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Eurosport Functional Trainer Review

Functional trainers are getting more popular as multi workout gyms for home and gyms alike. This one has adjustable pulleys and comes with 2 stacks of 200 lbs each. most others in that price range come with stacks of 150 lbs.

The Eurosport IFFT is 83.5″ high, making it fit easy in most houses. Shrouds cover the weight stack for safety purposes. There is a chin up attachment on the front top bar. Attachments like rope and handles come with this gym. You can add a bench to allow more functions and exercises. Pulleys allow more liberal movement as opposed to working out with straight bars. Since they are adjustable, a lot of exercises can be performed when the pulley is at the bottom, like low rows, curls, low pull backs, etc. This is a great exerciser for women and athletes, not wanting to lift a lot, but still get the muscles working. Most commercial gyms have them. Eurosport has a model called IT 9030 for use in commercial gyms.

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Yukon Wolverine Gym Review

Wolverine Multi Station GymThere are not many homes gyms out there with a 200 plus lb stack and the high number of exercises and attachments like the Yukon Wolverine gym priced at under $2000.00.

Most gyms require additional benches to accommodate extra exercises needed to fulfill a proper workout program.

The Yukon Wolverine Gym is not one of those. It also comes with a leg press that is different than most others. The seat moves back and forth as opposed to a metal pad that moves when the legs press the metal pad.

Lets start with chest. It comes with a chest press that has handles that accommodate a wide or narrow grip for outer pecs as well as lower pec muscles. It comes with an adjustable seat to accommodate a person tall or short. A knob atop the press tightens the press so that you can use the pec deck to work the inner pecs. With the handles wide, you can perform a wide grip flye that work both the outer and inner pecs. From a seated position, grab the above lat bar and with arms straight, and about 10″ apart, pull the bar down to the ab level to work the middle pecs that run vertically under the regular pec muscles. This will add thickness to your chest. Finish off with wide grip dips at the leg raise part of the gym. This will work the lower pecs and frame up the chest by making a line in the lower pec area. This helps to show separation between the chest and abs. Make sure you hunch over the chest and bend your head forward as this will isolate the lower pec muscles. Do not squeeze the handles.

For back, work with the lat bar. Lats pulldowns to the back of the neck for the lats, (don’t hit the neck) and lat pulldowns to the chest for lower lat and lower trap muscles. For regular rowing, go to the low pulley row and grab a triangle bar. I prefer it to a straight bar as the hands face each other in a normal position, not hard on the elbow joint. Use a thumbless grip, thumbs on the same side with the other
fingers, letting your elbows lead the movement. For shoulders, there is a shoulder press with back support and 2 sets of handles. One set works the middle and front delts. The other helps to concentrate on the two, but with the help of the upper trap muscles.

To work the three heads of the shoulder girth, use the low pulley. Working with this pulley will help to isolate the muscles better that working with dumbbells. You can to side laterals for the middle head, bent over laterals for the rear delt, and front raises for the front delts as well as the upper traps, using a single handle. Finish off with low pulley upright rows with a straight bar. This helps to work
thickness to the shoulder area, combining front delt, upper trap and middle head muscles.

For legs, the first exercise I recommend is the leg curl. This will work the hamstrings and warm them up so they perform without injury when doing leg presses afterwards. In the leg press, keep the knees and toes pointed in the same direction, about 10 to 12 inches apart. To work the hamstrings again, put the heels of your feet on the upper edge of the metal plate and push hard, contracting the hamstrings, You’ll
feel them working. They seem to get injured a lot in many sports, so I would work them out every leg workout. Next, go to the legs extension.

This is a move that should be deliberate and slow. Contract at the top and lower slowly. It’s very easy to get injured if done too fast. This help produce separation in the quad muscles. Next, go to the Shoulder press, adjust the bar to perform hack squats. Finally, on the same shoulder bar, do some standing calf raises to work your calves.

Before I work out, I like to warm up my core muscles, which include the lower and upper abs. Go to the seated press, grab the handles that come with the gym, attach it to the middle pulley behind your head and do your crunches, tightening the upper abs, the so called 6 pack. Do as many reps as you can with just a little resistance. Next, go to the leg raise part of the gym and and do leg raises with your back against the
pad and make sure to bend the knees to take the stress off the lower back. Again go to failure, one set.

To work biceps, use the low pulley, Attach the straight bar and do curls, making sure you keep your elbows to your side and slightly in front of your waist. Do not squeeze the bar. Feel the biceps working. Dumbbells can help add different movements to your biceps by adding a variety of curls.

For triceps, you can use dumbbells for extensions behind the head. Also, use the lat bar to perform a tricep pressdown. This is one of my favorites. I’d do as many as I could, then lower the weight by one plate and continue doing as many as I could again, and continue lowering the plates till I could not do any more, even with one plate
remaining. My triceps grew very well. You can also do narrow grip dips on the leg raise machine, making sure your torso is vertical. There are still a variety of exercises you can do with the addition of dumbbells, but this gym certainly handles most exercises, like inner and outer thigh kicks with the ankle strap.

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For the more serious body builder, I recommend the Yukon Caribou III Gym. But as a gym that can work all body parts and accommodate any person willing to put in a serious workout to stay in shape and put a few lbs of muscle on, this gym will do the job very well. I recommend a space of about 12 x 13 feet. Total weight is over 600 lbs. Strong and durable with life warranties on all parts. This gym will last a lifetime.

Yukon Hyper Extension Machine Review

One of my best selling workout machines, and with good reason, is the Yukon Hyper Extension Machine. It doesn’t do many exercises, and it’s not very expensive… under $300.00.

What it does do, however, is extremely important because it has to do with 3 body parts that are important in their own right. The hamstrings (back of the leg), the lower back and the glutes (your posterior!). By strengthening all three muscle groups, you add to the overall conditioning of the whole body. It’s difficult to leg press or squat if your hamstrings are weak. They can pull in the middle of a squat, then you go down. The lower back is… well, we all know what a strong lower back means in almost all exercises. And what about the glutes. I’d rather a shapely rear end than one that droops and sags, which helps contribute to the saddlebag
effects, especially on women.
You perform these exercises by lying face down, balancing on a pad in the hip area for lower back, or upper thigh area for hamstrings and glutes. The back of the feet are held in place by a pad behind the heels. The front of the body is in mid air. Fold your arms across your chest and bend at the waist till your upper body is perpendicular to the floor. Then, you raise slowly till parallel to the floor, letting your back do the work, if the pad is on your hips, or your hamstrings and glutes do the work, if the pad is on your upper thigh. Hold that position for a couple of seconds, then lower yourself to the starting position. When doing the lower back, you’ll feel a stretch in the lumbar area. Make sure the movements are slow and deliberate as you can get injured if you jerk upward. Never cross your hands at the back of your head as this puts pressure on your cervical spine and can overextend the lower back. To add a little resistance, hold a weight plate in your arms.
When doing hamstrings and glutes, the pad is on the upper thigh. When you lower yourself, you’ll feel a stretch on the hamstrings. As you tighten them, you’ll also feel a contraction of the glute muscles. Go up to parallel and squeeze the hams and glutes for a couple of seconds. The glutes will start to shape themselves and perk up tighter. This will help to re shape the saddlebags that many women get after giving
birth. With tightening of the glutes, the hips become slimmer and you’ll be able to fit into clothes you haven’t gotten into in years. Strong hamstrings help in many sports. I see football players walk off the field with pulled hamstrings all the time. It’s very painful, and can be avoided with exercises done on the Hyperextension machine. The lower back exercise can be done on back day. It’s the exercise I
recommend doing first before all other back exercises. The glute and ham exercises can be done on leg day. Again, you should do them first before anything else.
This bench should be part of anyone’s home gym system. It doesn’t take much space and is easy to move around. I strongly suggest you Yukon Hyper Extension Machine to your gym.

Yukon Caribou III Gym Review

The Yukon Caribou III Gym is one of the nicest complete gyms I’ve had the pleasure to have sold. When properly equipped with all options, any and almost all exercises can be performed by anyone from a beginner to a hardcore bodybuilder. Most gyms will do a few¬† exercises, especially for beginners. Not the case with this gym. It’s very easy to make any kind of program and add many other exercises to complete anyone’s program.

Let’s start of by describing the Yukon Caribou III Gym. It’s a combination gym, including a Smith machine and a power rack. The lat attachment is an option as well, contributing to at least 12 to 15 exercises on it’s own. It comes with a flat, incline and decline bench that also includes the leg curl, leg extension attachment. A preacher curl attachment can be attached to where the leg attachment is. It saves on buying a preacher curl bench at a higher cost.
A Smith machine is a gym that has the bar attached to 2 vertical bars that guide the horizontal bar on an even plane, up and down the 2 bars.
What makes the Yukon Caribou III Gym a great piece of equipment to work on is that you can isolate any presses with complete control. The horizontal bar will not sway back and forth, or one side will go up higher than the other. It is completely safe and will work out as well as working with a free bar, if used correctly. I’ve used one for years and would never go back to a free bar. There are safety spotters for any angle of bench presses, or shoulder press. You can also squat with confidence as you won’t bend forwards or backwards while squatting. You can do standing calf raises with the smith, as this is almost impossible with a free bar.
The bench is separate from the gym and can accommodate all kinds of dumbbell work. You can also do abs on the bench where the feet are locked under the lower part of the leg attachment and crunches are performed in isolation and control. A pec dec and cable crossovers are optional to add to a chest workout. The gym comes with high and low cable pulleys that vary back exercises as well as triceps. Different attachments will add more to the exercise roster. Attachments like chinning triangle, revolving curl bar, single handles and tricep rope will vary the angles muscles can be worked. You need a room at least 10′ wide to accommodate the width of the Smith horizontal bar, and to have room to add the plates to the bar. A dip station can be purchased to work either the triceps or lower pecs. The Smith bar glides along 2 bars using 2 oilite bushings. I highly recommend getting the linear bearing system that replaces the bushings. They are not inexpensive, but well worth the extra money as the bar will glide freely and perfectly, while being able to lock both sides of the horizontal bar at the same time without the bar swaying.
A selectorized 200 lb weight stack can be added for those that prefer to move a pin up and down as opposed to adding plates to the lat attachment. This will affect all exercises from the lat attachment, cable crossover and pec deck.
A chinning bar is placed between the two front uprights for wide grip chinning. For those that are not up on squatting, you can purchase a leg press attachment that connects to the low pulley row. It has wheels on one end to facilitate moving the press into place or to take it away.
For those who already have plates or are contemplating getting Olympic plates, adapters can be purchased for the lat and leg attachments.

Here are some exercises that can be done with the Caribou III Gym

Chest: Flat bench press
Incline bench press
Flat flyes w/dumbbells
Incline flyes w/dumbbells
Pec deck flyes
Cross bench pullover
Cable crossover
Dips

Back: Lat pulldown to the back
Lat pulldown to the chest
Rows w/low pulley
One arm dumbbell row
Dumbbell rows on incline bench
Bent over rows with Smith bar
Chins
Lat pulldown with chinning triangle

Legs: Squats w/Smith machine
Leg curls with leg attachment
Leg extension w/leg attachment
Leg press with leg press attachment
Calf raises with Smith machine and a block
Hack squat w/Smith machine

Shoulders:
Presses behind the neck with Smith machine
Presses to the front w/Smith machine
Side laterals w/Low pulley row (Can also be done w/dumbbells)
Front laterals w/Low pulley row (Can also be done w/dumbbells)
Rear delt bent over rows W/Low pulley
Pull ups w/low pulley row
Shrugs w/ dumbbells

Biceps:
Curls w/EZ curl bar
Supinated curls w/ dumbbells
Preacher curls w/Preacher attachment on bench
Reverse grip chins with chinning bar (This also works the lats)
Concentration curls while seated on the bench.

Triceps:
Lying tricep extensions w/ EZ curl bar
Dips with plates on your lap. Feet are elevated and hands are on the bench next to you.
Tricep pressdowns with angled bar, rope, or single handle.
Tricep press behind the head. (Can also be done with 2 hands)
Tricep presses w/ Smith bar. (Push off of chest w/ both hands touching)

These are main exercises that can be done with the Yukon Caribou III Gym. You’ll be able to invent many more as I have in my years of bodybuilding. Make sure you use the safety spotters and take in the proper nutrition before and after your workout.
Always train safe and allow proper rest between sets, especially going heavy. All parts of this gym have life time warranties and will last a lifetime if used properly.

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What kind of gym should you buy?

Many people come to my store and want to get a gym to work out in, but are not too sure what to buy. There are many types and some take a lot of room and are very expensive. I’m going to talk about 3 gyms I sell, all 3 below $2000.00. And all 3 fit a particular client.

Let’s start of with the most common gym, the Home Gym with a weight stack. These are designed to keep workouts simple, timely, safe and are easy to use. They are designed today with style in mind, usually colors that match the home decor. People that use these gyms are serious about keeping fit, but not serious about bodybuilding.

Good examples of this type of gym are the Wolverine from Yukon and the Europort Express Gym. Both take about 12 x 13 feet of space and will fit in any decor. There are approx 30-35 different exercises that can be performed with these gyms. Both come with 200 lbs of plates and include leg presses. Most people will work out how they feel that day, mix up the workouts a little and take about an hour to do. They usually work out 3 times a week.

Another gym I sell, and my most popular is the WB-LS Gym from Powertec. It sells under $1000.00, and doesn’t take too much room. You need Olympic plates to use it. You can add accessories like dumbbells, EZ curl bar, Preacher attachment, etc. Safety is the key here. It’s a leverage gym, meaning that the weight of the bar is pushing down on you, but from a pivot point. If you get tired, you don’t need a spotter. You just lower the bar and walk away. This gym can accomplish almost every exercise from any workout.

The big difference from the Home Gym is that with the WB-LS Gym from Powertec, you have to lift the plates onto the bar. With the Home Gym, you move a pin on the weight stack. The WB-LS is more geared to the more serious trainer, one that will workout each body part separate to achieve a long term goal of not only fitness, but of body proportion and a certain muscularity.

The third kind of gym is geared to the hardcore bodybuilder. It involves total usage of free weights and benches. There are a few varieties. You can use a weight bench with a bar (Big Bear Bench from Yukon), power rack for heavy lifting involving safety (Yukon Power Rack), or a Smith Machine (Yukon Caribou III Smith) for safety and muscle isolation. Most trainers will work out with definite programs and at least 4 to 5 times a week, lasting from 1 to 2 hours per workout. Every move should be strict and well thought out, proper pace without swinging or cheating, and at a level to allow muscle tears to occur in the fiber to allow growth from recovery and nutrition. Nutrition plays a very important role in workouts and will be covered in another article. So, if you can place yourself in one of these categories, this may help you decide on your choice of home gyms. If not, call us and we’ll be glad to help you make the right decision.

 
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