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Hammer Strength GHR


#1

I started going to a new gym today and they had a hammer strength GHR. My old gym never had one. I decided to try the machine out and expected to be humbled. However, i easily cranked out 6 reps. So my question is, is the machine supposed to be that easy? I have heard that the hammer strength model is inferior to the elitefts model, so maybe thats why it was easy


#2

the machine is supposed to be easier than natural ones. not sure how much easier, though.


#3

Good for you, you have decent hamstring strength. Now do 10 reps, then add band tension or hold a plate while you do them.

The machine is easier than a natural GHR. I've never tried a Hammer Strength machine, so I can't vouch for it being easier.


#4

My gym has a similar rolling pad model as well. I've experimented with every length and height and haven't managed to find one that lets me get less than 12 reps.


#5

It is a lot easier than the Elite FTS model.


#6

I tried natural ghr today and I suck ass at them, I wasnt able to get one decent rep, it was something
beetwen a push up and falling on my face LOL, wish my gym had a ghr machine of some sort.


#7

what is a GHR "machine"???


#8

Know that feeling. Didn't help the padding was completely shot on the stand either.


#9

For the natural ghr, i like to use a stick and hold on to that and do my reps. Helps keep tension on the target muscles.


#10

I guess its get better with practice, hm maybe I should try to practice them every time I am in the gym untill I get the hang of them.


#11

I've done it 4x's in the last 6 days and I can do two good reps at this point. So it does go up.

It's just a very alien stress to the body and neurologically we have to learn the movement first. Then deal with the weak muscle group. It does suck.


#12

x2 with the stick. without the stick for assistance my hammies feel a bit like they are going to tear on a controlled descent so they switch off to protect themselves. i'm also experimenting with band assistance. i look like a bit of a doofus but some combo of stick and band assistance seems to be working best for me with respect to activation. i got a lot of cramping to start with - but no cramping anymore. getting there...


#13

If its 2 good reps from zero, thats fast progress. that sounds promising.


#14

I felt also a scary stretch in my hams in the eccentric portion of the lift.


#15

yeah. i have this crazy habit of slowing down when things get hard, too. i think it is good for activation - but it does mean that i need to be careful about not overloading or things are gonna tear. i figure it should work to get you stronger though, hey. like doing slow negative chins to get better at chins.