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    High Low Pulley vs Adjusable Pulley

    Hi, I’ve got a dual adjustable pulley (functional trainer) machine for supplemental and rehab work, that I find is not wide enough for me with long arms and a full-sized cable crossover would be too wide. So, I’m buying two single adjustable pulley machines. I was just about to pull the trigger on two of Watson's single adjustable pulleys but then thought; what benefit does having the pulley height adjustable have, if you have and FID bench or can just bend over. I think you can replicate everything you could do on an adjustable one with just a high/ low pulley setup and save £££’s. Or am I not thinking of something?

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    I use my functional trainer for a number of exercises that require the pulley to be somewhere other than the high or low position. These are primarily core exercises and shoulder pre-hab.

    One of the reasons I sold my old rack with hi/low pulley and went to full rack plus FT was I found the hi/low too limiting.

    As always, YMMV. But if you have the budget and space, my recommendation would be adjustable.
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    Originally Posted by 1651Naismith View Post
    I use my functional trainer for a number of exercises that require the pulley to be somewhere other than the high or low position. These are primarily core exercises and shoulder pre-hab.

    One of the reasons I sold my old rack with hi/low pulley and went to full rack plus FT was I found the hi/low too limiting.

    As always, YMMV. But if you have the budget and space, my recommendation would be adjustable.
    Good point on the rotational core exercises ( I assume). What shoulder exercises are you doing that require the adjustability? Thats my main use of it.
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    Originally Posted by W666 View Post
    Hi, I’ve got a dual adjustable pulley (functional trainer) machine for supplemental and rehab work, that I find is not wide enough for me with long arms and a full-sized cable crossover would be too wide. So, I’m buying two single adjustable pulley machines. I was just about to pull the trigger on two of Watson's single adjustable pulleys but then thought; what benefit does having the pulley height adjustable have, if you have and FID bench or can just bend over. I think you can replicate everything you could do on an adjustable one with just a high/ low pulley setup and save £££’s. Or am I not thinking of something?

    Cheers.
    Which functional trainer do you have?, there are usually work arounds, if it's not wide enough for crossover's, try moving away from the pulleys when you set up, you may find you get a better stretch.

    Those Watson single pulley units are pretty compact, but they're not cheap, for the cost of 2 units you could find a really nice used Cybex Bravo, with the adjustable arms set in line with the cable columns it's a very compact unit, with the arms set at their widest position you gain about 12" on most ft's..

    Also the ability to set the pulleys towards the centre of the unit is a very useful feature, in fact I find I use the pulleys in their narrowest position more frequently than the wide position.
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    Originally Posted by W666 View Post
    Good point on the rotational core exercises ( I assume). What shoulder exercises are you doing that require the adjustability? Thats my main use of it.
    Yeah, rotational core, paloff press, etc for core. External rotation and fwd and reverse “L” on the shoulders (not sure what you call them, but it’s common for baseball players to do with bands for warmup). For the shoulder work the pulley is at the midpoint to approx 75% of total height. The shoulder work is pre-has work. For any heavy lifting, it’s barbells or dumbbells.
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