The Body-Solid GDCC200 Functional Trainer has been designed with a minimal frame width and depth to ensure the overall footprint isn’t too large. Thus, making it ideal for more compact home gyms. Although the frame width is as narrow as possible, Body-Solid hasn’t sacrificed any versatility when it comes to combining this trainer with a high-quality bench.
If you’ve ever used a cable trainer in the past, you’ll no doubt have realized the almost limitless range of exercises you can perform. This is particularly true when combining the cables with some of the optional attachments, such as the GDCC pressing bar, straight bar, or rope.
Iso-lateral movements also give you much greater freedom of movement than a smith machine or single cable pulley system can provide. Thereby, creating a more significant stretch and contraction in the muscles, you’re training.
With a space-saving footprint, dual independent weight stacks, user-friendly ergonomics and adjustability, and precision-fitted components, the Body-Solid GDCC200 represents unbeatable value in today’s advanced fitness market.
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: Body-Solid GDCC200 Functional Trainer
Warranty: Frame lifetime / Hardware lifetime / Wear parts lifetime
My rating: 8/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 72.5L x 42.3W x 83.8H inches (184L x 107W x 213H cm)
- Assembled weight: 514 lbs (233.1 kg)
- Weight resistance system: Steel plate stacks
- Max. weight resistance: 2 x 165 lbs (73 kg) including the 5 lb adapter plate (1/2 : 1 ratio)
- Possible exercises: 25+
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Hardware lifetime / Wear parts lifetime
GDCC200 Frame construction
This functional trainer machine features a heavy, durable and stable frame, made of 11-gauge, 2″ x 4″ ovalized steel tubing. The tubes of the main structure have anti-corrosive and scratch-resistant paint (gray). However, the guideposts of the handles feature a chrome finish.
When fully assembled, the machine weighs approx. 514 lbs (233 kg), which means it’s not exactly easy to move. That’s why it should be transported box by box and assembled into the room where it will be used. The machine’s bases feature rubberized stabilizers to provide protection to the floors and also enhance its stability.
Although the Body-Solid GDCC200 is not the most extensive home gym machine, it still requires a bit of space. It has a footprint of 72.5″L x 42.3″W (184 x 107 cm). Also, it requires at least 1′ (30 cm) of clearance on each side, and approximately 3′ (91 cm) at the front so that you won’t experience any hindrance during exercises. Also, when it comes to height, the machine is almost 7′ tall. Thus, if you plan on installing it in a room with a 7′ ceiling, it will be quite a tight fit.
When it comes to user weight capacity, there’s none specified. However, the machine is sturdy enough to support users more massive than 300 lbs. Regarding the user’s height, this machine is designed for users up to 6’3″ – 6’4″, as the pull-up bar is only approx. 7′ (213 cm) above floor level.
Therefore, taller users won’t be able to hang from the bar during pull-ups entirely. Also, they may require to be a bit closer to the floor for lat pull-downs.
The pulleys are heavy-duty nylon material and fiberglass reinforced, made to last for many years. Also, they integrate industrial quality, sealed ball bearings for a prolonged lifespan. The cables are 4.8mm diameter spun steel aircraft cables rated to over 2,500 lbs resistance.
The wires are coated by PVC sheets, which evidently will wear out over time. However, even if the PVC sheets of the cables have worn out completely, the cables shouldn’t require replacement.
In particular, the nylon material in the pulleys is exceptionally dense and durable and will wear out very slowly. That’s one of the reasons the pulleys, cables, and other parts of the machine come with a home lifetime warranty.
One more aspect regarding the pulleys and cables of the machine is that the main handles offer 20 height adjustment positions. Also, they can rotate 180° on the guideposts, offering various positions for a wide array of exercises.
First of all, the machine comes with a dual-grip pull-up bar, and a set of 360° handles to attach to the cables. However, a press/pulldown bar accessory is also available, but not included with the machine.
This bar is designed to connect to both cables of the weight stacks, for exercises such as bench presses, incline presses, squats, stand-up bar curls, or shoulder presses. So, if you want to order it too, the part number is GDCCBAR.
On the list of available options for the machine, there are upgrades for the weight stacks. Each stack can be (upgraded) with five more plates (a total of 50 lbs).
GDCC200 Weight Resistance System
For the purpose of my review, this Body-Solid functional trainer comes with two stacks of steel alloy plates, 165 lbs (73 kg) each consisting of (32) – 10 lb plates, (2) – 5 lb. adapter plates. Each plate weighs 10 lbs (4.5 kg), so the weight increments are 10 lbs. Furthermore, the weight ratio of this machine is 1/2:1. This means that the maximum load per stack is 82 lbs (36.6 kg).
Each weight stack is upgradable, though. Available with dual 165, 215, 270, and 320 lb. weight stacks. They are:
- 165 lb. weight stacks Include: (32) – 10 lb plates, (2) – 5 lb. adapter plates
- 215 lb. weight stacks Include: (42) – 10 lb plates, (2) – 5 lb. adapter plates
- 270 lb. weight stacks Include: (20) – 10 lb and (20) – 15 lb plates, (4) – 5 lb. adapter plates
- 320 lb. weight stacks Include: (40) – 15 lb plates, (4) – 5 lb. adapter plates
A set of stickers specifying the plates’ weight is (supplied) with the machine. They’re supposed to be placed on the weight plates in ascending order, top-to-bottom.
- General Fitness
- Physical Therapy
- Pec Fly
- Bench Press
- Incline Press
- Decline Press
- Pull Over
- Upright Row
- Deltoid Raise
- Shoulder Press
- Wide Grip Front Lat Pulldown
- Close Grip Front Lat Pulldown
- Bent-Over Row
- Seated Row
- Shoulder Shrug
- Ab Crunch
- Oblique Bend
- Biceps Curl (standing)
- Tricep Press Down
- Tricep Extension
- Glute Kick
- Outer Thigh Abduction
- Inner Thigh Adduction
- Reverse Fly
- Curl Grab
- Front Grab
- Hang Crunches
- Crunch & Extend
- Wing Chin-Up
- Hanging Shoulder Shrugs
GDCC200 Assembly and Maintenance
First of all, this weight machine comes packaged in three boxes, one for the frame components, the others for the weight plates. Since it’s a heavy machine, its transport and assembly are recommended to be done by two people.
The assembly process itself is not complicated. A manual that provides step-by-step assembly instructions is (supplied). However, the provided tools for assembly only include two hex keys, but you’ll also need an adjustable wrench and a Phillips screwdriver. The whole assembly may take a few hours, however.
For maintenance, there is not much required. The joints, bolts, and nuts of the machine should be periodically checked and re-tightened if it’s the case. Also, if the pulleys begin to make squeaking noises, some greasing is required.
- Sturdy, all-steel frame;
- Fully adjustable pulley set, with 20 positions, to accommodate users of various sizes, for different exercises;
- 4-way adjustable hand straps;
- Smooth pulley and cable movement;
- Ergonomic, dual position pull-up bar;
- Over 25 exercises available;
- Works well with various types of benches such as the Body-Solid GFID31 (sold separately);
- Relatively small footprint for a home gym system;
- Quiet operation;
- Easy to set up;
- Excellent warranty plan.
- Only 1/2: 1 weight ratio for each stack – but this is pretty common for crossover machines;
- Pulldown bar not included.
Body-Solid GDCC200 Functional Trainer Summary
The Body-Solid GDCC200 Functional Trainer is quite a versatile machine, offering the possibility to perform more than 25 gym-quality exercises. It’s not exactly one of the cheapest fitness home gyms. However, considering that it comes with 330 lbs of steel weight plates (32 each – 10 lb plates and 2 – 5 lb adapter plates), and it’s an extremely sturdy machine that can last for many years, it stands up to the price.
The Body-Solid GDCC200 Functional Trainer puts core stability within your grasp by offering a limitless variety of balance-improving, coordination-enhancing, user-defined workout regimens. It’s not for hardcore weight lifters, but for any beginner or intermediate user who doesn’t have time to attend a gym the Body-Solid GDCC200 Functional Trainer is a good investment.
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