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Best Fitness BFMG20 Sportsmans Gym
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98 of 104 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2009
This home gym is small and compact. Designed really for general fitness and strength training, not for huge body-building. It needs assembly but that only took me about 4hrs by myself. The only thing I would say is don't follow the pulley installation instructions. Place the cable and pulley on the machine in order of feeding the cable, then tighten the pulley bolts to the machine.

This machine does just what you need as a home-fitness gym. It is compact and both my wife and I find it great to maintain tone without wanting huge bulk. It has 150lb in stacked weight which is fine for your general fitness needs. If you want larger weights then I would buy some free-weights but if you want a decent, well put together home gym that works arms, legs & chest then you can't go wrong with this machine.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
The Best Fitness "BFMG20 Sportmans Gym" is a very good, highly versatile piece of home exercise equipment. My wife bought me this for our home gym (aka the basement) and picked it specifically because of the relatively low height of the unit (79"), which just barely fits under the low ceiling. This unit does pretty much everything we want it to do exercise wise, but even though the assembly instructions have apparently been updated since some of the earlier reviews there are still quite a few errors and omissions (I will list the mistakes below so you don't have guess like we did). Here are my observations:

Pros -
+ Compact; relatively small size allows the unit to be placed almost anywhere
+ Versatile; allows for Bench Press, Pectoral Fly, Lat Pulldown, Tricep Pressdown, Leg Extension, seated rowing, curls, and more

Cons -
- Bent Frame; shipped from the factory with a bent frame (not damaged in shipping since the box was in good shape), fortunately it was in a place where a few minutes with a steel bar and hammer could straighten it out
- REALLY Bad Instructions; these are not the worst I have ever seen, but they are up there. Here are the steps that were incorrect in mine:
* STEP 1, Section F - Foot Caps were pre-installed (spent a good bit of time looking for them)
* STEP 2, Section A - Should be TWO 33 (M10x70 Carriage Bolts)
* STEP 2, Section B - Convex End Caps were pre-installed
* STEP 2, Section C - Make sure the THREADED end of the Chrome Guide Rods are installed up (we had to partially disassemble the unit to correct this a few steps later)
* STEP 2, Section F - Should be TWO 33 (M10x70 Carriage Bolts)
* STEP 3, Section B - Convex End Caps were pre-installed
* STEP 3, Section D - Decal was pre-installed
* STEP 3, Section F - Left and Right PVC Sleeves were pre-installed
Omissions:
* Lat Bar; connects to the top cable end using the included Snap Link (9)
* Lower\Rowing Bar; connects to the bottom cable using the included chain (10) and two Snap Links (9)

Misc -
* Assembly took my son and I roughly 3.5 hours
* Having two sets of ratchet wrenches really helped speed the assembly along
* When in doubt, look at the "exploded diagram" on the page opposite the assembly instructions
* Make sure to only finger tighten the nuts until the end of STEP 4
* Lube all the moving parts with WD40 right away
* My order was through "The Fitness Factory" and it shipped via UPS Freight, which delivered it palletized (3 boxes) on a full size tractor trailer (almost a problem on our tiny street)

The assembly hassles aside, this more than meets my needs and expectations in a home gym.

Recommended!

CFH
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2009
This is a great machine for those of us who don't want to become too sedentary in the winter months. I am an outside guy but in the winter I spend a lot of time inside. Usually by Spring I am pretty much "stove-up". Hopefully, this will keep me from getting too far out of shape. I have owned it about 2 months and use it about every other night. I have come up with about 10 exercises that take me about an hour and a half to do. I take it easy. I believe if I pushed myself too much it would cause me to exercise reluctantly and eventually lose interest. I am not trying to be a Joe Weider here ya know. If I do get muscles popping out all over that would be okay too. I feel great after a work-out. And that's what it's all about. It should be an enjoyable experience. I usually listen to music while working out. A little Dire Straits, or Who, or anything that will get you "pumped-up".
The reason for the 4 star is the instructions. As was mentioned in another post, you do not want to follow the instructions on the pulleys. You'll just wind up taking them all off again to get the cable ran. Also, there are end caps that are supposed to go over the nuts. These caps only fit about 1/4th of the nuts on mine because the bolts come through too far. There was a little bottle that came with mine that said "poison" on it. I don't have a clue as to what was in the bottle because the cap came off during shipping and it was empty when I received it. One last thing, they should tell you in the beginning that you need silicone spray for the guides. The guides on mine were dirty or gritty or something and the weights would get stuck. This could have been dangerous because they would all of a sudden fall after being stuck. After using the spray they work great.
Everything is fine now and I consider this a good purchase. Bring out the charge card and get you one for Christmas. They are cheaper now than when I bought mine. So now you got a deal. Merry Christmas.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2012
When I purchase this gym I was a little concerned due to all the reviews that said it was difficult to put together. There are a whole lot of parts and it does take some time to put it together, but the instructions were more than adequate and everything went together nicely. So, if a girl can do it by herself it should be a snap for all you guys out there. I would deffinitely recommend this gym. I have it set up in my basement, the compact size is great.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2011
It sounds from the other reviews as if this is the old folks' gym, so that makes it a perfect fit at our house. My husband and I both use it for basic fitness and feel that it offers enough variety for a good all around strength workout. My only complaints are that 1) the arm bars are a little uneven, giving a bit of a lopsided feel and 2) the plastic caps keep falling off the sides. And this may be because it's really just too small for him, but my husband's chief complaint is that he can't comfortably get close enough while doing curls to stand on the foot pads (which seem to be there for that purpose) so the front isn't stable and lifts up. I can't speak to the assembly issues as he handled that chore, but he is not exactly the handiest guy in the world so I would say that it's probably not too difficult. Our complaints are very minor really, and on the whole we are satisfied with the purchase.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2009
I have been using this gym for about three days now and so far i am very pleased. This is a great gym for someone just starting out. the cables are quiet , the only sound i really hear is from the plates moving up and down. Took about four hours to put together with only two tools and the directions are great. Just lay out all the hardware (bolts, washers ect.) before you start , it makes things easier. Make sure your phone number is correct when ordering since a delivery service will contact you for a date of delivery.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2010
Product is OK after some adjustments. The rating is not for product which would get a three star rating but for combo product and service from seller.

Unit is made more for a smaller person - range of movement for exercises is limited but still ok.

However, the unit was shipped with wrong weights and a lat bar that does not fit with the hardware sent. I received proper weights after threatening through Amazon but I have not received the lat bar....over two months. Time to threaten again
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
I'm very satisfied with the BFMG20 Best Fitness home gym. I've been using it for about a month now and I'm very impressed with the quality and function. I'm writing this for a few suggestions to any future buyers or owners.
#1 - The handles on the peck fly apparatus ( used for presses ) get in the way when doing peck fly exercises. I tried several positions for the handles but none worked. What I did was unbolt the handles and buy a couple of M10 wing nuts. After presses I just remove the handles for the peck flys and it's much better. It solved the problem completely.
#2 - All the weight stack plates are 15 lbs. and it makes it hard to jump 15 lbs. at a time when increasing weight. I purchased two 5 pound weight stack adapter plates and it works great. It costs $37.00 for both adapter plates but it's worth it. The adapter plates fit right on top of the upper 15 lb plate and are designed so they fit between the two guide rods without falling off during your reps. I tried using other small free weights but it didn't work.
#3 - When you get your gym be sure and inventory everything before assembly. I spent a lot of wasted time trying to find parts I thought were missing that had been pre installed. Some of the instructions will say to check and see if certain parts have been installed but the problem is you don't see that until you reach that particular step in the instructions so be aware of that when you initially inventory all the parts.
#4 - Be sure and check all available prices and consider shipping costs. Some look cheaper but the shipping costs are key to the best value.

Bottom line is I'm very happy with the gym and would highly recommend it.
Best Fitness BFMG20 Sportsmans Gym
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2009
I like this product because of easy to fit in excercise room that has sauna, eliptical,stationary bike before this addition. Not for really bulking up but more of staying fit and strong. I am 50 so just trying to maintain.
Assembly was for the most part OK. Just do step by step or you will mess up for sure. 3 hours to set up with girlfriend...Overall a nice addition to our fitness room. Good price also at just over 400 dollars.

I recommend this product for sure...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2009
I love my gym. My husband is a pretty big guy and it seems small for him, but he is using it. Received product quickly by very friendly carrier. My husband put it together pretty much by himself. I helped a little toward the end. It is so nice not to have to go to leave home.
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