Comes delivered in 3 boxes (2 are for the weight stacks, 1 is for the machine). Machine box looked like it fell off the truck while cruising down the highway! Box was halfway open, but in the end, all of the parts were there and no damage to any parts.
It was a little overwhelming. I did it myself, there was really nothing that *required* multiple people. It did take me around 5-6 hours, but I went very slow, reading each step 2-3 times as I went through it to make sure I didn't miss anything. The machine itself went together quickly, but the pulley system was complex. But in the end, the instructions were spot on, and all parts were accounted for, went together quite smoothly and I'm not an expert at putting anything together! I would recommend organizing all the parts on the floor before jumping into assembly. Especially the pulley parts.
It's about 6'6" tall, 5'6" length, and 3'5" width (with the arm bars). If you plan to use sitting rows, add an extra few feet on length, however long your legs are, for clearance. Obviously with it put together, it's heavy! On hardwood floors, you can slide it if you need to adjust position, but it's heavy enough that I wouldn't try to lift it once you have it in position. I didn't see any reason to put a mat under the machine, mines not moving, ever! But I would guess that you could if you wanted to.
The machine comes with several detachable pieces, including the preacher pad, hand-grip pulley, and lat bar. After 1 use of the preacher pad, I put it away, just didn't have the right feel. The lat bar is ok, not a very good grip and not very wide, but serves it's purpose. The hand-grip pulley, not really sure if I'll ever use it. I would recommend that you purchase additional accessories for a more comfortable workout. Pull down rope, triceps v-bar, straight bar, or anything else that makes your workout more pleasant with the right equipment.
I've used it a few times now, sort of getting in the groove of working out at home instead of paying the monthly gym membership. I was skeptical, didn't know if I could get a true workout with just this machine, a sit-up bench (purchase separately), and a handful of various size dumbbells (purchased separately). What I'm finding is that this machine does quite a bit of the basic exercises very well. The chest press and chest fly are as good as what my gym provides. Lat pull-down likewise, couldn't ask for much more (although as stated earlier, you can purchase a higher quality lat pull-down bar for a more comfortable workout). Triceps pull-down is a little different, you have to stand back a bit further than I'm used to, but it works fairly well once you get used to it. I did purchase separately a v-bar and rope, which makes the triceps pull-down exercise so much better. Very impressed with the standing calf raises, very easy to use if you purchase a cheap $5 step platform and place on the foot plate to keep your heels off the ground. I was also impressed with the ab crunches, but I would purchase a pull-down rope instead of using the lat bar as shown on the exercise guide that comes with the machine. The sitting rows, with the foot plate in the upward position, works great, but get a little cushion or something to sit on when using. I was disappointed in the leg extensions and leg curls. Very awkward feeling, not enough room on the extension, and the weight felt very heavy. I don't use the machine for bicep workouts, I use dumbbells. Overall, minus the leg extension/curl, the machine has worked like a champ.
For the price paid ($289) this has been a phenomenal purchase! I was very skeptical when I ordered it, but am not regretting this purchase a single bit now that I've used it several times. Although lacking with the leg extension/curls, and package was totally mangled at my door, I'm still giving it 5 stars due to it exceeding my expectations for the price I paid for a home gym.
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