Weider Pro 5500 Home Multi Gym
The Weider Pro 5500 Home Multi Gym is a top quality home gym providing an extensive range of exercises. The Weider Pro 5500 Home Multi Gym features a ...
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Review of "Weider Pro 5500 Home Multi Gym"
In a bid to shift a bit of weight a few years back I joined a local gym. Initially, I only participated in cardio vascular exercise and made full use of the rowing machine, treadmills and exercise bikes.The gym I was a member of was primarily a body building gym, which is to be expected since it is owned by a competitive body builder. It was inevitable that I would ‘dabble’ with the weights and over the year or so I was a member I learned a lot. I was shown what exercises to do for each major muscle group, the correct form and the correct weight to use.
When using weights safety is paramount and it is very easy to do yourself a serious injury. Even the seasoned body builders follow this rule. I used to cringe when I saw some of the new members arrive, set the weight really high and then proceed to perform the exercise with poor form. Luckily, this was a gym where other members would jump in and assist by showing you how to do it properly and safely to minimise the risk of injury. With proper form you easily find that the weight decreases by up to 50%.Due to moving away from the area, work commitments and general change in lifestyle I had to give up my membership.
Whilst walking around JJB a few months back I stumbled across a home multi-gym. Whilst I had seen these before (a few years ago) I never really knew how they should be used so always dismissed them.Knowing the exercises to do and the machines I used at the local gym to perform those exercises the home multi-gym suddenly made a lot more sense. This machine combined several machines in one from the chest press to the leg curl to the lat pull down. I could now see how the home gym worked and what use it would be.
I had been looking at getting back to a gym but never got around to it. The decision was made to buy a multi-gym.****Choosing the correct multi-gym***
There are many home multi-gyms in the market and I was at a total loss what to get. There are a few questions that need to be answered such as What are my goals? How much weight is required to achieve this? (determines the size of the weight stack) What exercises do I need to do to achieve my goals? How much am I willing to spend? How much room have I got available.Once the type of gym has been narrowed down it is then important to look at manufacturers, such as York, Weider, Marcy, Powerline, V-Fit to name but a few.
I found this process an arduous task and decided to ask someone who knows. I discussed my requirements with a chap at Fitness Superstore who was very helpful. A few machines were suggested so I carried out more research.After more research and speaking to other retailers I decided to purchase the Weider Pro 5500 since it appeared to fit my needs best.
The price of the Weider varies greatly. The cheapest I have seen it is Marshall Ward (where I subsequently got mine form) where it retails at £349 to £495 at Amazon. With a bit of looking at discountvouchers.co.uk I found a discount product code for Marshall Ward for £30 for new customers.
****Price and where to buy****
****The specification****The specification, including maximum weights, is as follows:
1) Max Weight High Pulley - 102 kg
2) Max Weight Butterfly - 40 kg.
3) Max Weight Arm Press - 120 kg.
4) Max Weight Leg Curl - 110 kg.
5) Max Weight Low Pulley - 105 kg.
6) Single Stack of Vinyl Weights - 85 kg. This single stack of rugged vinyl weights provide a long-lasting resistance system.
7) Precision Bearing Pulley - Improvement of the pulley fluidity.
8) Butterfly Station - Comfortable padded horizontal butterfly arms.
9) Leg Developer - Padded, 4-foam station.
10) Arm press
11) High Pulley with Multi Grip Lat Bar
12) Low Pulley
13) Safety Shield - Ensures safe travel of weight stack.
15) Dimensions Assembled (w x l x h) - 110 x 200 x 210cm.
16) Dimensions Packed (w x l x h) - 199 x 72 x 25cm / 37 x 19 x 23cm.
17) Weight - 150 kg.
18) Max User Weight - 135 kg.
****Assembly****Assembly is a large task and I’d say took me around 8 hours in total, which is to be expected. It should be noted that whilst I can use some basic tools and am quite good at putting together flat packed items I am no expert so I think this time could be reduced quite substantially depending upon who is building the machine.
The instructions are clear and easy to follow in a step by step format.All necessary tools are supplied, so no hunting around for that ;funny’ sized flat head screw driver.
If you do struggle then there is a help line that you can call to give advice and assistance. I cannot comment on the level or quality of the advice since, thankfully, I did not need to use it.****The exercises****
All the major muscle groups, including chest, back, arms and legs, can be exercised to a certain extent using this multi gym.The exercises available are as below. I appreciate that some of you may know the same exercise as a different name:
1) Lat pull downs
2) Tricep overheads and tricep push downs
3) Single and double handed bicep curls. These can be done standing or seated with the preacher pad (for better form)
4) Seated rows
5) Chest press
7) Leg extensions
****Quality****It should be noted that the Weider is not a piece of commercial gym equipment. It will not be used all day every day and it will not be abused by large body builders that get a bit heavy handed with the weights and adjusting the machine.
In consideration of the above and the price paid for the multi-gym (commercial equipment costs thousands of pounds) the Weider is very well made and well up to the task of dealing with regular use.The maximum weight recommendations are easily dealt with and it looks like it could deal with more, but I am unsure if it would be able to deal with it over an extended period of time.
****Space requirements*****Fully assembled this multi-gym requires a substantial amount of space, although this is the same of other home multi-gyms.
I would recommend deciding where the multi-gym is going to ‘live’ before it is built since once constructed it is not only very heavy, but also an awkward shape to move around.****Opinion****
I know that this may seem over the top and a boring point but when using weights safety is a key factor to consider. Whilst the exercise plan provided shows the user how to perform each exercise there is no substitute for getting advice from someone who knows. I would recommend going to a local gym see about booking in to see someone to go through all the exercises.You are not going to get the size of Jay Cutler (or for those of you old enough to remember Arnold Schwarzenegger) using this machine so if you are a serious body builder then this is probably not for you, however, I find that the weights supplied are more than enough for me!
A dedicated body builder would opt to use a designated gym in any case since a multi gym can only get you so far. In order to get beyond a certain point it is essential to use free weights and a multi gym would not be suitable.Unless you fall in to the category above then this multi-gym should be sufficient for most users. It is a good quality piece of kit which is getting a lot of use and I will ensure it does in the future.
Product Information : Weider Pro 5500 Home Multi Gym
Manufacturer's product descriptionThe Weider Pro 5500 Home Multi Gym is a top quality home gym providing an extensive range of exercises. The Weider Pro 5500 Home Multi Gym features a high pulley / lat tower with bar maximum weight 102kg. Low pulley for a variety of exercises including curls and rows (max weight 105kg), butterfly station with comfortable padded horizontal butterfly arms (max. weight 40kg), Arm press to workout chest and arm muscles, (max weight 120kg) Supplied with a set of durastack vinyl rugged weights at 85kg. Padded leg developer isolates quads and hamstrings for leg extensions and curls (max weight 110kg). Adjustable seat and preacher pad ensures a comfortable workout position. Precision bearing pulleys improve the pulley fluidity. Safety shield ensures the safe travel of the weight stack. Ankle strap to help you get the most of the pulleys. Dimensions assembled (w-l-h) 110 x 200 x 210cms, Weight 150kg, Max.user weight 135kg.
Long Name: Pro 5500 Home Multi Gym
Type: Home Multi Gym
Listed on Ciao since: 19/12/2008