Like many of the more well known Total Gym’s spearheaded by the Martial Arts expert Chuck Norris, the Weider Total Body Works 5000 is similar in looks, and identical in function, however one thing is different, and that’s price! For a comparable Total Gym you can expect to pay around $849 new, whereas the Total Body Works 5000 comes in at a modest $129.99 currently on Amazon.com
There has to be some loss in quality or function in the Weider surely? Find out in my Weider Total Body Works 5000 review below….
The Body Works 5000 like all similar Total Gym’s has a simple function. It uses the users bodyweight for resistance. However, the Weider comes with 4 resistance bands that can take the resistance up an extra 50lbs. You can also choose between 7 different incline levels to make the workouts more/less challenging. Weider claim you can perform over 100 exercises for strength gain, flexibility, and muscle endurance.
The main features of the Total Body Works 5000 are:
- 250 lb user weight capacity
- 50 lbs of resistance bands
- Adjustable incline (7 levels)
- Warranty: 90 days parts
- Very little assembly required
- Workout guide
HomeGymCritic’s Weider Total Body Works 5000 Review
At first glimpse of the Total Body Works 5000 you notice it’s of a higher quality than you’d expect for both the price and pictures online. It takes just a few minutes to tighten a few nuts and bolts and it’s ready to go. Compared to the higher priced Total Gym models I’ve tested out, the Body Works 5000 isn’t any less functional, in fact with the comparable Total Gym models you don’t get the squat stand or the pull up bar. For these two functions alone you’d have to pay around $849 for a Total Gym 3000.
As the gym uses bodyweight for resistance it’s not ideal for people looking to gain muscle or those who are more experienced. But if you want to tone up and get in shape however then the Weider Total Body Works 5000 is certainly a good choice. This Weider trainer is ideal for upper body strength training but offers little in terms of lower body workouts. You can set the incline to its highest setting to get a good burn though, but if you want to workout your lower body effectively you’ll need to invest in some free weights.
The Weider Body Works 5000 is relatively light at 76 lbs and folds away very easily, useful for those that are limited by space. It comes with just 90 days warranty on parts which isn’t something that fills me with confidence. Judging from the reviews online the majority of customers don’t seem to be having any problems, but one person that did complain mentioned the price of one of the replacement parts (doesn’t mention which) was $67.
It’s a cost effective solution to the more expensive Total Gym models, and it’s more functional than the majority of them. However, if you’re looking to save money and would like a longer warranty period then the Total Trainers from Bayou Fitness are a better alternative but a little pricier than the Weider Total Body Works 5000 gym. The gym doesn’t come with ankle straps for a more extensive range of lower body workouts, however for the price of $129.99 it definitely is the best gym of its type in its price range that’s for sure. Judging from my experience and with the 1000′s of user reviews online, I have no problems recommending it.