Polyerculin | What's this? The 5 Exercises You Must Know!

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There are not many names they carry within themselves, indissoluble as a symbol, the very concept of force: among these, that of Hercules is obviously the first that comes to mind (perhaps excluding Milone, with his progressive loads ante litteram - almost a father of strength training).

Hercules is the type of figure who cannot fail to please those who frequent the weight room: beautiful and quarrelsome from the cradle, precise in his aim, dressed in the skin and head of a bear that killed himself and, above all, very strong.

Natural therefore that a strength training tool took its name from this mythological figure... so here is the Herculin and, its direct derivation, the polyerculin!

Polyerculin | What's this? The 5 Exercises You Must Know!


The herculin and the polyerculin are gods tools designed for performing muscle strengthening exercises with resistance. Mainly associated with upper body training, these machines allow you to perform exercises in all directions, standing or sitting, with “limited” loads applied by means of weights.

The weights are generally rectangular in shape, and are stacked one on top of the other; ropes and pulleys allow you to perform traction exercises with a load ... here is the mystery then explained: this old-fashioned name actually defines what gyms are commonly called “cables”!

Muscles involved

The polyerculin exercise involves, through the draft, the different muscle groups of the upper body; with special leather anklets it is also possible to use the machine with the legs, training specific movements of the lower limbs.

In traditional herculins and polyercolines, usable weights are around a maximum of twenty to twenty-five kilos; these machines also make it possible to limit, by means of a cursor, the movement of the pulley (the pulley) to an intermediate point of the stroke.

The difference between the two machines simply lies in the possibility, offered by the polyerculin, to train the two arms symmetrically at the same time.

Polyerculin allows you to perform toning exercises, muscle strengthening and rehabilitation. It allows you to work in the isotonic, isometric and eccentric phases of the muscles.

The main advantage of polyerculin, compared to the dedicated strength machines that we are used to seeing in gyms, is that the body is not forced into a fixed position: it is therefore possible to modulate the intervention on the muscle bands through the amplitude of the working angle - through, that is, the relative position of the body and limbs.

Certainly this "refinement" requires that you have a good knowledge of the body and its dynamics: to avoid therefore not only the possibility of getting hurt but also, as often happens, of nullify the optimal work, however, it is necessary to be guided by an instructor during the learning phase of the exercises.

Polyerculin | What's this? The 5 Exercises You Must Know!

5 Exercises You Must Know

The use of polyerculin is mainly associated with training the arm muscles. The exercises that we can perform are numerous, and their integration in the training routines allows - as mentioned before - to act on the muscles at different angles and, therefore, to work the fibers in a more complete way, complementary to the action of the exercises performed with barbell and dumbbells.

  1. For the biceps and brachiali, we will use polyerculin to perform different variations of the curl: from a standing position, from the Scott bench, or from the incline bench. In these cases, the low attachment of the machine is used.
  2. For the triceps, we will perform push down (with cables, but also with straight or V bar) and kick back. The high attachment of the machine is used.
  3. for legs: polyerculin allows you to train buttocks, adductors and abductors. To do this, extensions, abductions and adductions are performed with the aid of the special ankle straps.
  4. Polyerculin can also be trained abdominal: let's kneel in front of the machine, grab the cables with both hands and perform crunches to train the rectus abdominis.
  5. With pulls to the chin, even the shoulders can be trained on polyerculin.

Speaking of polyerculin triceps - and this tool in general - just take a look at some online forums to realize how this tool is both appreciated and mistreated at the same time: some base triceps training on long series at the same time. polyerculin; others call these movements "women's stuff"… For this writer, the ideal is to incorporate a few long, not excessively loaded sets of polyerculin push-downs, to complement a good job of French press and flat bench presses with a tight grip barbell.

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