- 2014 Workbench Lever gym features redesigned Ipsilateral Arms that provide symmetrical and biomechanical performance
- The Lever gym incorporates a lock and load removable bench section opening up the lever area for power exercises such as squats, shrugs and rows
- Standard footplate increases its rigidity both while at-use or at-rest positions, Weight Capacity: press Arm: 500 lbs. Cable: 300 lbs.
- The bench has wheels for easy in and out access and includes handle bars for gripping
When I started looking for a home gym, I considered many different types, single stack with press arm, smith machine, and functional trainer. I chose this home gym and here's why. I tried each of them at a local fitness store. The single stack style, although convient since there are no weights to take off and put on, was awkward for me to use. The leg curl was always getting in my way. You basically have to put your legs in it for every sitting exercise. Also, most come with 160 to 205 pounds, usually not enough for bench press, never mind leg press, if you pay for the attachment, which then doubles the footprint size. Plus a quality one is much more expensive.
Smith machines and functional trainers were both really nice, especially the higer end models. In fact, if price wasn't an issue, i'd love something like the inspire F2, which is a combination of both. But at $3200, without the bench, that wasn't happening. So when factoring price, space, and number of excercises, the Powertec was the best fit for me. I should note that i already had a set of olympic weights so this wasn't an added expense.
As for the gym, it comes in only 2 boxes, each felt about a 100 pounds. I was able to get them to the basement myself, and not that big of a person, 5'11", 165. Everything was packaged well, no dents, scratches, etc. Set up took me about 3.5 hours for the gym and bench. Looking back it was pretty easy, only one cable to string. All the bolts, nuts, and washers were in marked bags, and all the pieces were there. I actually ended up with a few spares. All you need is a socket set and a wrench.