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    2010 Powertec leverage machine review

    Powertec WB-MS10 Review New 2010 model

    Hello everyone. I am new to bodybuilding.com, but I wanted to post a review on the 2010 model of the Powertec WB-MS10 leverage gym. I am not a professional body builder, I'm a 37 year old guy who enjoys maintaining good health and a toned body.

    For over 20 years now I have performed strength training using various home gyms. "Tension" type, rubber bands, springs and stacks, you name it I've probably tried it. What I have learned over time is that free weights are truly the best way to strength train Ė at least that's my opinion. I wanted to get one machine that could replace all the "tension" machines I had. But what I didn't want was a machine that maxed out at 100 lbs or 150 lbs like many stacks do. So I began researching various types of machines. What I was looking for was something that could give me a variety of exercises, handle some heavy weight, and not necessarily always relying on a spotter. I research brought me to a multi-gym made by Powetec. I liked the features and especially the price, but after seeing the previous model up close at a nearby sporting goods store, I decided to order the new model without looking for any online reviews. Now I know some of you are loyal to certain types of machines, or only believe in training using free weights. So with-all-do-respect to you certain individuals, this machine stands alone! It is by far the best home multi-gym I have ever owned. It is reasonably priced and I think whether you're a professional or just an average strength trainer like me, this machine will give you one hell of a work out.

    Hereís my personal review, everything from the ordering process to training with it. I have used it every 3 days for almost 2 months now.

    Ordering:
    I learned that no matter who you order the machine from, it will ship from the Powertec warehouse in California. I was tricked into thinking that the retailer I ordered it from had it stock. It took over 4 weeks to arrive.

    Shipment:
    It arrived via truck freight and it was 3 individual boxes which were on one skid. Each box weighed about 150 lbs. Boxes were about 2 Ĺ feet by 4 Ĺ feet.

    Assembly:
    The assembly instructions were found in box 1 of 3. We removed all of the contents from all of the boxes and did an inventory check Ė all good. Hereís some advice; study the instructions for awhile before beginning. The instructions are just awful! Powertec doesnít supply any text explanations about anything. All they do is provide you with illustrated views, and you figure out the rest. Also take the time to figure out which hardware is what. I wrote the corresponding number found the in the manual on each bag. The job will also likely go much nicer if you have a helper and these tools: ĺ and 7/8 inch combo wrenches, sockets and a soft hammer. They provide the hex tools needed for the smaller fasteners. A vise grip or pliers will also aid in tightening one bolt that canít be reached with the proper tool. It took two of us nearly 2 1/2 hours to assemble the unit. Iím an auto service technician and have had a lot of experience reading illustrations and schematics, so their diagrams were somewhat simple for me to follow. But I think that for the average person this could be a challenging assembly. No offense to anyone.

    THE MACHINE
    Squat Station:
    Squats and calf raises are all you can do here. The foot plate is sloped up at about a 20 degree angle or so and does take some getting used to when performing squats. Through the entire motion the movement is very smooth and fluid. The thick padding makes heavy lifting easy on the neck and shoulders. The most important feature at this station is the permanent safety bar which prevents the load from dropping on you if you fail. The maximum drop to the foot plate is 36 inches


    Bench Station:
    Here you can perform bench press, shrugs, military press, and a few others. Same as the squat station, there is smooth movement throughout the entire motion. There are six positions that limit how far down the arm drops down. This is a nice feature in that you can customize it to the exercise your performing and to your body size. I felt very safe being able to lift a heavy load, I didn't worry about having that load come crashing down on me. The bench itself is very well constructed. I was doubtful it would be sturdy at first but it really is. It doesn't flex or move around. It also has 8 or so positions to lock the bench in at different angles.


    Lat/Multi Station:
    Here you can perform lat and tricep pull-downs, bicep curls, leg extensions, ab crunches, and a couple others. As the other two stations, very smooth movement on the lat pull down bar and the bicep/leg attachment. The ab crunch however is a bit cumbersome to operate. I noticed that with about 30 lbs, the upper arm flexes a bit at the pivot point. This flex is felt as you perform the crunch. It feels awkward, like something is pushing you from the right side, but once you perform a few of them you kind of get used to it, yet I donít believe it is supposed to be like that.


    Overall:
    With the exception of the 4 weeks it took in getting the machine and the awful assembly instructions, this machine is AWESOME! It is well engineered and made with high quality materials. The frame tubing is heavy gauge and all the welds are 100%. I did not see any spot welding anywhere. The three main leverage arms all pivot on ball bearings and the bicep/leg attachment uses what I believe is a bronze or brass bushing. Another nice feature is that the grips on the lat bar and on the bicep curl bar rotate with your hand. This makes the exercise very smooth. In short this machine will KICK YOUR ASS! I have never felt a quite a work out from a home gym like this one. It is truly a professional quality and functional machine. I also noticed there was psychological impact this machine gave me. It removed the fear that I would get hurt if I failed to lift the weight. I was able to concentrate on the exercise and not worry about what would happen if you couldn't raise the bar back up. Simply put, if you canít lift it, you can just let go and the weights will stop at the safety and not on you. No harm done -except maybe to your pride. Another thing worth mentioning is that 3 people really can use this machine at the same time. Each station uses its own weights and one operation doesn't interfere with the others. That's a great feature when training with a buddy.

    One thing to remember, you will want to get a lot of Olympic weights. I purchased 3 Ė 300 lb sets and Iím getting another set. It saves a lot of time when you can leave weights at each station, not mention more than one person can then train at the same time.
    Well thatís it boys and girls. I hope this review helps some of you that are looking at home multi-gyms, or if youíre looking for something new that can whip your butt!

    Be well, and be fit
    C RAM
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