I’ve been thinking a lot about how much I hate the cold. Getting out of bed, getting to work, and getting home are all hard enough. I never want to go anywhere, which means my fitness goals are way more likely to fall through. It’s a miracle if I can get to the gym.
Luckily, I’m not one for excuses. I had been thinking about ways around this since last year was so rough, and I finally caved and bought an at-home gym. I’ve always kept machines in my routine, so I felt obligated to write about my experiences at home. So, without further ado: my Powerline BSG10x Home Gym Review.
Powerline is a well-established brand that I felt comfortable trusting. I recognized the brand from my gym. They’ve been around for over twenty years, and have an outrageous amount of fitness products they put out.
This particular unit was released in 2008, but in all my Googling was still consistently gracing the Top 10 lists. I was sort of hesitant to not look towards something more modern, but I bit the bullet and trusted the reviews.
I’ll throw the specs out right away so we can get on with the review. Here’s a video detailing all of the features, if you’d prefer.
This machine is small. It fit easily into the corner of my garage, and was relatively simple to assemble. I’m not a handy guy by any means, so while Powerline claims you can get to working out half an hour after the shipment arrives, it took closer to ninety minutes for me. (That’s a generous, low estimate.) The instructions were clear, but it was a learning curve for sure. It shouldn’t be a problem for anybody who regularly assembles stuff.
The workout it provided was great. It easily hit every muscle group I was hoping to, and for the first time in awhile provided a sort of guilt-free, at-home workout. It hardly felt like a compromise to skip the gym, whereas my usual cheat day of bodyweight stuff usually does.
The machine apparently uses military-grade aircraft cables. That sounds impressive, and while I definitely didn’t feel like my cables would break on me, I’ve seen a few reviews online say that theirs did. If this happens within the yearlong warranty, that’s fine. If not, though, you’re out of luck. It was a rare enough complaint that I’m confident mine won’t, but it’s happened to some people so I’ll be careful.
This machine seems to be for a very specific person. If you’re somebody who works out regularly and wants to have a handy weighted option around the house, it’s probably a good choice.
The problems arise for people who are hyper-fit. If you’re the kind of person that’s religiously gone to the gym for decades and could crush a basketball with your bare hands, this is not for you.
The machine only goes up to 160lbs, and while its range of workouts is impressive, it’s definitely not all encompassing. You can’t squat, for example. There are limited options for chest workouts beyond the chest press. Etc.
The price may vary, but I bought mine on Amazon here. The price point is sort of a middle ground for an at-home gym, and the unit gives exactly that. It’s durable, has a well-rounded set of workouts, and meets people in the middle ground in every way possible.
There are units way more expensive that, not surprisingly, offer a way more in-depth workout. The opposite is also true: most cheaper units are going to give fewer options, be less durable, or be harder to build.
There are an absurd amount of at-home gyms to choose from, and it’s next to impossible to compare them all. I’ll show you some of the ones I was looking at before buying, though, so you can make your own decisions and get an idea of where to start.
This guy comes in a little cheaper on Amazon, and provides largely the same features.
While the posting claims that the machine offers a higher number of workouts, I’m a bit skeptical. Some people swear by it, but it seemed like a clunker design to me and was a bit bigger. Worth checking out, at least.
Some people swear by it, but it seemed like a clunker design to me and was a bit bigger. Worth checking out, at least.
This one is for the people that are crushing basketballs with their bare hands. You could squat in your house!
The cocky part of me was really considering going all out and buying it, but it was outside of my budget. Also, if I struggled with setup as is, imagine me trying to put together the Diamond Elite.
Also, if I struggled with setup as is, imagine me trying to put together the Diamond Elite.
I’m happy with my purchase. I’m at a fitness level where the BSG10x gives me exactly what I’m looking for. I’m a bit concerned that I’ll cap out with the weights some day, but in the mean time this should be fine. I would definitely recommend it to anybody looking to keep weightlifting on their agenda when they can’t find time to get to the gym.
Hey! My name is Paul Sheldon. I live in Nashville, TN and I love all things related to sports. Naturally I love workking out and I do it every day. If you want to talk feel freee to hit me a message or if you happen to be in Nashville we can get a coffee, I know a great place. Peace!