What is a Leverage Gym - Great for Training & Using In Compact Spaces

February 15, 2024 3 min read

What is a Leverage Gym - Great for Training & Using In  Compact Spaces

A leverage gym is a type of strength training equipment that uses a lever system to provide resistance. It is designed to target specific muscle groups and allow for a wide range of exercises also on a small footprint, so ideal in PT Studios or Garage Gym Designs   where space is at a premium, but allows for a lot of variety of movements.

 What is a leverage gym

A leverage gym is a plate loaded gym that consists of a frame, a lever arm, and weight plates & allows the user to simulate free weight movements while maximising the amount of weight with the safety you get using a selectorised machine.  The lever arm is connected to the frame at one end and can be adjusted to different positions. The weight plates are attached to the other end of the lever arm, providing resistance.

How does a leverage gym work

A leverage gym works by using the lever arm and weight plates to create resistance. When you perform an exercise, such as a bench press or a squat, you push or pull against the lever arm, which in turn moves the weight plates. The lever arm multiplies the force you exert, allowing you to lift heavier weights and target specific muscle groups more effectively.

How to use a leverage gym

Our Leverage Gym is the excellent Body Dynamic L409 as shown in the various images in this feature. The two arms of the L409 can be used concurrently with a link bar to complete squats, deadlifts, shrugs, calf lifts, and other compound movements. Alternatively, they can be separated without the bar to execute isolated exercises such as the press, shoulder press, and more. Even when locked, the arms provide a stable station for dips. With two pulleys, one high and one at ground level, the L409 offers a range of exercises with a 200kg load capacity, including lat-pulldowns, triceps press, abs exercises, sitting oars, bicep curls, upright rows, and core twists. By attaching the included foot loop to the bottom pulley, even more motions can be performed, like adductors, abductors, hamstring return, and single-leg extensions.

Some additional pointers:- Using a leverage gym effectively requires proper form and technique. Here are some steps to help you get started:

1. Adjust the lever arm

Before starting your workout, adjust the lever arm to the appropriate height for the exercise you plan to perform. This will ensure that you have the correct range of motion and that the exercise targets the intended muscle group.

2. Warm up

Before using the leverage gym, it's important to warm up your muscles to prevent injury. Perform some light cardio exercises, such as jogging or cycling, and do some dynamic stretches to loosen up your muscles.

3. Choose the right weight

Select a weight that challenges you but still allows you to maintain proper form. Start with a lighter weight and gradually increase the resistance as you become more comfortable with the exercises.

4. Focus on proper form

When using a leverage gym, it's crucial to maintain proper form throughout each exercise. This will ensure that you are targeting the intended muscle group and minimizing the risk of injury. If you're unsure about the correct form, consider working with a personal trainer or watching instructional videos.

5. Start with compound exercises

Compound exercises, such as squats, bench presses, and rows, are great for targeting multiple muscle groups at once. Start your workout with these exercises to maximize your time and effort.

6. Incorporate isolation exercises

After performing compound exercises, you can add isolation exercises to target specific muscle groups. Examples of isolation exercises include bicep curls, tricep extensions, and calf raises. These exercises can help you further develop and strengthen individual muscles.

7. Rest and recover

Allow your muscles to rest and recover between workouts. This will give them time to repair and grow stronger. Aim for at least one day of rest between leverage gym sessions.

Concluding Thoughts

By following these steps and incorporating a leverage gym into your fitness routine, you can effectively target specific various muscle groups and achieve your strength training goals. Remember to start with lighter weights and gradually increase the resistance as you progress. With consistent practice and proper form, you'll be on your way to building strength and improving your overall fitness.

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