Despite the piles of crap that have a tendency to accumulate there, I still like reading articles on T-Nation. The only ones that I truly value to any degree are usually written by Dave Tate, Jim Wendler, and Dan John. In other words, if they have to post an abbreviation-ridden description of who they are, chances are pretty good that I don't find a whole lot noteworthy in what they're saying.
That rule still held solid when some guy named Martin Rooney posted an article that popped up on my Facebook wall telling me how to train like a man... for the 7th time. Apparently, training like a man involved using a shitload of furniture and machinery that was only good for one or two lifts and, of course, these are going extinct because of ellipticals, kettlebells, ropes, and spinning classes.
Okay, I like the Roman Chair. That one should stay put in every gym, as far as I (a blogger who pollutes the whole gym scene) am concerned. The rest of the real estate-wasting stuff, well, why is anyone surprised that some machine that was the latest fitness trend 40 years ago got moved out in favor of yet another trendy pile of shiny new junk?
Call me crazy but anything designed to be used for only one or two exercises isn't going to last very long. Exercises do come and go. Too many people are going to follow what the latest strength hero who bursts onto the scene does to get his strength. When someone engineers a gym toy around today's muscle idol, don't be surprised when it fades away with that lunk. It's a never ending cycle.
Something that can be used for lots of different exercises justifiably both has a better chance and deserves to survive. Call my crazy but that's the stuff worth populating a gym space with. Were I to spend my money, my time and my effort on equipment I'd much rather have ropes, kettlebells and suspension straps in my place of muscle and mind. It worked so well for building big, strong bodies many years before we were convinced that powerful bodies were built like cheap cars with machinery.