T- Bar rows were one of my favorite exercises back in the day! We’d take an Olympic bar, jam one end in a corner creaating a hinge, load up the free end with Olympic plates and add a detachable handle. Next we’d bend over and row, row, row! It was a more comfortable way to do rows because the lever action created by the hinge allowed for better body alignment and thus, less pressure on the low back. This allowed us to add more weights and get huge!
Now, five-time Olympic athlete Jorge Bonnet has founded a company called PurMotion that takes the hinged barbell concept to the next level of evolution. His system of equipment utilizes the hinge and lever effect to allow duplication of many standard strength and conditioning exercises creating improved functional and sports power. He stresses the safety of this type of training in that it allows for better body alignment and positional centering, thus reducing the abnormal stresses to the structures of your joints and spine.
If you’d like to see this concept in action, I’ve included a few short video links to some of the more common power movements below. On the videos, Jorge discusses the benefits and physics of the hinged lever arm and how it influences postural alignment over your center of gravity reducing undue pressure on the your spine and joints.
Although widely popular and effective, at this time, not many gyms in our area, other than East Coast Fitness in North Bergen, NJ and some New York City clubs, are equipped with PurMotion training stations. You can call around your area to see if a gym close by you has it so you can try it and experience the results for yourself.
But don’t fret. Many gyms are equipped with other variations of a hinged barbell, and, depending on the equipment, you can experiment and replicate the different movements that take advantage of the lever arm effect. In my gym, I use the hinged barbell to do squats, one arm presses, one arm rows, deadlifts and chest presses similar to the PurMotion moves. You can even benefit by jamming a barbell into a corner like the guy below, just like we did in the old days!
One arm shoulder press using hinged barbell.
If you need help or suggestions to implement, give me a call, email me or stop by the office so I can guide you.
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