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2-person gym equipment where combined power moves the load

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Apr 01, 2022
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A series of 2-person gym equipment where people combine their strength to move the load. Work out in pairs and push each other's limits in collaborative or opposite modes.
  • A fun/gamified way of exercising.
  • A way to help someone push their limits by helping them slightly with the final few repetitions.
  • A way for kids to work out alongside their parents.
  • A way for lovers to exercise together.
  • A way for the elderly to work out alongside a relative/caregiver.
How it works
Collaborative mode
2-person gym equipment where there are 2 sets of handles/levers so that 2 people can combine their strength in moving the load.
In any 2-person machine, clever use of pulleys distributes the load so that either of the two or both together can move the load. So even if one stops cooperating, the other can continue.
Two people would load up as many weights as it takes to make it challenging for their combined strenght.
Opposite mode
In opposite mode, the machines are designed so that one person provides resistance to the other. As one person pulls, the other feels the pull as weight. Both pull against each other.
If one person is stronger, the machine can fit some weights to help the weaker side and make it more difficult on the stronger side.
Why not more than 2 people?
2 people can feel each other's contribution and thus keep each other accountable during workouts. With 3 or more people, it would be difficult to tell if someone is not contributing their maximal effort. This could lead to arguments, teasing, and make it less fun for all.
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General comments

Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
This is great for training for team events like "tug of war" or rowing. You need to synchronize your pulling and pushing and the 2-person equipment would be perfect. I like the 2-pulley part to identify the load pulled/pushed by them individually. Maybe display it on the machine so that they know who has pulled/pushed more. This may build in the competitive vibe.
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovic2 years ago
I completely agree about having a partner for motivation. It's a huge benefit. Also, you're likely to exert yourself to outdo your partner because the ego always seeps in.
The issue I have with partners is using them to lift weights. I want my partner to push me to lift the weights, not help me do it. Even if they help me once, subconsciously I know that I can always rely on them if I'm struggling. That makes me put in less effort because I feel that the partner will always assist.
I prefer a partner to act as my trainer, not as a co-lifter.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
Goran Radanovic so load up as much weight as it takes for both of you to struggle:) Your partner could also just wait for the final few repetitions and help you when you become too weak to complete them.
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