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No machine comes close to the strength-training variety, and exercise and machine quality.
The original idea of a home gym was to combine a number of functions from commercial gym units on a single system. It's often resulted in a mess of single-muscle exercises driven by a cable mechanism, because this is the cheapest way designers can get ticks-in-boxes for as many (but mainly low-value) exercises as possible. Most of what's offered today remains this way.
Real gains come with big pushing and pulling movements: presses, dead lifts, squats, rows, pull downs - compound exercises, they're called, most of which are best done with solid bits of iron rigidly connected to weight, whatever your goals or gender - leanness, strength or even cardio. Cable is good for add-on variety, warm-ups, rehab, and finishing exercises like biceps (concentration) curls and shoulder raises.
The Multi System does things properly.
Its original designer was part of the team that developed early leverage machines in commercial gyms. He combined the major strength-training elements into single machines, using clever leverage design. He made them fit a wide range of body types and sizes, with grip variations and variety that often eclipses what you get in a commercial gym. It's been achieved at a fraction of the cost and space, with superb feel and strength in materials, which makes it fun to use.
Compound exercises are best in building and maintaining both strength and mass. A problem with doing compound exercises in the past was that you couldn't go to complete failure using free weights when training alone. To get the most from your weight training you need to increase your intensity - through more weight, more sets/reps, less rest etc - and there was always an element of risk when working at your limits without safety mechanisms. A big advantage of the Multi System is its big, steel-pin, movable safety mechanisms that prevent you from being trapped under the lifting arms.
This safety is married to the leverage movement, and yet feels like a free weight exercise, in that you're performing the exercise in a similar motion. You also have more control over the weight (than in a free-weight environment) which allows you to better isolate the target muscle group. The Multi System guides your movement for better results. And not only can you work to complete failure with confidence that you won't drop your load where it hurts, it's suitable for users of all training levels. Some people might think it's just for hardcore trainers, but this isn't true. The safety and physical guidance that's built in makes it great for beginners as well. The Multi System lets you perform subtle variations on your compound exercises that will continue to stimulate strength and muscle gains in advanced trainers. For example, on the chest press you can do many grip and angle variations of flat bench, decline bench and incline bench press movements...you can target the inner or outer chest or use a narrow grip to push your triceps harder. Go more to palms-facing to open up the rotator cuff. There's a ton of variability in body and grip position - the one-size-fits-all idea doesn't apply here. And there are particular benefits afforded by lever-driven design compared with free-weight training...for instance, like other Powertec leg units, the squat design perfectly isolates the quads, and delivers excellent split squats or backward lunges, with the lever arm offering more stability over the dumbbell or barbell form of the exercises. And with the pads and angles, you can squat in comfort! And enjoy great calf raises. And one-leg lunges.
Note about the videos below: they show Multi Systems with fixed press-arms - the ones we offer now have isolateral capability - independent operation - as well as fixed style. This is better...using it as a barbell, a stronger arm takes more load; the lesser one doesn't get developed. With independent use you can help one catch up to the other. And independent use includes and exploits more muscle fibres.
Having three stations means more than one person can use it at a time. You avoid all the fuss of a commercial gym - and the travel - and you have the extra productivity for two or more users.
Here's Powertec's own video of the Multi System.
Check the tab above right to see the huge range of Multi System exercises.
There's big capacity. It's frustrating to build strength and have to throw the device out when you've taken it to the limit. This'll last: Press Station 500 lbs (225 kg), Squat Station 500 lbs (225 kg), Lat Station 400 lbs (180 kg)
Available with black bench and yellow main frame. Like the first picture. Note...the last two pictures at top show an Arm Curl Attachment, which is an extra-cost option. (There's plenty of biceps action in other exercises, such as drag curls, rows and pull-downs) (Options are bottom of page) Otherwise, what you see is what you get.
This a big device; three big boxes. 200 kg empty. We don't leave it beside the camellia. Someone should be home! Freight to long distance or remote locations can be pricey - but sometimes there are good surprises. Check the freight at top near the price, or using the Contact Page if necessary. Assembly takes about three hours, well instructed. There should be someone else around to help hold things. In Auckland we offer a professional service to do it if necessary. Offer doesn't include plates.
Other questions?...ask using the Contact Form
Dimensions, Inclusions, Construction and Warranty are on the tabs above the first video.
Last word: Powertec and Ironmaster stuff doesn't break.
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.
This Powertec product has obtained the European Commission's EN-957 certificate for both commercial and home use.
Biceps training on a Multi System with Iain Lauer
L=306 cm W=185 cm H=200 cm. Empty weight: 200 kg
Capacity: Press Station 500 lbs or 225 kg Squat Station 500 lbs or 225 kg Lat Station 400 lbs or 180 kg Ab Crunch 100 lbs or 45 kg
Inclusions: Close Grip Bench Press Bar, Small Flat Bar with Revolving Handles, Close Grip Lat Pulldown Bar, Ab Crunch Attachment
Powertec Multi System
- Product Code: Powertec Multi System
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