good basic home gym for family; needed something for growing kids and family to get more exercise; took husband about 4 or so hours to put together but he did it over a couple of days and did not complain about any extreme difficulty; as others mentioned the product came a little banged up, but no broken weights or anything, just a slight ding in the panel that has demo pictures of the exercises you can do with the machine and it was really minor and we did not feel the need to pursue a replacement; however, the product pictures do show a short pull bar (about 16 inches on a chain) that one can attach to the pulley under the leg lift for doing arm curls and we did not receive it so we will be contacting Overstock or Marcy to see about getting that piece sent. Overall, good machine but will not feel as solid as professional gym equipment but does not feel like a cheap *** set either; for the price we were very pleased and expect to get a lot of use from this.
This has been a really good addition to my home gym. Easy to use, quick transition between exercises, able to work most all muscle groups. I was concerned about the condition it would arrive in because many other reviews say it arrived damaged. I talked to Overstock on chat and I was assured that if anything arrived damaged they would immediately send a replacement part. The boxes arrived pretty beat up, but nothing was really damaged. I will say that the packaging is inadequate. Some pieces were kind of scraped up, but nothing worth worrying about. The individual metal pieces are packaged in thin poly bagging, but that isn't going to keep them from rubbing on each other and knocking off some paint. The worst part is that the stack cover is in the bottom of the box with all the other metal pieces on top (the weights are sent separately), so it will get dented. Mine has one dent and the top had a pretty bad chunk taken out of it but I fixed it with pliers and there is a plastic cover that goes over the top and bottom edges so you can't see it anyway. The instructions are kind of difficult, mostly because there are a few pieces that are already put together but shown as separate parts. Mostly these are plastic inserts that go in the ends of tubes or handle covers, but I spent a lot of time looking for separate parts that I didn't realize had come already put together. I did have to make a few modifications: 1. The front feet out on the end were bent upwards like wings. I had to hammer them back so the bottom edges were flat on the ground with a rubber mallet. 2. I added padded grips to the bench press curved handles and replaced the bar grips with better ones. 3. The seat isn't tall enough for me (I'm 5 11 but have long legs and shorter torso), so I added some spacers under the seat to raise it up a little more than an inch. I also stuffed a rolled up pillow in the gap under the backrest so I have something where my tailbone sits. 4. I bought a separate short straight bar and connecting chain/hardware for curls on the low pulley. The bent bar wasn't working well for those exercises. So overall I rate it as good. Could be a little better, mostly in packing and setup, but certainly a good purchase and worth the money. An adjustable seat and an additional straight bar would certainly make it a 5-star product.
This is my first weight bench. It arrived on time and was relatively easy to assemble (plan on a couple of hours). I've had it for a month and I use it daily. Sturdy, functional, and doesn't take up too much space. Overall, a decent piece of equipment for the money.
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