Exercises

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Lower Body Exercises

Calf Raise

Primary Muscle Group - Calves calfraise-imagePlace bench on floor across the mainframe. Squat under the barbell arm. Adjust your feet so the balls of your feet are on the bench and your heels hang off. Start each repetition with your calves fully stretched, extend up onto your toes for a two-second peak contraction. Slowly return to a calves-fully-stretched position for an additional count of two. Also attempt to keep a firm lower back in order to avoid any stress on the spinal column.

Dead Lift

Primary Muscle Group - Erectors (Lower Back), Quadriceps Secondary Muscle Group - Gluteals, Hamstrings deadlift-imagePlace the bench on the floor across the mainframe. Attach the barbell arm to hole #24. Stand on the bench, straddling the barbell arm facing away from the mainframe. Take an overhand shoulder width grip. Bend your knees. Keep your head up and arch your lower back. Lift to the upright position using your legs as much as possible. Stop just short of locking your knee joints and slowly descend, dropping your hips back and using the legs.

Donkey Press

Primary Muscle Group - Calves donkeypress-imageLie on bench as pictured. Place your feet shoulder width apart. Press to starting position. Position barbell arm on balls of feet. Start exercise by letting the resistance stretch your muscles for two seconds. Begin the repetitions by pointing toes toward ceiling. Squeeze the calf muscles for two seconds. Lock your knees to focus on the upper part of the calves, flex your knees to stress the other calf muscles. NOTE: always wear non-skid shoes.

Frontal Squat

Primary Muscle Group - Quadriceps, Gluteals Secondary Muscle Group - Hamstrings, Erectors (Lower Back) frontalsquat-imageRemove the bench and set it aside. Slide foam pads onto the barbell arm. Face the mainframe, stand with heels securely on stabilizer. Rest the barbell arm on your shoulders, not the biceps. Place your hands on the bend of the barbell arm. Keep your back slightly arched and press to a standing position, just shy of locking your knee joints. Slowly lower to the starting position by dropping your hips backward

Leg Extension

Primary Muscle Group - Quadriceps legextenstion-imageSit facing away from the mainframe with the foam pads under your knees. Hook your feet under the foam pads as shown. Slowly extend your legs to a point just short of locking the knee joint and slowly return to the starting position. By angling your torso back 20 to 30 degrees, you will activate all four segments of the quadriceps. An upright position only uses three parts of the quads.

Leg Curl with Leg Extension

Primary Muscle Group - Hamstrings legcurlextenstion-imageLie face down on the bench. Rest the foam pads on the leg extension just above your knees. Position your head on either side of the mainframe. Hook your legs under the foam pads and point your toes away from your shins and slowly curl your legs toward your buttocks. At the top of the range, flex your hamstring muscles forcefully for a count of two. Slowly lower to the starting position.

Leg Press

Primary Muscle Group - Quadriceps, Gluteals Secondary Muscle Group - Hamstrings legpress-imageLie on bench as pictured. Place your feet shoulder width apart. Slowly press your legs up avoiding a locked knee position at the top. If you have a lower back problem, be cautious about bringing your knees so far down as to cause your hips and lower back to lift off the bench. NOTE: always wear non-skid shoes.

Squat

Primary Muscle Group - Quadriceps, Gluteals Secondary Muscle Group - Hamstrings, Erectors (Lower Back) squat-imagePlace bench on floor across the mainframe. Adjust the barbell arm slightly higher than your waist. Slide the foam pads on the barbell arm. Stand flat on the bench facing away from the mainframe with your weight toward your heels and hips dropped back. Slowly press to standing, keeping your head up and back slightly arched. Lift with your legs and gluteals. Use a comfortable resistance and do the exercise slowly. This is the most important exercise you can do. NOTE: We recommend lighter weights and longer sets (15-25 reps). Build up gradually to heavier weights.

Stiff-Leg Dead Lift

Primary Muscle Group - Lower Back (Erectors) Secondary Muscle Group - Gluteals, Hamstrings stiffleglift-imagePlace the bench on the floor across the mainframe. Attach the barbell arm to hole #24. Stand on the bench, straddling the barbell arm facing away from the mainframe. Bend over at the waist moving your hips back and grasp the bar with an overhand, shoulder width grip. Arch your lower back and bend your knees slightly. With your head up, slowly raise to an almost erect position. Drop your hips back as you slowly lower the bar to the starting position. Keep your head up and your lower back tight throughout the set.

Upper Body Exercises

Back of Neck Press

Primary Muscle Group - Rear Deltoids Secondary Muscle Group - Triceps, other Deltoids, Trapezius backneckpress-imagePosition the barbell arm at shoulder height. With a grip just outside shoulder width, elbows out and your back straight, press the arm upward, just short of locking the elbow joint. Slowly lower the bar and just prior to touching your upper back, squeeze your shoulder blades together for a count of two. Then press overhead again.

Bench Press

Primary Muscle Group - Pectorals Secondary Muscle Group - Triceps, Deltoids benchpress-imagePin the barbell arm at about hole #17. Get into position by sitting sideways on the bench. Lie back and swivel your neck under the barbell arm. Then scoot into position. To exit, do the reverse. Grasp the bar just outside shoulder width, keeping your elbows out. Press to an almost locked elbow position and then slowly lower the bar with your elbows out. Make your chest do the work. Vary your hand spacing from set to set.

Bench Row

Primary Muscle Group - Biceps, Latissimus Dorsi Secondary Muscle Group - Rear Deltoids, Trapezius, Forearms benchrow-imagePosition the barbell arm for a pulldown. Pull toward your chest. As the bar approaches your chest, arch your back and pull your elbows down as far as possible and then squeeze them in toward your spine. Hold this contraction for a count of two. Alternate between underhand and overhand grips and vary your grip spacing between sets. Relax your grip and arms to avoid too much involvement of the biceps and forearms. NOTE: Support the barbell arm when removing weightstraps.

Bent Over Row

Primary Muscle Group - Latissimus Dorsi Secondary Muscle Group - Rear Deltoid, Trapezius bentoverrow-imagePlace bench on floor across the mainframe. Position the barbell arm to hole #24 (approximate). Stand over the barbell arm facing away from the mainframe. Bend and take a wide grip. Keep your knees slightly bent, head up, and buttocks against the mainframe. Slowly pull the barbell arm to your lower ribs or upper abdomen. Hold this contraction for two seconds and slowly return to the starting position. Maintain an arched lower back throughout the movement and squeeze your elbows toward your spine at the top contraction.

Bicep Curl/Lat Pulldown

Primary Muscle Group - Latissimus Dorsi Secondary Muscle Group - Biceps bicepcurl-imageIn the down position set the barbell arm at mid shoulder height. Pull the bar downward. As the bar approaches the upper chest, draw the elbows backward and squeeze the shoulder blades forcefully together for two seconds. Slowly return to the starting position. Vary your grip spacing and alternate between underhand and overhand grips from set to set. NOTE: Support the barbell arm when removing the weightstraps.

Butterfly

Primary Muscle Group - Pectorals butterfly-imageAttach the load pin so the butterfly attachment will rest one inch above your head. Slide the butterfly attachment down over the top of the mainframe to rest on the load pin. Load the weightstraps and retainer clips. Sit on the bench with your back against the mainframe. Grip the attachment as pictured. Push with your forearms not your hands. Bring the butterfly arms together slowly, squeezing your chest muscles for a count of two. Slowly return to a stretched position. (Alternating one arm repetitions can also be performed).

Dip

Primary Muscle Group - Pectorals, Triceps, Front Deltoids dip-imagePosition barbell arm at approximately hole #9. The bench legs should be used for additional support. Grip the dip bar and press to an almost locked elbow position (with knees bent). Slowly bring your chest down to the dip bar, and press up again. Keeping your torso more upright will place additional stress on the triceps. Leaning your torso into the machine will accentuate the involvement of the chest muscles. When dismounting, slowly ease the weight off your chest. NOTE: Do not swing! Use bench legs for extra support.

Dorsi Bar Pulldown

Primary Muscle Group - Latissimus Dorsi dorsibarpulldown-imageIn the down position set the barbell arm slightly higher than shoulder height. Sit on the bench facing away from the mainframe. Grasp the barbell arm overhead. Slowly pull the barbell arm down to the top of your shoulders while tilting your head forward. As the bar approaches the upper back, draw the elbows backward and squeeze the shoulder blades together for two seconds. Slowly return to starting position. NOTE: Support the barbell arm when removing wieghtstraps.

Haney Shrug

Primary Muscle Group - Trapezius Secondary Muscle Group - Biceps, Forearms haneyshrug-imagePlace bench on floor across the mainframe. Position the barbell arm at finger tip level when standing on the bench. Stand facing away from the mainframe, grasp the bar just outside hip width, palms facing behind you, knees slightly flexed. Move your hips slightly forward and draw your elbows as high as possible, pinching them toward each other for two seconds at the top contraction. Slowly lower to starting position. Avoid flexing your wrists too much at the top of the range.

Incline Bench Press

Primary Muscle Group - Upper Pectorals Secondary Muscle Group - Front Deltoids, Triceps inclinebenchpress-imageAdjust bench to approximately a 30-degree incline position. Lie back and swivel your neck under the barbell arm. Then scoot into position. (To exit, do the reverse.) Press just short of full extension and then slowly lower the bar. Make your chest do the work by keeping your elbows out during the set. Vary your hand spacing from set to set. Getting into position is accomplished by sitting sideways on the bench.

Military Press

Primary Muscle Group - Front & Middle Deltoids, Triceps Secondary Muscle Group - Tapezius militarypress-imagePosition barbell arm at collarbone level. Sit facing the mainframe. Grasp the barbell arm just outside shoulder width, keeping your elbows back and in line with your torso. Press overhead just short of locking your elbows. Slowly return to starting position.

Negative Pull Up

Primary Muscle Group - Latissimus Dorsi, Biceps Secondary Muscle Group - Forearms negativepullup-imageInvert the barbell arm. Place the end of the arm into the top of the mainframe and pin at hole #2. Many individuals find it difficult at first to perform several repetitions of the standard pull-up. As an alternative, step up on the bench and grasp the bar for the starting position. Remove your feet from the bench, supporting your weight with your arms only. Do not swing. Hold this position tightening your muscles for a count of 2 and then slowly lower down (5 seconds) straddling the bench with your legs. Hold this stretch for 2 seconds, then repeat exercise. NOTE: do not swing!

Pull Up

Primary Muscle Group - Latissimus Dorsi, Biceps Secondary Muscle Group - Forearms pullup-imageInvert the barbell arm. Place the end of the arm into the top of the mainframe and pin at hole #2. The bench legs must be used for additional support. Alternate sets as follows: face mainframe, using a close underhand grip; face mainframe using a wide overhand grip, or face away from mainframe using a wide overhand grip. Focus on flexing your back muscles at the top of the range of motion. Note: Do not swing! Bench legs must be used for additional support.

Rowing with Leg Extension

Primary Muscle Group - Latissimus Dorsi Secondary Muscle Group - Rear Deltoids rowinglegextension-imageSit on the bench straddling the leg extension attachment. Place your feet firmly on the floor, keep your weight back. Grasp the pivot arm and pull toward you. Arch your back at the top of the repetition and flex your elbows down and in toward your spine for two seconds. Slowly return to a stretched position, rounding your shoulders forward. Be sure to maintain a slight arch in your lower back.

Shoulder Shrug

Primary Muscle Group - Trapezius shouldershrug-imagePlace bench on floor across the mainframe. Position the barbell arm at finger tip level when standing on the bench. Facing the mainframe, grasp the barbell arm with a close overhand grip. Tilt your upper body forward 10 degrees. With your knees slightly flexed and arms straight, elevate your shoulders as high as possible, attempting to touch your “traps” to your ears. Flex for two counts and then, with your shoulders still elevated, roll them backward and flex again for a count of two. Slowly lower your shoulders, allowing them to round forward.

Standing Bicep Curl

Primary Muscle Group - Biceps standingbicepcurl-imagePlace bench on floor across the mainframe. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent. Position the barbell arm just below your fingertips when standing on the bench. Slide the curl tubes onto the barbell arm. To perform the exercise, face the mainframe, take a shoulder width underhand grip on the curl tubes. Curl the barbell arm up, keeping your elbows close to your sides. Lean your body toward the mainframe and squeeze the biceps at the top of each repetition.

Tricep Extension

Primary Muscle Group - Triceps tricepextension-imagePlace bench on floor across the mainframe. Position the barbell arm to hole #14 (approx.) Stand on the bench facing away from the mainframe. Press the barbell arm down. Keep your elbows in and do not cheat by using your body weight. Focus on squeezing your triceps at the bottom of the range of motion. The closer you place your hands on the bar, the more stress you will put on your triceps and the more difficult the exercise becomes. NOTE: Support barbell arm when removing weightstraps.

Tricep Press

Primary Muscle Group - Triceps triceppress-imagePosition the barbell arm at shoulder height. Sit facing away from the mainframe. Grasp the barbell arm palms up. Keep your back straight and elbows in. Press to the top. Flex your triceps for two seconds and slowly return to the starting position.

Tricep Pushdown

Primary Muscle Group - Triceps triceppushdown-imagePlace bench on floor across the mainframe. In the down position set the barbell arm slightly higher than fingertip level. Face the mainframe with your elbows at your sides. Grip the barbell arm and press down. Concentrate on using the triceps by keeping your elbows to your sides. Flex your triceps at the end of the range of motion for two seconds. NOTE: Support barbell arm when removing weightstraps.

Upright Row

Primary Muscle Group - Trapezius Secondary Muscle Group - Deltoids, Biceps, Forearms uprightrow-imagePlace bench on floor across the mainframe. Place barbell arm at fingertip level. Stand on the bench facing the mainframe. With a close overhand grip, pull the barbell arm up toward your chin and flex your traps for two counts at the top. Lean in and tilt your head forward during this motion. Slowly lower the bar. Focus on keeping your elbows higher than the bar.

Mid Body Exercises

Body Curl

Primary Muscle Group - Lower Abdominals bodycurl-imageIncline the bench. Attach the load pin in the third hole above the bench pin. Lie back on the bench with your head close to the mainframe. Grasp the load pin over head, palms down. Keep legs straight and raise them up toward the mainframe. Exhale fully as you approach the top position and forcefully contract your lower abdominals for two seconds. Slowly lower your legs to the starting position but not so far as to put undue strain on the lower back.

Incline Sit Up

Primary Muscle Group - Upper Abdominals inclinesitup-imageStart with the bench at a slight incline, increasing the incline after you’ve built strength. Hook your feet under the load pin and rest your heels on the bench ears. Keep your knees bent. Place your hands on your hips and curl your body 3/4 of the distance to the mainframe. Exhale fully before you reach this top position and forcefully contract your abdominal muscles for two seconds. Then slowly lower your body. Stop just short of a relaxed position at the bottom.

Leg Bend

Primary Muscle Group - Lower Abdominals legbend-imageUse the same bench positioning as the incline sit-up. Lie back on the bench with your head close to the mainframe. Reach over your head and grip the load pin, palms down. Bend your knees and curl them to your chest. Exhale fully prior to contracting the lower abdominal muscles as forcefully as possible for a count of two. Keeping your knees bent, slowly return to the starting position.

Roman Chair Sit Up

Primary Muscle Group - Abdominals romainchair-imageRemove the barbell arm. Insert the roman chair pin into the hole on the stabilizer. Sit sideways on the bench. Hook your toes under the roman chair pin. Place your hands on your hips, round your shoulders and slowly recline. Do not recline further than parallel with the floor. Curl your body up to a 3/4 upright position. Exhale fully before tensing your abdomen for two seconds.