Body-Solid GLGS100 Leverage Gym Machine

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600 lbsFrame - lifetime
Parts - 3 years
Wear - 1 year

The GLGS100 Corner Leverage Machine is one of the strength training systems released by Body-Solid in 2014, but it’s still available at the moment. It’s a heavy-duty commercial-grade gym system featuring three workout stations. This model does not include a bench, though. The one with the bench is the GLGS100P4.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 69L x 67W x 82H inches (175L x 170W x 208H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 191 lbs (86.6 kg)
  • Weight limit: 600 lbs (272 kg)
  • Workout stations: Lat pulldown, press/squat, low pulley
  • Possible exercises: 40+
  • Accessories: Lat bar, short bar, revolving cable handle, 2x spring collar
  • Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 3 years / Wear parts 1 year

Frame construction

The Body-Solid GLGS100 leverage machine features a heavy-duty steel frame made of cylindrical tubing. The tubes of the unit’s main body are thicker, and due to their cylindrical structure, they offer more structural strength for the machine than rectangular tubing. The main body features a high-tech/high-gloss anodized red finish, resistant to corrosion, abrasion, and chipping. The press arm assembly has a dark gray finish, while the plate storage pegs are chrome-plated.

The machine is not super large. With all the parts assembled, it is approx. 69″ (175 cm) long, and 67″ (170 cm) wide. It is recommended, though, to leave at least 2 feet (61 cm) of clearance on each side of it, and at least 3-4 feet (91 – 122 cm) of clearance at the front, to be able to execute all the exercises correctly and without any hindrance.

The unit’s height is 82″ (208 cm). This being said, it should fit in a room with a 7-foot (213 cm) ceiling. However, it would be a pretty tight fit and you may not be able to execute all the pull-up exercises correctly.

The machine is also pretty heavy. Its net weight is approx. 191 lbs (86.6 kg). Its base bars are not pre-drilled for anchoring it to the floor, but due to its weight, it should provide excellent stability on its own. Plus, you can always improve its stability by loading weight plates on its lateral storage pegs. The base bars also have two small rings welded at their front, to which you can attach elastic ropes.

The unit’s main upright tube has several adjustment positions for locking the press arm in place. Therefore, you can have it in a high position for pull-ups or chin-ups, in a horizontal position for dips, or in a low position for inclined push-ups.

Other parts and accessories

First of all, the Body-Solid GLGS100 leverage gym system is equipped with five large pulleys. They’re made from a durable nylon material with integrated ball bearings. The cables are steel-made, featuring PVC sleeves to prevent the pulleys from scratching. The exact capacity of the cables is not specified, but they should be able to withstand much more than the specified limit of the machine.

The unit’s weight plate storage pegs are 2″ thick, meant for Olympic plates with 2″ holes in diameter. They are not easily removable, but they can be removed. They are approx. 9.75″ (25 cm) long so they should fit at least 3-4 heavy plates each.

The press arm handles offer the possibility to adopt three types of grips. They are welded to the main tube of the press arm for improved sturdiness. They have PVC foam sleeves for a comfortable and secure grip. Also, a squat bar with a foam cushion is included; this can be attached to the front section of the press arm, for improved comfort and control.

Similar to the Body-Solid G6BR, this machine includes a knee stopper which is pretty handy for lat pulldowns with heavy loads. This element is adjustable. Its adjustment plate features 5 holes. The top hole offers the possibility to lock it in a horizontal position so you can use it as a support to hold on to when performing one-arm cable exercises.

In terms of accessories, the GLGS100 leverage machine comes with a standard, wide-grip lat bar, a short bar for low rows, a revolving cable handle, and a short extension chain. Two spring collars for fixing plates in place on the storage pegs are also included. However, as is the case for most similar weight training systems, weight plates are not included. Also, a bench is not included with this particular model.

Workout Stations

The Body-Solid GLG100 leverage machine features three main workout stations. These are:

High-pulley station. The machine’s high-pulley station is equipped with only one terminal pulley and one cable. It connects to the weight carriage at the back of the unit. You can connect the included lat bar or the revolving handle to it. However, you can also opt for an ab harness or tricep rope for different exercises. The last two accessories (tricep rope, ab harness) are not included.

Press/squat station. This element is quite versatile. As we’ve mentioned above, you can lock the press assembly in several positions. If locked in the highest position, you can perform pull-ups. If locked in a median position, you can perform dips. Evidently, you can also move it freely and execute exercises such as shrugs, squats, etc. It’s important to mention, though, that the two arms of the press assembly are connected and cannot move independently.

Low-pulley station. Just like the high-pulley station, the low pulley station connects to the weight carriage at the back of the machine. It offers the possibility to perform low rows, tricep kickbacks, lateral side raises, front arm raises, bicep curls, leg kickbacks, or leg abductions. The last two exercises require an ankle cuff which is not included.

Possible Exercises

The Body-Solid GLGS100 corner leverage gym machine offers the possibility to execute more than 40 exercises. The list includes:

  • Triceps Pushdowns
  • French Presses
  • Standing French Presses
  • Tricep Presses
  • Tricep Extensions
  • Bicep Curls
  • Tricep Kickbacks
  • Wrist Extensions
  • Trunk Rotations
  • Woodchops
  • Ab Crunches
  • Oblique Ab Crunches
  • Standing Wide Angle Lat Rows
  • Narrow Pulldowns
  • Seated Lat Rows
  • Stiff Arm Pulldowns
  • High Rows
  • Low Rows
  • Low Back Extensions
  • Shoulder Pullovers
  • Lat Pulldowns
  • Chest Presses
  • Pull-ups
  • Dips
  • Shrugs
  • Squats
  • Deltoid Rows
  • Shoulder Presses
  • Shoulder Extensions
  • Front Shoulder Raises
  • Scapular Protractions
  • Scapular Retractions
  • Leg Kickbacks
  • Hip Abductions
  • Hip Adductions
  • Prone Leg Curls
  • … and more.

For most of the exercises in the list above, you can perform at least a few variations. Also, some of the exercises listed here, will requires certain accessories that are not included. For example, seated or horizontal chest presses require a bench, while leg kickbacks require an ankle cuff.

Assembly and Maintenance

The Body-Solid GLG100 leverage machine requires complete user assembly. The process is not too complicated, though, and the manual provides pretty clear step-by-step assembly instructions and schematics. Tools for assembly are not included. You will need set of wrenches, a Phillips screwdriver, and a rubber mallet. The whole task shouldn’t take more than two hours.

Once the unit is assembled, maintenance doesn’t require much. The joints of the moving parts may need some lubrication from time to time. Other than this, you only need to keep the machine clean and periodically inspect it to make sure that all the parts still function properly.

The Pros

  • Commercial quality construction, extremely sturdy frame;
  • 600 lbs weight limit;
  • 3 workout stations, including front press station, lat pulldown station, and low pulley station;
  • Multiple locking positions for the press arm;
  • Front base footplate for improved stability;
  • Angle-adjustable knee stopper element for lat pulldowns with a heavy load;
  • Heavy-duty pulleys and cables;
  • 9.75″ plate storage pegs for Olympic (2″) plates;
  • Lat bar included;
  • Squat bar included;
  • Revolving handle included;
  • Short bar for rows included;
  • Collar springs for securing plates included;
  • Offers the possibility to perform more than 40 exercises;
  • Fairly easy to set up;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Excellent warranty.

The Cons

  • Tools for assembly not included;
  • Ankle cuff not included.


The Body-Solid GLGS100 is a commercial-grade leverage gym machine. It features three workout stations including high-pulley, low-pulley, and an arm press. The arm press has a locking feature, and the machine integrates a knee stopper. It also includes a lat bar, a squat bar, a revolving handle, and a short bar for rows. It offers the possibility to perform more than 40 exercises with different variations. In all, it’s a heavy-duty gym machine, great for users of all levels, and comes with an excellent warranty.

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