Weider Home Gym Review - What to Know Before You Buy?
Weider home gyms are some of the most affordable gyms on the market.
Weider makes both weight stack gyms and crossbow gyms (similar to the Bowflex Power Rod gyms). Weider also makes kettlebells, free weights and weight benches.
The Weider name has been around for years and is well known for their strength training equipment. Weider is actually subsidiary of ICON Health and Fitness, one of the largest producers of exercise equipment in the world. They also own brands like Proform, Nordic Track, Epic, Image and Weslo.
While Weider makes different strength training equipment, what they were most known for a few years ago were the Weider Crossbow home gyms. Similar to the Bowflex power rod gyms, they used bendable bars (crossbow or crossbars) to create resistance.
The crossbow gyms like the Max and the Platinum Plus were compact and lighter than traditional stack machines, more affordable plus they still gave you a wide variety of exercises.
Unfortunately, Weider seems to have discontinued these models (although you can still find some kicking around second-hand).
They've recently introduced the X-Factor Door gym which is similar to the Crossbow gyms. It attaches to a door and gives you over 210 pounds of resistance through cables. Like the Crossbow home gyms, it also uses progressive resistance (which basically means the harder you pull, the more resistance you get).
It's also more affordable than many gyms coming in around $100. However since it's fairly new, the jury's still out on what kind of results it delivers.
Weider also puts out a gym called the Total Body Works 5000. This is very similar in design to the Total Gym. You lie on an angled movable bench and use a pulley system to lift your own weight up and down the bench.
Resistance is provided in the form of gravity and your own body weight. Inclines are adjustable so the steeper the incline, the harder you work. The gym also folds up to save space.
Weider kettle bells offer a different twist on standard kettle bells. They combine 7 kettlebells into one. You can adjust from 10 to 40 pounds so you get a great variety of options for your workout.
Weider also offers a couple of different power cages and a weight stack home gym. But you don't get a lot of options with these systems and it might be better to look at a more experienced name in weight stack gyms like Bodysolid or Body Craft.
So depending on what you're looking for, a Weider home gym might be a good fit for you. Unfortunately (as of this writing at least) you don't have as many options to choose from as you used to.
However you can often find older Weider home gyms kicking around your classified ads or on ebay. Just be aware that the warranty won't cover you as you're the second buyer of the product (manufacturers do not honor warranties on second owners.)
So is Weider a good name? They certainly have the experience you want. And they have a lot of good reviews - especially on their older crossbow machines.
However the options are a lot more limited than they used to be. Other brands to check out besides Weider include Bodysolid, Bowflex, Powertec and Body craft.