The Weider Pro 4950 Home Gym is quite literally a big surprise.
Because it’s priced so cheaply, it’s probably better not to expect so much from this mid-range home gym. But it actually comes with more than its fair share of bells and whistles than you would find in more expensive home gyms.
In a nutshell, here’s what you get with a Weider 4950.
- Bargain prices starting at $400 to $500 depending on where you shop.
- Smooth and sturdy cables.
- Progressive resistance of up to 325 pounds.
- 150 pounds of weight stack, adjustable in five-pound increments.
- Allows for two users.
- Has seven stations for a balanced body workout
- Adjustable seats so anyone in the family can use it.
- Takes a long time to set up.
- Not as compact as you might like.
- Not made for shorter people.
- Preacher pad prone to wear and tear.
Good for Overall Strength Training
The Weider Pro 4950 home gym offers progressive resistance of up to 325 pounds and 150 pounds weight stack. Actually, that’s more than enough if you have never been to the gym before or if you’ve been there but you don’t consider yourself a die-hard gym rat.
If you’ve never lifted a muscle all your life, you can start with baby steps on this home gym with only five pounds and start working your way from there simply by adding more pounds when you’re ready.
This machine is not upgradable, though. If you’ve got a pretty ripped set of muscles, or if you gain a lot over the course of a few months, you won’t be able to increase resistance beyond 325 pounds.
But if you’re more like the average Jane and Joe who isn’t aiming for an Arnold Schwarzenegger type of build, you have a lot of room to grow on this machine.
Made for the Family
This particular Weider model is a multi-gym. There are two sets of weight stacks and stations, which allows two people to use it simultaneously.
It’s a great home gym for the family. And because you can easily adjust the weights, different people can use it for different purposes.
The seats are also adjustable to accommodate users of any height.
So if Sue can go on it to help her trim her love handles, Bill, who wants to build strong muscles, can also do it on this gym.
Weider boasts of a Precision System that they use for high-quality bushings and bearings.
What all this marketing-speak means is when you pull on the cables, you will feel the smooth and sturdy movement of the pulleys.
There is no jarring, snapping or crunching under the force of your weight and you’re able to take advantage of the full range of motion you get with such strong cables.
The frame is also sturdy. You can, in fact, have little kids running around your home gym but you won’t get scared they’d tip it over.
Full Body Workouts
For a very competitive price, you get seven stations that you normally wouldn’t get from other brands offering home gyms at the same price.
This gives the Weider Pro 4950 an edge over other models in the same price range because it allows you to work out all major muscle groups with a wide variety of exercises.
- High pulley/Lat pulldown that supports multiple hand positions
- Expandable chest fly for both major and minor pec muscles
- Chest press for bench presses
- Adjustable preacher pad for isolating arm muscles
- Low pulley with flip-up row plate for leg exercises that also work out the upper body
- 4-roll leg developer
- Leg press for isolating leg muscles
The Weider 4950 also has a military press attachment for back and shoulder muscles.
Setup is Easy but Tedious
This huge machine is quite a beast setting up, but it isn’t difficult as long as you follow the instructions. There are detailed colored pictures to show you exactly what you have to do.
However, since the Weider Pro 4950 is bulky, there are a number of parts large and small that you’ll have to put together.
You’ll need to be handy with a wrench and matching sockets with this. If you’ve never set up a machine before, you might need a little help.
Average setup time for most people is 10 hours. It is a long time but you’ll get it right as long as you follow the instructions.
And by following instructions, we mean really following what the manual says to a T. When it says to turn the screw three times, only turn it three times. Tightening too much can cause undue pressure on you home gym that can lead to faster wear and tear.
Get Some Planning Done
Before you go out and buy a Weider Pro 4950, make sure you know where to set it up. When we say it’s a big surprise, it actually is a BIG surprise.
It has room for two people to exercise so you can expect it to take up a lot of room to put your home gym in. You’ll need a triangular space that’s around 7 feet on all sides.
However, if you’re going to attach the leg and row extensions, which we assume you’ll want to, you’ll need more space than that, so allow another 7 feet for the base of the triangle for the extensions.
Preacher Pad isn’t Perfect
A lot of people who have bought the Weider Pro 4950 have very little negative things to say about the different stations, but they have one thing in common about the preacher pad.
It simply isn’t good enough as the rest of the machine.
When you use the preacher pad, the cable rubs up against it, creating unnecessary friction that quickly wears out the pad.
Not for Short People
If you’re 6 feet tall and up, you won’t have problems with any of the exercises. But if you’re shorter than 6 feet, you’ll probably encounter problems reaching for some parts.
The chest fly, for example, is a little too high for someone who is 5’8”, even when you adjust the seat to help you reach for it.
It doesn’t mean the chest fly is rendered useless, though. You can work out your pecs perfectly simply by standing up. It helps if you’re flexible with your exercises so you can make full use of your home gym.
For a very small fraction of the cost of going to the gym or investing in a pricey model, Weider Pro 4950 home gym is well worth its price.
It’s a great piece of all-in-one exercise equipment for anyone who wants to shed off unwanted pounds, build strong muscles or both.
This isn’t for bodybuilders, so if you are one, you might want to get a fancy Bowflex Revolution instead.
But if you’re like the rest of us and your goal is to get lean, mean but not bulky, the Weider Pro 4950 is the way to go.