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Old 11-06-2011, 02:12 PM   #1
Aaron Frank
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GHD vs Roman Chair

What are the advantages of a GHD over a roman chair? I don't have a lot of experience with either, but it looks like you could do the same excercises with both -- and the roman chair is much cheaper. Why buy a GHD instead of a roman chair?

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Old 11-06-2011, 04:53 PM   #2
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Re: GHD vs Roman Chair

GHDs are adjustable so they fit a wider range of body types. Of course, this isn't an issue if the Roman chair fits you and anyone else using it. GHDs also have better foot support which probably equates to slightly better power transfer. Some Roman chairs are better than others here, so look for one with adjustable top and bottom foot supports. Finally, the padding is generally better on a GHD machine and the rounded shape gives more support.

All that said, my main gym only has a Roman chair and it has served me just fine. If I ever pick up such a device for my home gym I'll probably get a Roman chair because they're so much cheaper and readily available on Craigslist.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:39 PM   #3
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Re: GHD vs Roman Chair

GHD's have a foot plate in the back, which lets you do a glute ham raise (GHR). You can't do that on a Roman Chair.

The type of Roman Chairs you commonly find on craigslist are also light and flimsy as well, but that's not to say you couldn't find a good one or else weight/bolt it down to fit your needs. If you shoved it up next to a wall you might be able to do a GHR.
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Old 11-11-2011, 03:05 PM   #4
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Re: GHD vs Roman Chair

Why is a foot plate needed for the GHR movement?
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Old 11-11-2011, 04:07 PM   #5
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Re: GHD vs Roman Chair

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Why is a foot plate needed for the GHR movement?
Theoretically you don't I guess. But It's an extremely difficult movement which needs the feet to be well anchored to be effective. Part of the way you do that is by pressing your toes against the plate really really hard. You would have to be some sort of monster to do it without a foot plate I'd think.

This is a pretty good video showing how it works. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqnt4E3AdMw (mostly wfs but it's Tate so possibly bad language)

Also I've seen Louie say that this serves as their main exercise for strengthening their calves (because of pressing against the footplate).

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Old 11-12-2011, 12:15 AM   #6
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Re: GHD vs Roman Chair

A GHD is a status symbol. People see you have a ridiculously expensive piece of well crafted equipment that really only serves one purpose, and assume you're either rich or really important. Other than servicing your glutes it really is a nothing more than a decadent item.

It's like the beday of fitness equipment.







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Old 11-14-2011, 12:51 PM   #7
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A GHD is a status symbol. People see you have a ridiculously expensive piece of well crafted equipment that really only serves one purpose, and assume you're either rich or really important. Other than servicing your glutes it really is a nothing more than a decadent item.

It's like the beday of fitness equipment.
Haha...yes that why I got one. Pure decadence!

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Why is a foot plate needed for the GHR movement?
You push off with your toes.
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:24 PM   #8
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Thanks, makes sense for the foot plate.

Appreciate the help.
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:38 PM   #9
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All joking aside...a GHD is a great purchase.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:17 PM   #10
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Re: GHD vs Roman Chair

I bought a cheap roman chair due to not having the funds to purchase a GHD. If able I would go with a quality GHD over the roman chair if you have the money for it. Most of the roman chairs are cheap and feel like they will flip over if you don't have it bolted down.
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