How one machine became the boss of functional fitness

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If you’ve ever spent any time around gyms and immersed yourself in the happy-go-lucky world of fitness (as you’re reading this blog, we’ll assume that’s a big ‘ol “yes”), then you may have noticed that the fitness industry loves a trend even more than bodybuilders love memes and peanut butter.

“Functional fitness” – the current fitness industry “next big thing”, is still in full swing and as a result, cable machines have taken a bit of a battering in the popularity stakes over the last few years.


No longer will you see the cool kids repping out isolated movements on an adductor machine before heading over to the abductor or choosing leg press over squats. Nope. In the world of “functional movement” every exercise must have a crossover into LOG (Life Outside Gym), otherwise it’s basically pointless.

But waaay before bicep curl machines got the left swipe and before the words “Cross” and “Fit” were combined to change the fitness industry forever, there was one machine in the old school strength equipment set up that had always quietly done “functional fitness” exceptionally well.  And as a long standing gym staple, the Dual Adjustable Pulley will no doubt still be around years after gyms begin to take down their suspension trainers and put their battle ropes into retirement.

Often now referred to simply as “functional training centres” (because marketing), the dual adjustable pulley always has and always will be the king of functional training. Here are just a few reasons why:


The DAP transcends fads and can do old school just as well as functional. It allows you to zone in on one muscle group for isolation work (bicep curl, for example) AND create compound movements as well. Why shun one style of training over another when you can have both?




The boss of functional machines

Because the dual adjustable pulley has such a wide range of settings and adjustments, you can add resistance to EVERY plane of movement – sagittal, frontal and transverse. It allows you to push, pull, squat, twist and bend with added resistance from any angle, unlike free weights which always put the angle of resistance in the direction of gravity (thanks physics).


You don’t need the space to store and carry sandbags, swing ropes and push and pull sleds when you have a DAP.

With adjustable height (both sides independently), weight stack and handle, you can swiftly and efficiently move from one exercise to the next with a quick change of a pin.

Machines don’t get more multi-functional than this. This machine can single-handedly replace a whole raft of functional equipment and, with a strong reputation for rehabilitation training, it’s as functional as they come.

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