The CB-12 doesn't take up a lot of space. To this end, it is great for a home gym, especially if you don't have a lot of floor space (like me). There are three pulley stations (high, medium, and low). I tend to use both the high and low for triceps extensions and curls/upright rows at the same time so I can quickly super set my workouts. At 6'3", I'm almost too tall to use this machine for the lat pull-downs. I still get a decent range of motion, and my height is not the machine's fault. Machine is well built and didn't take too long to assemble (even at a casual rate). Be sure to build this where you want to use it. I know this only makes sense, but the height of the machine will barely pass under door frames. Don't say you haven't been warned. Still, it is easy to remove the top bar and move it if need be. If you have a second set of hands, tilt it to move it. So far, I'm very happy with this purchase. I'm going to try using some plastic safe lubricant on the bushings, guide rail, and pulleys to see if I can lower the noise. It isn't bad to begin with, but I'm used to full commercial grade equipment at my gym. So I'm just being nit-picky. I don't think you can go wrong with this purchase. I've only owned the CB-12 for three months, so I don't know about long term durability, but I don't see that as a problem. Add some accessories such as a rope, single handle, and ankle cuff and this thing becomes a Swiss Army knife of a home gym.
I purchased this Stamina X Hyper Bench a few weeks ago in order to build the muscles in the small of my back. I had been doing back extensions at the gym, but needed something at home. The Bench came nicely packed with very clear instructions and exactly the right amount of hardware, including wrenches to assemble it. I put this together in less than 20 minutes using my own tools. The bench is perfect for use at home. It takes up very little room and folds up nicely so you can put it away when not in use. It is sturdy and is rated at 250 lbs. One thing I must add: If you are very tall, this might be a bit small for you. Then again, if you are a very tall person, you are used to things not fitting! I highly recommend this bench. I use it daily for both back and side extensions. For the price, I don't believe you can do better.
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.
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