BodyCraft Galena Pro Home Gym
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Although it has been around for quite a while, the BodyCraft Galena Pro home gym continues to benefit from positive 4 and 5-star reviews from users all over the U.S., simply because it’s a well-built machine. It offers an exercise range similar to the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S, with two main workout bases, and several workouts stations.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 58D x 72W x 81.75H inches (147L x 183W x 208H cm)
- Assembled weight: 413 lbs (187 kg)
- Weight stack: Cast iron plates, 200 lbs (90.7 kg)
- Weight resistance: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Possible exercises: 30+
– Residential: Lifetime
– Commercial: Frame 10 years / Parts 2 years
Frame construction, parts & accessories
Like most weight stack machines, the BodyCraft Galena Pro features a steel frame construction, integrating 2″ x 3″ and 2″ x 2″ heavy gauge steel tubing. All the steel parts in its construction are multi-stage powder coated with a corrosion-resistant and scratch-resistant paint. The color used is Platinum Gray, this being the only color available for this home gym.
Needless to say, the whole home gym is quite heavy; with the frame and weight stack fully assembled, it weighs over 400 lbs. Therefore, even though it’s shipped in three boxes, it’s recommended to be carried, unboxed and assembled by at least two people.
Given its weight, stability shouldn’t be a problem. The bases don’t have adjustable stabilizers, nor do they have holes pre-drilled for anchoring it to the floor. However, they do have large rubberized pads.
The BodyCraft Galena Pro is a fairly large home gym system. It takes 58″ x 72″ (147 x 183 cm) floor space, and in order to perform all the exercises correctly, without any hindrance, it’s recommended to assign a workout area of at least 7′ x 9′. The assembled height of the unit is 81.75″ (208 cm). Therefore, it will be quite a tight fit in a room with a 7′ ceiling.
The machine incorporates several sets of pulleys, 3.5″ in diameter. They’re all heavy-duty, fiberglass reinforced, nylon pulleys, designed to last a lifetime. They also integrate industrial grade, sealed ball bearings for smooth operation. Some of the pulleys have pivoting housings, in order to adapt better to your exercises. The cables are internally lubricated, have a 7 x 19 strand construction rated at 2,000 lbs tensile strength.
Both seats feature a durable vinyl, double stitched upholstery. They’re padded with a generous layer of high-density foam, in order to provide maximum comfort. Also, the seat of the pec fly station is equipped with a set of side handlebars, to help with the leg press exercises, in case you opt for the additional leg press station.
The arms of the pec fly station, as well as the supports of the leg developer and the knee-stoppers placed under the backrest at the lat pulldown station, are equipped with 4″ foam rollers.
An important aspect to mention here is that the guards of the weight stack are not included with the home gym. However, you can install them later if you decide to purchase them. They’re not entirely necessary, but they do provide extra safety and improve the overall aspect of the home gym.
There are several accessories included with this BodyCraft home gym system. Among them, we can count a standard, 48″ lat bar with curved grips, a short bar with revolving handles for seated rows or curls, a 12-link extension chain, a velcro ankle cuff for hip abductions or other similar exercises, the Foam-Core ab harness, and a nylon single handle for various dumbbell-type exercises. The pec fly arms are also equipped each with a nylon handle. Plus, the set included a workout poster and a DVD which instruct you on how to perform each exercise correctly.
The BodyCraft Galena Pro home gym offers 6 distinctive workout stations. These are:
Pec fly station – this workout station is separated from the other workout stations, having its own seat. As we’ve mentioned above, its seat is non-adjustable. Its arms feature thick foam pads as well as hand-grips, offering the possibility to perform several types of fly exercises.
Press station – this workout station has an adjustable seat. The press bar allows parallel and horizontal grips. However, in case you’re wondering, you cannot perform laying bench presses on this machine, only seated presses.
Mid pulley station – not all home gyms offer a mid-pulley; the BodyCraft Galena Pro does. This mid pulley opens the possibility to perform ab crunches, trunk rotations, and other exercises. An ab harness accessory is included with the machine.
Low pulley station – as opposed to other home gyms, such as PowerLine P1X, for example, the low pulley station of this particular model is situated between the two seats, not under the leg developer. This way, you can save some space when performing seated rows or other low pulley exercises. A 12-link extension chai and a short bar are included, in order to attach to this workout station.
Lat pulldown station – the high pulley for the lat pulldown section is situated above the press station. It promotes exercises for the back and shoulders, indispensable for a home gym.The lat bar required is included.
Leg developer – this workout station is placed under the press arm station, and its pulleys can’t be used as low pulleys, such as for other machines. As its name suggests, it promotes exercises to the leg muscles.
The BodyCraft Galena Pro home gym is equipped with a 200 lbs (90.7 kg) weight stack composed of 19 weight plates, plus the top, stopper plate. Each plate weighs 10 lbs (4.5 kg). The plates are made of metallic alloy, this being one of the reasons the machine is a bit more expensive than other models with vinyl plates. They’re 1″ thick, precision milled plates, with EZ Glide nylon bushings.
For most workout stations the weight ratio is a bit above 1:1. However, for the optional leg press station, the weight ratio is 1.5:1 (max 300 lbs).
The only upgrade available for the weight stack is a 5 lbs (2.26 kg) weight adapter, which gives you the possibility to adjust your weight in increments of 5 lbs. There are no extra plates available for this machine, though.
- Ab Crunch
- Bench Press
- Biceps Curl (standing)
- Bent Over Row
- Close Grip Front Lat Pulldown
- Core Twist
- Deltoid Raise
- Glute Kick
- Inner Thigh Adduction
- Leg Curl
- Leg Raise
- Leg Extensions
- Oblique Bend
- Outer Thigh Abduction
- Pec Fly
- Leg Extension
- Leg Adduction
- Leg Abduction
- Pull Over
- Reverse Fly
- Shoulder Press
- Seated Row
- Shoulder Shrug
- Tricep Press Down
- Tricep Extension
- Tricep Kickback
- Upright Row
- Wide Grip Front Lat Pulldown
- … and more
Of course, if you opt for the leg press accessory, you can also perform leg presses. A triceps rope can be attached to the high pulley in order to offer more focus on the tricep muscles. One-leg curls can be performed by using the leg developer station, or by using the low pulley station with the ankle strap.
Assembly and Maintenance
The BodyCraft Galen Pro is a heavy fitness machine, and therefore, it’s recommended to be transported and assembled by at least a few people. The boxes contain many parts and fittings, so the assembly will take at least 5-6 hours. However, the manual provides excellent assembly instructions. The tools needed for the assembly are not included; you will need adjustable wrenches, Allen wrenches, a Phillips screwdriver and a rubber mallet.
For maintenance, the lubrication of the pulleys may be required after a while. The gliding beams of the weight stack should be lubricated periodically in order to provide a smooth operation. Other than these, it’s recommended to periodically check the integrity of the machine, to make sure that there aren’t any damaged or loose parts.
- Sturdy and heavy all-steel frame;
- Durable vinyl upholstery on seat and back support., with 2″ thick padding for optimal comfort;
- Highly durable pulleys, with sealed bearings;
- 4″ roll-pads and stoppers for leg exercises and lat pulldowns;
- Adjustable seat and backrest on the press station;
- Cast iron weight plates, with a total weight of 200 lbs, great for beginner to intermediate users;
- 6 workout stations, including press station, lat pulldown station, leg attachment, fly station, low pulley station, mid pulley station;
- Over 30 exercises available;
- Relatively small footprint for a home gym system;
- Quiet operation;
- Fairly easy to set up;
- Excellent warranty.
- Heavy fitness machine, rather difficult to move once it is assembled;
- Weight stack cannot be upgraded with additional plates;
- The tools for assembly are not included;
- Weight ratios for each workout station are not specified.
The BodyCraft Galena Pro is a mid-range home gym system equipped with a 200 lbs weight stack, metallic plates, and 6 workout stations. It has a solid, steel frame, with fiberglass reinforced pulleys and steel cables tested for 2,000 lbs. It’s a great machine for strength, stamina and cardio training, offering the possibility to perform more than 30 gym quality exercises. It’s a perfect cable weight machine for users of all levels. And finally, even though it’s not the most affordable, it offers great quality and value for the price, this being one of the reasons it benefits mostly from 5-star reviews from all users.