Pros / It provides 40-plus exercises and has a compact, space-saving design.
Cons / It doesn’t have a leg press option, and resistance isn’t upgradeable.
Verdict / The Body-Solid G1S has five workout stations centered on a 160-pound weight stack. It packs impressive functionality into a small footprint and is backed by a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.
Although the Body-Solid G1S is comparable to larger home gyms in terms of performance, features and accessories, its MSRP is under $1,000, giving your wallet less of a workout than the $1,999 Bodycraft Galena Pro. Also, the G1S gives you 40-plus exercise options, but the Galena Pro provides just 25.
The G1S is a weight stack system with a compact footprint and an efficient, no-cable-change design. At 49 x 36 x 83 inches (length, width and height), its dimensions are the second smallest we measured, and its design features durable 12-gauge steel. The G1S weighs 323 pounds, which includes a 160-pound weight stack. The Bowflex Xtreme 2SE weighs much less, but it employs different resistance technologies. When you’re shopping for home gyms, you have numerous choices, and doing your research is important.
“Home gym technology is light years ahead of what it used to be just a few decades ago,” said Tom Holland, a nationally-recognized exercise physiologist, a Nautilus, Inc. fitness advisor and the author of Beat the Gym. “This includes the sheer number of options to choose from, the quality, the effectiveness, the more compact size and the incorporation of built-in fitness technology, all of which has truly revolutionized the home gym market.”
This home gym is one of two Body-Solid machines we reviewed. Our top overall pick is the G1S because it is so functional and durable, while the Powerline BSG10X is our choice for best value. Priced about $130 less than the G1S, the BSG10x likewise provides a challenging workout, but it comes with a lesser warranty.
The G1S accommodates one user at a time, and its maximum user weight isn’t stated. Most home gyms we reviewed set this limit at 300 pounds, and we assume the Body-Solid machine is similar. This machine doesn’t have an upgradeable resistance capacity, but there are accessories you can buy to enhance your workout experience. These include a stack adapter plate, a crunch harness and a multi-purpose bar. The G1S comes standard with a lat bar, straight bar, ankle strap, ab/triceps strap, Total Body Workout DVD, water bottle holder and towel holder.
If you need customer service for the G1S, Body-Solid provides phone and email support. When we emailed the company with questions about the machine, they were answered by the company’s CEO, Scott McDonald. Before you start shopping for a home gym, he recommends you first identify your fitness goals.
“Do you want to work only on upper body? A full body exercise? Your goals will dictate the types of functions you want from the gym,” he said. “Once you determine what you need…then you should have narrowed it down to a few models and you want to evaluate warranty, reviews that you can find on line, quality of the company and similar.”
If it isn’t being used commercially, the G1S is covered by a lifetime warranty. This includes frame and welds; pulleys, bearings and bushings; and hardware, plates and guide rods. Body-Solid’s guarantee also includes cables, upholstery and grips, making it the most impressive warranty we found. By contrast, the Marcy Club 200 is only covered for two years.