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Old 10-12-2010, 01:09 PM   #1
William F. Burgess
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"Machines" that are acceptable to CrossFitters

What are they? I know in general machines are frowned upon here and I agree. However there do seem to be these "holy grail" type of machines that are talked about a lot, namely the glute ham raise and the reverse hyper. I have never even seen either of these devices and would like to learn more about what they do.

Seems like a lot of people who hate machines are still awestruck by these particular ones. I am curious as to why.
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:13 PM   #2
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Re: "Machines" that are acceptable to CrossFitters

FWIW, I don't think of either of those as being machines per se. I think they're really more along the lines of being static fixtures that allow you to hold your body in a position to do certain exercises.

The only machine that I can really think of that CFers are into is the rower.

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Old 10-12-2010, 01:22 PM   #3
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Re: "Machines" that are acceptable to CrossFitters

Any machine with a seatbelt is cool by me.
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:48 PM   #4
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Re: "Machines" that are acceptable to CrossFitters

Yep, the C2 is the only machine that's essential. There's no GHD at my gym (though we do have a pommel horse!) and we've never noticed a deficiency in our training due to missing it.

I'd rather have ropes to climb before getting a GHD. If you want to work on abs then program yourself v-ups & hanging leg raises/ankles to bar.
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:51 PM   #5
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Re: "Machines" that are acceptable to CrossFitters

"I am curious as to why." Have you made any effort to search for this answer?
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:10 PM   #6
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Re: "Machines" that are acceptable to CrossFitters

If you're injured, any machine that allows you to work a particular muscle group in a safer manner is obviously acceptable.

But as far as mainsite WODS for people w/ no injuries, none that I can think of that pop up there. You can use a smith machine or Lat Pulldown machine to make a GHR haha.
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:14 PM   #7
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Yep, the C2 is the only machine that's essential. There's no GHD at my gym (though we do have a pommel horse!) .
That's pretty awesome, never seen one of those at a gym
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:52 PM   #8
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The GHD is properly referred to as a bench, rather than a machine. A bench does not have parts that move as part of the exercise, while a machine does.

In addition to the C2 rower, I'd guess that many CFers would find the C2 ski erg to be pretty cool, and properly included in the "money no object dream gym."

A reverse hyper is pretty specialized and in Atlanta, I'm aware of one, possibly two CF gyms that have them. But I use one when I can and it's a great machine. I'd have one in my basement if I could afford one.
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:57 PM   #9
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Re: "Machines" that are acceptable to CrossFitters

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"I am curious as to why." Have you made any effort to search for this answer?
Doesnt starting this thread and asking the question count?

Define "effort" or an what you would consider an appropriate search method please. If I did do an all out search on the web what would I find? Probably ads for the device or perhaps...forum posts about the subject. I prefer just to start a thread and ask the qustion myself.

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Old 10-12-2010, 03:04 PM   #10
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Re: "Machines" that are acceptable to CrossFitters

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That's pretty awesome, never seen one of those at a gym
We don't use it for a whole lot, but it does come out occasionally. I think it came about when a local highschool was getting rid of their old gymnastics equipment. The thing is as old as the hills and weighs a ton.
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