The BodyCraft X2's twin 200-pound weight stacks allow two users to work out at once or use both stacks for a total of 400 pounds of resistance on the leg press. The lifetime warranty is impressive, but the trade-off is a heavy, bulky gym that is a real bear to put together.
We predict a headache. The BodyCraft X2, formerly known as the BodyCraft Family Xpress, draws a nod from About.com's guide to weight training, Paul Rogers. He singles out the multiple stations and twin weight stacks as noteworthy features.
We couldn't find any direct feedback -- from users or experts -- about how long it takes to assemble the BodyCraft X2. However, reviewers do warn that constructing previous versions was a huge headache. Extrapolating from user feedback for the BodyCraft Xpress Pro, we think you can expect to spend at least two full days putting this machine together as users report taking eight to 12 hours to assemble the single-station BodyCraft Xpress Pro.
Multi-station versatility. The BodyCraft X2 has three stations -- functional training arms (which double as a lat pulldown station), a leg press/calf raise station and a row/press arm station. The X2's functional training arms -- basically, cable pulleys mounted on moveable arms -- are shorter than those on gym-quality functional trainers, but still prove useful. Because the BodyCraft X2 has multiple stations, you spend less time swapping equipment around to progress from one exercise to another.
Its twin, 200-pound weight stacks mean two people can lift at once, or for a more challenging solo workout, the stacks can be combined for a 400-pound resistance leg press. That's plenty of weight for casual exercisers, but dedicated lifters may wish for more.
A standout warranty. A lifetime frame warranty is standard on most well-built home gyms, but the BodyCraft X2's lifetime warranty extends to all components, which makes it really stand out (and helps justify the relatively high price). The lifetime warranty is only available for in-home use. A two-year warranty is available for light commercial use, although the frame still receives lifetime coverage.
As with any multi-station home gym, the BodyCraft X2 is big and bulky: It measures almost nine feet long and over 6 feet wide and tall. Although we didn't find any mention of customer service regarding this machine, BodyCraft has a reputation for excellence.
Paul Rogers, the weight-training guide at About.com, doesn't appear to have tested the BodyCraft X2 himself, but it still catches his eye and earns a recommendation, thanks to its multiple stations, twin weight stacks and lifetime warranty.
Review: Top 7 Home Gyms and Multi Gyms, Paul Rogers, April 18 , 2011