Looking for something myself and the wife can both use. I want some of the freedom and advantages of free weights, yet still have it be easy enough for the wife to use, who is not used to real gym/free weight equipment..
I saw this Gold's Pro unit at Sports Authority for $799.. its looks and feels pretty solid.
they also had a very similar Iron Grip unit, whit is all white, and diamond plated.. which had the lat pulldown down bar instead.. I couldn't find any pics online of this unit.
For $799 you guys think its a good solution for my situation?
I'm not doing any serious working out or training for any competetions, just want some good mid level equipment that will last, and that isn't junk.
EDIT: I know you guys generally frown upon Smith machines for serious bodybuilding, which i won't be doing.. I'm 35, just had a new baby, and would just like a decent home gym for the wife and myself to use to get back into decent shape.
11-11-2007, 12:49 PM #1
What do you guys think of this Gym/Smith Machine?
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11-11-2007, 01:51 PM #2
Looks not bad. I also own a smith machine(which i know are frowned upon here) and i am very pleased with it. One of the most important parts of a smith machine are the linear bearings, which this one has. It seems like a fairly good price, but you also have to take in to account the weights that you have to buy. I think that this machine, paired up with a few free weights is all you would ever need.
P.S. I personally love my smith machine, although after awhile you will see it does have its drawbacks. But these can mostly be overcome with a few free weight exercises.
11-11-2007, 02:05 PM #3
ok, this is the other unit that i saw at Sports Authority
so both of these are $799.. the iron grip has the lat bar instead of the 2 pullies of the golds unit.
I happen to like the lat bar myself
now...which is better??
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11-11-2007, 03:17 PM #4
If I had to pick, Id probably go with the one in your first post. Chinup and pullups are better than cable pulldowns, in my opinion.
If you notice, it appears they have bar catches to perform traditional barbell squats, benches, etc. on the front of those contraptions. Its cheaper to buy a 300lbs weight set with the barbell, than without and your gonna need weight anyway...might as well perform regular squats.
Now if you really wanna know what I think. I think you should buy an FID bench, traditional enclosed rack and some weight. Then you can perform a traditional bench or squat movement with assurance the rack catches it, not the floor and you hit the stabilizer muscles in the process. If your wife starts slow like everyone else, she will learn freeweight just fine.
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11-12-2007, 06:17 AM #5
11-12-2007, 10:03 AM #6
I was just in the store for over an hour inspecting each one, and each one seemed to have pro's and cons.
The Gold's unit seemed to be built with bigger bulkier metals, but yet it didn't feel quite as sturdy as the Iron Grip unit, which was strange.. maybe it was due to the "off the floor" design of the Iron Grip unit.
Also, the pullies on the Iron Grip seemed to be a nice metal or chrome even, while they are plastic on the Gold's.. (Does this matter?)
The other 2 feature differences in the 2 units I noticed are...
1. Vertical Smith machine as opposed to angled.
2. Dual high pullies for lats
1. Angled Smith machine
2. Lat Pulldown station as opposed to dual high pullies.
Is vertical vs angled smith a big difference in actual workouts?
So, i really need some advice form the "Experts" on which of these 2 units seems to be the better choice.
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11-12-2007, 12:46 PM #8
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11-12-2007, 03:24 PM #9
Thanks for the input guys.. i will most likely go with the golds unit.
Its weird because the Gold's unit does appear to be bulkier and more stable when looking at the two side by side , and the individual parts do not seem to be flimsy at all, yet it uses plastic pulleys, while the Iron Grip uses chrome pulleys.. and doesn't quite wobble as much when i shake it.
i guess this Gold's unit is kind of new, cuz i haven't seen any reviews out there for it.
i guess there is no perfect unit out there for this price range.
the other concern is the vertical smith vs angled on the Iron Grip.
Does it really matter either way?
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11-12-2007, 03:55 PM #11
You might want to email this guy and let him know the Smith machine is useless. Tell him that he was wrong to use it in preparation for the 2004 Arnold Classic. It's not like he did well in that contest anyways.
11-12-2007, 04:18 PM #12
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I actually agree with busydizzyizzy AND smokeater. I think a smith machine has it's place, which is a good way to really isolate certain exercises to the target muscle. IMHO it definitely benefits a bodybuilder alot more than an average joe just trying to get into a decent healthy fitness state.
And that's where I agree with busydizzyizzy, I believe the average joe or beginner lifter will benefit much more from free range of motion rather than true isolation. If he expels the same amount of energy in a free bench press and a smith bench press he will get more out of the free motion. With this in mind as a beginner you could save money just getting a rack + bench + weight set and actually get more out of your time spent lifting. Just my humble opinion--- Equipment Crew #30 ---
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11-12-2007, 04:31 PM #13
so basicallly you are telling me that anything other than a power rack is pretty much junk?
I myself like some free weights, and some "assisted" lifting if i can call it that.
My wife likes the universal cable stuff, and the butterfly machine, and the seated row features.
so, I thought this was a good combination of the two. besides couldn't i still bench/squat with a free bar on this unit? It does have the adjustable safety spotters also.
i do thank you for your input
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11-13-2007, 08:26 AM #14
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It all boils down to what you want, and what you are comfortable with. Personally, like others, I believe a power rack with lat pulldown and low row pulley, is the way to go.
But after looking at the link for the Golds unit, I wonder if you can get a good stretch and natural movement from the butterfly, upper pulleys/ lat pulldown exercises? Some people have to use a shorter bench in order to achieve a full range of motion. Also what are the max poundages on the bench, if its 550 or less on the flat bench watch out.
11-14-2007, 07:18 AM #15
As far as the smith machine part goes.. I think its just an added bonus.
People are slamming this unit because of the smith machine, acting like its the only way to workout using this unit. There are a ton of other features, and ways to workout using this gym, and I can still use a free bar to do squats, benching, or whatever with it, as it has adjustable stoppers
Seems like some people around here see the word smith, and prematurely dismiss any equipment as garbage.
And that is my main concern... is this unit built well or not?
A few things that concern me about unit are..
1. The bench seems a little awkward when layed flat for benching, or doing preacher curls the seat cushion seems just a little too far away.
2. The pegs that hold the extra weight are only bolted to the inside part of the frame, they aren't bolted thru the entire post, and there is some give if you push down hard on it.
3. The unit didn't seem really sturdy when i shook it, but maybe that was because there was no weight on it. I am not sure.
I appreciate the feedback from everyone regarding how any smith machine sux, but i am more concerned with the quality of the unit.
thanks to everyone again who took the time to respond
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11-19-2007, 10:37 PM #17
Just bought the Gold's Gym unit in Canada for $999 which also included and olympic bar of a 210 pound set. It is a great investment a really cool design and carries a legendary name to be sure. The option of the 'Smith' and the outside rack and safety spotters are appreciated. I really like the unit alot!!
11-20-2007, 01:18 AM #18
11-20-2007, 05:05 PM #19
Hey, thanks Tank. I am assembling my Gold's Gym unit in my living room due to the high ceilings required for height clearance. I figure that i can very adequately train chest/shoulders/traps/arms at home with this unit while training heavy back lumbar and leg work at the gym. This approach will aid in time management and convienence.
11-21-2007, 08:31 AM #20
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i went to sports authority a month ago with the sole intention of buying one of these 2 machines.
impex was on sale for 600
played with both for 1 hour
pros and cons of each for me i am tall 6'2"
leg curl too short for me
preacher worked pretty well
pec deck did not stretch chest
great price and longer warranty 2 years
no lat pulldown
dual cable did not really well well for standing cable crossover exercises
pec deck was adjustable so rear delts were acceptable
90 day warranty scared me with the plastic pulleys
leg curl too short
bought the impex
found used body by jake (don't laugh)smith press/w/dip station/lat station on ebay for $150 same day
not heavy duty but neither was impex machine,went to menards and bought two 80 lb sandbags to make it more secure,use the smith for mediem weight lifts/ works great.
i use use the lat pulldown for tricep pushdowns and abs,low row for bicep curls and triceps
found new power cage on ebay for $250 next day / use for all heavy lifting
parabody lat pulldown,leg press both for $150 on craigs list
found seated leg curl/extension on craigs list for $100
took impex back without opening for full refund
look around and get on the machine before you buy
may fit great
if it does not you will hate it and 2nd guess your purchase forever
keep checking ebay and craigs list great deals out there
11-21-2007, 09:13 AM #21
theres one of those on craigslist near me but its 2 years old. so the 04 maybe 05 model. they want 250 for it. its "75% put together". i think im going to pass. they want another 75 for 300lbs of weight
11-30-2007, 07:00 AM #22
The Gold's Pro Series Unit while looks very solid, didn't feel very solid when i shook it.
I am now leaning toward this unit that Costco sells.. and looks like a newer version of the impex cage, with linear bearings and the dual overhead pullies.
I just wish i could try it out first!
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11-30-2007, 07:07 AM #23
11-30-2007, 07:30 AM #24
I saw the post over there about the costco Marcy Diamond Elite Cage but still cannot seem to get any feedback from actual people who bought the unit and have actually been using it, which is extremely frustrating.
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11-30-2007, 02:25 PM #25
man, i cant believe how difficult it has been for me to find the right home gym setup for my needs and price range.
i have been looking for over a month, and just cannot find a unit that works good enough. I always find something i just don't like about it, and I can't justify buying something like this online without testing it out first in person.
I do not want to go with just all free weights and a simple cage like most here.
I want a combination of both in an all in one unit for under $800 that isn't total junk.
am i asking for too much? starting to think i might be
11-30-2007, 02:29 PM #26
11-30-2007, 02:38 PM #27
I really wanna pull the trigger on this Marcy Diamond Elite unit, but the chest fly arms are not adjustable, and i like a good stretch when doing butterflys.
the rest of the machine seems very solid, as sports authority has a similar (but older) Iron grip strength unit on display.
looks like i might just wait it out, and see if something new comes along
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