Review of Orlando Barbells Home GHR Machine (Glute Ham Raise Machine)
The glute ham raise is essential as accessory work for posterior chain development. It’s one of my all-time favorite movements and has had a direct impact on me and my wifes strength development. In order to give you an idea of how widely popular this movement is, you will be able to (or should be able to) find a glute ham raise in almost all college and professional sports training facilities. The glute ham raise machine was a big part of most sports training programs I was forced to participate in and most of the time the GHR was the only highlight (which is actually sad), but I am grateful I was introduced to it.
One of the reasons I decided I needed a home glute ham raise machine was to strengthen my posterior chain to increase my squat. I know this from experience and when I stopped playing football and didn’t have access to a good local gym I started buying home equipment and have been missing out on this special movement until recently.
My training space is fairly small I have a 10 x 11 room and already have an elliptical and a half rack neatly placed in there so when I let my wife know of my ambition to get a home GHR (glute ham raise machine) she laughed and then said no way.
Well, I am here to tell you that after much searching for something that would simply fit and provide the key benefits I was looking for I stumbled upon a couple Home Glute Ham Raise machines (update: it seems that there is only one home glute ham raise machine I can find at the moment).
Lets get to the review of Orlando Barbells Home Glute Ham Raise which is sold by both Orlando Barbell (Orlandobarbell.com) and Elitefts.com.
Home Glute Ham Raise
Price including shipping: $444
Adjustment: 39.5 to 46.5 in length; 20.5 in width (please check official site for updates on home glute ham raise specs)
Home GHR Delivery Time: 6-8 weeks (my Home GHR arrived in 4 weeks). The delivery time for the home glute ham raise is long as the manufacturer only produces 10 units at any given time. Also, no tracking number is provided so I came back from vacation with a big box just chilling in front of my place…but that’s okay.
Return: Allowed as long as you pay for return shipping
Home GHR pros:
- Floor Based: Space Saving! If you have the room, you don’t need this, but if you want something you can move around and allows you enough space to rack and un-rack weights, then this will be a workout saver.
- Weight loaded counter balancing allows you to place 45 lb weight plates in the back so the home glute ham raise machine doesn’t shake or wiggle when your churning out some serious reps.
- Multiple movements: I use the home glute ham raise machine for the glute ham raise as well as lower back raises and it is certainly effective! There are many more movements that can be done with the home glute ham raise machine though!
- Price: at $444 AFTER shipping its probably one of the highest quality machines you can get in this price range without it breaking. Its very sturdy construction and Brian Schwab (of Orlando Barbell) seems like a standup guy who would help you solve any problems that occur. One problem that happened was I was missing a piece of the home ghr equipment to help ease of adjustment and Brian had it sent my way immediately.
- Padding: well designed, firm and very thick. I don’t have fear of tearing the padding as it seems up to the task!
- Lightweight: I have to move the home glute ham raise machine around when it is not needed so I have room for other movements and this certainly wouldn’t be possible with a traditional glute ham raise machine.
Home glute ham raise cons:
- Ease of adjustment needs work although I was missing a small part. I often have to wrestle with the machine to get it to the right length for me and my wife. Its not terrible, its just not as smooth as a higher end commercial machine, but then again its not priced like a higher end machine.
- It would be cool if they had a scratch resistance silver finish as I have on my other equipment. My Home Glute Ham Raise machine is getting some serious knicks and dings in the coating.
TIP: Make sure to watch the Orlando Barbells home glute raise machine videos on proper knee placement and home GHR adjustment.
Besides those that made their own home glute ham raise machines, this home GHR machine is practically the first of its kind (patent pending) that is available for purchase. Therefore I can’t say how this stacks up to other home glute raise machines but I can say that it works and it works well and besides a few nit-picky points I am definitely enthusiastic about it and believe it will help your fitness goals.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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