I was doing knee extensions, when suddenly the cable inside the machine broke in half and the remaining cable whipped out! The leg attachment went high in the air with a sudden lack of resistance and I almost caught it in the face! That was the end of a workout barely begun.
I'd be more upset about it if not for the fact that I hate this machine. It's a sort of knock-off BowFlex, from Weider.
|(you can just see the cable missing on your right, bottom. As the damage is inside the machine itself, this sucker is toast!)|
I had a wall unit that worked great for a long time, but then my strength out-paced everything it had. It maxed around 220 lbs, so this Weider machine topping out at 340 lbs seemed like a really good idea. I notice they don't even sell anything like it anymore. Apparently, I wasn't the only one who didn't like it all that much!
I'm now on the hunt for something to replace it. Whatever I get, I will never buy anything based off a pulley-bow-resistance type of thing again. The real problem lies in the fact that it's hard to own all the right equipment to get a full body workout... which is why people join a gym. Yes, I'm aware. However, as someone long dedicated to working out in pajama bottoms and a sports-bra on occasion, I'm a solid work-out-at-home type.
I do have a free-weight bench that does a couple things with two different bars and huge plates. I have dumbbells with changeable plates (which is annoying, and I've long eyed those click-changers.) But when it comes to my legs, I'm extremely strong, and I need a set-up that provides multiple ways to exercise and self-spot. Putting it all together in a "station" is extremely appealing to me.
I also don't have a ton of money to spend on this. My husband has finally given up the idea of a man-cave in the basement (thank goodness! Although, it's just because he just prefers to camp out in the living room instead.) That means we're selling off the furniture down there in the "extra living room" and making the entire area a home gym, as he knows I exercise six days a week, and he likes to pretend he would if we only had the right equipment. I finally have the space, just not the funds!
So, if you know of any good ones, let me know! I'm on the hunt!