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GHR Review?

Anyone have an opinion about this GHR?
I am thinking of buying it…

http://backtrainer.com/Roman-Chair-Hyperextension-Yukon.html

I have it and it works great. I often use a barbell put behind my head for added resistance and this unit accomodates this (I’m 6’). This is a quality product and for $200 you can’t go wrong.

I have used that machine for 2 years at a gym I used to go to. It’s an awesome GHR bench and at that price I would recommend that to many people here…actually everyone.

I’ll be purchasing that unless I find the same thing cheaper.


I have one identical. If you want to do real glute hams, you will need to weld a new toe plate on it. The tiny little ones they have do not let you dig your toes in to begin the movement, hence the name glute ham calf machine.

The pad also sucks. It might work ok if you weigh 100lbs, but if you are bigger guy you will press into it and your knees will hit the board in the bottom. Ouch. I got an extra pad and duct taped it onto mine.

Mine was cheap, so adding the mods to make it work were worth it to me to save the extra 500 bucks. If you have the cash get the one from Elite, if not this is better than nothing.

Also make sure you save your warranty information. We broke a piece on mine and had to have them send a new one.

It looks pretty nice for the price. I was actually thinking about this one:

http://www.midwestbarbell.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_26&products_id=42

I’ve heard some really good feedback and some so-so feedback on TDS equipment. Anyone have any experience with it?

[quote]fat wilhelm wrote:
It looks pretty nice for the price. I was actually thinking about this one:

http://www.midwestbarbell.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_26&products_id=42

I’ve heard some really good feedback and some so-so feedback on TDS equipment. Anyone have any experience with it?[/quote]

I like the ball-saver padding on this one. I’ve got one similar to the one above, 50 bucks on Craigs’, but this looks much better. I’d pay the extra 150 for this model.

I was looking to kill two birds with one stone and get this one:

http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/82651.html

I’ve had nothing but good experiences with New York’s stuff but haven’t got to try one of these yet. Stupid fucking gyms without reverse hypers or GHR’s…

My friend has that one from new york barbells. I like the GHR part, but I don’t like the reverse hyper part at all. I have a homemade one inside my powerrack and I like it better. They don’t leave you any room for swinging the weight so when I used it the weights were banging into it at the bottom on every rep. I liked my setup a lot better. But their GHR part is great.

[quote]Donut62 wrote:
I was looking to kill two birds with one stone and get this one:

http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/82651.html

I’ve had nothing but good experiences with New York’s stuff but haven’t got to try one of these yet. Stupid fucking gyms without reverse hypers or GHR’s…[/quote]

[quote]Donut62 wrote:
I was looking to kill two birds with one stone and get this one:

http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/82651.html

I’ve had nothing but good experiences with New York’s stuff but haven’t got to try one of these yet. Stupid fucking gyms without reverse hypers or GHR’s…[/quote]

I’ve used that for reverse hypers before and it sucks ass. Either try to rig the power rack version or just get the real thing.

I’ve heard bad stuff about the nybarbells glute ham falling apart if larger people try to use if for any length of time.

[quote]Julius_Caesar wrote:
Anyone have an opinion about this GHR?
I am thinking of buying it…

http://backtrainer.com/Roman-Chair-Hyperextension-Yukon.html[/quote]

There’s one similar to this at my gym, works great. I hook up bands to the bottom as well for added resistance. But from an economical stand point it may not be the best.

What’s the rigging the power rack reverse hyper about? Can you explain it or point me to somewhere that explains it?

Hmm, thanks guys. The Midwest Barbell one that Fat Wilhelm points looks exactly the same as the New York one but it’s cheaper. Since the New York’s reverse hyper sucks ass, I’ll look towards that one. I can probably build a reverse hyper without too much work.

[quote]Donut62 wrote:
Hmm, thanks guys. The Midwest Barbell one that Fat Wilhelm points looks exactly the same as the New York one but it’s cheaper.[/quote]

It is. NYBB and Midwest both sell TDS equipment, but Midwest can get you anything NYBB sells for cheaper.

[quote]smallnomore wrote:
What’s the rigging the power rack reverse hyper about? Can you explain it or point me to somewhere that explains it?[/quote]

Not sure of any explanations, but I can give you a picture and I think you’ll get the idea.


and another one

I’ve got the Yukon fitness one. In order for it to be used as a GHR you will have to make the following modifications to it.

  1. Build a new pad
    you do this by going to home depot or lowes and they sell wooden discs that are approximately 12" in diameter. These (get two circles) will be cut in half (you will have ‘4’ 1/2 circles.). You can reuse the plywood that came with the machine but you won’t reuse the padding or the cover.

Attach the 1/2 discs to the pad using metal L brackets so they are perpendicular to the bottom pad. Then you will need several slats to go across the discs. You can attach them with screws. It will look like a half barrel when you are done. You then need to get foam padding and vinyl cover to complete it.

You can glue the pad to the slats and then stretch the vinyl over the padding and fasten it to the bottom of the board with staples. Just look at the bottom of any bench and you will see what I mean. You can get padding and vinyl at a fabric store.

  1. You will have to make the foot plate longer. Have it reinforced as well.

  2. Have the vertical post (part that holds the foot plate) reinforced where it meets the horizontal post (part where the adjustment holes are). I also drilled more holes in each post so I had more adjustment.

  3. During a set a while back, I “pushed” the pad forward. The metal on the post that holds the pad bent as I pushed on the toe plate. A quick trip a local welder fixed that though.

I got these instructions several years ago from a guy who did the same things to his. He said he has trained at Westside and his yukon felt the same after these mods. I do have to agree that after doing these mods, you will feel it in the hammies, gastrocs and glutes.

Hope this all made sense. Here’s a thread that has pics of my equipment. In one of them, you can see the pad on the Yukon so it might help with a visualization.

http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=709335

I purchased the Midwest Barbell Glute-ham Raise myself. It’s made by TDS, same as New York Barbell.
I’d certainly get it from Midwest Barbell. I believe it’s cheaper than New York Barbell and I don’t think Midwest charges for shipping. The lady that runs Midwest Barbell is very nice and helpful also.
Such great customer service is important when you neglect to send in your warrenty card and then later proceed to break your GHR within the first month of use.
While using it, I was pushing my toes very hard into the toe plate and it ripped off right at the welding. They sent me a toe plate that was a bit different from the one that came with the GHR and it seems to have stronger welding.