“ Exercise Equipment „
The york bodygym is a piece of home gym equipment, which is sold with some giant of a man on the front showing you how amazing you can work out (but don't they all these days). I got mine many years ago for around £100 (i cannot remember the exact amount) from argos.
After getting the item home, and assembling it, I realised 2 things. Firstly, this thing is huge (i haven't used it in years simply due to its immense size). It is about as long as a bed, and because you need clearance either side to stretch your arms out the sides for some exercises, it means that you need a space large enough for your arms spread out to the full as well! This is a real major flaw with this equipment.
The other thing I noticed is that this is a really well made piece of equipment, with all the rollers, bearing etc running really smoothly.
So whats it like to use. The machine works on the principle of you using your own weight as resistance, and its similar to those weight machines you have in gyms apart from its you who moves, not the weights. You then change the difficulty by adjusting the steepness of the slope that the platform you sit on runs along.
Its ok to use, but i wouldn't say its "enjoyable" as they market it. Also it doesn't feel like its doing much, it just feels like a bit of a waste of time... but thats just me, I am not a big fan of these use your own weight things. However although it comes with loads of exercises you can do, some of them feel like they have been put there for the sake of being put there, and contribute nothing whatsoever (on exercise is to lie on the thing, and push yourself up with your toes? Its literally easier than tiptoeing).
So in summary:
Its just a bit of an expensive product, that your really need to have a decent amount of room in order to place it and use it everyday. For this price, I would rather just get a bench and some freeweights, as I think they would offer more of a challenge, be about the same price, and you could do more exercises with them. I therefore give this 3/5 stars.
If you're looking to pump some serious iron and become beefcake, this is not for you - but if you're more concerned with getting into shape and challenging your body in the comfort of your own home, then you're on the right path.
The York Bodygym is well constructed with no beating around the bush - deceptively stable and grounded despite the narrow footprint. For one it's a heavy piece of kit which will push your boundaries in the act of merely moving it, and you'll need to take stock of all your fingers to ensure they are still in one piece after unfolding the deckchair-like construct. Some initial assembly is required but that would namely be just a couple hooks and strings. The 'trolley', which will be your platform from now on, is a foam cushioned board which is adequately comfortable for kneeling or lying on. During exercises it was never a cause for pain or pressure on my knees or back, which means that if you can't hack it then it's just you and not the equipment. That's a GOOD thing. In terms of total space, the bodygym can consume a lot if you're looking to properly explore all of the things that you can do on it. We're talking a floorpan of about 2 metres squared, mostly for the wings-aspread actions that come with the chest-flies and alike.
Users sit, lie or kneel atop the padded trolley and perform a range of routines. Supplied with the bodygym is a large, double-sided exercise sheet demonstrating and explaining a whole spectrum of activities complete with concise pictures of models performing them. It's nice to see a bit more instruction than the typical postage-stamp explanations or advice you typically find with some fitness gear. Using the string-bound handles on either side of the pulley hooks at the head of the frame, you and the castor-fitted trolley 'climb up' the sloped rails as you pull. A slightly strange feeling; you yourself are the weight, and the effort required is proportional to your mass. All tasks are worked through in a lying, sitting or kneeling position facing either up or down. There are 5 levels of difficulty but it is far from a quick-release effort to change between them. Going through the motions of unscrewing a linchpin from a threaded hole and removing it completely and then retightening seems unnecessarily slow. A slide-in pin would have made this process much quicker and far less of an obstruction. As the angle of the trolley increases, you had better make sure you're wearing something which won't leave you sliding slowly down the faux-leather face of the trolley!
Because of the freeform nature of this equipment, you will find that your core muscles are used far more than they would be on a massive multi-gym variety. This is a great thing, as the abdominal muscles are probably neglected more than any other group by keep-fitters, whereas they should consume much of your focus and attention. Using the bodygym won't make you a beefcake as the capacity for pushing-the-limit is not really there, but as a tool for maintaining good figure and form then it can deliver. The bodygym demands but also promotes good posture and form during exercising.
The useable life of the sturdy bodygym is no doubt years in length, but I found the application of it was not quite so consistent. After months of usage I have since turned my nose up at my bodygym after some time and prefer to focus on running, rowing and swimming at my nearest gym. Being as cheap as it was, I've no qualms about stashing it away in the shed until one day I may find use for it.
The York Bodygym is a total body exerciser, suitable for the beginning to advanced trainer. It has 6 levels of resistance ( Equivalent to 25% TO 50% OF THE USERS BODY WEIGHT APPROX.) The excercises you can do on this gym are: Chest fly, Bicep curl, Bench press, Squat, Shoulder raise, Kneeling mid row. This gym is compact and folds away for easy storage. Heavy duty construction, enables this gym to be safe, simple and effective. Includes training chart.