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    The hammer strength chest press machine at my gym....

    Lately I've been using the hammer strength chest press machine at my gym. I'm taking a break from dumbbell bench pressing and using hammer strength chest press machine but I will get back to dumbbell bench pressing soon. I can rep 80 lb dumbbells for 8 reps at least but on this hammer strength chest press machine I can only to 160 lbs for 6 reps on it which I find strange. Also I can barbell bench more weight than on this particular hammer strength machine at my gym which I find strange. I have been to another gym before and they had a hammer strength chest press but it felt lighter for the weight compared to this one. Does anyone here know why this hammer strength chest press machine feels so heavy for the weight and I can lift more weight with free weights?
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    just don't worry about the differences between machines. just work the iron.
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    hammer chest

    Originally Posted by MuscleGainer View Post
    Lately I've been using the hammer strength chest press machine at my gym. I'm taking a break from dumbbell bench pressing and using hammer strength chest press machine but I will get back to dumbbell bench pressing soon. I can rep 80 lb dumbbells for 8 reps at least but on this hammer strength chest press machine I can only to 160 lbs for 6 reps on it which I find strange. Also I can barbell bench more weight than on this particular hammer strength machine at my gym which I find strange. I have been to another gym before and they had a hammer strength chest press but it felt lighter for the weight compared to this one. Does anyone here know why this hammer strength chest press machine feels so heavy for the weight and I can lift more weight with free weights?
    the weight is on the end of a lever arm which makes it feel heavier...
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    This may be obvious, but are you making sure to include the weight of the arms too?

    I tried to do a Hammer Strength once and put the same weight as the dumbbells I usually press on their and could barely get half the reps because I simply forgot to caclulate the arms because I never use the machine. (I only used it because all the free benches were taken.)
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    Originally Posted by Insane Clown View Post
    This may be obvious, but are you making sure to include the weight of the arms too?

    I tried to do a Hammer Strength once and put the same weight as the dumbbells I usually press on their and could barely get half the reps because I simply forgot to caclulate the arms because I never use the machine. (I only used it because all the free benches were taken.)
    The starting weight without plates is 7 lbs on the machine I'm talking about.
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    I do find this somewhat odd.

    Originally Posted by MuscleGainer View Post
    Lately I've been using the hammer strength chest press machine at my gym. I'm taking a break from dumbbell bench pressing and using hammer strength chest press machine but I will get back to dumbbell bench pressing soon. I can rep 80 lb dumbbells for 8 reps at least but on this hammer strength chest press machine I can only to 160 lbs for 6 reps on it which I find strange. Also I can barbell bench more weight than on this particular hammer strength machine at my gym which I find strange. I have been to another gym before and they had a hammer strength chest press but it felt lighter for the weight compared to this one. Does anyone here know why this hammer strength chest press machine feels so heavy for the weight and I can lift more weight with free weights?
    I own many hammer pieces and the chest press and incline press I have I can do substantially more weight on them than I can on dumbbells. Have you tried adjusting the height of the seat or where you are laying on the bench? I know that one of the keys for me when using hammer equipment is to make sure it is in the proper position.
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    Originally Posted by MuscleGainer View Post
    The starting weight without plates is 7 lbs on the machine I'm talking about.
    The golds gym I workout at has a flat hammer bench that you lay flat on. The weight of the arms are 10lb a piece. Not sure if yours lays flat or a seated flat but maybe the arms weight more than you think.
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    There's no corelation between machine exercises and free weight exercises. Simply load the machine with the appropriate weight to bring you to near-failure at your target reps.
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