PowerLine BSG10X Home Gym
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|40+||10-160 lbs||10 lbs||Frame: 10 years
Parts: 1 year
The Powerline BSG10X is a mid range home gym system. Even though it does not include the full array of workout stations as a commercial gym machine, it does feature an extremely sturdy construction, and offers the possibility to perform more than 40 gym-quality exercises. It’s actually a Body Solid home gym, just as the EXM3000LPS, and this particular model has been around for quite a few years. But due to the fact that it’s quite a solid and versatile home gym system, so far it benefits from a large number of positive reviews. Also, since it’s an older model, its price has considerably been reduced since its launch, nowadays being available for over $400 less than its launch price.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 70L x 42W x 80H inches (178L x 106W x 203H cm)
- Assembled weight: 328 lbs (148.7 kg)
- Resistance system: Weight stacks
- Standard weight resistance: 160 lbs (72.5 kg)
- Possible exercises: 40+
- Warranty: Frame 10 years / Parts 1 year
Frame construction and parts
First of all the Powerline BSG10X is not extremely bulky for a home gym. It has a footprint of 70″L x 42″W (210 x 139 cm), and with all the additions, it requires a workout area of 78″ x 42″ (198 x 139 cm). With the lat tower assembled, it’s 80″ (203 cm) high, which means it should fit in a room with a 7′ (213 cm) ceiling, without any issues.
The machine’s frame is made of steel square tubing. Even though a maximum weight capacity is not specified for this machine, the seat and frame should be able to hold users up to 350 lbs (159 kg) without a problem. Also, when it comes to user height, this machine should be able to accommodate users up to 6’7″ (201 cm) comfortably.
All steel parts within the frame construction are coated with anti-corrosive, durable paint, electrostatically applied. The machine however, is made for indoor use. If placed outside, temperature variations and excessive moisture can take their toll upon its parts.
This home gym machine does not feature a gliding seat, for complete aerobic training. However, the height of the seat is adjustable, and locks in your desired position via a knob. The backrest position is also adjustable. Both seat and backrest feature 2″ (5 cm) padding, and durable synthetic leather upholstery.
There are 13 pulleys on this machine, all made of fiber glass reinforced, durable nylon material. They integrate precision-machined, heavy-duty ball bearings, designed to last a lifetime. The supplied cables can actually withstand 2,200 lbs of tension. They’re actually military spec, steel rope cables offering extreme durability. They also integrate swivels (on their ends), for a more comfortable operation, and to eliminate any torsion resistance.
Included workout stations
The BSG10X home gym includes several well-defined workout stations. These are:
Chest press station – designed for various grips and seated press, the pec station of this machine offers the possibility to work your pectorals and shoulder muscles.
Lat pulldown and high pulley station – an indispensable element for the development of shoulder, triceps and back muscles. It integrates a standard, detachable lat bar, with a length of 49″ (124 cm) between the grips.
Seated row and low pulley station. This machine doesn’t offer mobile seats with rollers for complete rowing exercises like the Bowflex PR1000 machine for example, this Powerline model does offer elements for seated row exercises. The low pulley station on the other hand, offers the possibility to perform exercises such as cable curls, shrugs, leg abductions etc.
Mid pulley station – for abdominal crunches and triceps extensions; the accessories included with the machine cover an ab crunch harness.
Leg attachment and low pulley station. This element offers the possibility to execute exercises such as leg extensions, leg cable curls, or standing biceps curls. Evidently, the attachment features consistently padded rollers, to offer the required comfort for leg extensions.
The first and most important aspect to be covered here is the fact that the machine’s weight stack cannot be upgraded. In other words, you cannot add more weight plates over the maximum 160 lbs. (72.5 kg).
On the other hand, there’s a leg press attachment available for this machine. Its code name is BSGLPX. It’s a simple press attachment, with a steel plate for feet positioning.
Other options include a premium ankle strap with faux wool padding, stirrup handle and a protective rubber mat.
Weight Resistance System and Increments
As we’ve mentioned above, the Powerline BSG10X machine features a weight stack resistance system. The weight stack includes 16 steel alloy weight plates, 10 lbs (4.5 kg) each, with a total weight of 160 lbs (72.5 kg).
In other words, this is a machine for beginners and intermediate users. And its weight adjustment increments are 10 lbs (4.5 kg). The main downside here is that the weight range is not upgradable.
A set of weight stickers is supplied with the machine, and they’re supposed to be placed on the plates in ascending order, top-to-bottom. The weight adjustment system is simple. You insert a pin into the plate with the desired weight.
This home gym machine offers the possibility to perform over 40 exercises. So, before we enumerate some of them, we’ll start with the exercises you can’t actually achieve with this machine.
First of all, the machine doesn’t feature a long or adjustable bench, like the Bowflex PR1000 for example, and therefore its leg attachment doesn’t support traditional leg curls. You can replace the horizontal leg curls with standing-up leg curls though, one leg at the time, using the low pulley station.
The machine doesn’t have a pec fly station either. In other words, you can’t do pectoral fly exercises. Also, there isn’t a possibility to add a pec fly station to this home gym machine. However, you can train the same group of muscles by performing standing cross-overs, with one arm, using the mid pulley station.
Among the possible exercises that can be performed with this machine, we can enumerate:
- Vertical grip chest presses
- Horizontal grip chest presses
- Incline chest presses
- High cable cross-overs
- Lat pulldowns
- Seated rows
- Seated tricep extensions
- Tricep pressdowns
- Standing biceps curls
- Concentration curls
- Deltoid raises
- Upright rows
- Ab crunches
- Oblique crunches
- Standing leg curls
- Leg extensions
- Leg abductions
- Glute kickbacks
- … and more.
The machine doesn’t come with an exercise chart or placard to attach to it, for quick reference. However, the manual offers quite a list of exercises, and several exercise programs suggestions.
Assembly and Maintenance
The machine comes packaged in quite a heavy box (over 300 lbs) which means the package should be received by at least two people. Also, especially if the machine will be setup in a room upstairs or downstairs, it’s best to unbox it and carry the parts one by one to the desired location.
The assembly of the machine is far from being difficult, but due to the many parts, it will take at least a couple of hours. Some of the tools are included, but you’ll also need your own adjustable wrench and a Phillips screwdriver.
For maintenance you’ll have to check the joints of the machine periodically and re-tighten the bolts if necessary. The guide rods and linear rods may require lubrication. Also, if any parts sustain damage, they should be replaced before re-using the machine, to avoid accidents.
- Commercial quality construction, extremely sturdy frame;
- Adjustable seat and backrest;
- Durable upholstery and thick padding for optimal comfort;
- 5 workout stations, including: pec station, lat pulldown station, leg attachment and low pulley station, mid pulley station, seated row station.
- Over 40 exercises available;
- Possibility to add a leg press station;
- Relatively small footprint for a home gym system;
- Easy to setup;
- Decent warranty package.
- Limited weight range, without the possibility to upgrade;
- Tools for assembly are not supplied.
The Powerline BSG10X home gym machine with a solid construction, offering the possibility to perform more than 40 exercises, for the most important groups of muscles. It’s not a machine for hardcore users, as it only offers a weight range between 10 and 160 lbs. But on the other hand, it’s a great machine for anyone who wants to build up strength and stamina from the comfort of their home. On top of that, due to the fact that this model has been around for quite a while, its price was decreased several times, summing up a present discount of over $400.