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    45 degree back hyperextension

    Looking for a 45 degree back hyperextension which will not be wobbly. The more I have worked out at home I want to add more. I know this exercise is not a necessity but it is one I used to enjoy while at gym.

    I do not mind paying a little more for decent quality.
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    I'm liking my Valor Fitness CB-13. Not wobbly. There are more expensive options and less expensive, but it gets the job done.

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    I didn't experience wobble when I had it on carpet, but now that I replaced my flooring with rolled rubber, it's less stable than I thought. No wobble in use, but a little when I stand next to it and push on it. I may just need to tighten a couple bolts a little more, but now I'd hesitate to say there isn't any wobble.
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    Body Solid GHYP345 is great for home use... Look for a used one. Think I paid $75 or maybe 100 bucks...can’t remember, but it’s excellent.

    Body-Solid GHYP345 2"x3" 45 Degree Back Hyper Extension https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0013ZGKYG..._-Ee6EbE6C8M1S
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    If you are only doing bodyweight stuff or lightly weighted I'd say look at something like the Body Solid GHYP345 or similar (I tried the lesser Powerline model and it wobbled with just my bodyweight).
    If you're looking for something that doesn't wobble with a truck parked on it, look look for a used commercial unit or buy a heavy duty one from EliteFTS/Legend/etc..

    I have a used Maxicam 45 and it's rock solid with loaded barbell back extensions.
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    Originally Posted by kram1979 View Post
    Body Solid GHYP345 is great for home use... Look for a used one. Think I paid $75 or maybe 100 bucks...can’t remember, but it’s excellent.

    Body-Solid GHYP345 2"x3" 45 Degree Back Hyper Extension https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0013ZGKYG..._-Ee6EbE6C8M1S
    I agree, I caught a discount on a refurbished one from Fitness Factory's site a few years ago and it is a great home use unit and I believe more than sufficient for a one trick pony type of piece.

    I remember at the time also looking at a few other models including one from Edge Fitness Systems that looked nice, but for the price and the one movement it does (which is typically an accessory movement in most cases) I decided on the Body-Solid version and thought it was a more justifiable purchase.

    The split pads and diagonal foot plate with the lip on the back are built really heavy duty too for a residential piece in its category.
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    On this same topic, has anyone tried the Edge Systems Standing Back Extension (or the Titan clone)? Interested to see impressions and comparisons against the 45.
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    Originally Posted by kram1979 View Post
    Body Solid GHYP345 is great for home use... Look for a used one. Think I paid $75 or maybe 100 bucks...can’t remember, but it’s excellent.

    Body-Solid GHYP345 2"x3" 45 Degree Back Hyper Extension https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0013ZGKYG..._-Ee6EbE6C8M1S
    I used to have this as well and I felt like it was a solid unit. Probably wouldn't want to load a ton of weight up on it but for most needs it is more than adequate.
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    The standing back raise has always intrigued me, seems much more versatile but the cost doesn't make sense (even the Titan). It's a chopped down GHD using less materials and engineering, yet it's almost the same price (WTF)? I'd echo what others have said about the GHYP345, impossible to go wrong with that unit if you can find one used or refurbished. Solid, comfortable padding, and I prefer the lip on the footplate as opposed to rollers. Good friend of mine bought the EliteFTS Professional Hyper and ended up liking it less than the Body-Solid unit. It's massive, didn't work well for shorter lifting partners, and the cost is prohibitive.
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    Originally Posted by urbanlifter View Post
    The standing back raise has always intrigued me, seems much more versatile but the cost doesn't make sense (even the Titan). It's a chopped down GHD using less materials and engineering, yet it's almost the same price (WTF)?
    Same here, but I've seen exactly one person talking it up (the guy Edge worked with to build it), and have no desire to drop money on it without more reviews or being able to try it. Still can't believe that of all the things they could have copied, Titan went for that one. I wonder if they've sold any. It's one of the few products they have that didn't sell out during the pandemic. Their current "clearance" price on it still seems really high.
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    I've had what elitefts now calls the "Scholastic 45 degree back raise" for 15 years now. It's been extremely solid for the abuse I put it thought. I usually use it for heavy oblique raises, beyond holding a 100 lb dumbbell at my chest. What has tested the integrity of the unit is to do back raises like pete rubish does them, IE doing a back raise while pulling a bar from the floor. It's held my body weight (240) plus 320 bar weight.

    Storage-wise, I can store my back raise vertically to take up have the floor space when I'm not using it. And to answer the question, once I tighten the extension arm down on unit, it doesn't wiggle.

    If I wasn't pulling heavy on it, with a money-no-object mindset, I'd consider Powerlifts "Backstrong Variable Angle Roman Chair." It's highly adjustable compared to anything else I've seen on the market.
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    I think elitefts has the best ones


    I have a stray dog but modified it some to fix the design then added a weight stack to it
    It's now my favorite back machine.
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    Originally Posted by smokinHawk View Post
    I think elitefts has the best ones


    I have a stray dog but modified it some to fix the design then added a weight stack to it
    It's now my favorite back machine.
    What’s a stray dog?

    Many have complained about the extended overhand of the pad on the eliteFTS models impeding range of motion. Bret Contreras sold his because of that exact reason. Got to admit it’s one of the best looking ones for sure.

    Reflex has one on Rogues site as well.
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    Hoist makes or used to make an angle adjustable Hyperextension bench that i greatly enjoyed. It was the best one i ever used but mostly because i found the adjustable angle to be wonderful for my own issues.
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    The EliteFTS one seems to be too low which would cut off your ROM if you plan on loading it up with a barbell.

    I have owned Titan's V2 and it's a very sturdy piece, weight limit is rated at 650 lbs, the padding is pretty cheap but for home gym use it should last. It's not bad for the price.

    I have the Hammer Strength back extension now and it's about as solid as one would expect. If you're patient, I'd look for used commercial. Older Cybex ones are pretty nice as well.
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