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    Originally Posted by Nebamartinez View Post
    Now that belt is sweet looking. Love the functionality of it… ordering mine now! Thank you!

    I have a love/hate relationship with my Inzer Lever belt… I love it when it fits and I absolutely hate it when I’m fatter lol. Now if I could just stay thinner…!
    I'm really liking the PAL lever, the added adjustability is great and the buckle itself looks pretty bad@ss. Had to bore out a couple of the holes to make it work but it was 100% worth the effort.
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    Originally Posted by urbanlifter View Post
    I'm really liking the PAL lever, the added adjustability is great and the buckle itself looks pretty bad@ss. Had to bore out a couple of the holes to make it work but it was 100% worth the effort.
    Did the hardware holes align good from the PAL to the Inzer? Enlarging the holes doesn’t sound too bad.

    On a side note: Urban, do I own your old Rae Crowther seated calf raise? I bought it from a guy in New York.
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    Originally Posted by Nebamartinez View Post
    Did the hardware holes align good from the PAL to the Inzer? Enlarging the holes doesn’t sound too bad.

    On a side note: Urban, do I own your old Rae Crowther seated calf raise? I bought it from a guy in New York.
    The holes lined up pretty well they just needed to be a little bigger, only took a couple minutes with a drill to make it work. Don't think that calf raise was one of mine, I've never owned a Rae Crowther before. Had an SST I, believe that sorta looked like an early model but I could never find much information about it. My main calf work these days is done on the belt squat machine.
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    Originally Posted by urbanlifter View Post
    The holes lined up pretty well they just needed to be a little bigger, only took a couple minutes with a drill to make it work. Don't think that calf raise was one of mine, I've never owned a Rae Crowther before. Had an SST I, believe that sorta looked like an early model but I could never find much information about it. My main calf work these days is done on the belt squat machine.
    I apologize for my poor recollection lol. I could have sworn I saw the exact piece in someone’s gym on here… it was only like six to seven years ago ha ha
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    Squatmax MD, thing is an absolute unit. Was a long search but decided this is the belt squat for me, no regrets.



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    Originally Posted by squanto View Post
    Squatmax MD, thing is an absolute unit. Was a long search but decided this is the belt squat for me, no regrets.



    Use it well. Saw one for sale not long ago and thought about it. It seams to get pretty good reviews. I think one of the complaints was loading plates on, how is that for you.
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    Originally Posted by squanto View Post
    Squatmax MD, thing is an absolute unit. Was a long search but decided this is the belt squat for me, no regrets.
    I have a DIY'd Sorinex/Mech6 style belt squat attachment right now that works OK, but I've always wanted to try this one (or any non-leverage version, really). What other belt squats have you used, and how does this compare?
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    Originally Posted by EricAtl View Post
    Use it well. Saw one for sale not long ago and thought about it. It seams to get pretty good reviews. I think one of the complaints was loading plates on, how is that for you.
    The loading of plates is not bad, it would be nice to have it be easier but one thing worth noting is the "hole" is actually oval shapped so it's not too difficult to load. It's a good idea to use spacers, I use 5 lb change plates and that's cool because you can work in increments of 50 (45 lb + 5 lb)

    Originally Posted by murphyreedus View Post
    I have a DIY'd Sorinex/Mech6 style belt squat attachment right now that works OK, but I've always wanted to try this one (or any non-leverage version, really). What other belt squats have you used, and how does this compare?
    I've used the Rogue Rhino, the Pit Shark and my own version of the Sorinex J*Squat made out of Rogue lever arms, a DIY plyo box setup and the Madewell Strength arm (do not buy).

    Overall I would rank this as the best belt squat modality by a very large margin, and second would be simply using plyo boxes. I feel the Rogue Rhino to be a nice machine that can do cool stuff but slightly overrated in the belt squat department, and the Pit Shark to be really nice as well but just too big and pricey for most people. Never used a "Wenning" style like the Titan or Bells of Steel but they look like they wold work well for the money.
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    I picked up a lightly used stainless steel Rogue Ohio Power Bar last night. I can't get the pictures to work, but it looks like every other Rogue Ohio Power Bar.
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    Originally Posted by squanto View Post
    Overall I would rank this as the best belt squat modality by a very large margin, and second would be simply using plyo boxes. I feel the Rogue Rhino to be a nice machine that can do cool stuff but slightly overrated in the belt squat department, and the Pit Shark to be really nice as well but just too big and pricey for most people. Never used a "Wenning" style like the Titan or Bells of Steel but they look like they wold work well for the money.
    The Pit Shark isn't a popular leverage belt squat from what I've seen, takes too many plates to load and the price tag is bloated. The Titan is essentially an 'economy' version of the Wenning, it's performs suprisingly well for the money and would still be my #1 recommendation for someone just getting into belt squats and has a sub 500lb Barbell squat. Currently using the Edge Fitness Deluxe Belt squat and I'm very happy with it overall, provides great depth and the handle attachments make it incredibly versatile. The SquatMax MD seems incredibly popular, but I just can't get over their shady marketing tactics.
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    Originally Posted by murphyreedus View Post
    I have a DIY'd Sorinex/Mech6 style belt squat attachment right now that works OK, but I've always wanted to try this one (or any non-leverage version, really). What other belt squats have you used, and how does this compare?
    Not sure if helpful but I've used older Westside units on platforms similar to Rogue's Rhino and now own a Mech6. I'd say the leverage on the Mech unit is 95% of the feel/results...maybe more, certainly not "better" but not sure if it's really any worse.

    I have not tried an Edge or Titan but I'd ensure that the chain can be attached straight down - that's the most important and I think Edge has this covered as I've looked at their designs. Some units I see on facebook, similar to Mech's and Sorinex, have really short arms and with the plates it forces someone to stand back placing the chain at an angle forward. Squatmax is designed to be vertical so no issue there. Really depends on what you want. It's not a complicated movement for a machine or lever so easy to narrow down what's important to you.
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    Made a few purchases. I got the handle for IM SuperBench. I also got the seat for the IM Hyper extension attachment, so it's free standing now, can also be used for their lat tower if I ever decide to get one. Lastly I got the Titan T-3 Short Squat Stand along with the half rack conversion kit, spotter arms, land-mine, and plate holders. I've ordered another 4 pack of plate holders, wasn't sure how much room I'd have. I'll do a review on the squat stand, but so far it's very sturdy, and meets my needs of being able to fit under my garage door. I think the squat stand finishes my gym as far as needs go. Now it's just wants, better plates, newer model PT Lever Gym, and anything else that may come to mind.

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    Nice pickups there! How does the hyper feel as a standalone now?
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    Nice pickups there! How does the hyper feel as a standalone now?
    It's very sturdy. There's zero forward tilt when at the bottom of the movement. I don't usually hold and extra weight, but I'm 250lbs. When using it with the IM SuperBench it looked easy to use with bands, the HomeGymHacks guy on YouTube shows that. I don't have any bands, but it doesn't look like you could use them as easily. I have to put in a corner to keep it out of the way and it's fairly easy to move around, it doesn't add much weight to the hyper attachment.
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    Got these off FB from someone who found them in a basement. You can tell they're very old because they're built like a tank. The bearings (6924ZZ) I can't find anywhere except alibaba for less than $200+ (used, ebay. New it's like 500).
    No other markings (has blank endcaps behind a snap ring design) so I'm wondering if they're custom. Also, barbell is 28mm and has knurling (which makes no sense). I think they chopped up an actual barbell to make this thing.
    The bar has a center distance of 11" grip-to-grip and isn't quite rackable. If I cut it and lengthen the center part to get 16" center distance it would also make it rackable. Have to play around with it a bit.
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    Interesting! Reminds of the Troy Supra Curl, like prototypes or something.

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    Got these off FB from someone who found them in a basement. You can tell they're very old because they're built like a tank. The bearings (6924ZZ) I can't find anywhere except alibaba for less than $200+ (used, ebay. New it's like 500).
    No other markings (has blank endcaps behind a snap ring design) so I'm wondering if they're custom. Also, barbell is 28mm and has knurling (which makes no sense). I think they chopped up an actual barbell to make this thing.
    The bar has a center distance of 11" grip-to-grip and isn't quite rackable. If I cut it and lengthen the center part to get 16" center distance it would also make it rackable. Have to play around with it a bit.
    The cable attachment is 15" center distance which is very good.
    They look similar to the offerings from this startup company. I am not sure if they ever got off the ground. If you try to place an order, you get a pre-order link. I would like to get a couple of the cable attachment handles.

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    Curl bar 400, lat and tricep attachments with same bearing handle less than Amazon clones? Hmmm...
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    Curl bar 400, lat and tricep attachments with same bearing handle less than Amazon clones? Hmmm...
    Sleeves better come packed with $200 in gold...
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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    Interesting! Reminds of the Troy Supra Curl, like prototypes or something.

    https://troyfitness.com/products/supra-bar
    I have this one. The supra bar handles rotate on a different plane and on 2 bolts, which makes it feel a little cheap to me, but the whole bar is also like 1/3 the cost of one of those bearing units. It doesn't wow me, but was worth trying since it was cheap on Marketplace. I am wondering how the bar Mech is showing feels by comparison.
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    Originally Posted by murphyreedus View Post
    I have this one. The supra bar handles rotate on a different plane and on 2 bolts, which makes it feel a little cheap to me, but the whole bar is also like 1/3 the cost of one of those bearing units. It doesn't wow me, but was worth trying since it was cheap on Marketplace. I am wondering how the bar Mech is showing feels by comparison.
    I haven't used a Supra bar but that's how I thought it worked. Thought about getting one for a while but seemed expensive and too much to pay for a love or hate niche bar. I would think full rotation on bearings would be better.
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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    I haven't used a Supra bar but that's how I thought it worked. Thought about getting one for a while but seemed expensive and too much to pay for a love or hate niche bar. I would think full rotation on bearings would be better.
    Used an OLD one at an LA Fitness once, think someone must have donated it to the gym for use because it seemed like an original design. Didn't like how it felt, think the Rogue rackable is still the way to go, would be nicer if it was 30-32MM, but it gets the job done.
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    Originally Posted by murphyreedus View Post
    I am wondering how the bar Mech is showing feels by comparison.
    Feels awesome. 100% balanced at all times (unlike a gaspari bar for example, which has extra weight on one side). Bearings are shielded (ZZ bearings), not open, so the packed grease in them keeps them from spinning too freely. But doing extensions or curls with it you get a nice controlled rotation. Once I make it rackable it'll be perfect.
    I'm going back and getting the attachment I passed on just to cut off the bearing housings and use them for something else. Not sure what yet but the housings are mild steel so they're easy to weld. I've seen other versions with parts welded right to the bearing races (which are hardened) and it's just heresy. Example:
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    Originally Posted by urbanlifter View Post
    Used an OLD one at an LA Fitness once, think someone must have donated it to the gym for use because it seemed like an original design. Didn't like how it felt, think the Rogue rackable is still the way to go, would be nicer if it was 30-32MM, but it gets the job done.
    One of those old Gaspari curl bars? I have tried that one. Was not even worth loading it with weight. Went right back on the rack.
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    Originally Posted by Greybird2 View Post
    One of those old Gaspari curl bars? I have tried that one. Was not even worth loading it with weight. Went right back on the rack.
    Think so, it looked really cool but didn't feel right. I'll stick to my Rogue Curl Bar & AB revolving curl attachment. My bicep days usually consist of incline hammer curls, 21's with the Rogue, then cable curl super sets with the AB / bicep bomber.
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    Originally Posted by Mech6 View Post
    Feels awesome. (unlike a gaspari bar for example, which has extra weight on one side)
    I had the Gaspari cable attachment and didn’t like because of this reason.
    Now OK for Sig line to be a novel
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