Fantastic Home Gym
High Level: Very high quality home gym for those of us too lazy to go to a public gym. Difficult to assemble, even for someone very handy, but worth it in the end. Very happy with the product.
Delivery: The product was delivered freight to my house in an 18 Wheeler. They delivered this in about 15 boxes total, minimum weight for each box was about 30lbs but i suspect the average weight of each box was 60lbs+. So you get quite a workout just getting it into your house, never mind assembly and the real workouts. The freight company called me the day before and arrange a 4 hour window for delivery. The product came mostly intact, there was a small scratch on one item, but smartly Body Solid includes touch up paint. Now it looks 100% again.
Location and Assembly: We are placing this gym in our basement. Which has a ceiling height of 88 So we were cutting it close. But so far so good, no reason to need any extra height beyond the product specs. (Though we don't have the knee raise attachment VKR30) doesn't seem even with that you'd go higher than the product specs.
We ordered 2 sets of mats for 12 pieces total from here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EJPGG4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 they fit it exactly, as you can barely make out from the photograph. Not the best quality mats out there, but enough to keep the impressions down on the carpet.
Assembly, use the .9 instructions shipped with the product. The link on this page is outdated, .8 instructions. What can i say, assembly is difficult. And i'm saying this as someone extremely handy that rebuilds car motors, assembles things from Ikea with ease. It's just a lot of parts and takes time. I didn't keep close track but i'd guestimate it to be around 7 hours for assembly, total. Assembled by myself. I have a new-found appreciation for the engineering that goes into these types of products.
Quality: The product is made from the same heavy gauge steel the gym clubs use. This unit could past muster at even some of the highest quality membership based gyms out there. So it's really good. The seating surfaces material is very nice also. Not that crappy vinyl you get on most home gyms. I couldn't be happier with the quality. Body Solid seems to sell very 'solid' devices.
Overall: As mentioned previously, i love it. Great product and really look forward to using it regularly.
1. Don't fully tighten ANY pulleys until you have run the cables!!!! You'll just be creating extra work for yourself. Just start the nuts to keep them in place and only fully tighten when the cables have been run and checked.
2. Use some general purpose grease to grease the vertical guide bars which hold the weight plates in place. This will reduce the friction for the plates and allow the free ascending and descending of the plates freely.
3. Be cautious with your labeling of the weight plates. The first plate, has no label indentation. It's the odd shaped piece, that should be labeled plate #1. Not the first square plate! It's weird because there is no indented flat piece for the label on that odd shaped first plate.
Reviewed by: Brendan Stewart from .