Body-Solid’s FCD-STK Weight Assisted Chin-Dip Machine comes with a weight-assisted knee-pad mechanism. As a result, the Fusion Chin-Dip provides the same chin and dip exercise benefits to everyone, regardless of their current fitness level or weight.
Everyone has been at the starting point at some time in their lives. What makes the Body-Solid Weight-Assist Knee Raise, Dip & Chin Up so unique is the ability to accommodate beginners and help them along their way to fitness freedom. Now, users can tackle their goals head-on no matter what fitness level. The Weight Assisted Chin/Dip Machine makes it easy.
This Body-Solid chin-dip machine with the weight-assisted knee-pad mechanism has a 210lb weight stack (upgradeable to 310 lbs or 410 lbs) that allows counterbalancing your bodyweight. Build the muscles of your arms, shoulders, and back with pull-ups, chin-ups, and dips using this fitness equipment.
Add strength to your lower abdominal muscles with the vertical knee raises facilitated by this machine. Power through knee raises to tighten up that lower abdominal, or stroll through some dips and get firm, sleek triceps. Then, please take it to the other side and build tremendous lats and biceps with the lat/chin pull-up.
Learn more in my complete review below!
Product: Body-Solid FCD-STK Weight Assisted Chin-Dip Machine
In-home Warranty: LIFETIME: Frame & Welds / LIFETIME: Pulleys, Bushings, Bearings, Hardware, Plates, Guide Rods / LIFETIME: Cables, Upholstery, Grips (Normal Wear) (see the commercial warranty below)
My rating: 9.6/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 65″L x 54″W x 83″H (165 x 137 x 211 cm)
- Assembled weight: 479 lbs (217 kg)
- Weight stack: 210 lbs (95.25 kg)
- The Distance between dip handles is 20.”
- Distance to top of dip handles is 53.5.”
- The distance between arm pads is 17.5.”
- Distance to top of arm pads is 55.5.”
- 42″ lat bar with close grip handles
- Two step-up platforms
- Possible exercises: 30+
- In-home Warranty: LIFETIME: Frame & Welds / LIFETIME: Pulleys, Bushings, Bearings, Hardware, Plates, Guide Rods / LIFETIME: Cables, Upholstery, Grips (Normal Wear)
- Commercial Warranty: LIFETIME: Frame & Welds / 3 YEARS: Pulleys, Bushings, Bearings, Hardware, Plates, Guide Rods / 1 YEAR: Cables, Upholstery, Grips (Normal Wear)
The Body-Solid FCD-STK Chin-Dip Machine features heavy-duty steel construction. It has an 11-gauge, 2″ x 2″ all-4-side welded, high tensile mainframe construction and 1 5/8″ x 3″ ovalized upright tubing.
All the steel tubes in its construction feature a durable paint finish resistant to chipping and corrosion, except for the guide rods of the weight stack and the chin-up bar, which have a chrome finish. The color used for the paint on the mainframe is metallic gray, while the section with the weight stack is black.
The Body-Solid Pro-Select FCD-STK machine features a broader footprint than the average power tower due to the attached weight-assist system. With all the parts assembled, it measures approximately 65″ (165 cm) in length and 54″ (137 cm) in width. Thus, it would help if you assigned a usage area of at least 100″ x 80″ (254 x 203 cm).
The highest point is at 83″ (211 cm) above floor level. It will technically fit in a room with a ceiling of seven ′ (213 cm), but the remaining clearance above will only be one inch. Therefore, this is insufficient for the correct execution of pull-ups or chin-ups, so I advise a minimum ceiling height of 8′ (244 cm).
The fully assembled unit is hefty due to the solid steel construction and the integrated weight stack. It weighs approx — 479 lbs (217 kg). So once built, its relocation won’t be easy.
It is also advisable to place it on a rubberized mat to prevent any damage to the floor. The unit’s bases do not have anchor points pre-drilled into them. However, anchoring it shouldn’t be necessary since its weight offers plenty of stability.
There is no maximum user weight capacity specified for this home gym. However, with 11-gauge 2″ x 2″ mainframe heavy-duty steel construction and 1 5/8″ x 3″ oval tubing, the dip station and pull-up bar should be able to support at least 300 lbs (136 kg).
The base bars of the mainframe assembly feature step-up pads. This feature can be quite a plus for shorter users or users with specific disabilities. However, not all power towers offer this feature.
The machine comes with several fiberglass-reinforced nylon pulleys with internal ball bearings. The unit’s steel cables can handle up to 2,000 lbs of stress. In addition, they have a sheet of nylon material wrapped around them, which facilitates their travel over the pulleys.
And finally, the machine includes five DuraFirm pads with approx—2″ (5 cm) of foam cushioning and durable vinyl upholstery. Two are on the knee-raise arms, one serves as a backrest for the knee-raise section, and the other two attach to the mobile pulley system to serve as knee support during weight-assisted exercises.
FCD-STK Workout stations
The FCD-STK strength training machine offers two main workout stations. These are:
Pull-up / Chin-up station. This workout station consists of a 42″ (106.6 cm) pull-up bar with a chrome finish and wide curved grips. It also features two shorter middle grips that point towards the machine’s center, grips that can execute parallel grip pull-ups. The close grips and the wide grips are rubberized for greater comfort and hand adherence.
Dip / Knee-raise station. This workout station is in the opposite direction from the pull-up station. Its arms and backrest element come equipped with DuraFirm pads for maximum arm support during knee raises or leg raises.
The distance between the dip handles is 20″ (51 cm), while the gap between the arm pads is approx — 17.5″ (44.5 cm). Also, the distance to the top of the dip handles is 53.5″ (~136 cm), while the top of the arm pads is 55.5 (~140 cm).
The weight-assist assembly is usable with both workout stations. The machine includes two pads attached to short bars, connecting to the moving element under each workout station. The housing of the moving component features four height positions for attaching the knee pad.
Therefore, the machine should accommodate comfortably even users up to 6’5″ (196 cm) for weight-assisted exercises.
Weight Resistance System
This Body-Solid strength training system has a 210 lbs (95.25 kg) weight stack consisting of 15 cast iron plates and the top selector plate. Thus, each plate weighs approx 14 lbs (6.3 kg). The fact that the plates are metallic and not cement is a plus; it’s also one reason this fitness machine is not exactly a cheap one.
This weight stack only provides a counterweight for assisted pull-ups or assisted dips. This is quite a plus for beginners or users with specific disabilities who may have difficulties lifting their entire body weight during these exercises.
You can execute more repetitions for a particular exercise using the counterweight system, leading to better cardio training, muscle toning, and fat burning.
The weight resistance system cannot be used as a lat machine unless you make improvisations, which is not advisable. The plates don’t have markings, so you select the amount you feel is adequate for your training. The plate selection is via a pop-pin.
The unit’s weight stack is upgradable. You can opt for an extra 100 lbs or 200 lbs of plates if necessary.
FCD-STK Body Focus
- Shoulder Press
- Wide Grip Front Lat Pullup
- Close Grip Front Lat Pullup
- Knee Raise
- Leg Raise
- Curl Grab
- Front Grab
- Hang Crunches
- Crunch & Extend
- Wing Chin-Up
- Hanging Shoulder Shrugs
- and more
FCD-STK Assembly and Maintenance
Like most weight training systems, the FCD-STK dip and pull-up machine aren’t easy to assemble as there are many parts. Consequently, the assembly will take at least a few hours. However, the included manual provides pretty clear instructions.
Unfortunately, the assembly tools do not come with the machine. You will need a set of Allen wrenches, two adjustable wrenches or fixed wrenches, and a rubber mallet.
Once assembled, maintenance does not require much. However, lubricating the guide rods of the weight stack and the pulleys is necessary after a while. In addition, it’s advisable to periodically inspect the unit for loose bolts or parts to re-tighten them before any accidents can happen.
- Sturdy and super-stable steel frame;
- Rubberized pads for the base bars;
- 10° reverse pitch for the upright bars, which grants a broader range of motion for abdominal exercises;
- DuraFirm backrest, armrests, and knee pads;
- Curved full grips on the pull-up bar;
- Parallel grips on the pull-up bar;
- Stepping pads for better access to the dip-handles and pull-up bar;
- 210 lbs weight stack assembly for weight-assisted exercises;
- Weight stacks are upgradeable to 310 lbs or 410 lbs;
- Durable cast iron weight plates;
- Two knee-pads for the weight-assist element;
- Four attachment positions for the knee-pads on the weight-assist element;
- More than 30 exercises available;
- Little maintenance is required;
- Excellent warranty.
- The height of the dip handles is not adjustable;
- No push-up handles.
FCD-STK Weight Assisted Chin-Dip Machine Summary
The Body-Solid FCD-STK Weight Assisted Chin-Dip Machine is a power tower with a counterweight system equipped with a 210 lbs weight stack. The weight plates are a quality cast iron, and the stack is also upgradable to 310 lbs or 410 lbs.
It makes two main workout stations available for pull-ups, dips, and leg raises. In addition, it offers the possibility to perform more than 30 exercises and their variations. It’s an excellent machine for users of all levels, offering light commercial quality.
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Please note that you should consult your physician before starting any exercise program to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could put your health and safety at risk or prevent you from using the equipment properly. In addition, your physician’s advice is essential if you are taking medication that affects your heart rate, blood pressure, or cholesterol level.