness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer Program

  • Manual
  • Hill
  • Random
  • Fat Burn
  • Cardio
  • Heart Rate Hill™
  • Heart Rate Interval™
  • Extreme Heart Rate™
  • Around the World
  • Cascades
  • Foothills
  • Kilimanjaro
  • Speed Training
  • Cross Train Aerobic
  • Cross Train Reverse
  • Interval Training
  • Quick Start
  • Fit Test
  • Cool Down Mode
  • Goal Workouts
  • Polar® wireless chest strap included
  • On-the-Fly Programming

Life Fitness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer Display Readouts:

  • Distance
  • Speed (mph/ km/h)
  • Total Calories Burned
  • Calories per Hour
  • Level
  • Time
  • Heart Rate
  • Target Heart Rate
  • METs
  • Watts
  • Display Type: Amber LED message center & workout profile
  • Workout Profile Window

In closing, the Life Fitness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer is a high quality piece of home fitness equipment that has a look and feel similar to their commercial elliptical cross-trainers.  With a plethora of cardio fitness programs and  iPod® compatibility the Life Fitness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer has enough variety to keep anyone from getting bored in their home gym workout.

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Piece of Full Commercial Fitness Equipment to Maximize Squats and Pressing Motions

Designed for use in high-use fitness environments, the Body Solid SMR1000 Pro Club-Line Multi-Squat Rack is safe and easy to use for all levels of free weight users.  Constructed of heavy gauge steel, the Body Solid SMR1000 Pro Club-Line Multi-Squat Rack is great for use in schools, fire stations, military installations, health clubs, CrossFit facilities, and other fitness facilities that require high quality fitness equipment for multi-joint movements such as bench presses, squats, shoulder presses, etc.  By being equipped with Strength Band Pegs, 1/4″ Gunrack-style Liftoff, safety catches, weight plate storage, and an integrated pull-up bar the Body Solid SMR1000 Pro Club-Line Multi-Squat Rack is a very versatile unit for everything from general training to specialized sport-specific motions.  Units that are very similar are the Hammer Strength HDMR Multi-Rack or the York Barbell 54000 ST Series Multi-Function Rack.

Specifications of the Body Solid SMR1000 Pro Club-Line Multi-Squat Rack

  • Constructed of 2″ x 3″ 11-gauge steel tubing
  • Integrated weight plate storage
  • Integrated Strength Band Pegs
  • Integrated Pull-up Bar
  • 1000lb weight capacity
  • Extended frame for spotter access
  • Unit weight of 315lbs for stability
  • 1/4″ solid steel gunrack lift-off
  • Assembled Dimensions of 80″L x 71″W x 89″H

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In closing, the Body Solid SMR1000 Pro Club-Line Multi-Squat Rack is a great piece of freeweight equipment for environments that require a well constructed, heavy-duty unit without breaking the bank.  Heavy gauge steel frame materials and unique amenities such as Strength Band Pegs, Pull-up Bar, and Weight Plate Storage make the unit very versatile.

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Well-Constructed Fitness Equipment for Development of the Back and Arms

The Life Fitness Pro2 Series Assist Dip Chin (PSADC) is designed for use in some of the most demanding commercial fitness environments.  The Pro2 Series is hallmarked by a very user-friendly and easy to use format without sacrificing the quality of the construction.  The unit is designed to fit users from 4’10” to 6’6″.  The unit features a knee pad that folds down and out-of-the-way for unassisted training and has multi-position handles to allow for variation of exercise and provide size adaptability.  The Life Fitness Pro2 Assist Chin Dip has dimensions of 46″ in length, 45″ in width, 87″ in height, and a machine weight of 655lbs that includes the 190lb weight stack.

Life Fitness Pro2 Assist Dip Chin Features:

Frame Construction: U.S. made mechanical quality steel purchased in mill run quantities to assure the best consistency.  2″ x 3″ and 2″ x 4″ 11-guage rectangular tubing construction.

Weight Plates: 1″ solid steel weight plates, front weight stack shrouds, low friction, self-lubricating, weight plate bushings to minimize friction and noise.  Also includes a magnetic weight pin for easy and secure adjustments.

Guide Rods: 3/4″ stainless steel weight stack guide rods

Cables and Pulleys: 7 x 19 strand construction, internally lubricated, nylon-coated cable that meets U.S. military specifications.  4 1/2″ and 6″ diameter fiberglass impregnated pulleys feature sealed bearings.

Hand Grips: Grip positions are engineered to keel a neutral wrist position through the entire range of motion.  The diameter of the grips are designed for a comfortable exercise of the specific movement.  To avoid normal wear and tear, the grips are constructed of extruded thermo rubber that does not absorb moisture.  Finally, the grips are held on by aluminum collars to prevent slipping.

Upholstery: Naugahyde vinyl used on all upholstered pads.

Paint: Powder coat paint with a clear coat finish for extra protection and enhanced appearance

Instructional Placard: 2D Color Instructional Placard included.

Iso 9001 Certified for quality assurance 

In closing, the Life Fitness Pro2 Assist Chin Dip is designed for heavy usage in an environment that needs high quality commercial fitness equipment.  Constructed of high-grade components coupled with outstanding biomechanics the Life Fitness Pro2 Assist Chin Dip is a must for all health clubs, universities, park districts, or any other heavy usage health club setting.

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Dual Action Fitness Machine to Target the Entire Abdominal Area

The Hammer Strength MTS Abdominal Crunch (MTSAB) is a very unique piece of commercial fitness equipment.  This unit targets the upper and lower abdominal area at one time with weighted resistance from the 150lb weight stack.  The upright position of this Abdominal Exercise Machine allows for easy entry and exit.  This configuration allows for minimal floor space needs in a health club or home that does not have much room.  The Hammer Strength MTS Abdominal Crunch measures 44 inches in length, 39 inches in width, and is only 56 inches high and has a total machine weight of 530lbs.  This is a high quality commercial exercise machine that is designed for use in the highest use commercial locations.

Hammer Strength MTS Abdominal Crunch Features:

  • Frame Construction:  U.S. made mechanical quality steel purchased in mill run quantities to assure best consistency.  1.5″ x 3″ and 1.5″ x 2″ rectangular tubing with 11-guage thickness
  • Seat Adjustments:  Ratcheting 1/2″ increment seats that can be adjusted with one hand for ease of use.
  • Weight Plates: 1″ solid steel weight plates, full weight stack shrouds, low friction, self-lubricating, weight plate bushings to minimize noise and friction.  Each stack has an integrated 5lb. increment drop down weight for smaller resistance increments
  • Guide Rods:  3/4″ stainless steel weight stack guide rods.
  • Belt Drive System:  Direct, sort, belt drive system insures a smooth action and has a breaking strength rating at over 4,000lbs.
  • Instructional Placards: Color 2D instructional placards
  • Made in the USA
  • ISO 9001 Certified for quality assurance.

In conclusion, the Hammer Strength MTS Abdominal Crunch is a heavy-duty full commercial abdominal exercise machine that does not take up much space.  This unit would be an excellent addition to any workout room or exercise facility.

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What is an Equipment Mat?

An equipment mat is a piece of material that is either one piece or can be constructed of interlocking sections.  These mats can be composed of recycled rubber, which is the most common material, virgin rubber, PVC rubber, or other composites.  With the recycled rubber mats you have to pay attention to if you have a sensitivity to smells.  Recycled rubber mats can have a strong rubber smell if in an area that has low ceilings or poor ventilation.  Most manufacturers recommend that you can clean the mats with Murphy’s Oil Soap or Pine Solto help the odor dissipate.  Fitness Equipment Mats have various uses depending on the piece of fitness equipment that the mat is being used with.

Do I Need an Equipment Mat for my Piece of Fitness Equipment?

I wish that there was an easy answer for this, but it really depends on the piece of equipment, how it is being used, and where it is being used.  For most fitness equipment such as bikes, ellipticals, steppers, and selectorized home gyms, an equipment mat is good for catching sweat, lubricants, and depending on the surface that the unit is on it can also protect from scratches and from denting the floor due to the weight of the equipment.  Steppers and upright bikes usually require a mat that is 4 feet long by 3 feet wide, such as the SuperMat 10GS.  Recumbent Bikes and most standard size ellipticals or light duty treadmills can use a 6.5 feet long by 3 feet wide mat such as the SuperMat 11GS Mat.  If the treadmill or elliptical cross-trainer is on the longer side SuperMat does make the 12GS  mat that is 7.5 feet long and 3 feet wide for these longer units.  One item that always needs an equipment mat, no matter what surface it is on, is a fitness treadmill.

Reasons for using an Equipment Mat with a Fitness Treadmill

  • Helps insulate against static electricity
  • Helps to keep carpet fibers from getting pulled into the motor compartment (If the treadmill is placed on carpeting)
  • Helps to absorb some of the background noise from the machine
  • Catches residue from the breakdown of shoes that are used while on the machine and the breakdown of the walking belt itself.  This residue can create a dark ring around the fitness treadmill that can stain carpet or tile.
  • Helps catch sweat.
  • In the case of tile, linoleum, and wood the equipment mat helps keep the machine from vibrating around and scratching the floor.  **** Special Note: on these flooring surfaces it is recommended using a high density mat like that from PaviGym or Humane Flooring that will help lessen the chance of a heavier treadmill sinking into the floor and creating a dent.

In closing, an equipment mat is always needed for a treadmill, but for most other equipment it depends on the type of flooring the unit is on.  The other option would be to cover the entire floor with a rolled rubber that is glued down such as the Centaur Floors RuberFlex or cover the entire floor with interlocking tiles such as the SuperMats SL-M Superlock Interlocking Flooring System.

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Yes, I said it.  Body Solid Commercial Fitness Equipment.

Body Solid has always been know as a company that produces quality fitness equipment for every budget level of the home fitness enthusiast.  Over the last few years Body Solid has slowly started dipping into the commercial fitness realm.  Starting off with light commercial standouts such as the Series 7 Smith Machine Package and the EXM4000S Multi Gym which have excelled in the hotel, personal training, school, and fire station markets.  Recently, Body Solid has really made an effort to get into the full commercial market.  They started off with the Pro Club Line of selectorized units that they have now added Olympic Flat BenchesOlympic Incline Benches, Olympic Decline Benches, and Olympic Should Press Benches.  They have also added an outstanding line of plate loaded Leverage units that are at least half the price of units from other major manufactures such as Cybex and Hammer Strength.  The 4 most impressive units that have hit their line-up is the SCB1000 Smith Machine, the SMR1000 Multi Squat Rack, the SFID325 Flat/Incline/Decline Bench, and the Endurance ESB250 Exercise Bike.  Also, not to be left out is the Pro Dual line of Selectorized units.  These models all have two or more functions and also have the ability to be linked together into a 3 or 4 station modular gym.

In conclusion, be it accessories, weights, cardio, or strength equipment Body Solid has you covered from entry level home fitness equipment all the way up to full commercial fitness machines designed for use in some of the most extreme environments on the market.

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