Be it lifting the heavily loaded barbell in powerlifting or a simple task of climbing up the stairs, your glute and ham muscles have to do most of the work. Both being the large muscle groups in the body, you can’t skip working them out no matter what your fitness level and goals are.
A good glute ham developer machine can assist you to perform the perfect glute ham raises and allied exercises more effectively than any other equipment.
If you are at a commercial gym, you will most probably find more than one option to exercise your glutes, hams, and whole posterior chain. But if you exercise at your home, you need to add a compact glute ham machine to your home gym setup.
Rogue Fitness, famous for building strong, durable, commercial-grade exercise equipment that is suitable even for home gym setups doesn’t disappoint the glute ham developers too. The Rogue Abram glute ham developer is a heavy-duty, space-saving exercise machine that performs better on many parameters than the other options.
Let’s get into the details about the Rogue Abram GHD 2.0 which is considered to be one of the best among the series of glute ham machines from Rogue Fitness.
What Will I Learn?
Rogue Abram GHD 2.0 Review
The GHD machine 2.0 is an improved version of the original Rogue Abram GHD. It has all the properties of the original design and additional features like the 10-slot roller assembly borrowed from Rogue’s own Monster swing arm GHD for adjustment of your foot positioning plate.
You can safely and more effectively train your whole posterior chain with heavy-duty Rogue Abram GHD 2.0. It is one of the few machines that allow you to actively train spinal erectors.
With the base and major elements of the Abram GHD 2.0 made out of 2×3 tubes of 11-gauge steel, the structure is a whopping 220 pounds heavy. The wide triangular base with anti-slip rubber feet protectors at the end make the structure stay stable even under intense workout.
Even being too heavy and wide, this glute ham machine is easily moveable. The handles and transportation wheels make it easy to move the machine to and from its storage space to work out space.
The footplate and ankle roller pads of the GHD machine 2.0 can be vertically adjusted to optimize the position for maximum muscle engagement. The monster swing arm adopted in GHD 2.0 allows the whole ankle roller assembly to be adjusted in 10 different lock-in positions. This adjustability makes this machine adaptable to a wide range of user heights.
The ergonomic design and comfortable and dense cushion on top pads and ankle rollers of the Rogue Abram GHD 2.0 help you exercise for a longer duration without unnecessary fatigue.
Fetures & Specs
Features & Specs
Bolt together triangular base design
Ankle roller pads vertically and horizontally adjustable
Swing arm adjustments
10 lock-in positions to choose from
Four rollers measuring 8.5 inches in length and 5 inches in diameter
Set of transport wheels and handles for easy portability
2×3″ 11-gauge steel tubing, 3/16″ laser-cut steel footplate
73 x 44.5 x 43 inches (LxWxH)
The redefined design of the Rogue GHD machine with horizontally and vertically adjustable ankle roller pads allows you to position yourself optimally for better muscle engagement. The wide base and heavy-duty construction of the Abram GHD 2.0 keeps it stable under intense use, and also ensures durability. This feature-rich, compact glute ham developer is ideal for any home gym setup and for users of almost any height and body weight.
The base, uprights, and other structural members of the Rogue Abram GHD 2.0 are made using 2×3 inches 11-gauge steel tubing. The footplate of this glute ham developer is lase cut piece of 3/16 inches thick steel. These elements make the structure heavy-duty and durable.
The chassis of the structure that provides a platform for the pads and swing arm is a joint-free single-piece structure. All other pieces are to be bolted together using high tensile bolts that come with the package.
The triangular base of the frame is wider on the front side where the machine would be subjected to higher loads. This along with the anti-slip rubber feet keep the Abram GHD 2.0 in place under intense use.
The cushions are made using high-density foam so that the padding won’t collapse when you put your body weight on it. The covering on the cushions and foam rollers are moisture-wicking, so you don’t have to worry about your sweat dripping on them.
Overall, it can be said that the Rogue Abram glute ham developer has superior built quality. It is made to last longer and offers consistent performance for its lifetime.
Design & Technology
The design of the Rogue Abram glute ham machine combines the goodness of the GH-1 GHD machine and Monster swing arm GHD.
The wider and longer triangular base of GH-1 GHD is replicated and improved to provide a stable base. The Abram GHD 2.0 also has single-piece chassis similar to GH-1. The improvement they have done on the footplate and ankle roller assembly, unlike GH-1, the Abram GHD 2.0 has an adjustable foot holder assembly. This assembly can be vertically adjusted at different positions in 4-inch length.
The Swing arm borrowed from Monster swing arm GHD gives the option of adjusting the roller assembly horizontally. This design improvement provides you with 10 lock-in positions and makes the machine easily usable by users of different heights.
Aesthetics and Styling
If you are getting a piece of new exercise equipment for your home gym, you would want it to better the look of the setup, or at least not to make it worse. The Rogue Abram glute ham developer will definitely lift up the aesthetics of your basement gym.
The mat finish black color of the metal parts of the glute ham machine along with the solid-looking frame gives the machine a masculine look. The black engineered leather covers on the cushions and ankle foam rollers and a laser-cut footplate enhance the overall aesthetics and styling of the machine.
Pros & Cons
Yep. The machine has some advantages over its counterparts and some limitations. Here are what’s best and what’s not that well about the Rogue Abram GHD machine2.0.
- Bolt together wide triangular base for better stability
- Heavy-duty 11-gauge steel construction
- Stylish matt finish black coating keeps the rust away and enhances durability
- Height adjustable floor plate and ankle lock foam roller assembly
- Swing arm design to accommodate different user sizes
- Provides a stable and sturdy platform to perform sit-ups, glute ham raises, and back extensions
- Easily portable with transport wheels and handles
- Takes up significant floor space
- Footplate size is a bit small
- The transport handles located at an awkward position
What to Expect?
Similar to every gym equipment from Rogue Fitness, you can expect Abram GHD 2.0 to be a solid, sturdy, and durable exercise platform. It is a stable platform to safely perform glute ham raises and situps.
This is one of the best pieces of exercise equipment you can get for your basement gym for working on your posterior chain.
You will receive the package in dissembled form with all the hardware included in the package. It would be a big, more than 200 pounds puzzle to assemble. Your arms would get some work in assembling the machine itself.
Pricing & Value
Pricing is a bit subjective matter when it comes to exercise equipment. If you compare just the prices of the glute ham machines, at $695 you might find Abram GHD 2.0 a bit pricey. But considering the functionality and durability of this machine, it is value for money.
It is less expensive than the Monster swing arm GHD which costs $1,395 and performs almost similar to it or better in some way. The machine lasts so long that the price of the machine effectively seems very inexpensive.
Is Rogue Abram GHD 2.0 Worth The Buy?
The Rogue Abram glute ham machine 2.0 has its advantages over the other options. With the heavy-duty steel structure and high-density, moisture-wicking, long-lasting cushions the Rogue GHD machine 2.0 is one of the best glute ham developers available in the market.
Considering the construction quality, adjustability, functionality, portability, and durability of the machine, it is definitely worth considering buying for your basement gym.
Rogue Abram GHD 2.0
There are many options for a gym machine to work on your posterior chain, but a glute ham developer is a safe way to exercise that while protecting your spine. The Rogue Abram GHD 2.0 along with providing an effective platform to perform glute ham raises, helps you to improve your overall performance by using it to perform GHD sit-ups and back extensions.
Taking into account all the factors that affect the durability and performance of the machine, we can safely say that the Abram GHD 2.0 would be a great addition to your home gym setup.