The best way to build a powerful or lean (or both) upper body is do pull ups, chin ups and dips of varying grip varieties. They use every muscle in the middle and upper body. This body weight approach is the style of gymnasts, after all.  But... for most people it's extremely difficult - you have to work up to it by doing lots of negative reps - the tension-lessening ones, while gradually developing power and gradually increasing your ability to do the tough ones - the positive movements.

It takes ages.  No good.

A better way is to do them properly at the start - with plenty of counterbalance assistance provided by  the Powertec Leverage Chin/Dip Assist, and then gradually lessen the counterbalance weight.  Your chances of an Olympian physique take a leap forward.

The Leverage Chin/Dip Assist also lets you use the same principle for leg raises or hanging crunches, the champion exercise choice for massive core power, flat stomach, and the chance of oblique muscles like steel cables, if you're a male, and you like that sort of thing.

The weight you add to the balance pad (the counter-balance) is subtracted from the weight of your own that you have to lift.  (And gently return)    You get a total capacity of 180 kg.  So you can weigh 80 kg and have any practical level of assist, or weigh 120 kg and have 60 kg of assist.  Better still, you work with slow, quality repetitions, and reduce the level assist when you've built up to, say, 6-8 reps of quality.  This is the big thing - quality form is what counts. This lets you do it.  Usually, these are the moves that people do sloppily, or in a cheating fashion, because of the stress of Mr Gravity. (Or desperation)  And slowly-executed quality builds everything well.

This is a superbly designed machine, with plenty of grip variety for better back attack! Grip variety hits muscle thoroughly. The close-grip bar swings out of the way so you can chin up high, with a wide grip.  This is the only one can get outside commercial gym.

You even get a Squat Assist!  (Great for knee rehab) And what about assisted one-legged squats!  They're highly recommended for reduced injury rates (as opposed to two-leg squats)  They work more muscles (things happen that don't occur when you're doing two-legged squats), you reduce risk of hurting your back through compressing your spine, and some coaches say they have better carry-over into various sports capabilities. 

How big can you be?  You can be up to 1.93 metres  (6 feet 4 inches) if you're using the assistance.  Great for bigger guys who typically find it harder to get good at this. 

Of course when mere 6 footers don't need weight assist anymore they can swing that bit out of the way and use it as a regular chin and dip device.


Dimensions and other specs:

Length: 130 cm- Width: 100 cm -Height: 212 cm
Weight without plates:  90 kg

Load Capacity : 100 kg in plates or 180 kg all up.  Takes Olympic plates or standard plates.  Prices don't include plates.

Lifetime warranty on structural frame (excludes paint). Five year warranty on moving frames (press arms and other unspecified moving components). Two year warranty on components (bearings, locking pins, pulleys, cables, slide rods etc). One year warranty on pads, grips and other unspecified parts. The warranty is for the original purchaser and domestic use.  Primarily constructed with 3" & 2" steel tubing with a 12 gauge (2.5 mm) wall thickness. Lever arms are 3 mm thick steel with a pair of heavy duty bearings on each arm. Padding is industrial grade high density foam with double stitched upholstery. A durable baked on powder coat finish is applied to the frame. Bearings and spring pins are industrial grade; nuts and bolts are high tensile strength.

Recent video of current model


Video of an older version of the Leverage Chin/Dip Assist

L = 141cm W = 110cm H = 213cm.  Weight empty: 90 kg.




Construction:  The Assisted Chin and Dip machine is primarily constructed with 3" & 2" steel tubing with a 12 gauge (2.5 mm) wall thickness.  Padding is industrial grade high density foam with double stitched upholstery. A durable baked on powder coat finish is applied to the frame. Bearings and spring pins are industrial grade. Nuts and bolts are high tensile strength.

Lifetime warranty on structural frame (excludes paint). Five year warranty on moving frames (press arms and other unspecified moving components). Two year warranty on components (bearings, locking pins, pulleys, cables, slide rods etc).  One year warranty on pads, grips and other unspecified parts.  The warranty is for the original purchaser and domestic use.

Colour is black.  Load capacity: 180 kg/400 lbs

All Powertec 2015 products have obtained the European Commission's EN-957 certificate for both commercial and home use.

Leveraged Chin/Dip Assist ... does abs as well

  • Product Code: Powertec
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $1,190


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