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    Belt squat platform

    Not mine, but I like the ideal. Gonna make a copy to hook up to the low row on my lat tower.

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    It's similar to Rep's version
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    Originally Posted by BiGx5MurF View Post
    It's similar to Rep's version
    It's pretty much the same thing I made a few years ago for my Powertec, only not as good looking

    Murser, using it with a pulldown machine will be tricky. Couple 45lb plates on each side isn't going to hold it down well enough, it will move around under heavy load if you shift your feet on the platform. Attaching to a rack would be better, but I'm guessing most people will give up on the idea because of the time it takes to setup. Just buy the Titan machine and be done with it....
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    Originally Posted by urbanlifter View Post
    It's pretty much the same thing I made a few years ago for my Powertec, only not as good looking

    Murser, using it with a pulldown machine will be tricky. Couple 45lb plates on each side isn't going to hold it down well enough, it will move around under heavy load if you shift your feet on the platform. Attaching to a rack would be better, but I'm guessing most people will give up on the idea because of the time it takes to setup. Just buy the Titan machine and be done with it....
    Thanks for the suggestion. Only bought the pulley thus far. Getting the cable length right seems like the biggest hassle. I’ve tried different hacked versions of belt squats over the years, and haven’t cared for any of them. They all seem to irritate my anterior hips. I’m very hesitant to buy a machine based upon that. My next big purchase down the line is probably going to be a functional trainer.
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    Originally Posted by Murser View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion. Only bought the pulley thus far. Getting the cable length right seems like the biggest hassle. I’ve tried different hacked versions of belt squats over the years, and haven’t cared for any of them. They all seem to irritate my anterior hips. I’m very hesitant to buy a machine based upon that. My next big purchase down the line is probably going to be a functional trainer.
    What I find with belt squats is that it takes a few sessions to get the body adjusted to them on any variant or machine. It is similar and has a lot of carry over to regular squatting so I think what happens is that people try them and are "strong" but feel some irritation in the weaker links. Give it 3-4 sessions and this goes away and the body strengthens and accommodates into the movement. At that point, you can push without much fear or irritation.

    If you've only tried/sampled some, this may be what you are feeling. If you've worked consistently with a unit over a period of time and allowed for adjustment to it...different issue and may not be suited to that particular machine, setup or technique. On the technique side, I notice a lot of people (maybe even most) post videos online where the chain/cable is angled forward to a large degree. It should ideally be straight up/down or as close as possible.

    I belt squatted for the first time in a while a week ago. Felt it on my knees and lower quads much more than normal. In another week or so that won't be the case and I've owned this unit for a while just wasn't doing them recently.
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    C123C thanks for an excellent explanation. I ran a bastardized loading pin setups for maybe two weeks. It sounds like I need to give it a a couple of months.
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    The setup looks neat and interesting but I just can't see myself finding the time or space to try to set this up. I'll stick with banded squats, goblet squats, or leg press. If I every see this at the gym, I'll use it though.
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    Originally Posted by Murser View Post
    Not mine, but I like the ideal. Gonna make a copy to hook up to the low row on my lat tower.

    http://kaizendiygym.com/diy/beltsquat
    Originally Posted by BiGx5MurF View Post
    It's similar to Rep's version
    I'm going to keep saying this but if the movement can't be started near the top, then it's not really a belt squat. Closer to the hip belt ironmind came out with 20+ years ago. Not the same.
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    Originally Posted by urbanlifter View Post
    It's pretty much the same thing I made a few years ago for my Powertec, only not as good looking

    Murser, using it with a pulldown machine will be tricky. Couple 45lb plates on each side isn't going to hold it down well enough, it will move around under heavy load if you shift your feet on the platform. Attaching to a rack would be better, but I'm guessing most people will give up on the idea because of the time it takes to setup. Just buy the Titan machine and be done with it....
    The one you made was pretty nice.
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    Originally Posted by Murser View Post
    C123C thanks for an excellent explanation. I ran a bastardized loading pin setups for maybe two weeks. It sounds like I need to give it a a couple of months.
    Well...it's a maybe. If you do a single session a week 4-6 weeks will tell. If 2x a week probably 3-4 weeks. Could be 1) accommodation/adaptation I mentioned BUT as you experienced could be 2) a specific machine or your technique on it 3) #2 combined with your specific build and maybe a legacy injury or wear.

    Only time and experience can answer but maybe helpful to you.
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