Bodycraft Galena Pro Review

Bodycraft Galena Pro Review

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The BodyCraft Galena Pro Home Gym received a ‘Best Buy’ award from Consumer’s Digest, so it must have some pretty impressive features right? In this galena pro review we’ll find out just how good it is, and whether it deserves the apparent recognition it’s got over the years.

 

Features

  • Made of fiberglass reinforced nylon pulleys with sealed bearings
  • The only Pec Deck made that provides traditional flys and dumbbell style flys
  • Offers a chest press, dual function pec deck, leg extension, leg curl, lat pull, low pulley station, and abdominal crunches.
  • Provides up to 200 lbs. of resistance with up to 300lbs from the optional leg press add-on
  • Seat and seat back are fully adjustable
  • The low Pulley station easy to access and plenty of room for exercises
  • Fits nicely in the corner of the room
  • Optional add-ons (leg press station $300, weight stack guards $130)

 

My Review of the Galena Pro Home Gym

One of the main strengths of the Galena Pro and the feature that is constantly brought up in any debate about it is the clever design that allows it to sit neatly in the corner of a room. This is exceptionally useful if you don’t have a large living space, as it will be a permanent fixture inside your home.

The gym also offers up to 300lbs of resistance, which is more than enough for the majority of home workout enthusiasts.

I do know that the Galena Pro received an award as ‘Best Buy’ from the Consumers Digest however; the method on reviewing home gyms is a little shady. I for one don’t agree with their views and analysis, particularly on this home gym.

My main concern with this gym is the addition of the separate multi-function pec deck.  This seems nothing more than vain attempt at convincing you that you’re getting more for your money, in the hope they’ll sell more Galena’s as a result.

Given the relatively hefty price tag I’d expect to see more substantial add-ons, not just the addition of pec station that offers very little value. At an average price of $1700, you’re expected to pay an extra $300 for a leg press and $130 for weight stack guards, which for a gym in this price range you’d expect to see included.

 

Full list of Specs

  • Dimensions: 58” Wide (Pec Dec) X 72” Deep (Press Station) 92” Wide with Optional Leg Press X 81” High
  • 200 lbs weight stack in 10 lb. increments. Precision milled cast iron plates with nylon bushings for smooth action
  •  2″ X 2″ and 2″ X 3″, 11 and 12 gauge steel tubing frame
  • Flexible nylon coated, 7X 19 strand aircraft cable rated at over 2000 lbs. tensile strength
  • Lat Pull Bar, Curl Bar, Ankle Strap and two Single Handles are included
  • Package weight: 500lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime

 

Overall

You aren’t going to get a lot of value from the BodyCraft Galena Pro Home Gym but there are some things that I do like about this gym. For instance I like the way the leg extension and curl station are self aligning, the high pulley for lat pull downs, and the space saving design that allows it to sit nicely in the corner of smaller rooms.

To be able to live up to its ‘Best Buy’ award from Consumers Digest it has to make improvements on the additional pec station, and also consider reducing its RRP or adding the optional extras as standard.

2 Comments

  1. Delivery for the galena was pretty slow, but considering the bad weather it’s not really unexpected. The gym was rather daunting to setup, it’s definitely a two man job. As first impression the movement of the pulley system seems a little choppy, but I’ve been told that could be because it’s new and needs breaking in? I’m not sure. Overall I’m not overly satisfied with gym, but I’m not overly upset with it either.

  2. I have heard a lot of great things about the Body Craft Galena Pro and I was convinced to buy it. Looking back, I should have read reviews before I paid for it. I am not going to mince words when I say this product disappointed me. Set up was very difficult. I nearly gave up halfway through it. It cannot be set up by a single person. It does not live up to expectations. It is nothing more than a flashy unit.

    Actually, its sister unit, the Xpress Pro is a lot better. Personally, I thought the two-seat is a waste of space. How many times do you get a training partner? Not that often. The only redeeming factors of this product are the patented Pec Dec design and the fact that it can easily fit in a corner of the room. In short, I am not at all impressed by it. I spent more than a thousand dollars for this product and I wish I spent the money on something else.

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