I have to say I am very surprised by this product. Like many other reviewers, I was searching for an alternative to paying the high prices associated with the larger Brand Name product shown in all the infomercials. I was happy to find this alternative at Walmart.com and after reading the reviews and doing some more research, I ordered it online and then started carefully watching some of those weekend/late night presentations of the BrandName product that costs hundreds of dollars more, really just to see what the gym did so I'd have a good basis for comparison when my Weider 5000 arrived. I did Site-to-Store, so there was no charge for shipping and a very helpful Walmart associate hauled the thing out to my vehicle. The box it comes in is very heavy on one end, light on the other, but had packing straps that made it easy enough to grab and maneuver. Getting it in the house by myself (near 50-year old female) was no easy feat - it's HEAVY! - but I managed. I had access to a hand-truck that would have made the move easier, but I opted to just grab the packing straps and lug it in to my home gym room. Opening the box I was very pleased to find only a few parts - the foot pad/platform and the handrail/grab bar (okay, I had to slide pads onto the grab bar), and one foot/support bar, which went on easily with provided 3 screws. It took me - seriously - less than 10 minutes to assemble the entire thing, by far the simplest assembly of any product I've ever ordered. 3 screws for the one platform piece, slide the foot pad in place & insert the locking pins, slide the handrail in place and insert the locking pins. That's IT. It nearly took me longer to get the thing out of the box and get the plastic protective covering removed than it did to get the thing together. Impressive. Next I must comment on the construction. For the price, I actually didn't expect heavy-duty construction, I frankly expected thin diameter tubing and an "okay" pulley system that I'd have to handle gingerly to make sure it lasts. That's simply not the case - this is solid, heavy duty tubing throughout, heavy cables that are plastic coated for protection. The foot platform is solid as a rock and I did note in my research that the big BRANDNAME manufacturer requires you to order the foot platform as an extra on many of their models - with the Weider it's included. In some cheaply made gym equipment I've noticed that the clearance in the grab bar, which also functions as a sit up bar, is very narrow - almost like they're made for small-framed people instead of the average American person. The sizing/clearance on this one is quite generous. I worked on a BrandName gym similar to this years ago, and when doing a pull up with the hand grab bar I was always having to raise my head at the end to avoid smashing into the bar. The Weider provides plenty of clearnace for your head to just smoothly slide in between your arms when doing a pull up. As other reviewers have noted, the problem with this thing, which I immediately recognized, is it's ADDICTIVEY FUN. I played with a lot of different exercises when I first set it up and have already found I can't WAIT to get to it again. For the money, this is just an unbeatable value. I'm accustomed to having to "settle" for something less than ideal if I want to buy a less expensive piece of gym equipment, and I know a lot of articles tell you that you "get what you pay for" and to buy the more expensive pieces of equipment. This is the exception to that rule. It is a solid piece of workout equipment that I know I'll get years and years of enjoyment from.
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