Weider home gyms are your choice of home gyms when you don’t have budget for anything else.
Are you jealously eyeing that gorgeous piece of craftsmanship that is a Body Solid home gym? Well, we can’t say a Weider home gym can match up to anything offered by Body Solid. But for such an affordable price you pay for a Weider, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
The price for the entry-level models start at around $150. If you prefer something with a few bells and whistles, you can expect to pay somewhere around $500.
That’s not bad compared to the few thousand dollars you would pay for a top-of-the-line model from Bowflex or Body Solid.
In fact, Weider’s better models, such as the Weider Total Body Works 5000 Gym, are priced even more cheaply than the most basic home gyms from other manufacturers.
Do not let the low prices fool you, though. Weider offers top-quality options that can help you reach your fitness goals, whether you’re trying to lose weight, tone your body or gain strength.
However, if you’re already very fit and you’re looking for a home gym because you want to bulk up, Weider isn’t for you.
For the rest of us who just want to look good in trunks or a bikini, however, a 150-dollar Weider home gym is your best friend.
The Weider Pro Series
Weider Pro 4300, Weider Pro 4950 and Weider Pro 6900 are two-in-one home gyms. They have stackable weights like Body Solid and a crossbow like Bowflex.
Each of the models in the series can provide you with a full-body workout that’s meant to improve all the major muscle groups of your body.
Weider Pro 4300 provides resistance of up to 195 pounds, while 4950 and 6900 both offer up to 325 pounds for more advanced users. All three have a 150-pound weight stack.
They all also include a multiple-position lat bar, low pulley that allows for 50 upper body exercises, 4-roll leg developer and an adjustable preacher pad.
The Weider Pro 4950 and 4300 have a chest press and a separate expandable chest fly. The 6900, on the other hand, has a dual-function chest press and chest fly.
The most advanced of the three, the Weider Pro 4950, also features a military press that can be folded away when you need to and a leg press for isolating muscles in your hamstring and glutes. It’s a multi-gym that allows for two people to work out at the same time.
The frame of Weider home gyms are made from tough steel tubing and a weight set to keep it from rust and wear and tear.
People who have bought one of the Pro series have reported that their home gyms have been with them for several years and look good as new as when they bought it.
That’s a great deal for a complete home gym that’s priced cheaper than most reputable brands in the market.
Weider Crossbow (A.k.a Weider Crossbar)
Crossbow is Bowflex’s main competition. Some people might shake their heads at the idea but you can tell from the fact that Weider changed its name from Crossbow to Crossbar then eventually to Weider Max. It is definitely setting itself apart from Bowflex.
And with very competitive pricing (almost half as expensive as Bowflex home gyms), we won’t be surprised if Weider surpasses Bowflex in the crossbow home gyms category.
Resistance begins at 10 pounds. You can increase in 10-pound increments until you reach 240 pounds. That’s 30 pounds more resistance than Bowflex models.
Once you plateau at 240, there’s an option to upgrade to 440 pounds, still higher than Bowflex’s peak resistance of 410.
The Weider Crossbow has a lat pulldown, cardio rowing machine, low pulleys and a leg developer.
Sure, it doesn’t have the trappings of, say, the Bowflex Ultimate 2. But this particular Weider home gym allows you to do more than 60 exercises.
Again, if you’re not a hard-core bodybuilder, in fact, if you’re not a hard-core anything, those more than 60 exercises are enough for you to get in good shape.
Weider Total Bodyworks 5000
The Total Bodyworks 5000 is the powerhouse of cheap and easy home gyms. You can get a Total Gym model that offers similar features, but we’d rather pay $150 for a Total Bodyworks than splurge $800 for something similar.
One look at the pictures you see online and you’d think it’s as flimsy as a piece of cardboard, but it’s not. This home gym can support up to 300 pounds of body weight.
Some people heavier than 300 pounds even say that the Total Bodyworks can handle their weight, but we suggest you stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations to be safe.
Because it’s a very simple machine, setup is very easy. Anyone who knows how to use a wrench to tighten a few nuts and bolts will be able to set up this home gym up in a few minutes.
Now, let’s take a quick look at what you get for a very cheap price
This machine uses bodyweight as its resistance mechanism. Therefore, if your goal is to bulk up like Superman or if you’ve been strength training for a while, you won’t find all features of this home gym useful.
You’ll find, however, that it’s perfect for upper body workouts, so you might not want to dismiss it yet if you’re an advanced user. However, if you want to use it for lower body workouts, we suggest you use free weights.
For other people, Total Bodyworks is ideal for losing weight and general toning and strengthening of the muscles.
It comes with an additional 50 pounds of resistance bands that you can use once you grow stronger. You can also vary the difficulty of your exercises using its various incline settings.
Lastly, the Weider Total Body Works is a light and compact home gym. You can easily fold it up and put it away in its own little corner until it’s time for you to take it out again.