Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym Review

This home gym option gives you a really good mix of functionality and affordability. The Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S has a great number of exercises, it is very strong and durable, has a few comfort features, and is actually comparatively small for a high end home gym. While it does not have as many exercise options as some other models out there or as much weight, it comes in at a fairly low price and is thus more than worth the investment.

Overview

If you would like to watch a little video overview about Body-Solid EXM Home Gyms, you can watch the clip provided below.

Body-Solid EXM Home Gyms (BodySolid.com)

Main Features

The Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym does have a good array of features that are worth mentioning.

  • 210-pound selectorized weight stack
  • Weights are in 10-pound increments
  • Uses a solid pin for weight selections
  • Has a chest press station
  • Comes with a perfect pectoral station
  • Has a leg extension and leg curl station
  • Has a lat pull down station
  • Ab crunch station included
  • Allows for seated rows
  • 2,200-pound tensile strength cables
  • 12-gauge high strength steel frame
  • Adjustable seats with great padding

Dimensions & Weight

When compared to other high end home gym models out there, the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym is actually fairly small and light. Now, don’t get it wrong, by itself this model is still pretty big and will take up a decent amount of space, but it is nothing when compared to other high end models.

  • Length: 83 inches
  • Width: 51 inches
  • Height: 83 inches
  • Weight: 300+ pounds

Warranty

The Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym comes with a great warranty. If the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym is only used at home, it has a limited lifetime warranty on the frame and all parts.

Assembly

Many people have noted that the assembly process for the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym is overly difficult. This is not necessarily because it is big and heavy, or because the tools are not included, but because of the instructions. The instructions only feature pictures without words and they are fairly complicated to follow. If you understand the instructions, you should be able to put it together yourself in a few hours, but that is a big if. Here we have links to the manual and schematics for some assistance.

What We Like About The Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym

There are a few specific things that we really like about the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym, so let’s go over those quickly.

Something that we like about the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym is that it does give you a pretty nice selection of possible workouts to do with it. Between the chest press, leg station, ab crunch station, seated row station, lat pull down station, perfect pec station, and more, you can work out virtually every muscle in your body. Now, the workout options are limited when compared to other high end home gyms, but considering the comparatively low price that this model comes in at, the options are pretty good.

We do also like how tough the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym is. It has a high strength steel frame that can hold up a whole lot of weight, plus it features a powder coat finish too. The pulleys and cables included are all extremely strong, with the cables having a tensile strength of 2,200 pounds. The base of the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym is fairly wide in order to make it as stable as can be.

Another thing that we like about the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym is that both of the seats and backrests are adjustable for height and overall position. This is good because it will allow more than one size of user to use it. Moreover, the seats and backrests have a nice vinyl cover in order to increase their strength and durability, plus it makes them easy to clean. The padding is also fairly thick, which means that you will be comfortable for the duration of your exercise routine. Moreover, the leg extension tool has great foam rollers for the safety of your knees and ankles.

What We Don’t Like About The Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym

There are just a couple of small issues that we have with the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym, so let’s quickly go over those.

As we mentioned before, the assembly process for the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym is very difficult. When paying over $1,000 for a home gym, we expect good instructions and a fairly straightforward assembly process.

While 210 pounds is more than enough weight for a beginner or intermediate weight lifter, it is not enough for really strong and serious exercise enthusiasts. For the money that is being spent, we would like to see a couple hundred more pounds being included in the weight stack. That or have a second stack.

Alternatives To The Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym

To give you a bit of a reference point, let’s talk about some of the other high end home gym options that you can consider buying.

Body-Solid EXM3000LPS Light Commercial Gym

The Body Solid EXM3000PLS is pretty much just the bigger upgraded version of the EXM2500S. The EXM3000LPS is more expensive, almost twice the price, but the functionality of it is also much higher. The EXM3000LPS is going to be quite a bit heavier, plus it takes up much more space than the EXM2500S. However, that being said, the EXM3000LPS has way more workout options, many more stations, and a heck of a lot more weight in the stack. In other words, the EXM25000S is much cheaper, but it also sacrifices many options and accessories for that lower price.

Marcy Diamond Elite Smith Cage

Whereas the Body Solid EXM2500S is a weight stack home gym, the Marcy Diamond Elite Smith Cage is a free weight option. The Smith cage is going to cost a little less than the EXM2500S, but that does not include the weight plates which have to be purchased separately. The real issue here is what your preference is, free weights or a weight stack. Both models are built tough, and both also have a high number of exercise options. However, the Smith Cage can provide you with much more of a challenge depending on the number of plates you buy and what their weight is.

Final Thoughts On The Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym

For the great price which the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym comes in at, it definitely makes for a good high end home gym option. While it does not have as many features or as much weight in the stack as some other high end models, it will still provide any beginner or intermediate weight lifter with a big challenge. Considering the affordable price which this model comes in at, we have no problem sacrificing a few features.

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