Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

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Introducing the Overhead Press by


RenEx Equipment Logo Leonardo DaVinci said, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

This may be particularly true when it comes to exercise machines.

Needlessly complex designs may amaze and intrigue but they can also thwart the machine’s original purpose.

Elegant design, especially in chemistry, denotes a process whereby the end is achieved in the most straightforward, efficient path, without unnecessary steps and subprocesses.

There might be other ways to get to where you are going, but involve many wasteful as well as impractically expensive intermediate steps.  

While we admit that elaborate mechanisms are sometimes inherently necessary to achieve desired effects, often it is the uncomplicated machine that most impresses.

The Overhead Press by RenEx Equipment ® is such a machine.

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RenEx Overhead Press

Its straightforward, smartly stripped-down body styling remains unchanged, exposing a recalcitrant movement arm that continues to challenge the conventional wisdom of experts and votaries of traditional weight training.

Articulating in front of the user, the machine delivers an exceptional feel to the exercise that is not only inclusive of more physical structures but also significantly safer for the back than common shoulder press machines that articulate from the rear.

Appropriately, it also happens to be much kinder to the shoulders.

To better facilitate the unique movement of the Overhead Press, progressive new innovations are revealed, each satisfying a critical function.

Let’s start with the subtly canted handles on the movement arm.

They now slope upward 20 degrees in addition to slanting inward to better accommodate the natural plane of the wrist. This crafty refinement significantly improves the user’s ability to establish and retain the correct torso attitude for ideal performance of the exercise.

In addition to better overall feel, this also means remarkably high levels of comfort, security and safety.

Additionally, the seat-belt anchors have been relocated rearward from their common fastening at the upholstery bolt to a special tapped hole that locates the belt at the desired hip angle rather than across the upper thighs.

Now, the moment you begin to push against the movement arm you can feel a profound reactionary effect commencing.

Your lower back sinks into the secure back pad with a very natural motion as your trunk flexes and your pelvis slides into the seat belt.

The harder you push on the movement arm, the more intense the coupling effect, the safer it is for the back and the greater the overall muscle stimulation.

And for instructors who have been plagued by performance discrepancies by their subjects, the new handles help to reduce the possibility of erroneously using the machine as an incline chest press.

To accommodate a wide variety of user strength levels, the new machine features an aluminum top plate (as opposed to the solid steel plates on the other RenEx machines) for a lighter-than-ever minimum starting resistance.overhead press 3

Additionally, the movement arm is better counterbalanced for an improved resistance profile for all users.

As with the other machines in the RenEx Equipment line up, resistance is delivered via the patented UltraGlide® top plate and Freedom Stack®.

The entire system floats on solid one-inch Class L rods and features a revolutionary new auto-centering tuner for virtually maintenance-free performance.

The incremental add-on weights on the Overhead Press feature a larger number of smaller increment weights than most of the other RenEx machines.

This permits appropriate progression from the lighter top plate.

The smaller increments better accommodate weaker subjects and the entire arrangement is integrated with the top plate and body frame for optimal efficiency.

overhead press 2Finally, a micro-adjustable range delimiter permits a dedicated squeeze technique in the finished position as well as Timed Static Contraction exercise, something not truly possible on this machine until now.

 The delimiter also increases the level of safety by helping to prevent gratuitous shoulder elevation and inappropriate torso discrepancies.

The introduction of RenEx Equipment signals a revolution in exercise equipment design. 

As evident in the new Overhead Press machine, our exclusive technology delivers better performance in all aspects of mechanical functioning.

In turn, this translates into an enhanced muscular and metabolic experience for the end user that exemplifies the Renaissance Exercise philosophy.

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avatar Ed Hovanik June 3, 2011 at 11:22 am

The harder you push on the movement arm, the safer it is for the back. Couple this with the fact that people with rotator cuff impingement and other shoulder problems can utilize this effectively. It simply doesn’t get better than this.

Ed H


avatar Brent Musselman June 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Yes!!! Simply is sometimes BEST!


avatar Joshua Trentine June 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm


I didn’t know if we could improve on this one much, but a few changes really went a long way. The angle of the handles and the seat belt have made a huge difference with coupling and hence movement pattern.

Like all RenEx machines the weight stack sets a new standard…. and i’ve always been blown away by this movemrnt pattern.


avatar Richard C June 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I’ll bet that, after using this overhead press, your delts and traps just EXPLODE out of your shirt!


avatar Joshua Trentine June 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

YES SIR! annnnnd this machine is inclusive of MUCH more musculature


avatar paul marsland June 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I guess the proof is in the eating/? I still have my concerns there will be enough weight on the stack for the stronger trainee, based on what I’ve seen in the pics…..


avatar Joshua Trentine June 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm


No one can top out that weight stack…. Guarentreed.


avatar Richard C June 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm

One of the hardest lessons for me to learn was to not really be concerned about how much weight I was lifting/number of reps/number of sets I was completing, etc. I started with powerlifting, then transitioned to bodybuilding, followed by proper training principles, HIT style. It took me a long time but the concept finally “sunk in”. What a combination: I’m big as a house with a head made of cement. I can’t WAIT to try ALL of the Renex machines….


avatar Joshua Trentine June 4, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Yes! Richard I’m glad you brought that up. You bought into the “real” over the “assumed” objective.

To our viewers out there Richard C. is an accomplished masters bodybuilder that would drive all the way from Pittsburgh Pa. to Cleveland Oh. 2x per week to train when preparing for a bodybuilding contest. Richard C. has trained with some legendary bodybuilders over the years too.

Unfortunately he moved and now his driving distance has to be a good 3days, otherwise i bet he’d still show up here to train 🙂


avatar Gus Diamantopoulos June 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm

We respect the concern that anyone may have concerning the adequacy of total resistance but it must be made clear that no person using this equipment will ever suffer the predicament of “not enough weight”.



avatar Joshua Trentine June 4, 2011 at 11:15 am

Without question! We’ll be able to clearly demonstrate this too.


avatar Dean June 4, 2011 at 11:51 am

If the cam is big enough, or small enough if a negative cam, you do not need a big weight stack. I cannot tell from the pictures if the cam is negative or positive. Jones introduced the negative cam on the duo squat in 1983, seems like the best way to go for compound machines with their radical strength curves.

Judging from the diameter, they look positive. So which is it Josh? 😉


avatar Joshua Trentine June 4, 2011 at 11:31 pm


The machines released have a positive cam or positive cam effect.

Yes, the size of the cam will radically change the mechanical work. You can easily make a selection of 10# much more work than 100#.

The reason you need more loads is to keep the weight stack travel down and the height of the machine reasonable.

There are other factors that will be going into soon.


avatar paul marsland June 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I look forward to seeing this demonstration


avatar Al Coleman June 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm


I understand your concern, but trust me on this one. We are moving in a different direction. No one using this thing properly will ever be able to nor will they need to top the stack out. If you can it is probably an indication that you are outroading and not inroading.



avatar Joshua Trentine June 4, 2011 at 11:24 pm


just checking…. you do realize that is not a conventional weight stack w/ 10# plates?

there is more to the story than that, but i also want to make sure that the short weight stack isn’t misleading.

Weight stack travel times load will determine what the user experiences.

Trust me Paul there are no compromises on these things i will not have it ANY other way.


avatar Paul Marsland June 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Josh/ Al
My concerns over the machines not being able to provide enough resistance are founded in the pictures displaying a somewhat moderate weight stack, but not being aware of all the facts, ie: cam profiles etc, and not being able to try them in person, I can see now that my concerns are probably unfounded, but hey, if you don’t ask, you don’t get!!

How about a technical video demonstation of these machines? As the written word can only portray so much



avatar Joshua Trentine June 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Hey Paul,

Understood…you can see the team is a bit reactive because we’ve all had input into these machines and these are issues that we have more than covered.

video will be in the near future.


avatar Paul Marsland June 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm

No problem at all Josh, I hope I didn’t come across as being negative? I was merely thinking out loud, as from a laymans perspective the weight stack does look moderate, but as you and Al have explained this does not paint the whole picture, there is more going on than simply the “amount” of weight.

I’m genuinley interested and excited in seeing how these machines develop and further the protocol…I’ve experienced some of my best gains using the protocol on second gen nautilus and I’m fairly advanced, so god only knows what results these machines can produce in the right hands of a qualified instuctor…..


avatar Joshua Trentine June 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm


i’d love to show you what can be done on this stuff someday.

we’ll promise you plenty of resistance 🙂

no worries…nothing negative, we do want to assure the end user that this is a non-issue….this we’ll be able to display in due time.


avatar Mario Di Leonardo,MD June 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Another perfect machine. I am sure with your cam profile using the stack would only be an issue for Ronnie Coleman – while he’s on the juice. Great job.


avatar Joshua Trentine June 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Hi Mario,

It is absolutely perfect…the test…it just gets out of your way while you are inroading your muscles…..with this application i assure you even Ronnie Coleman in his prime , on the sauce would have no need for additional weight plates.


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