Valor Fitness CB-12 Lat Pull Down Machine
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The Valor Fitness CB-12 lat machine is pretty much similar to the XMark XM-7618 but offers several extra features. For example, it has a mid-pulley station and a set of storage plates for your weight plates close to its rear base. But on the other hand, it has a lesser weight capacity for its carriage unit. It also includes a few extra accessories.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 57.5″L x 23.5″W x 80″H inches (146L x 60W x 203H cm)
- Shipping weight: 84 lbs (38 kg)
- Weight capacity:
User: 325 lbs (147.4 kg)
Carriage load: 250 lbs (113.3 kg)
- Seat: Adjustable
- Possible exercises: 25+
- Accessories: Lat bar, short bar, extension chain, ab harness, 25 mm spring clips
- Warranty: Frame 3 years / Seat pad 2 years / Cables 1 year / Poppe pin 1 year
Frame construction and accessories
The Valor CB-12 lat machine features a 12-gauge steel frame with a pewter finish which is resistant to corrosion and chipping. The only exceptions are the loading pegs which have a black paint finish, while the back post which serves as a guide for the load carriage features a chrome finish.
The fully assembled machine isn’t extremely large. It has a footprint of approx. 57.5″L x 23.5″W (146 x 60 cm); however, the lat bar is 38″ (96.5 cm), so this being said, you will need a usage area for the unit of at least 80″ x 70″ (203 x 178 cm) for ease of access.
The height of the unit is 80″ (203 cm). This being said, the unit should fit into a room with a 7′ (213 cm). It is important to consider, though, that the lat bar holder will enable the lat bar to turn upward, and its grips will add approx. 2″ (5 cm) to the overall height of the machine.
This Valor Fitness lat machine does not include a weight stack, nor it includes any weight plates. You will have to use your own. Therefore, its net weight, without any weight plates loaded, is approx. 80 lbs (36 kg). This weight provides plenty of stability. Plus, you can load weight plates on the storage pegs at the back of the unit which results in extra stability.
In case you’re wondering, the base of the machine does not have any adjustable stabilizers. Also, its base bars do not have any holes for anchoring it to the floor, just the ABS end caps. You can drill holes into the base, though, if you want to anchor it, but this will void the warranty.
This Valor fitness home gym lat machine features an adjustable seat. Its post has four adjustment positions and offers an adjustment span of approx. 5″ (13 cm). The backrest is non-adjustable. This being said, the unit can accommodate users up to 6’2″ (188 cm). Taller users should still be able to use it, but they may not benefit from a full range of motion for certain exercises. Also, the seat is rated for a maximum user weight capacity of 325 lbs (147 kg).
Both the seat and the backrest feature approx. 2″ (5 cm) of foam cushioning. Their upholstery is made of durable vinyl material which is also sweatproof.
The machine is equipped with a set of 9 pulleys. They’re made of heavy-duty nylon material and integrate metallic ball bearings in order to supply a smooth travel for the cables and weight load. The cable is steel-made, covered by a sheet of PVC material to prevent the scratching of the pulleys.
The knee stopper bar features thick foam rollers for extra comfort and stability during heavy load lat pulldown exercises. It is approx. 20″ (51 cm) long and has several height adjustment positions, just as the seat pad.
The unit’s metallic footplate is textured to provide extra foot adherence. It can be used unfolded for standing up bicep curls or folded up for seated rows.
The pegs of the carriage element, as well as the storage pegs at the rear of the unit, are 1″ in diameter, meant for Standard weight plates. They are 8.5″ (21.5 cm) long, so they can store several weight plates each. They have a continuous construction (one single steel rod) which considerably improves the overall sturdiness of the carriage unit and plate storage element.
In terms of accessories, the Valor Fitness CB-12 lat machine includes the lat bar, the short row bar with the extension chain, and a neoprene ab harness with foam handles. A set of 25mm spring clips for securing weight plates on the pegs, is also included. The machine does not include 2″ peg adapters for Olympic weight plates, but it is compatible with various models either from Valor Fitness or other manufacturers.
As opposed to other lat machines which only have the top and low pulleys, the Valor Fitness CB-12 has three distinct workout stations. These are:
High pulley station. The unit’s high pulley station is equipped with only one pulley which is fixed (it does not swivel). As we’ve mentioned above, the lat bar for it is included; it is a 38″ (96.5 cm) standard bar with curved, rubberized grips. Needless to say, this workout station allows you to perform exercises for the development of shoulders, triceps and back muscles.
Mid pulley station. The mid pulley is incorporated into the main upright bar of the machine, right above the backrest. It allows you to perform exercises such as ab crunches, trunk rotations, mid rows, or triceps extensions. An ab harness accessory is included.
Low pulley station. The low pulley station offers the possibility to execute a variety of exercises, including low rows, standing rows, bicep curls, or leg abductions or leg curls. The short bar (20″ – 51 cm) is included for it. However, an ankle cuff for various exercises is not included. Also, the machine cannot be equipped with a leg developer attachment for leg extensions.
As we’ve mentioned above, the Valor Fitness CB-12 does not include any weight plates. You will either have to use the ones you already have, or purchase a set separately. The carriage is designed for Standard 1″ weight plates, but it can also be loaded with Olympic 2″ weight plates if you opt for a set of Olympic adapters.
The machine provides a 1:1 weight ratio (or at least pretty close to it). This being said, if you load the weight carriage with 200 lbs (90.7 kg) of plates, for example, you will benefit from a weight resistance of 200 lbs (90.7 kg).
The unit’s cable is rated for a weight capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg). Therefore, the maximum recommended load for this machine is 250 lbs (113 kg). The cable’s length of travel is 42″ (106 cm), so it provides plenty of movement range even for users above 6’2″ (188 cm).
- Lat pull-downs
- Behind neck lat pull-downs
- Close grip lat pull-downs
- Reverse grip lat pull-downs
- One arm lat pull-downs
- Straight arm pull-downs
- Triceps press downs
- Ab crunches
- Mid rows
- Mid pulley tricep push downs
- One-arm flies
- Seated rows
- Stand-up rows
- Biceps curls
- One-arm bices curls
- One-arm deltoid raises
- One-arm shoulder presses
- Cable crunches
- Cable front squats
- Cable forward lunges
- Cable reverse lunges
- Cable lateral lunges
- One leg stand-up curls
- Hip adductions
- Hip abductions
- … and more.
Assembly and Maintenance
This lat machine is shipped in two boxes 77″ x 8″ x 7″ / 51lbs (195 x 20 x 18 cm / 23 kg) and 20″ x 14″ x 9″ / 33lbs (51 x 36 x 23 cm / 15 kg). All the parts require assembly, and the task may take more than one hour. The manual provides clear step-by-step instructions, but tools for the assembly are not included. You will need adjustable wrenches, Allen wrenches, and a rubber mallet.
Once the unit is assembled, its maintenance doesn’t require much. The guide bar of the weight carriage may need a bit of lubrication from time to time; this also goes for the pulleys. Other than this, it is recommended to periodically check for loose bolts and parts.
- Sturdy steel frame;
- 250 lbs load capacity for the weight carriage;
- Relatively small footprint;
- Adjustable seat;
- Adjustable knee stopper;
- Thick foam rollers the knee stopper element;
- Three workout stations, including high pulley, mid pulley and low pulley;
- Heavy-duty nylon pulleys, with sealed ball bearings;
- Supports both 1″ and 2″ weight plates;
- 1:1 weight ratio;
- Lat bar included;
- Short bar with extension chain included;
- Ab harness included;
- Offers the possibility to perform more than 25 exercises;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- Olympic sleeve adapters for the load carriage are not included;
- Ankle cuff is not included.
The Valor Fitness CB-12 is lat machine that offers a total of three workout stations (lat station, mid-pulley station, and low-pulley station). It features a fairly sturdy construction and a weight capacity for its load carriage of 250 lbs. It allows the execution of over 25 exercises, including pull-downs, curls, press downs, mid rows, low rows and more. It comes with several accessories, including the lat bar, the short bar, and the ab harness. It’s also an affordable machine, currently available for less than $300.