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matrix563
03-01-2012, 11:45 PM
First of all, why not? Haven't seen a review of it :p



The first part of this saga involved fitting it in my car, a 1996 Saab. I was also transporting a Body Solid Cable Crossover

My friend Jeff who picked up the Magnum for me (ok sounds wrong who cares lol). I gave him a Schwinn recumbent bike for his troubles :).

http://i.imgur.com/zN3I9.jpg
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Next, I brought the badboy inside with the help of my coworker Mr. Brown

http://i.imgur.com/W6Ul8.jpg

Ah man too many screws!
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Triumphant!

My coworker posing for his wife who is probably mad I kept him so long helping me assemble this thing (sorry! lol)
http://i.imgur.com/I3S9l.jpg

matrix563
03-01-2012, 11:46 PM
Cont.':


Glad to have it done!
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How does it work? Feels pretty good if you ask me. The step back lunge feels a little weird but I'll figure out what I am doing wrong and get it right. Overall it feels great and puts me in the proper position each time.

Pros:
Feels great
Guy knocked off 110 so instead of 480 cost me 370. Brand new is 1900 with shipping additional!
No worry about getting trapped. Easy to lower to bottom rubber rest and get out.

Cons:
One of the storage horns is broken off. Guy said he bought it like that but his ad picture showed it so who knows. Probably broke it bringing it into his winding staircase to his basement.
Takes up more of my limited gym space hehe.
Have to crouch slightly to get in as if you have it set too high for your height the pendulum at the rear makes it feel like its swinging up away from you when you come back up. Not a problem if you set it one or 2 pegs lower.

Video review :)

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Thanks again to the guy that sold to me, my friend Jeff for picking it up in Chicago and storing it in his garage for 3 months till I could get it, and for Mr. Brown to help me put it together :). Much nicer than the other squat machines I was considering like the body solid or powertec one :).

KBKB
03-02-2012, 06:02 AM
Looks good. Thanks for posting your review!

One thing I couldn't tell from your video... How much clearance is there between your knees and the plates?

matrix563
03-02-2012, 06:11 AM
Looks good. Thanks for posting your review!

One think I couldn't tell from your video... How much clearance is there between your knees and the plates?

i wasn't sure, and just taking some quick photos i wasn't sure so i did one rep to tell from the side. the weight actually goes away from your knees so there is plenty of space. those weider plates are pretty big for 45's due to the rubber coating.
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KBKB
03-02-2012, 10:20 AM
i wasn't sure, and just taking some quick photos i wasn't sure so i did one rep to tell from the side. the weight actually goes away from your knees so there is plenty of space.
Yep, you're right. I couldn't tell from the other video. Looked kind of close in that one.

OSUDimond
03-02-2012, 10:49 AM
Good looking piece of equipment and great review.

keyboardworkout
03-02-2012, 11:44 AM
Nice review.

Reps for admitting you drive a Saab.

matrix563
03-02-2012, 04:19 PM
Nice review.

Reps for admitting you drive a Saab.

lol? its a great car. lots of space and 219k miles almost :)

matrix563
05-10-2012, 03:56 PM
something i'm curious about. anytime i do squats with anything if i have my feet wide apart and pointed out slightly it always seems to make my knees hurt. why is this? i thought a wide stance for a squat was better. i find it feels better if my feet are pointing straight ahead then angled like a wide stance

KBKB
05-10-2012, 04:11 PM
something i'm curious about. anytime i do squats with anything if i have my feet wide apart and pointed out slightly it always seems to make my knees hurt. why is this? i thought a wide stance for a squat was better. i find it feels better if my feet are pointing straight ahead then angled like a wide stance

Are you knees tracking over your feet?

matrix563
05-10-2012, 04:15 PM
i kind of know what u are asking but i am not sure exactly what it means. how can i tell? is a wide stance you still keep your toes pointed straight ahead?

KBKB
05-10-2012, 04:25 PM
i kind of know what u are asking but i am not sure exactly what it means. how can i tell? is a wide stance you still keep your toes pointed straight ahead?

Okay, here's what I think is happening with your squat and why pointing your feet forward feels better to you...

I am guessing that when you use a wide stance with your feet pointing forward, you're transferring your weight towards the inside part of your foot as your get deeper into the squat. Or, perhaps you're keeping your weight evenly distributed, but you're turning your ankles.

If you were to do a proper wide stance squat with your feet turned somewhat outward, your knees would stay over your feet as you descend in the squat. I am guessing that your knees are tracking to the inside (medial to) your feet placing a lot of stress to your knees. You perceive this stress as pain.

You need good hip flexibility to make this happen. One way to work on this is to take a dumbbell or kettlebell and do a goblet squat. When you elbows get down to knee level, you can use your elbows to help force your knees apart. Your goal is to make sure that they stay over your feet the whole way. The foot angle you pick will have a lot to do whether you're successful with this or not.

KBKB
05-10-2012, 04:31 PM
You need good hip flexibility to make this happen. One way to work on this is to take a dumbbell or kettlebell and do a goblet squat. When you elbows get down to knee level, you can use your elbows to help force your knees apart. Your goal is to make sure that they stay over your feet the whole way. The foot angle you pick will have a lot to do whether you're successful with this or not.
Here's a good goblet squat video:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrVgpDOLlgM

He talks about (and demonstrates) the knees collapsing inwards at around 2:45.

matrix563
05-11-2012, 02:34 AM
i would rep you but i have to wait. i have myself positioned like the video but it hurts. since i don't have a kettlebell yet i will try by holding hte ironmaster dumbbell in a similar fashion as he held his kettlebell upside down. if i practice reps like the video it should start to not be stress perceived by me when i use the machine? :).

i am unsure if i am tracking my knee inwards like you said but i might be. i will try unloaded and see what that looks like. i'll use my camera strap to point the camera down at my legs to record so i can focus on the motion. i will also do some practice with the dumbbell to do a goblet squat to loosen up my hips.

KBKB
05-11-2012, 05:24 AM
i would rep you but i have to wait. i have myself positioned like the video but it hurts. since i don't have a kettlebell yet i will try by holding hte ironmaster dumbbell in a similar fashion as he held his kettlebell upside down. if i practice reps like the video it should start to not be stress perceived by me when i use the machine? :).

i am unsure if i am tracking my knee inwards like you said but i might be. i will try unloaded and see what that looks like. i'll use my camera strap to point the camera down at my legs to record so i can focus on the motion. i will also do some practice with the dumbbell to do a goblet squat to loosen up my hips.

It could be that something else is going on. Using the video camera to see what you're doing is a good idea.