How to Get in Shape Easily with the Body-Solid G1S. The Body-Solid G1S Home Gym is an updated version of its very popular predecessor, the EXM1500S, which was one of the company’s all-time best sellers. It’s almost identical to the Powerline BSG10X Home Gym; though the G1S does take up a few extra inches of space than the BSG10X.
Who the Body-Solid G1S Home Gym is made for:
This machine isn’t a bodybuilder’s dream by any means. But that’s not who it was made for either. The G1S is designed for home-users and made to give you a great toning and conditioning workout. The 160-pound weight stack will limit people who want to build above-average strength and muscle size.
If you’re a beginner or intermediate lifter, fitness enthusiast, or someone who just wants to get a full-body workout in with one single machine, the G1S will be just perfect for you.
The Body-Solid G1S Home Gym is also an affordable addition to any pre-existing home gym if you want to add some machine and isolation exercises to your current free weight workouts, but don’t have room for a large heavier-duty (and more expensive) machine with a more substantial footprint.
Why buy a home gym?
Whether you can’t make it to the gym as often as you would like or are just looking for a way to compliment your exercise routine from home, a good quality multi gym can be an excellent choice.
While there are still some great home gyms for under $500, to find a high-quality system that uses a fixed weight stack you will often be looking at paying closer to $1000.
But if you add up the amount of use you would get from it over the years, and compare it to how much the equivalent cost would be in gym memberships, it can still save you a lot of money in the long term.
Product: Body-Solid G1S Home Gym
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Warranty: Lifetime covering everything. Forever
My rating: 9.5/10
- Redesigned and updated new entry to the Body Solid Stable of Gyms
- This is the updated version of the best selling EXM1500S. Design, Color, pads, pulleys, frame, everything has been updated.
- Easy to use, space saving, no-cable-change design
- Includes lat bar, straight bar, ankle strap, ab/triceps strap, Total Body Workout DVD, and convenient water bottle and towel holder.
- Body-Solid Exclusive in home only Lifetime Warranty on Pads, Pulleys, Cables, Frames
- Footprint: 73” L x 47” W x 84” H
- Total weight of machine: 315 pounds
- 160-pound weight stack
- 2,200 tensile strength cables
- Press Arm (with multiple hand positions, including palms facing).
- High Pulley (for lat pulldowns and tricep pushdowns).
- Mid Pulley (overhead tricep extensions, ab crunches, rear flyes).
- Low Pulley (bicep curls, rows, upright rows, delt raises, leg adduction & abduction).
- Leg Developer (leg curls and extensions).
- Body-Solid claims that 40 or more exercises are possible with the G1S.
Other Equipment Included:
- Lat pulldown bar
- Straight bar
- Ankle and wrist straps
- Total Body Workout DVD
- Exercise diagram wall poster
Upper body workouts
Despite its relatively simple design, there are a surprising number of upper body exercises that can be performed with the Body Solid G1S.This is due to the combination of 3 cable pulleys, main pressing arm, and impressive weight in the stack.Although the high cable is traditionally used for lat pulldowns, the height also makes it ideal for tricep pushdowns, and even single arm bicep curls.
Moving down the machine we next have the mid-range pulley.Positioned just above the headrest, this is in the perfect position for attaching an ab harness to target your abs with seated crunches.
With so many different exercise options, we’ve provided a collection of the ones proving most popular and useful in the list below:
- Chest press
- Tricep pushdown
- Standing concentration curls
- Bicep curls
- Wide grip lat pulldowns
- Close grip lat pulldowns
- Tricep kickbacks
- Lateral raises
- Face Pulls
- Seated Rows
Lower body workouts
If you don’t currently own a squat rack or power cage, you’ll want to find a home gym that has enough lower body exercises to put together an effective leg workout.Aside from the imbalanced look of your physique, not training your lower body can restrict the gains you make on your upper body.
The Body Solid G1S provides two main ways to train legs. The first is the leg developer, and the second is the separate low cable pulley.While the leg developer is ideal for targetting your quads with leg extensions, the low pulley is better for hip and hamstring exercises.
- Cable lunges
- Cable hip extensions
- Standing leg lifts
- Cable hip adduction
- Cable hip abduction
- Standing cable hip flexion
- Extremely well made
- Easy to follow instructions
- Doesn’t take up too much space
- Wide range of exercises
- Can take a few hours to assemble
- Pressing arm can restrict the space available when performing lat pulldowns facing the weight stack
Being centered on a 160 lb. Selectorized weight stack, the Body Solid G1S home gym can provide challenging workouts for both beginner and intermediate strength levels. With the contoured, adjustable seat and comfortable padding of the back support, you can perform a wide range of exercises from home without the need for a spotter or any additional safety equipment.
Having the four pulleys, including the separate low cable for curling, helps to prevent the need for any switching of attachments between exercises. This also helps to develop a balanced physique by targetting muscles from a variety of angles.
This upgraded version of the popular EXM1500S is backed by the best warranty in the industry, the Body-Solid In-Home Lifetime Warranty that covers everything. Forever.