If you can't afford to spend much, users say the Weider Total Body Works 5000 can provide a decent workout at a budget price. Unlike more expensive home gyms, which use weight plates, the Weider gym relies on resistance bands connected to a cable-and-pulley system. It provides up to 50 pounds of so-called "natural resistance" and the incline bench can be adjusted to one of seven positions to make exercises easier or more challenging. Weider claims you can perform up to 50 different exercises on the Total Body Works 5000, and most reviewers like how easy it is to use.
Assembly is fairly simple, according to owners, and most are impressed with the workout saying the resistance is relatively smooth and it can be made more challenging if needed. However, there are fewer options for lower-body exercises than there are for the upper body. Some also complain that the Weider Total Body Works 5000 is too heavy and bulky, and we saw a few reports of flimsy components that break. A short 90-day warranty is another downside. Intermediate and advanced exercisers would be better off buying some dumbbells or choosing a home gym with weight plates like the Body-Solid EXM1500S (*Est. $950) .
The Weider Total Body Works 5000 attracts plenty of feedback on online retail sites like Amazon.com and Walmart.com. User review sites, including Buzzillions.com and Epinions.com, also have good coverage of this home gym. Unfortunately, there are no professional reviews to back up these owner opinions.
More than 270 reviewers give the Weider Total Body Works 5000 a 4-star overall average rating at Amazon.com. While many owners/reviewers are initially skeptical of the gym, 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 April 2012
The Weider Total Body Works 5000 gets high ratings from more than 300 reviewers at Walmart.com. Users say it feels sturdy and sets up easily, although several reviewers say the gym is heavier than they expected. More than 95 percent say they would recommend the gym to a friend.
Review: Weider Total Body Works 5000, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2012
Only three reviewers comment on the Weider Total Body Works 5000 at Buzzillions.com, but opinions are very positive. Users say the gym is durable and relatively easy to assemble.
Review: Weider Total Body Works 5000, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of April 2012
Most reviewers at Epinions.com are happy with the Total Body Works 5000, which earns a 4.5-star rating on average. However, they caution that this home gym is only a good fit for beginners or those who need light resistance.
Review: Weider PS WDR Total Body Works 5000, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of April 2012