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:
Everything was covered in bubble wrap and packed very well. Here’s what I saw when I opened the crate:
The two major frame components were challenging to unbox solo, but I managed to do it with some MacGyver-like tactics:
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:
It took me about 2 more hours just to remove all the bubble wrap. Look at this pile!
Here are most of the parts after unwrapping them:
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:
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:
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:
Here’s a closer look at one of the weight stacks:
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:
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:
Here’s the gun rack at the rear of the machine, used for stuff like squats:
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:
This is one of the decorative shrouds. I won’t be installing this until the X9 is fully built up:
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!
Here’s one of the lower arc cable arms at the front of the machine. These can rotate 180°:
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!