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    Originally Posted by RF2727 View Post
    The original Panatta High Row HP vs the new super high row... any thoughts? I'll be ordering one, not sure which is better.
    I have the original high row, to my mind it's pretty much perfect, however I haven't tried the super version.

    I was recently speaking with the UK rep for Panatta, apart from a minor change to the hand grips the original and super version were in his opinion bio-mechanically identical. The big difference is in the size of the framework of the new version, the box section tube is both of a larger section and gauge than the original.

    The opinion of the UK rep was that if you have a large facility with plenty of space then the the super looks very imposing. I'm not sure that would be enough to persuade me to upgrade, certainly the changes on the super deltoid press make more sense, the sliding seat and addition of the linkage system makes it more tempting for me.
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    I've used both. I prefer the handle angles on the Super High Row. However, lots of folks have said they prefer the original. User height may play a role (I'm short). I know Dorian (Pure Fitness) said he likes having both in his gym. I hadn't realized how much more space the Super took up until Richard pointed it out, though.

    Not sure where you are RF but if you are able to get to DC DMV Iron has the Super and Tysons playground (30 min away) has the original high row. Pure obviously has both and I know they are selling some additional non-Super high rows they had ordered (I believe they are black on black).

    Reality is both are great and I don't think you'd be likely to regret either.





    Originally Posted by gym62richard View Post
    I have the original high row, to my mind it's pretty much perfect, however I haven't tried the super version.

    I was recently speaking with the UK rep for Panatta, apart from a minor change to the hand grips the original and super version were in his opinion bio-mechanically identical. The big difference is in the size of the framework of the new version, the box section tube is both of a larger section and gauge than the original.

    The opinion of the UK rep was that if you have a large facility with plenty of space then the the super looks very imposing. I'm not sure that would be enough to persuade me to upgrade, certainly the changes on the super deltoid press make more sense, the sliding seat and addition of the linkage system makes it more tempting for me.
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    I don't know about their electric powered cardio line but I just bought a Panatta mechanical stairclimber from Uflex and I think it is awesome. I wouldn't pay the $7K or so new they are asking (but I imagine that may be negotiable when bundled with a larger order) but I'm pretty positive the Panatta Eco Climber is organic development from Panatta. I haven't seen anything similar and it seems very Italian. Bicycle-like transmission to control the pace of the stairs and hand release break to stop it.

    On the Fenix line I've wondered the same thing - could they really be doing all of this organically? Could well be someone else's components underneath but I can see why they need to move into that market given custom upholstery and powder coating is a big part of their proposition to commercial gyms - people are going to want the cardio machines to match and we all know cardio is still where the money is.





    Originally Posted by Oxidated View Post
    I've used this old style of Panatta Dips machine:
    https://primofitnessusa.com/wp-conte...ss-1XPL038.jpg
    It was a joy to use. I couldn't fault it any way. I remember I could load it to do 1RepMax or do 20 reps with equal comfort.

    Given infinite space and resources, it would be in my gym.
    New styles look much more polished, especially the Monolith range. I haven't used those, though.


    Edit:
    Since mentioning Panatta,
    It looks to me that they are committing more to their "Cardio" program. I wonder if the machines are rebranded and repackaged just to fill up their offering, or they are developing themselves with the quality of their strength equipment.
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    Has anyone had a chance to demo the M Torture line by Newtech?

    They have several interesting designs. The decline fly machine and the circular lat pulldown for example.

    They have some adjustable angle press machines with adjustable stops, here are a couple:



    I'm curious how these would compare to the Panatta Freeweight Special machines, especially since these two machines alone could potentially replace several.

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    Originally Posted by Camarija View Post
    Has anyone had a chance to demo the M Torture line by Newtech?

    They have several interesting designs. The decline fly machine and the circular lat pulldown for example.
    Some of those leverage pieces look like some of the Muscle D leverage stuff.

    The rotary lat pulldown interests me.

    https://muscledfitness.com/elite-lev...-pulldown-lrlp

    https://ntws.co.kr/en/sub03_5.html

    Korean built machines.
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    Originally Posted by Camarija View Post
    Has anyone had a chance to demo the M Torture line by Newtech?

    They have several interesting designs. The decline fly machine and the circular lat pulldown for example.

    They have some adjustable angle press machines with adjustable stops, here are a couple:



    I'm curious how these would compare to the Panatta Freeweight Special machines, especially since these two machines alone could potentially replace several.

    Cheers.
    The new Powerhouse down the block from my house is mostly outfitted with this series of machines.
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    Originally Posted by Afo3 View Post
    I've used both. I prefer the handle angles on the Super High Row. However, lots of folks have said they prefer the original. User height may play a role (I'm short). I know Dorian (Pure Fitness) said he likes having both in his gym. I hadn't realized how much more space the Super took up until Richard pointed it out, though.

    Not sure where you are RF but if you are able to get to DC DMV Iron has the Super and Tysons playground (30 min away) has the original high row. Pure obviously has both and I know they are selling some additional non-Super high rows they had ordered (I believe they are black on black).

    Reality is both are great and I don't think you'd be likely to regret either.
    I actually planned on ordering the super high row originally. But I heard some still preferred the original high row and I know everyone pretty much universally loves it. Then I saw pure has those coming and I jumped on one and ordered it. I do like the look of the super high row more and the adjustable chest pad, but to me the handles look better on the original. I talked to some who prefer the original and some prefer the new one. Both seem great. I should have this one in 4-6 weeks and then maybe I'll add the super high row to a future order and see which one is better.
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    Originally Posted by Afo3 View Post
    I don't know about their electric powered cardio line but I just bought a Panatta mechanical stairclimber from Uflex and I think it is awesome. I wouldn't pay the $7K or so new they are asking (but I imagine that may be negotiable when bundled with a larger order) but I'm pretty positive the Panatta Eco Climber is organic development from Panatta. I haven't seen anything similar and it seems very Italian. Bicycle-like transmission to control the pace of the stairs and hand release break to stop it.

    On the Fenix line I've wondered the same thing - could they really be doing all of this organically? Could well be someone else's components underneath but I can see why they need to move into that market given custom upholstery and powder coating is a big part of their proposition to commercial gyms - people are going to want the cardio machines to match and we all know cardio is still where the money is.

    That Stairclimber is an interesting unit. I didn't realize it is mechanical. How's the resistance when using it fast in a running motion?

    One of my dream (non existent?) machines is a Stairclimber that you can use with heavy load, like with a barbell on the back but more secure.

    I'm in the market for a treadmill, so I'm keeping an eye on Panatta stuff.
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    This may seem strange (given that it is sooooo long after this interview took place), but I would like to make a "shout out" to Randy Roach and Michael Petrella for an interview done on the internet ("In the Gym with Michael Petrella") on the history of exercise machines. I just discovered this interview this week. Both men are well spoken, and Randy Roach comes across as very contemplative and credible (to me anyway - for what that might be worth) in his answers to Michael's questions. The interview covers the basic history of the development of machines for use in developing human musculature (taking place over the last fifty years). The topic of how to train muscles is also addressed, giving both schools of thought on the topic. An excellent interview (again, in my opinion).


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    CROSS AXES TECH machines in Europe

    Sportwerkstatt in Meschede Germany has just picked up five more CROSS AXES TECH machines. Stephan Entian now has the largest collection of CROSS AXES TECH machines in all of Europe.
    Here are two videos one of the Cross Axes Chest Press and one of the Squat machine in use. I might add that this young woman is using exemplary form on these two machines (a full range of motion, steady relatively slow movements, and quite an impressive amount of weight on the squat machine).


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    Need help deciding on chest machine

    Hello, first time posting here. Absolutely LOVE this thread. Currently building out a garage gym and have several Hammer Strength machines incoming to compliment my Prime Fitness HLP power rack and free weights. The only chest piece I have coming is the HS incline press and I cannot decide on a flat/overall chest piece to go with it. I remember really liking the HS decline press but I see the wide chest looks similar and converges more. I also hear the contraction on the HS horizontal bench press is second to none. Any opinions on the above HS chest pieces to choose from!!!???
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    you cant go wrong with HS incline, decline or either the upright or horizontal press...the wide chest is not a good choice for people w long arms and bad shoulders...i had one for several years and will never get another one. They are readily available but much more costly than in the past. There are many better but harder to find options and at the end of the day it really comes down to personal preference and a willingness to consistently use it.
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    Does anyone know of a machine similar to the David Rowing Torso? I have a shoulder injury from many years ago and that kind of reverse peck fly motion is something I have been looking for as a great rehab and scapula strengthening movement.
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    Originally Posted by HiTMe View Post
    Does anyone know of a machine similar to the David Rowing Torso? I have a shoulder injury from many years ago and that kind of reverse peck fly motion is something I have been looking for as a great rehab and scapula strengthening movement.
    Cable cross face pull can be performed in a way similar to or better than the path of motion of the David Rowing Torso, since you can adjust your arm angles accordingly.

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    Originally Posted by Camarija View Post
    Cable cross face pull can be performed in a way similar to or better than the path of motion of the David Rowing Torso, since you can adjust your arm angles accordingly.

    Appreciate the tip but the ability to adjust my arm and angles is precisely what I am trying to avoid. My shoulder injury (badly dislocated shoulder) has left with me hyper mobility with a bit of a winged scapula so I have issues fully controlling my shoulder muscles thats why I really like the locked in and secured motion path of that machine.

    The only other machine I seen that does what the David Rowing Torso does is the RenEx Simple Row which is also very old school - https://www.ren-ex.com/scapular-solu...e-row-machine/ (really great article that explains how effective these reverse pec deck presses can be at strengthening and rehabilitating the shoulder).

    Too bad no modern equipment manufacturer makes something like these or at least I'm having trouble finding one.
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    David Health makes Shoulder Abduction. It could be close to Rowing Torso.


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    Too bad no modern equipment manufacturer makes something like these or at least I'm having trouble finding one.
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    Does anyone own or has tried the latest Panatta Special Incline Chest Press?.

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