The Weider Total Body Works 5000 limits you to lifting only a fraction of your body weight as you perch on the sliding glideboard, manipulating its position with the help of cable pulleys. Still, users love its value and relatively light weight (for a home gym). You can fold the Total Body Works flat for storage under a bed, but it's such a chore that many users don't bother.
Arrives nearly assembled. Users say the Weider Total Body Works 5000 is relatively easy to set up. All you have to do is extend the bottom of the rails, attach the stabilizer to the support leg, mount foam pads on either side of the handlebar, and attach the footplate at the bottom of the rails. However, the instructions are minimal at best and some users struggled to figure out how to extend the rails.
After completing your workout, the Total Body Works folds flat for storage. However, because it weighs about 80 pounds and doesn't have wheels or rollers, many users just leave it set up. Also, you have to remove the handlebar and footplate if you intend to store this home gym under a bed.
A bargain version of the Total Gym. Just like the more expensive Total Gym XLS (Est. $700) , the Total Body Works 5000 uses your body weight as resistance. Users move themselves on a gliding board by pulling or pushing on cables. The higher the incline of the "glideboard," the greater percentage of your body weight is used as resistance, but because of the mechanical advantage of the cable pulleys, you really only use a fraction of your weight. The Total Body Works 5000 also has resistance bungees you can attach for up to 50 pounds of additional resistance, but avid exercisers still won't be challenged. While Weider promises more than 50 exercises, none really challenge your lower body.
Lacks confidence. Paul Rogers, About.com's guide to weight training, says the Weider Total Body Works 5000 offers "good functionality and reliability for the price." However its short, 90-day warranty doesn't inspire much confidence in the product. Moreover, we discovered multiple, recent complaints about broken bungee holders, which render the machine unusable.
The same users say Weider's parent company, Icon Health & Fitness, is unresponsive and very slow to replace parts. "I have called several times and was told the first time that 'I was in the system.' I have sent emails to no avail," explains one frustrated user at Amazon.com.
The Weider Total Body Works 5000 earns a 4.2-star overall average rating from more than 440 reviewers at Amazon.com. Many owners are initially skeptical of the gym, but those who only need light resistance say it meets their needs. Value is a high point, but there's no workout DVD included.
Review: Weider Total Body Works 5000 Gym, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
More than 450 users review the Weider Total Body Works 5000 at Walmart.com, giving it an overall rating of 4.6 stars. Most reviewers seem primarily interested in this machine for its value and as a tool for general fitness, not for serious bodybuilding or weightlifting.
Review: Weider Total Body Works 5000, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of June 2013
Paul Rogers, About.com's guide to weight training, recommends the Total Body Works for its bargain-priced functionality and reliability, but that's about all he has to say about it.
Review: Top 7 Home Gyms and Multi Gyms, Paul Rogers, April 18 , 2011