The Upper Body Architect

21 comments written by Gus Diamantopoulos

Introducing the Pull Down by


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Here at Renaissance Exercise, our values and philosophy flow through everything we do to ensure that we remain true to our principles.

Through our partnership we have tried to set our very own high demands.

Whether we are expanding protocol theories or solving complex engineering challenges, we always actively seek to expand boundaries and are committed to continual improvement.

The essential element of our philosophy originated years ago when Ken Hutchins  said, In the beginning, I couldnt find machines that truly satisfied the necessary requirements appropriate to perform the protocol so I decided to build them myself.

At Renaissance Exercise this has become a key principle that represents our primary motivation for always giving our very best.

Hutchins’ original Pull Down machine was a visual marvel that struck a chord with strength training enthusiasts everywhere because of how it addressed many of the problems associated with conventional machines.

The anterior motion was kinder to elbows and shoulders and the box handle permitted natural trunk flexion without impediment.

Here finally, was a machine that enabled remarkable performance that involved more muscular structures than any other Pull down-type machine.

In addition to working the muscles around the elbow, glenohumeral and scapulothoracic joints in the shoulder girdle, Ken’s Pull Down also involved virtually the entire ventral musculature.

With the all-new Pull Down machine by RenEx Equipment, our ambitions were high: Make an already great machine even better.

As always we have Ken to thank for our success in reaching that goal.

Featuring a dramatic new silhouette and a host of innovations and upgrades, the new Pull Down indeed raises the bar yet again making it the most important upper body exercise.

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RenEx Pull Down

Immediately, the first thing you’ll notice is the inspired new seating assembly, complete with a fully adjustable seat, back pad, and seat belt.

Without the need for a leg restraint the instructor can now have virtually any subject use this machine, regardless of lower-body complications or debilities.

Then there’s the new handle.

A simple but ingenious feat of engineering brings a compact design with handles set at a proprietary angle that promotes improved grip, is kinder to wrists, helps reduce elbow issues, and enhances the ability to perform trunk flexion.

Additionally, we’ve preserved the option to administer the use of hooks, when needed.

The new handle, seating assembly, and micro-adjustable range delimiter all coalesce to enable the user to properly engage in a productive coupling effect that truly accentuates performance of all aspects of pull down exercise and with greater safety.

pull down timing crankTo help individualize such performance, a timing crank now provides infinitely personalized cam profiles to each user depending on arm and torso length.

And both cam and drive wheel have been re-engineered from solid aluminum to provide increased stiffness at higher loads, not to mention an even more dynamic appearance.

As with the other machines in the RenEx line, the Pull Down machine possesses the full complement of the new standard upgrades.

Resistance is delivered via the patented UltraGlide® top plate and pin-indexed, auto-aligning Freedom Stack® which floats on robust one-inch guide rods for a luxurious feeling of lifting ‘heavy air’.

To make increases on the precision-cut 20lb. plates, incremental add-on weights are harmoniously integrated into the top plate and body frame for maximum operational efficiency and a streamlined look.

Of course, all of the remaining hardware is custom crafted to exquisite fit and finish.

The new Pull Down offers incomparable comfort, safety and performance innovations that once again exemplify the Renaissance Exercise mandate for progress and evolution in sophisticated exercise equipment.

We are truly excited to continue to share our latest innovations with you.

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avatar Joe A June 1, 2011 at 11:21 am

WOW . . . ’nuff said.


avatar Joshua Trentine June 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

That’s all i could say the first time i saw them completely finished

i just kept repeating it


avatar Michael Petrella June 1, 2011 at 11:39 am

Thank you for putting out a pulldown that has in my opinion the best handle possible for safely and productivly using as much musculature as possible. These machines look unreal.


avatar Joshua Trentine June 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm


You are absolutely correct!

The handle you see in the picture is a functional prototype, wait until you see the finished version. I didn’t want to photograph it until we had the patents written.

I should have pictures focusing in on the handle here soon.


avatar Al Coleman June 1, 2011 at 11:49 am


The effect of this new Pull-down TRUMPS the old one. I was literally blown away when I was able to train on it. The multiples couples involved(the belt, back pad, and end stop) allow for all the subjects force to be directed in such a pin pointed fashion that I can’t even begin to articulate it. This truly is the COMPOUND PULLOVER.

As with all these new pieces, they were designed based on the experiences of us all. We operate with the question,”How can I make something that is already good, better?” “How can we make the technology work synergistically between the subject and the instructor?” “How can I as an instructor use the machine to teach the subject the exercise with as little verbiage as possible?”

For those of you out there who wonder what our mission is…..this is it. We tuly believe that feedback(whether it be padding, software, etc…) is the way to move this protocol forward to the massess. The equipment in this line is just the tip of the iceberg. To hell with stasis or “good enough”. It doesn’t exist.



avatar Joshua Trentine June 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm



avatar Steve Scott June 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

WOW is right, what can be said, may be the biggest advancement in exercise equipment since the advent of the original Nautilus machines. Wondering how comfortable the belt will be for people using more than body weight resistance.


avatar Joshua Trentine June 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm

The belt is very comfortable, one might think that the belt is taking up the majority of the reactionary forces which is not the case.

Between the angle of pull and the coupling between the seat belt and plunger into the back there is a very even distribution no matter the load selection.


avatar Steve Scott June 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm

one set on this and one set on the ventral torso should be enough to convince anyone of the efficacy of this protocol — it’s a whole new ball game kiddies


avatar Joshua Trentine June 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm


Performing these two exercises back to back is the pinnacle of training for the torso and limbs.


avatar Travis Weigand June 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I thought that I couldn’t possibly be anymore excited when you unveiled the compound row. I had the same feeling again with the ventral torso. I’m getting that feeling again.


avatar Joshua Trentine June 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm


We’re just getting warmed up 🙂


avatar Ed Hovanik June 2, 2011 at 8:30 am


Unbelievable again!!! I am especially impressed with the comments on equal force distribution and the ergonomically correct handles. This and the ventral torso along with whatever you will soon reveal about the new leg press is the ultimate Mentzer consolidation routine to a degree he probably never could have imagined.

Ed H


avatar Joshua Trentine June 2, 2011 at 6:43 pm

These exercises provide movement pattern and a degree of inroad that bring the HD2 theory to life


avatar Terry Condrasky June 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

How many pieces of equipment will be in the RenEx line up??
I can see that a tremendous amount of planning ,design and creativity has resulted in a BIG success for RenEx.
When will prices be listed?
Will it be possible to purchase individual machines?
Interesting note: Ken Hutchins had a article about SuperSlow Protocol in June’s issue of Costco Magazine ……Will we be hearing from Ken on this site?
Be Well


avatar Joshua Trentine June 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm


I feel like we’ve hit a home-run with these machines and you are right, a tremendous amount of time, money and man power have went into them.

We’re working hard to get pictures and basic info out on these machines. We’ve had tremendous interest in the machines before we even released one picture. I’ve taken quite a few orders for the machines sight unseen. Due to the demand we are trying to develop a strategy to release these machines, keep up with demand, but most importantly make sure that the educational piece is in place.

We do not want these machines in the field without philosophy, protocol and education in hand. In order to keep up with the demand and maintain our standards we will be answering more of these questions in the upcoming weeks.



avatar John Tatore June 4, 2011 at 7:13 am

When strapped in the seat how does the user get the handle to them? Do you gap the weight stack to reach them?



avatar Joshua Trentine June 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

Hi John,

It’s not necessary to gap the stack there is a simple procedure


avatar mark January 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I use the MedX Compound Row, & Pull-Down. The row’s chest restraint is a painful idtartion, and the pulldown’s vertical aspect pull me out of the seat, no matter how tight the lap-belt initially seems to be adjusted. This diagonal pull seems to solve both problems. Though a belt’s still needed, it’d take a -lot- more resistance to pull out of the seat


avatar mark January 1, 2014 at 3:06 pm

that’s ‘”distraction” 🙂


avatar James March 8, 2022 at 9:00 am

Just out of curiosity will you be manufacturing a pulldown with a parallel grip? I understand the supination puts your arms in a more stronger position but I feel much stronger with parallel. Thanks in advance and keep up the great work!


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