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The Bodyforce X9 is here!

Sunday, October 22, 2017 by  
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October
22
2017

Some thought this day would never come: the Bodyforce X9 Hybrid Gym has finally hit the market!

My X9 was delivered last Monday, and over the past week I’ve been working on getting it unpacked and installed. Assembling the X9 is not a small job, and I’m still not done.

Because I’m still building the machine and have not trained on it yet, all I can give you right now are some basic first impressions, and lots of pictures.

You can click any of these pictures to enlarge them.

So the X9 arrived in a enormous crate with a handful of smaller boxes shrink wrapped to the top. I’m not 100% sure how much everything weighs, but my guess is the shipment was in excess of two tons Correction – I’m told the shipping weight of my unit was around 2,300 pounds:

The truck driver preparing to offload the X9

The truck driver preparing to offload the X9

 

Everything was covered in bubble wrap and packed very well. Here’s what I saw when I opened the crate:

My first look at the X9

My first look at the X9

 

The two major frame components were challenging to unbox solo, but I managed to do it with some MacGyver-like tactics:

The two major frame components. Words can't describe how heavy these are.

The two major frame components. Words can’t describe how heavy these are.

 

It took me about two hours to unpack the crate and move everything into my gym. It was quite a workout. This thing is built like a tank, and everything is heavy:

X9 parts in gym: shot 1

X9 parts in gym: shot 1

X9 parts in gym: shot 2

X9 parts in gym: shot 2

X9 parts in gym: shot 3

X9 parts in gym: shot 3

 

It took me about 2 more hours just to remove all the bubble wrap. Look at this pile!

Bubble wrap pile

Bubble wrap pile

 

Here are most of the parts after unwrapping them:

X9 parts: shot 1

X9 parts: shot 1

X9 parts: shot 2

X9 parts: shot 2

X9 hardware

X9 hardware

 

On Tuesday and Wednesday I was only able to work on the X9 before work, during lunch and after work. Getting the basic frame assembled was not technically difficult, but very challenging for just two people, one of which was my 115 pound wife. We used furniture sliders and blankets to get the frame parts from the garage to the gym. Here’s the basic frame after assembly:

X9 basic frame assembled

X9 basic frame assembled

 

I took Thursday and Friday off from work, so I was able to get a lot done on those days. In this shot you can see that I’ve got the bench built, the upper 2D arms are installed (this was also very challenging for me and Lisa, as they are massive and weigh hundreds of pounds each), the beefy safety spotters are on, the barbell holders are on, the front and rear legs are mounted and the lower arc cable arms are installed:

More progress!

More progress!

 

Here you can see one of the two weight stacks (each stack is 200 pounds, selectable in 10 pound increments), and one side of the carriage system, which glides on massive 40mm guide rods:

Weight stack and carriage system

Weight stack and carriage system

 

Here’s a closer look at one of the weight stacks:

Weight stack with magnetic pin

Weight stack with magnetic pin

 

In this shot you can see that I’ve installed the Swing Wing, which is currently in the “stowed” position (I’ll get into the purpose of this unique and very cool accessory in a future blog). This was another very heavy part, but Lisa and I managed to get it installed. You can also see the adjustable safety straps have been installed here, as well as the bench leg trainer and fully adjustable leg press pedals:

Getting closer!

Getting closer!

 

Here’s a shot of the Swing Wing in the vertical position. In this shot I’ve got the VKR (Vertical Knee Raise) attachment installed:

Swing Wing rotated down

Swing Wing rotated down

 

Here’s the gun rack at the rear of the machine, used for stuff like squats:

Gun rack

Gun rack

 

Here’s a closer shot of the bench from the back. Like the X9 itself, the bench is solid and over-built. The action as the bench glides along the massive guide rods is silent and smooth:

Bench

Bench

 

This is one of the decorative shrouds. I won’t be installing this until the X9 is fully built up:

One of the Bodyforce decorative shrouds

One of the Bodyforce decorative shrouds

 

Here’s a shot of one of the 2D cable arms. These arms can rotate to anywhere on the machine, front, back, side–where ever you need them!

One of the 2D cable arms

One of the 2D cable arms

 

Here’s one of the lower arc cable arms at the front of the machine. These can rotate 180°:

One of the front arc cable arms

One of the front arc cable arms

 

Believe it or not, Lisa and I managed to install everything ourselves. I’m still not entirely sure how we pulled that off, though, as items like the frame, the 2D arms, the Swing Wing and so on are extremely heavy. So, while I would recommend 3-4 people for assembly, we proved that it can be done with just two people. 🙂

Everything about the X9 screams of quality, and feels over-engineered (that’s definitely a compliment). The steel is thick, the welds are beefy and of very high quality, the guide rods are huge. Little touches like the magnetic pins and quality of the foam, surfaces and handles really give an impression of an ultra-premium machine.

There have been a few assembly issues, but no show stoppers. Bodyforce has been amazing and responsive, answering all of my questions and quickly addressing the minor issues I encountered while building this massive system.

The X9 took a very long time to get to market, and now I can see why. Obviously it will be many months before I can create a full review, but my first impressions of the X9 are exceedingly positive.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them below!

John Stone Fitness Comments

9 Responses to “The Bodyforce X9 is here!”
  1. Damned man the beast is back. And IM looking forward to seeing beast mode John Stone like back in the day. Thanks for the inspiration my man. Damned we’re taking back like at least 13 years since I started following you. Take care buddy.

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    • Hey Arlen, I’m pulling this from the Bodyforce FAQ:

      The X9 frame (not including bench, current or yet to be introduced options) is 7’3″. If you include the H3 bench this distance can increase (depending upon its docked position within the X9).

      For basic option/configurations a 10 x 11 foot room with 8 foot ceilings will be sufficient. Be sure to measure your actual ceiling height even if it was advertised at 8 feet (some builders construct slightly lower than that which would affect which options you would want to order for your X9). A 12 x 13 foot or larger room would give you space to move the bench in and out of the X9 more comfortably. We have one option (large articulating arms) that will require a 14 foot wide room to get the full benefit. That said, 90% benefit can be achieved with a 12 foot wide room with this option. If you intend on performing dumbbell work outside of the X9 using the H3 “Catalyst” Bench (shown in the picture with red upholstery) please plan extra space for safe, comfortable operation.

      The X9 weight will range depending on whether you are going basic or loading the X9 up with all available options. Starting weight will be around 1200 pounds and can go as high as 3000 pounds (including 400 pounds of weight stacks should you opt for that feature as well).

      Although the unit has a relatively small footprint this doesn’t stop it from being well balanced. The “spider” legs on the front and straight legs on the back give it well placed surface area to support 360 degrees operations anywhere on the machine. The unique layout of the legs (including adjustable foot height nodes) produce weight/mass distribution with low ft/lb pressure on any particular area of your floor. It should not cause any undue stress when placed on floors using standard building techniques (This does not speak to construction outside of the USA). That said, if in doubt have a professional take a look and give his/her opinion.

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  2. I received my X9 on in early October. Even not being fully functional (a few parts were missing), it’s still by far the best home gym I have ever used. I got the 3D arms and they are amazing (and also look badass).

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    • Congrats on the X9! I’m really happy to hear how much you like it so far. It looks incredible, but I am also waiting on a couple parts. I know Bodyforce will take good care of us, Brian is 100% committed to customer happiness.

      I can’t to start training again!

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