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Old 09-13-2011, 01:27 AM
 
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Body-Solid EXM 1500S Home Gym

Rating: 3 out of 5
  • Currently 3.0/5.0

After years of paying for a gym membership that went largely underutilized I went out and purchased the Body-Solid EXM 1500S home gym for $800 at a local sporting goods store. The Body-Solid is definitely an entry level home gym and not for the serious weightlifter. I enjoy exercising and the Body-Solid has helped me keep fit and adds a lot of convenience since it's in my home.

The Body-Solid EXM 1500S comes with a total of 160 pounds of weight on one stack. Again, for people who are serious lifters this won't be enough weight for them. I can certainly do more weight, but to make up for it I have had to increase my reps per exercise on the chest press and leg extensions. The gym feels very sturdy and durable, especially for an entry level model. Another great quality is that the weights move smoothly throughout the range of motion, which on entry level models can be an issue. I've used other home gyms where the weight stack was not smooth and it made it difficult to work out.

It comes equipped with more than enough exercises to work both upper and lower body. People can do chest presses, triceps extensions, bicep curls, cable crossovers, lat pull downs, back extensions, seated rows, and more for the upper body. There are also several lower body exercises you can do except for leg press, which is kind of a disappointment as this is one of the most popular leg exercises.

The real con for this product is the assembly. It was very frustrating and took over 5 hours to complete. The directions are not clear and there are a lot of steps. The Body-Solid does not take up a lot of space compared to the foot print of other home gyms so if space is limited this is a good option.

Review by professional reviewer, Aug. 25, 2011
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