Hey Joe – I’ve been through your videos and searched the forum but couldn’t find an answer to this one.
I’m looking to minimize footprint in a home gym but maximize effectiveness and the variety of work I can do. I’m currently looking at the following three options.
Can you let me know what option you would recommend and why? Are the HLP pulleys wide enough for chest flys and reverse flys?
1. Prime HLP Selectorized (this seems to have big jumps between weight for shoulder work, at least for me. I’m not likely to use the weight stacks for leg work so 350lbs / stack might be overkill and harder to microload?)
2. Prime HLP Plate Loaded (can easily micros load, it had both the 2:1 and 4:1 ratio selection)
3. Full Power Rack + Prime Functional Trainer – most $ and most room but if you see this as a much stronger option, I’ll go with it. This still lacks good cable pulling options — I guess you could add the Prime Single Stack to get everything but takes a lot more room.
I know you recommended a full power rack for band work and perhaps the safety aspect; seems the HLP can accommodate bands from the bottom but not from the top. Perhaps there is another combination you would recommend?
On Joe’s walk through he emphasized a number of times to go with plate loaded for machines to be able to maximally load, more profiles, lower price, ease of moving and reduced shipping cost. Yet on the HLP , went selectorized.
Any particular reason on the Prime HLP that you guys did selectorized instead of plate loaded? Plate loaded goes to something ridiculous like over 500 / stack. Maybe with the ratios you didn’t need that heavy or perhaps plate loaded wasn’t out yet.
Just curious was the reasons were — it might sway my own decision. Perhaps on that particular piece of equipment since it is cables, the selectorized is smoother and has better feel?