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    Question Apex Olympic Cage System AX PWR7

    I'm looking for a new bench and a upgrade. I have a Weider, yes its cheap and a pain to use. Point being I'm looking at this bench and they have it on sale at MC sports for $200 but NOT on their web site sorry to say. What do yuo guys think? First post by the way but great site!

    http://www.ironcompany.com/index.asp...OD&ProdID=2795
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    Marcy's crap. I recommend Lamar, Tuff Stuff, Body Solid, Bodycraft, Nautilus, Powertec etc. I have a marcy bench and it's sturdier than Weider but not by much.
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    Originally Posted by vikingsrule92 View Post
    Marcy's crap. I recommend Lamar, Tuff Stuff, Body Solid, Bodycraft, Nautilus, Powertec etc. I have a marcy bench and it's sturdier than Weider but not by much.
    We all know Vikings "recommendations" are GOLD too, LOL! Where does he get all that info from?
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    $619 for anything made by Marcy is highway robbery.
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    Smile I agree

    Yes $600 is way, way too much for this BUT as I said I can get it for a mere $200 it has all I want and won't be working with more than 225 lbs in the near future. What I'm looking for is something with a lat pull, preacher curl, and I like the cage feature so I can move the bench out of the way. I want to keep the price as low as possible so this 50yr old guy can get a decent work out, but don't want the damned thing to fall apart on me at the same time. By the way a great site that I like is http://www.mensfitness.com/
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    If you can find it for $200 then it's decent for the price. It held up for me for a while (although wobbly) In the future you can always upgrade like I am doing. It'll last if you don't put 200lbs+ on it. It won't fall apart it'll just wobble and be a little unsteady.
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    Originally Posted by vikingsrule92 View Post
    If you can find it for $200 then it's decent for the price. It held up for me for a while (although wobbly) In the future you can always upgrade like I am doing. It'll last if you don't put 200lbs+ on it. It won't fall apart it'll just wobble and be a little unsteady.
    Held up for you for a while?
    How long could that be, you are in 8th, 9th grade right?

    14 years old?

    What is a while, since you were 12?
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    a couple months, I'm in 9th grade. What's wrong with that I wastelling him my experiences with the equipment. It's decent for $200 now stop being an @sshole.
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    Originally Posted by vikingsrule92 View Post
    a couple months, I'm in 9th grade. What's wrong with that I wastelling him my experiences with the equipment. It's decent for $200 now stop being an @sshole.
    I am an a$$hole because I am pointing out a 14 yr old who throws around advice, gives opinions on products his parents haven't even driven him to the store to see?

    Instead of giving opinions on how good products are, maybe you should sit back and read for a while.
    You are barely old enough to even do most lifts, yet alone give opinions on equipment you have never seen, only heard Bizzy Dizzy Izzy talk about.
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    Actually I have seen/read many reviews about most if not all things I have recommended. I HAVE the Marcy bench so I think I'm allowed to tell about how sh!tty it is. Why does everyone thin just because I'm 14 I know nothing? negged mboy.
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    Originally Posted by vikingsrule92 View Post
    Actually I have seen/read many reviews about most if not all things I have recommended. I HAVE the Marcy bench so I think I'm allowed to tell about how sh!tty it is. Why does everyone thin just because I'm 14 I know nothing? negged mboy.
    Because you give advice (and try to come off as actually knowing something about them) when you have never used nor seen them in person.
    That's why!
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    I have owned a Marcy Olympic set up since 02'. It is the mmx (556) series from Sports Authority, although you'll never find it online which is weird. It has been good to me. Impex makes Marcy which is another cheap manufacturer of equipment. I have seen it with other names also such as Apex. What's great is for $200 I got an adjustable detached bench (hard to find on these) with 2" padding and uprights you can squat under all with est. 2" tubing rated at 500lbs. I have seen mutiple 300lb presses on it and no one was worried about it holding up. I still use the bench in my squat cage I just got. A friend is now using the uprights with a better bench. IMO it is just below mid grade residential equipment, easy to store in small spaces designed for the serious beginner. I would suggest not to buy anything from these companies below "Olympic" designation and treat it as beginner equip.

    For example, the bench below is a dead ringer for mine but with a different name.
    http://www.ironcompany.com/index.asp...OD&ProdID=2848

    Here is what my bench evolved to. Mine did not have the lat attach and my bench is round tubed.
    http://www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk/...Lat%5FPulldown
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    Hey I'm a member here but I found this from Google while looking up for benches, lol. Anyways, I know it's old, I hope I don't get banned for it, but it came out of Google.

    Is the Wal-Mart APEX Olympic Power Cage:
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=7731206

    the same as the Apex AX-PWR7 Cage stated in this thread?:
    http://www.ironcompany.com/index.asp...OD&ProdID=2795

    I'm looking for a new bench and I've been looking at:

    Weider Core™ 600 Weight Bench from Sears
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...nches+%26+Sets

    Which looks the same and cheaper than the Wal-Mart one:
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5280822
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    Originally Posted by vikingsrule92 View Post
    Marcy's crap. I recommend Lamar, Tuff Stuff, Body Solid, Bodycraft, Nautilus, Powertec etc. I have a marcy bench and it's sturdier than Weider but not by much.
    You recommend all of these products? Damn, you must have an awesome home gym to recommend all of these products..

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    I started with that system. Like others have said the uprights do wobble alittle with heavy weight, the bench isn't rated very much for weight, and if you don't keep enough weight on the back, it can tip forward. But overall its a decent starter set.
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    Originally posted by: Joey Mo

    You recommend all of these products? Damn, you must have an awesome home gym to recommend all of these products.
    I have never owned Body Masters, Icarian, Cybex, Ivanko, Hoist, or Nautilus, but I sure as hell would recommend them. You don?t have to own something to have used it enough to form an impression as to its functionality and quality.
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    Originally Posted by MarkA15 View Post
    Hey I'm a member here but I found this from Google while looking up for benches, lol. Anyways, I know it's old, I hope I don't get banned for it, but it came out of Google.

    Is the Wal-Mart APEX Olympic Power Cage:
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=7731206

    the same as the Apex AX-PWR7 Cage stated in this thread?:
    http://www.ironcompany.com/index.asp...OD&ProdID=2795

    I'm looking for a new bench and I've been looking at:

    Weider Core? 600 Weight Bench from Sears
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...nches+%26+Sets

    Which looks the same and cheaper than the Wal-Mart one:
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5280822
    Do you have an Academy near you? The Apex Cage can be had for $200 over there, much cheaper than the Walmart price (they add$100 something for shipping), and ironcompany is obviously a ripoff. And yes, they are both the same thing, the PWR7 is actually made by Impex, and they sell it under the name Apex or Marcy. For $200, this deal is very hard to beat and I'm very pleased with mine.

    I was also considering the Golds Gym XRS20 bench you are looking into. Although Walmart lists the price as $200 online, my local walmart had it for $140, which was supposedly the old price, so go check the walmarts near you and you just might be lucky. However, for $60 more I'm glad I went with the PWR7 because it offers a lat tower and the lower pulley, which I put to good use. Let us know what your decision will be, cheers.
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    Originally Posted by BAMxBAM View Post

    I was also considering the Golds Gym XRS20 bench you are looking into. Although Walmart lists the price as $200 online, my local walmart had it for $140, which was supposedly the old price, so go check the walmarts near you and you just might be lucky. However, for $60 more I'm glad I went with the PWR7 because it offers a lat tower and the lower pulley, which I put to good use. Let us know what your decision will be, cheers.
    Well I got the Wal-Mart bench for $130, and got an 310lbs set from SA for $130, so that's $260 total. The olympic bar doesn't weigh 45lbs, i don't know what kind of bar it is, but I always check my plates and bars just to be sure, and the bar is just light with a 600lbs capacity.

    I know the bench is cheap and weak but it's all I could afford. I wanted a squat rack but a decent one I found was $200, too much for meeh

    I haven't used the bench yet because I'm sick.
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    I have been looking at this bench also because it has more than just bench and preacher curl... I am a beginner so hopefully i dont regret buying this cage system.

    I recently owned a simple impex bench (holds 300lbs +user) and it wabbled like crazy. I got rid of that one and joined the gym but got out to work out at home.
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    Originally Posted by Tma20sc View Post
    I have been looking at this bench also because it has more than just bench and preacher curl... I am a beginner so hopefully i dont regret buying this cage system.

    I recently owned a simple impex bench (holds 300lbs +user) and it wabbled like crazy. I got rid of that one and joined the gym but got out to work out at home.
    funny, I was researching this home gym just today and this thread kept popping up on google
    I wasn't going to bump it though


    whoever has this home gym, how do you like it? all I have right now is a couple dumbbells. I like this thing because for under $250 (not including the bar and weights....) I'd be able to do: bench, curls, squat, leg extension, lat pulldown, deadlift, and the cable from multiple angles.

    Is the general consensus saying it is good or bad? I don't plan to ever bench more than about 300 on this thing ( i can't even hit 200 yet)
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    I'd be getting mine in Febuary so gotta do some research before i make my final choice.
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    there isn't too much about it online, it just know that it is manufactured by or for marcy, so it isn't top notch high quality, but it certainly isn't bad

    there's nothing on this forum about it...ghey
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    Went to my local academy store to try one out, and its not a bad piece of equipment. Not too flimzy like i thought it would be. I'm only 5'9 193lbs as i am a beginner i have finalized my choice. I'll put it to test...

    I saw another one just like it xept t'was half smith machine but felt kinda off-balanced to me, or maybe the guys at academy didnt screw in the bolts tight enough. Anybody have experience with this machine???
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    I wish there was an academy near me.... this thing is only $200 there. the cheapest I can find it is $237 at wallmart. Darn those 37 extra dollars

    I'll take your word for it, that it's pretty sold. Any thing else you noticed? Anything that can't be seen or realized by just looking at online pics?
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    Originally Posted by otrebmu View Post
    I wish there was an academy near me.... this thing is only $200 there. the cheapest I can find it is $237 at wallmart. Darn those 37 extra dollars

    I'll take your word for it, that it's pretty sold. Any thing else you noticed? Anything that can't be seen or realized by just looking at online pics?
    Yeah, well the one i tryed at academy was semi solid even being that the bolts & nuts were kinda loose. I dont have experience w/bench sets so maybe thats why i thought it was pretty good.

    lat bar and mid hand pulley thing were kinda crapy made be best to upgrade.
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    GHEY. WTF.

    Walmart, last time I posted, offered free site to store shipping. now it isn't being offered on this bench. WTF. I don't want to pay another $100 in shipping on a $240 bench. It's already bad enough that Academy sells these for only $200, but I can't get it through them because they don't ship and are on the mid-east coast.
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    Originally Posted by otrebmu View Post
    GHEY. WTF.

    Walmart, last time I posted, offered free site to store shipping. now it isn't being offered on this bench. WTF. I don't want to pay another $100 in shipping on a $240 bench. It's already bad enough that Academy sells these for only $200, but I can't get it through them because they don't ship and are on the mid-east coast.
    well thats too bad. Heres a video of a marcy bench press w/out the lat ext.
    Seems to hold up pretty well and i wont even come close to benching that pretty soon.

    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=6799361
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    I'm planning to get this apex cage but will any 7 foot bar fit it? because i seen 84" ones and 86" ones does it matter?
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    Originally Posted by krzyrice View Post
    I'm planning to get this apex cage but will any 7 foot bar fit it? because i seen 84" ones and 86" ones does it matter?
    Yes it will fit but the PWR7 is a POS.
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    best thing for the money so its ok
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