Weider Ultimate Body Works
- Adjustable incline bench on wheels with a pulley on each side Adjust the bench to a steeper incline to increase the amount of weight resistance
- Resistance Bands: Provides the option to increase weight resistance up to 50-pounds with the addition of the four resistance bands
- Cable & Pulley System allow for greater versatility and greater range of motion
- Space Saver Design: The Weider Ultimate Body Works conveniently folds for easy storageWarranty: 90 Days Parts & Labor Warranty
- Sales allowed to the lower 48 United States only
- No sales allowed to Hawaii, Alaska, Military (APO/FPO/DPO), Territories or Protectorates
Designed for a total body workout, the Weider Ultimate Body Works is perfect for both upper and lower body workouts. It strengthens muscles and enhances flexibility. Adjust the incline bench to your desired position with the help of pulleys on both sides—allowing you to increase or decrease the weight resistance suitable to your body weight. This home gym features our compact SpaceSaver design making it the perfect full-body workout equipment for home use.
- Telescoping Design
- Rolling Seat
- High Pulley
- Sit Up/High Handle
- SpaceSaver Design
- Leg Squat
- Free Motion Cables
- Incline Adjust
- SuperPack Additional Resistance
- 90-Day Parts & Labor Warranty
- Footprint: 71″ x 26.5″ x 49.5″
Reviews of Weider Ultimate Body Works
Review 1: An effective and very reasonably priced piece of equipment
First of all, for those of you wondering how this differs from the older model, the “Total Body Works 5000,” it really doesn’t. The colors are different, and the shape of the glide-board is slightly different, but other than that, it’s the same thing. So if you already own the Total Body Works 5000, and you’re trying to decide whether or not to “upgrade” to the Ultimate Body Works, I’d say don’t bother, since it’s really not an upgrade at all. It does the exact same thing, there are no new attachments or anything other added functionality.
Having said that, this is a great piece of very reasonably priced exercise equipment. I’ve used the Total Body Works 5000 for years, and when it finally started to show its age, I bought this, and I see myself using this for many more years. Sure, it’s a complete knock-off of the Total Gym, but it will cost you a couple of hundred dollars less, it does the same thing, and it even has the added advantage of resistance bands (basically, they’re four bungee cords at the bottom of the glide board, which you can hook into the bottom of the frame to add tension, making your work-out tougher.) I will say that while the bungee cord idea is good, it’s not flawless. After a few years, the cords will become very slack, adding significantly less tension than they do when they’re new. But still, the Total Gym doesn’t offer it all, so the fact that this does offer it is pretty cool.
There are tons of exercises you can do with this thing. You can find plenty of videos on YouTube, or just use your imagination. I don’t think this would necessarily be the best thing to get if you’re looking to really bulk up, but if you just want a nicely toned, fit body, this should do the trick. Also, although this does come with a footboard for doing leg exercises, I feel the equipment overall works much better for upper body workouts. The footboard is a little bit smaller than I think it should be, making it less than ideal for doing squats. I actually prefer to take the footboard out and put the handles in the footboard slot so that I can do shoulder presses.
Assembling the Ultimate Body Works is no big deal– basically, it’s just a matter of putting in a few screws. You will need an adjustable wrench to tighten the screws. Also, if you’re small or not strong, you might want someone to help you since it’s a bit bulky to work with, but I had no trouble doing it myself, and I’m not exactly the hulk.
The equipment folds up neatly and easily for storage. I live in a one bedroom co-op, so my space is very limited, and this works well for me.
Overall, it’s an effective piece of equipment for a great price, that also happens to be kind of fun to use.
Review 2: The name describes it perfectly
Full disclosure: I was not able to buy this from Amazon as I didn’t have the cash to spare, so had to buy it from another retailer where I have credit; this same review is at the other retailer’s site, should they approve it.
This machine is better than my basic Bowflex Power Pro hands down. With just 30 seconds between sets, it really gets the heart rate pumping much more than the same sets and timing using the Bowflex. I guess because the type of exercises is much more varied with this machine, such as rowing and even pull ups. And the 4 added resistance bands are a stroke of genius.
I also use it to stretch my troublesome lower and upper back and left shoulder out by inclining fully and just kind of hanging for a few seconds. It really helps my back being able to stretch it out so easily
I do have to mention that it is a louder than I thought it would be when gliding, but not enough to wake someone up. Also, you cannot disconnect the cable to do pull ups, etc, so you hear the handles or snap hooks hitting the metal base of the machine (I work out when I get home from work at night, so I just put a sweater over it so as not to wake up the family). I also work out during the day as well, each day a different body part, but with the added bonus of cardio and abs daily.
The build is better than I expected, but do make sure all your bolts are tight. The eye bolts that hold the 2 pulleys almost came off on me before I noticed it. So I tightened them up accordingly and keep a close eye on them and all other connections. Also, I would upgrade the hand grips to Bowflex hand grips, which are much easier on hands than the hard plastic grips that come with this otherwise excellent machine.
I have noticed a huge difference in my arms and legs, as well as my abs, back, and stamina. It truly is a total body workout with one machine. My brother is also using it and is very impressed as well.
Years ago, I had the first generation Total Gym, but it broke after just a few months. I hope this Weider holds up, because other than the few minor items I mentioned above, it is really a great machine that will work you out more than you might want at times, but within a few hours or a day, you hear it calling your name and are ready to tackle another body part.
Review 3: 5 years strong.
First of all, I do not own the total gym so I cannot make any comparison what so ever in terms of durability. I have tried both however,except the total gym was a base model and they both functioned relatively the same. Again, this is mpt a comparison to the total gym, just some feedback on the product by weider.
I bought one of these from Wal-Mart back in 2013 and used it day in and day out, I was 16 at the time and used it to supplement my gymnastics strength training. I’m not buying another one because the first one broke, the first one is somewhere with my parents and still going strong.
I joined the military, and moved out And didn’t feel like shipping that with me over other items out to where I was stationed. I only have one downside to this, and that is the resistance bands, at all 4 straps, were too strong, meaning they held the slidable part almost in place And i found myself, if I had a shirt on, just sliding off the bench when I pulled or pushed myself lol. Minor issue really. Other than that I purchased it to assist in rings work and general shoulder stability and strength, which it does phenomenally. I didn’t expect it to be so versatile in the home however.
I bought it for MYSELF to use for heavy strength and conditioning, not even realizing that my parents would be able to use it including my father who has had multiple joint surgeries to include the shoulder and his lower back. To be so versatile over so many spectrum, older women (50+), a man in his 40s with multiple joint surgeries, and a 16 year old boy focused on higher tier strength and conditioning, it’s really amazing when you think about it. The first is still being used and the second one is on its way to me. Will update if I break it early lol, but I do expect to get a few years out of this machine as the first one still isn’t broken and is going on 5 years.
We get it, it’s durable, I think I tore the fabric slightly in the corner over the 4 years I used it, but that’s about it. It’s uses stem all the way out to anything you can imagine, I never read the exercise chart, just knew what I wanted to do with it, but it’s a basic machine operating on a pull system. If you can think it you can do it. I used to attach the rings to the handles to increase the length and lay on it upside down so that I could work inverted crossed and shoulder presses with it. So yeah, it’s pretty functional and I’m certain whatever you’re looking at it for, it can do.
For me, the straps were not enough weight, so I would add a weight vest, ankle weights, and even weight plates to the machine and myself to increase the resistance. However not everyone was a junior elite gymnast and I’m sure the resistance bands will do more than enough for the average Joe looking for low impact resistance training. Again, very versatile machine
I do highly recommend anyone get this if they’re looking at it, I personally do not see the need for the total gym, I’ve read the description of them and I think it’s more a name, the main component is a bench and a pulley, it really doesn’t need to be more complicated than that and with that being said I also don’t think a slab of wood and a pulley should be that expensive.
If you have the money, and want the total gym, if the add ins suite your needs in a way that this one doesn’t, then shoot for it, but if you just want to buy the concept and you’re worried that this thing will not hold up because it’s cheaper, trust me, this thing works and it will last
Hope this helps anyone thinking that the durability and survivability of this product will be it’s draw back due to price point.