Body-Solid Powerline PSM1442XS Smith Gym
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|400+ lbs||Cast iron|
|50+||Frame: 10 years
Parts: 1 year
Just like the GPR378 Power Rack that we’ve already reviewed here, the Powerline PSM1442XS from Body-Solid is a gym package that includes several elements. It’s a Smith cage with a lat attachment and a pec fly station which also includes a bench with a leg developer and preacher pad. It’s a pretty complete gym set, offering the possibility to perform a wide array of exercises.
Technical Details & Specifications
- Assembled dimensions (Smith machine): 45L x 76W x 85H inches (114L x 193W x 216H cm)
- Assembled dimensions (bench): 55L x 25W x 20H (139L x 63.5W x 51H cm)
- Total weight: 400+ lbs (181+ kg)
- Included elements:
PSM144X Smith Machine
PFID130X Adjustable Bench
PLA144X Lat / Row Attachment
PPA13X Pec Fly Station
SP150 Weight Stack
GLDA1 Leg Developer
GPCA1 Preacher Curl Pad
- Weight stack: Cast iron plates, 150 lbs (68 kg)
- Possible exercises: 50+
- Warranty: Frame 10 years / Parts 1 year
Smith machine & pec fly station
The main element of this home gym is the PSM144X Smith machine. Needless to say, it has a sturdy steel construction featuring two 2″ x 2″ 12-gauge pillars which offer superior stability for the barbell. The fully assembled unit weighs approx. 158 lbs (71.6 kg) (without the weight stack and the other attachments). Also, its footprint is approx. 45″L x 76″W (114 x 193 cm) – the 76″ width includes the barbell too. Plus, by adding the bench, the whole unit will gain approx. 20″ (51 cm) in length. Therefore, you should assign a usage area for it of at least 7′ x 8′ (213 x 244 cm).
The height of the Smith cage is approx. 85″ (216 cm). This being said, it won’t fit in a room with a 7′ (213 cm) ceiling.
The pillars of the Smith care are vertical (without any incline). The rear pillars feature 14 lockout points with a spacing of 4 1/2″ (11.4 cm). The unit has a dual-lock safety spotter catch system which prevents the bar from pinning the user in a max-out situation by simply turning the pivot sleeve by 15°. The maximum recommended weight capacity for the spotter catch elements is 300 lbs (136 kg).
The carriage elements of the bar integrate Super-Glide nylon bushings. Therefore, the cage offers a very smooth movement of the bar up and down the guide bars.
The PSM144X Smith cage includes a Standard, 1″ in diameter bar with sleeves of the same diameter. Thus, in case you want to use Olympic (2″) weight plates, you will have to opt for a set of Olympic adapter sleeves (which are not included). The compatible options would be OA8 or OAS14. Unloaded, the bar weighs 32 lbs (14.5 kg)
The base bars of the unit are equipped with two weight plate storage pegs. They’re placed at the front and have the same 1″ diameter as the bar.
It’s important to mention that a weight plate set is not included with the machine, except for the weight stack that comes with the lat attachment. In other words, you will have to use your own plates for loading up the bar.
The front section of the Smith cage features a diamond-pattern foot plate to improve stability during squats. Also, the base bars of the unit are equipped with rubberized pads to prevent floor damage. But nonetheless, it is recommended to place and use this machine on a rubber mat.
The top bar, the base bars, the rear pillars and several other steel parts in the composition of the Smith machine are coated with corrosion-resistant paint finish. The front pillars and the guide rods of the lat machine feature a chrome finish.
This Powerline Smith cage includes the PPA13X Pec Fly Station. This is a pretty standard attachment featuring 6″ (15 cm) foam pads for forearm comfort. It connects to the weight stack of the lat machine and offers the possibility to execute standard front fly presses.
Lat attachment & weight stack
The Powerline PSM1442XS Smith Machine includes the PLA144X lat station which features a high-pulley for lat pulldowns, tricep pressdowns, etc. It also has a low pulley for seated rows, stand-up rows, bicep curls, and other exercises.
The lat attachment is equipped with 15 heavy-duty cast iron weight plates. They weigh 10 lbs (4.5 kg) each, so the total weight of the stack is 150 lbs (68 kg).
As opposed to the lat attachments included with various other home gyms, the PLA144X also features two 1″ diameter side pegs which can be loaded with Standard weight plates, or, if you opt for Olympic plate adapters, you can also use Olympic plates on them safely.
The lat station integrates several heavy-duty fiberglass-reinforced nylon pulleys. They are equipped with sealed ball bearings to provide a smooth cable movement during lat pulls, low rows, or pec flies. Also, even though the stack only weighs 150 lbs (68 kg), the cables can support over 2000 lbs. They’re all coated with a nylon layer to prevent the scratching of the pulleys.
The lat station includes a standard lat bar with curved and rubberized grips for the high-pulley, and a short bar also with rubberized grips for the low pulley. D-handles and ankle cuffs are not included.
Bench, leg developer & preacher pad
This Body-Solid Powerline Smith machine includes the PFID130X adjustable bench. It is an incline/decline/flat bench featuring 3 adjustment positions for the seat pad, and 4 adjustment positions for the backrest. It features 2″ of foam padding on both the backrest and the seat pad, and a durable vinyl upholstery.
When set to its flat position, its dimensions are 55″L x 25″W x 20″H (139L x 63.5W x 51H cm). Its net weight is 40 lbs (18.1 kg), while its weight capacity is 300 lbs (136 kg). Its base frame is made of steel tubing, similar to the bars of the cage.
The GLDA1 leg developer is included with the bench. This attachment features 3 height adjustment positions. It is equipped with a 9″ (22.8 cm) peg for loading with weight plates. This peg is 1″ in diameter, thus, it is for Standard weight plates, but it can be equipped with an Olympic adapter if you want to load 2″ plates on it.
The GLDA1 leg developer attachment is equipped with 4″ foam roller for optimal comfort during leg extensions, leg curls or other exercises. The side-to-side length of the foam rollers is approx. 18″ (46 cm). It also features a rubber stopper at the bottom to prevent paint chipping and clacking noises if it hits the base of the seat.
An important aspect to mention with regards to the leg developer and bench is that they cannot be attached to the low pulley of the lat machine as for other home gyms. Therefore, if you want to perform weighted leg extensions, for example, you will have to load up plates on its peg.
Last but not least, this Powerline home gym also includes the GPCA1 preacher pad attachment. Just as the leg developer, it offers three height adjustment positions. It features a similar 2″ foam padding and upholstery as the bench. It is 23″ (58.4 cm) wide, 14″ (35.5 cm) deep, and weighs approx. 18 lbs (8 kg). Its exact weight capacity is not specified, but users have reported that it can withstand at least 120 lbs (54.4 kg) with no problem.
- Wide grip pull-ups
- Muscle pull-ups
- Behind head pull-ups
- Close grip chin-ups
- Wide grip chin-ups
- Hanging knee raises
- Hanging leg raises
- Lat pull-downs
- Close grip pulldowns
- Behind head pulldowns
- Aerobic rowing
- Kneeling rowing
- Biceps curls
- Triceps press downs
- Pec flies
- Incline presses
- Decline presses
- Horizontal presses
- Single arm chest presses
- Wide grip chest presses
- Close grip chest presses
- Cable crunches
- Cable twist crunches
- Seated trunk rotations
- Standing trunk rotations
- Seated leg extensions
- Lying leg extensions
- Leg curls
- Stand-up leg curls
- Calf raises
- Single-leg squats
- Kneeling single-leg squats
- Wide squats
- Twisting squats
- Jumping squats
- Hip extensions
- Hip adductions
- Hip abductions
- … and more
When it comes to pull-ups, either the lat bar or the Smith machine bar can be used. Also, since the bench does not attach to the cage, you can easily set it aside and perform all kinds of dumbbell exercises.
Assembly & Maintenance
This Powerline Smith cage set requires full assembly, and this also stands for the bench, the lat attachment, and the other attachments. This being said, its full assembly will take at least a few hours. Since most of the parts are rather heavy, it is recommended to be assembled by at least two people.
The assembly task is not extremely complicated as for the machines with many pulleys. Manuals and schematics are included. However, tools for assembly are not included, and you will need adjustable wrenches, a set of Allen wrenches, and a rubber mallet.
For maintenance, it is recommended to periodically lubricate the guide rods of the lat attachment and the guide tubes of the Smith machine. A bottle of silicone lubricant is included. Other than this, it is recommended to inspect the machine from time to time, to make sure there are no damaged parts, and re-tighten any loose parts.
- Heavy-duty 12-ga steel construction;
- Dual-lock safety spotter catch system;
- 14 adjustment positions for the Smith cage;
- Pec fly station included;
- Lat machine with high-pulley and low-pulley workout stations;
- 150 lbs weight stack consisting of cast iron plates on the lat machine;
- Extra pegs for loading Standard 1″ weight plates on the carriage of the lat machine;
- Standard 1″ / 32 lbs barbell included;
- Flat/incline/decline bench included;
- 3-position preacher pad included;
- DuraFirm 2″ pads on the seat, backrest, and preacher pad;
- Leg developer included;
- Heavy-duty fiberglass reinforced nylon pulleys;
- 2,200 lbs tensile strength steel cables;
- Lat pulldown bar included;
- Short row bar included;
- Diamond-pattern base plate for extra foot stability;
- Storage pegs for 1″ weight plates on the front base of the unit;
- Over 50 possible exercises;
- Quiet operation;
- Little maintenance required;
- Fairly easy to assemble.
- Excellent warranty.
- The leg developer cannot be connected to the low pulley of the lat machine;
- 2″ adapters for Olympic plates are not included;
- Ankle cuffs and D-handles are not included.
The Powerline PSM1442XS Smith cage includes several attachments such as an adjustable bench, pec fly station, lat pulldown and low pulley station, leg developer, and a preacher pad attachment. A 32 lbs barbell, a lat bar, and a short row bar are also included. The lat machine features a 150 lbs cast iron weight stack with the possibility to add extra weight plates to it. It’s a pretty complete strength training system with a heavy-duty construction. It offers the possibility to perform more than 50 quality exercises in order to train all muscle groups. In all, it’s a versatile piece of equipment, perfect for any home gym set up.